You Can Help Save One Of The Great Science Fiction Bookstores

We were incredibly upset when we heard that Borderlands Books was going to close, due to low bookstore margins combined with a rise in the local minimum wage. This would not only make San Francisco a way less cool place to live, but do great damage to the science fiction book world. So thank goodness there's a hope… » 2/20/15 3:40pm 2/20/15 3:40pm

Why Do We Need More Science Fiction By LGBT Writers?

Last year, Lightspeed Magazine had a special issue in which "Women Destroy Science Fiction" (and horror, and fantasy.) Now, Lightspeed is following up with "Queers Destroy Science Fiction." And today's the last day to support the Kickstarter. But why should you care about getting more LGBT SF? The editors of the issue… » 2/16/15 9:30am 2/16/15 9:30am

The Truth About Books, Money, Awards (And Not Quitting Your Day Job)

Authors seldom discuss how much money they actually make writing science fiction or fantasy. But on her blog, Kameron Hurley breaks it down, listing all her advances and how much she actually ended up with. And she explains how winning an award can change the game, and why she won't quit her day job. » 1/29/15 11:02am 1/29/15 11:02am

Why "Spotify For Books" May Not Be The Future Of Publishing. (Yet.)

It makes a certain amount of sense, from a consumer standpoint: companies like Amazon, Scribd and Oyster are offering services where you pay $10 a month and get unlimited books. The author or publisher gets a fee, only if the reader gets past a certain point in the book. But the Economist says "Spotify for books"… » 1/28/15 11:46am 1/28/15 11:46am

An Amazing Opportunity: Get The Very Best Of Charles de Lint For Free!

If you love urban fantasy, then you owe a stupendous debt to Charles de Lint, whether you've read him or not. His playful, majestic, clever stories helped shape the genre and were part of what made me fall in love with magical stories set in cities. And now you can get a collection of his best writing for free. » 1/23/15 7:00pm 1/23/15 7:00pm

When You Can't Tell The Difference Between Science And Science Fiction

As more and more stuff from science fiction feels as though it's coming true, we run into more situations where straight-up descriptions of real discoveries feel science fictional. But it works the other way, too — some SF writers go out of their way to make their fiction feel like real science writing. » 1/22/15 3:40pm 1/22/15 3:40pm

R.I.P. Alice K. Turner, Who Made Playboy The Home Of Great Stories

For decades, Playboy was known as the home of some of the best short fiction published anywhere — including a lot of groundbreaking work by Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury and Doris Lessing. This was largely due to the strong editorial hand of Alice K. Turner, who died yesterday of pneumonia. » 1/19/15 10:40am 1/19/15 10:40am

Are There Any Michael Crichton Books Left To Turn Into Movies Or TV?

Michael Crichton is one of the authors with the best track records of being adapted successfully to movies and television, from Andromeda Strain to Jurassic World. So it makes sense that super-agency ICM has signed a deal to develop his work, especially previously unfilmed works. But what's left to adapt? » 1/14/15 8:00pm 1/14/15 8:00pm

Good News: Angry Robot Books Gets Back To Full Speed In A Couple Months

Angry Robot Books has published some of our favorite books of the past few years, including Ramez Naam's Nexus and Madeline Ashby's vN. But since Angry Robot got bought last fall, a lot of books were delayed, and Ashby ended up taking her next standalone book to Tor. The good news is, Angry Robot's signed some great… » 1/14/15 2:10pm 1/14/15 2:10pm

The Best Science Fiction Books Published As Paperback Originals In 2014

Every year, the Philip K. Dick Award recognizes the science fiction books that come out straight to paperback, instead of getting a fancy hardcover release first. These are often under-appreciated gems that deserved more fanfare. And the six finalists for 2014 are definitely great picks. » 1/09/15 12:30pm 1/09/15 12:30pm