The Top 101 Science Fiction Adventures

Book editor and critic Joshua Glenn has worked to bring classic early science fiction back into print with his Radium Age Science Fiction Series. Now here's his definitive list of the best adventure stories of all time! (Remember — these are not just scifi, but action/adventure scifi.) » 11/13/13 12:35pm 11/13/13 12:35pm

The pulp scifi book that inspired Prince's Purple Rain

OK just kidding — this isn't a real book. But we wish it were! Graphic designer Christophe Gowans is doing a series called "The Record Books," where he imagines what would have happened in an alternate universe where popular albums were actually pulp fiction books. And he's created some gorgeous covers, plus short… » 2/21/13 12:40pm 2/21/13 12:40pm

The weird life of pioneering female pulp fiction writer CL Moore

CL Moore was one of the only women who ever wrote for famous pulp fiction magazines Weird Tales and Astounding Science Fiction during the 1930s. Now Andrew Liptak has a great article about her life over at Kirkus, including links to never-before-seen short stories by the woman who was both a fantasy and SF pioneer. I… » 2/07/13 11:42am 2/07/13 11:42am

Saturday Webcomic: Trekker is an ass-kicking bounty hunter from our…

New Gelaph is a city that has been abandoned by the future. Once the prospective home of a major spaceport, the city has lost its space industry and gotten instead streets filled with cultists, criminals, and corrupt cops. With no faith left in the system, Mercy St. Clair has become a Trekker, a licensed bounty hunter… » 1/12/13 8:30am 1/12/13 8:30am

El Esqueleto is a Hitler-cloning, dinosaur-riding, space…

Some comics use science fiction and fantasy conventions to tell subtle, emotionally complex stories. El Esqueleto: The Skeleton isn't one of them. Instead, this comic picks up its blaster, saddles up atop a T-Rex, and shoots its way through piles of space rogues, legions of Brazilian models with Hitler's face (and… » 9/22/12 8:30am 9/22/12 8:30am

Artist helps wife fight cancer by turning her into a sexy pulp warrior

Concept Artist Ron Miller (who often contributes to io9) wanted to celebrate his wife Judith's recent victory over cancer with something spectacular — something bold and glorious like the Planet Stories covers they both love. So they created Captain Judikha. Together they stitched a glorious vintage super suit and… » 5/21/12 12:39pm 5/21/12 12:39pm

Webcomics go retro-pulp in I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from…

"Everyone knows those things are only found in pulp novels," alien abductee Susie says in the first chapter of I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space. "Especially lesbians." That neatly sets the tone for Megan Rose Gedris' webcomic, which plays with pulp adventure tropes and girl-on-girl makeouts — and doesn't … » 5/12/12 9:00am 5/12/12 9:00am