Is Google Aiming Too Low By Planning A "Science Fictional" Future?

That new profile of Google X, Google's mysterious futuristic project, includes the intriguing detail that all of Google X's projects must have "a component that resembles science fiction." That sounds ambitious and thrilling. But the Atlantic's Robinson Meyer says that's actually too narrow a view of the future. » 4/16/14 12:07pm 4/16/14 12:07pm

What great novel sounds really dumb if you try to sum it up quickly?

A lot of the greatest science fiction movies and TV shows have concepts you can sum up in a sentence, and it will make total sense. But books? Many of the greatest novels just sound ridiculous if you try to explain them in a single breath. What's your favorite science fiction or fantasy novel that can't be summed up… » 1/31/14 2:14pm 1/31/14 2:14pm

The Best "Entry Level" Science Fiction Books to Convert Your Friends

A lot of the greatest science fiction and fantasy books are not for newbies. They can be daunting for new readers, because they assume you've already read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. But what are the best "entry level" science fiction and fantasy books? We asked some top editors and writers, and here are… » 1/28/14 12:00pm 1/28/14 12:00pm

Which science fiction classic is best read before the age of 18?

We try all sorts of things to introduce our children to the books we love. But maybe part of getting your kids into classic science fiction and fantasy is picking the right books. Which science fiction and fantasy books should people read before they turn 18, in order to appreciate them fully? » 1/08/14 2:15pm 1/08/14 2:15pm

A Plea to Keep Libraries Alive

As a child I was irascible — easily bored, prone to tantrums, and always on edge. Luckily for my parents, they discovered a cure early on: books. We’d make weekly trips to the library, where I’d fill up a tote bag with as many books as it could hold. The bag was always so heavy that I’d have to schlep it over my… » 12/06/13 7:33pm 12/06/13 7:33pm