This Is One Of The Best Months Ever For Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

No kidding. This month is just crushingly incredible, when it comes to new science fiction and fantasy books. Including a new William Gibson, Ann Leckie's Ancillary sequel, Gillian Anderson's science fiction novel, Ann Rice's new Lestat book, new Chuck Palahniuk, and so much more. Here are 27 must-read titles. » 10/01/14 1:29pm 10/01/14 1:29pm

"I Didn't Think I Liked This Genre, Until This Story Came Along"

It's easy to write off a whole genre of books, comics or movies. You hear about the sexy vampires, or the killer dragons, or the massive starships, and you just decide it's not for you. Until you come across one special story, that just blows your mind. Which genre did you think you hated, until you found a story you… » 6/05/14 2:30pm 6/05/14 2:30pm

In Shovel Ready, the real terror isn't Hell on Earth, but Cyber-Heaven

In Adam Sternbergh's novel Shovel Ready, the world has gone to shit after a dirty bomb hit New York — but the really horrifying part isn't the squalor on the streets or the random violence. It's the virtual world that the rich have escaped to, and the virtual afterlife that one televangelist is trying to build. » 1/21/14 1:53pm 1/21/14 1:53pm

She survived future wars, but can she survive her own fancy brothel?

In Kieran Shea's novel Koko Takes a Holiday, Koko Martstellar has retired as a mercenary after living through some of the most intense warfare imaginable. Her reward? Running a luxury brothel full of simulated violence and weirdness. Until it all starts going south. Here's the first ever excerpt. » 7/31/13 10:30am 7/31/13 10:30am

10 Novels That Are More Action-Packed Than Most Summer Movies

It's summer movie season, the time when blockbuster films come out every week and we pit Vin Diesel against Wolverine. But how do you keep that cineplex excitement alive when you're at home on the couch? With books! Here are 10 science fiction novels that pack more non-stop thrills than Fast & Furious 6. Really. » 5/21/13 10:00am 5/21/13 10:00am

Could Hollywood do justice to Richard K. Morgan's scary, intense …

Hollywood has a mixed history with cyberpunk, to say the least — so the news of a movie version of Richard K. Morgan's ultra-noir Altered Carbon getting fast-tracked makes us a bit nervous. So much of what's great about that book is the intense violence and weird sex work... and then there's the long torture sequence,… » 2/13/12 1:59pm 2/13/12 1:59pm

The early modern world meets artificial intelligence in The Cold…

The Cold Commands, out in October in the States, is the sequel to Richard Morgan's hard-boiled, fantasy-scifi tale of swords and evil elf aliens, The Steel Remains. If you enjoyed the first novel, or just like unconventional, violent, and occasionally satirical dark fantasy, this novel should be on your must-read list. » 9/28/11 5:46pm 9/28/11 5:46pm

Sexual Repression Is Science Fiction's Secret Hyperdrive Fuel

Richard K. Morgan (author of Altered Carbon) did an interview with the StarShipSofa podcast, and it's pretty thought-provoking stuff. He explains why trying to write short stories before you write novels may be a waste of time, why noir SF has made a comeback, and why he doesn't mind being called a pornographer. » 12/01/08 1:25pm 12/01/08 1:25pm

Richard K. Morgan on the Failures of Capitalism and the Success of…

Richard K. Morgan burst on the literary scene six short years ago with the publication of the futuristic noir mystery Altered Carbon » 10/21/08 2:40pm 10/21/08 2:40pm, a book that nabbed that year's Philip K. Dick Award and immediately sold to Hollywood. Since then, the prolific British author has written two sequels and two stand-alone novels…

Why Do Anti-Heroes Rule Science Fiction?

The first time I ever read the word "anti-hero," it was in an article about science fiction, and it's always seemed a very science fictional type of word — like anti-matter, or anti-gravity. Science fiction has its share of one-dimensional white hats, but the characters who capture our imagination are usually the… » 4/25/08 10:54am 4/25/08 10:54am