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

Read a seven-page preview of the finale of the Crysis comic book

IDW Publishing has given io9 an exclusive sneak peek of the final issue of the Crysis comic miniseries, as penned by Crysis 2 scribe and Altered Carbon author Richard K. Morgan. The issue hits the stands Wednesday, November 2, and here's the synopsis: » 10/30/11 8:10am 10/30/11 8:10am

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

Why doesn't more fantasy take place in the future?

It used to be, science fiction took place in the future and fantasy in the past. But lately, more science fiction takes place in the past. So we can't help wondering whether there'll be more fantasy set in the future. » 10/28/10 2:40pm 10/28/10 2:40pm

Cyberpunk detective novel Altered Carbon really is all that

For years now, people have been telling me to read Richard K. Morgan's cyberpunksploitation novel Altered Carbon, and I've been meaning to get around to it. But holy fuck, it really is that great. Spoilers below. » 5/19/10 1:20pm 5/19/10 1:20pm

Top 10 Greatest Science Fiction Detective Novels Of All Time

China Miéville's detective story The City And The City is well on its way to being the award-winningest novel of the year. But it's not the only great novel about science fiction/fantasy sleuths. Here are 10 other SF detective classics. » 4/29/10 12:15pm 4/29/10 12:15pm

Don't Remake These 21 Movies, Film These Books Instead!

There's only one thing Hollywood loves than a movie based on a toy: remakes. Dozens of science-fiction classics are slated for do-overs. But instead of remaking films that were fine the first time, here are 20 books Hollywood should film. » 3/05/10 1:17pm 3/05/10 1:17pm

If You Like These Recent Movies, Here Are Books You'll Love

Movies may thrill us with their huge ideas and set pieces, but you always know that anything a movie did, a novel did it first... and better. If you liked these dozen recent movies, here are some books you'll love. » 11/17/09 4:19pm 11/17/09 4:19pm

Richard K. Morgan Talks Noir Fantasy

Richard K. Morgan's The Steel Remains blew us away with its nasty slog through a fantasy world where heroes get forgotten, mistreated or queer-bashed. And we were jazzed about the trend of noir fantasy, so we asked Morgan about it. » 9/22/09 10:40am 9/22/09 10:40am

A Map Of Your Future Mega-Cities And Megalopolises

The cities of the future are massive, sprawling, beautiful monsters, covering entire coastlines — and in some cases, entire continents. Whether it's Judge Dredd's Mega-Cities or William Gibson's "Sprawl," future cities always devour land. Here's a map of future megalopolises. » 9/18/09 4:00pm 9/18/09 4:00pm

The New Noir Fantasy Shows Magical Cities In Decay

A noir light is shining over fantasy — many of the best fantasy books on the shelves right now feature bloody-minded, morally gray protagonists battling their way through rotten cities and bleak landscapes. Here's why noir is truest urban fantasy. » 9/18/09 1:25pm 9/18/09 1:25pm

V for Vendetta Director Sets His Sights on Cyberpunk Noir

V for Vendetta director, and frequent Wachowski Brothers collaborator, James McTeigue is taking a break from science fiction, filming vengeful ninjas and Edgar Allan Poe. But he's still got his sights on an adaptation of Richard K. Morgan's Altered Carbon. » 8/06/09 12:30pm 8/06/09 12:30pm

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