An Urban Fantasy Novel That Shows Cities In A Way You've Never Seen

The urban fantasy genre isn't just set in cities — it's one of the main places that genre fiction engages with our urbanized existence, picking up the baton dropped by cyberpunk. But you don't often see cities depicted the way Daniel José Older does in his new novel Half-Resurrection Blues. » 1/16/15 4:02pm 1/16/15 4:02pm

Get A Signed Edition Of Richard Kadrey's Cyberpunk Classic Metrophage

Before Richard Kadrey was writing the Sandman Slim novels and other thrilling urban fantasy books, he was writing cyberpunk — and now, you can read his classic novel Metrophage, in a new signed edition. » 11/04/14 5:38pm 11/04/14 5:38pm

Tour The Dark Side Of L.A. With Sandman Slim Author Richard Kadrey

Few fantasy series have as strong a sense of place as Richard Kadrey's L.A.-set Sandman Slim books. And here's your exclusive first look at a video where Kadrey takes you to the real-life locations where his books take place, filmed by Brady Hall. Plus read a chapter of the next Sandman Slim Book, The Getaway God! » 8/01/14 5:00pm 8/01/14 5:00pm

The October Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Afford to Miss!

This month, a major fantasy series comes to its long-awaited conclusion. Anne Rice turns her attention to werewolves. Dan Simmons and Dave Eggers meet the Abominable Snowman and Facebook, respectively. Here are all the science fiction and fantasy books you must check out in October! » 10/08/13 2:38pm 10/08/13 2:38pm

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Afford to Miss in July

July is ablaze with great stories. There's a ton of awesome books hitting the shelves this month, many of which make the greatest possible reads for your roadtrip to San Diego Comic-Con (or Worldcon.) Here are a dozen must-read books coming out this month! » 7/15/13 4:09pm 7/15/13 4:09pm

Superheroes in Bondage, as Photographed by Richard Kadrey [NSFW]

Lela Gwenn had a dream: cosplay as some of her favorite heroes, and then get tied up and photographed by Sandman Slim author Richard Kadrey. The model and writer raised over $4000 on Kickstarter to make it happen, and here's your first look at the results, exclusively on io9. » 6/11/13 4:00pm 6/11/13 4:00pm

All the Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Are Coming in…

This year's science fiction books are going to rock. John Scalzi returns to the Old Man's War universe, there's a brand new Neil Gaiman novel, and Stephen King's long-awaited sequel to The Shining. Plus brand new books from Austin Grossman, Nalo Hopkinson, Christopher Priest, Diana Gabaldon, Robert J. Sawyer, Joe… » 1/09/13 2:40pm 1/09/13 2:40pm

This Fall's Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

What do science fiction and fantasy books have in store for you this fall? There are new fantasy series by Tad Williams and Jacqueline Carey. A brand new Culture novel by Iain M. Banks. Collaborations between Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, and Larry Niven and Gregory Benford. A classic Gene Wolfe novel. A massive… » 8/23/12 1:57pm 8/23/12 1:57pm

First 40 pages of Richard Kadrey's new Sandman Slim novel are a Hell of…

The great thing about Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim novels is, there's no foot-dragging. Each book in the series pushes the story forward — usually with a punch in the gut. Case in point: the fourth Sandman Slim Book, Devil Said Bang, starts out with Stark in a very different position than the previous novels. (If… » 8/07/12 11:48am 8/07/12 11:48am

All The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Afford to Miss in…

Emily Dickinson had it wrong: There is no star cruiser like a book. When you want to journey past the furthermost limits of your own imagination, you turn to books. And August's new book releases are just packed with brilliant new ideas and thrilling stories, from some of the world's best writers. » 8/03/12 4:29pm 8/03/12 4:29pm

10 Books Every Fantasy Author Should Read

Fantasy novels don't arise by magic. An aspiring fantasy author has to learn the craft, but also discover the roots of fantasy literature, as well as history and mythology. The more you've read, the more you know — and the better equipped you'll be for your journey into the lands of imagination. So we asked some of… » 3/29/12 10:01am 3/29/12 10:01am

Today's e-Book Deal of the Day: Sandman Slim for 99 Cents

Haven't checked out Richard Kadrey's ridiculously fun noir urban fantasy Sandman Slim yet? Now's your chance. It's available for 99 cents on both the Kindle and the Nook. » 1/27/12 10:39am 1/27/12 10:39am

Richard Kadrey explains where the name "Sandman Slim" came from

The mysteries of Aloha from Hell author Richard Kadrey are deep and manifold — but last week, we gave you the opportunity to ask him whatever questions you wanted. And now, here are his answers, taped at University Bookstore in Seattle! » 10/27/11 11:20am 10/27/11 11:20am

October Books Bring Vampires, Magic, and A Trip To Hell

Just in time for Halloween, this month's new book releases bring vampires! High sorcery! And wine magic! Plus: new books from Terry Pratchett, N.K. Jemisin, Vernor Vinge, and Richard K. Morgan! » 10/21/11 12:07pm 10/21/11 12:07pm

Ask Richard Kadrey whatever you want about the new Sandman Slim novel, …

The third book in Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim series, Aloha from Hell, comes out today. And to celebrate, we're giving you a chance to ask Kadrey some questions about urban fantasy, navigating the underworld, or whatever else you want. The best questions will be posted to Kadrey at an event on October 24, and we'll… » 10/18/11 2:16pm 10/18/11 2:16pm

Richard Kadrey twists the unholy knife, in a brand new excerpt from the…

Your favorite tourguide to Hell and the supernatural underbelly of Los Angeles, Richard Kadrey, is coming back Oct. 18, with a third installment in the Sandman Slim series, Aloha from Hell. Here's your exclusive first look at the "Studio City" chapter, where Stark sees the aftermath of an exorcism gone wrong. » 9/30/11 8:30am 9/30/11 8:30am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books We Can’t Wait For This Fall

The next few months are positively packed with literary science fiction and fantasy goodness. Neal Stephenson returns to virtual reality! Vernor Vinge finally delivers the sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep. Plus dueling magicians and digital revolutionaries. » 8/24/11 2:17pm 8/24/11 2:17pm

Why do so many former cyberpunk authors now write dark fantasy?

Cyberpunk has fallen from its peak in the 1980s and early 1990s, but the great cyberpunk authors are still writing. And many of them have turned to fantasy. Why is this? » 4/25/11 5:23pm 4/25/11 5:23pm

Ask Richard Kadrey anything you want about Sandman Slim

In February, the io9 Book Club read Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim. Now Kadrey is coming to answer your questions about the book (and the sequel) tomorrow, here in the comment section of this very post. » 3/02/11 4:23pm 3/02/11 4:23pm

The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about Sandman Slim

Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. This month we read Richard Kadrey's novel Sandman Slim. Jump into comments to get started talking about them! » 2/24/11 7:30am 2/24/11 7:30am