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Yes, It Matters If The Science In Your Science Fiction Story Is Accurate

There's been a lot of debate lately over whether science fiction needs accurate science — or whether it's even worth discussing the accuracy of science in science fiction. What kind of person expects a science textbook instead of just a fun romp? But as a new essay points out, this is really a matter of suspension of… »2/10/15 12:44pm2/10/15 12:44pm

From Lazarus Long To Capt. Jack Harkness: Bisexuality In Science Fiction

Why were there so many bisexual heroes in the 1970s (including Robert A. Heinlein's Lazarus Long), and was bisexuality viewed as "futuristic"? More to the point, why did bi heroes mostly vanish throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and what brought them back? Erotic science fiction author and Circlet Press publisher Cecilia… »1/21/15 9:47am1/21/15 9:47am

10 Great Novels That Aren't About What You Heard They Were About

Science fiction and fantasy novels become famous for all sorts of reasons. Maybe they catch the zeitgeist, or maybe they have one idea that everybody falls in love with. But sometimes, we all fixate on something that's not the actual point of the book. Here are 10 great novels that aren't about what everybody thinks. »1/16/15 11:05am1/16/15 11:05am

How Predesination's Sarah Snook Tackled The Weirdest Love Story Ever

Sarah Snook is winning raves for her intense performance in the time-travel thriller Predestination. And if you've read the Heinlein story it's based on, "All You Zombies," you'll know how tough her role is. We talked to Snook about dealing with paradoxes — and relationships — that would make your head explode. »1/08/15 11:30am1/08/15 11:30am

10 Science Fiction Authors Whose Books Just Kept Getting Stranger

A lot of authors tend to become more conventional over time. They get more mainstream cred, mellow out, and sand the rough edges off their work. But some of science fiction's most famous authors have just kept pushing the limits of storytelling. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy authors whose books only got… »10/13/14 11:25am10/13/14 11:25am

The Eccentric Polish Count Who Influenced Classic SF's Greatest Writers

You've probably never heard of Alfred Korzybski, but he was famous in the mid-20th century. He didn't just invent a whole new science, he also had a huge influence on Robert A. Heinlein and a ton of other important science fiction authors. Author Lee Konstantinou brings us the strange tale of Count Korzybski. »9/05/14 8:00am9/05/14 8:00am

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books. »7/25/14 10:00am7/25/14 10:00am

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 2:14pm1/31/14 2:14pm

Great Lost Manuscripts of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Some of the greatest authors of science fiction and fantasy have put words on paper — only to see those words lost or destroyed. Before there were computers, manuscripts got burned or lost in the mail all the time. Here are the famous authors whose books were lost, destroyed, misplaced or erased. »12/23/13 12:30pm12/23/13 12:30pm

9 Scientific Breakthroughs That Killed Science Fiction Subgenres

Science fiction looks to the future — but sometimes the future catches up to you. Sometimes, an idea generates tons of great science fiction stories — until science reveals the truth, and kills it dead. Or technology surpasses it. Here are nine scientific breakthroughs that destroyed science fiction subgenres. »8/29/13 10:29am8/29/13 10:29am

20 Great Insults from Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Suppose you really need to put people in their place? Consult the great works of science fiction and fantasy! You need a lot of imagination to concoct a truly bracing put-down, so it's probably not surprising that speculative fiction writers cook up the best burns. Here are 20 great insults from SF and fantasy novels. »7/18/13 9:47am7/18/13 9:47am