Grandmaster of Science Fiction: Theodore Sturgeon

"He understood real people, not just science fiction characters," says science fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg of legendary author Theodore Sturgeon. Regarded as one of the godfathers of contemporary science fiction and dark fantasy, Sturgeon's stories are considered classics of speculative fiction, and have… » 8/22/13 12:33pm 8/22/13 12:33pm

Science Fiction Authors Who Could be Hollywood's Next Philip K. Dick

When Hollywood wants a futuristic, paranoid thriller where nothing is what it seems, the studios reach for the work of one man. This week, Philip K. Dick continues his reign as Hollywood's idea spigot, with a remake of Total Recall. More PKD films are in the works, and there's no shortage of material out there. » 7/30/12 2:01pm 7/30/12 2:01pm

Some Excellent Recommendations for 1960s Science Fiction Books Everyone…

Our favorite meme today is the one where people list their top 11 science fiction novels from the 1960s. It started over on Science Fiction Ruminations and then spread to Yellow and Creased. And there are some great, great recommendations in there. I'm struck by the diversity, with the two lists I've seen thus far… » 4/09/12 2:40pm 4/09/12 2:40pm

When a great author puts out one bad book

Over at Shelfari, they're discussing "the worst books of the good authors" in science fiction. Including lone clunkers by Asimov, Heinlein and Niven. What are your least favorite books by your favorite authors? [Shelfari] » 11/15/10 12:05pm 11/15/10 12:05pm

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

From the Communist Time Capsule: Science Fiction Masters Adapted By…

In the waning days of the U.S.S.R., Russian animators turned their eyes toward short stories written by science fiction authors like Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Robert Silverberg. The results are crude, experimental, and oddly beautiful. » 4/29/10 7:30am 4/29/10 7:30am

Important Robert Silverberg Novel, Back in Print

A classic population explosion novel, Robert Silverberg's The World Inside, with a contrarian point of view and lots of sex, will soon return to print — and could be the subject of an upcoming HBO series. » 1/29/10 12:30pm 1/29/10 12:30pm

Was Arthur C. Clarke An Amateur Writer?

Arthur C. Clarke's big, famous novels are "dull, slow and passionless," but you have to admire the fertility of his imagination, writes Robert Silverberg. But there's still something to love about an early Clarke novel, Against The Fall Of Night. » 12/23/09 8:30am 12/23/09 8:30am

If SF Publishing Implodes Once Again, Will You Follow Your Favorite…

Science fiction publishing imploded in the 1960s, driving writers like Robert Silverberg to write sleazy sex novels — Silverberg wrote 150 trashy novels in five years, explaining that "A dozen or so magazines for which I had been writing regularly ceased publication overnight; and as for the tiny market for s-f novels… » 11/23/09 9:30am 11/23/09 9:30am

Is HBO the Next Destination for Science Fiction?

With some networks offering mixed signals about their futures with science fiction, we may increasingly rely on cable for compelling television about the future. Fortunately, HBO is stepping up, developing two new science fiction series with X-Files alum Frank Spotnitz. » 8/14/09 9:00am 8/14/09 9:00am

Discover Science Fiction's Answer To Portnoy's Complaint

Why is Robert Silverberg's Dying Inside not spoken of in the same breath as Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint, or John Updike's Rabbit Run? » 4/21/09 10:45am 4/21/09 10:45am

Do Androids Pray to Electric Gods?

The final episodes of Battlestar Galactica promise to reveal everything about the Cylon religion. But those toasters didn't invent robo-faith — here's a list of all the religions which robots have founded over the years. » 1/16/09 1:00pm 1/16/09 1:00pm

A Broken French Telepath in New York

There are dozens of movies about telepaths who are drunk on their power, like Jean Gray in X-Men or Carrie in Carrie. And there are psychics who struggle with the hideous responsibility their visions impart, like John Smith in Dead Zone. That's why I was excited to hear that at last we're going to get a movie that… » 6/24/08 3:00pm 6/24/08 3:00pm

Greatest Time-Travel Duels Of All Time(lines)

Some of the greatest battles in science fiction haven't involved dogfights or shoot-outs, but time-traveling smackdowns, with two different people trying to change history out from under each other. Like Marty and Biff, trying to wipe out each other's timelines in this clip from Back To The Future 2. As soon as you… » 4/15/08 10:30am 4/15/08 10:30am

Which Scifi Drug Do You Wish You Could Take?

Science fiction is full of weird made-up drugs, many of which sound way more fun than boring old smack. There are drugs that make you telepathic, let you navigate space-time, or just give you trippy-ass visions. This wealth of options is due to the fact that science fiction fans are all drug fiends, says one famous… » 1/04/08 12:20pm 1/04/08 12:20pm