Science Fiction Authors on Black History Month

"When there were people of color in these books, they were in the background, or they died quickly, or any number of other stereotypes. For the most part, they just weren't there. And in Octavia Butler's works, they not only were there, they were prominent; they were protagonists. The world looked like the world that I… » 2/14/14 6:35pm 2/14/14 6:35pm

Some Excellent Recommendations for 1960s Science Fiction Books…

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

10 Ultra-Weird Science Fiction Novels that Became Required Reading

You want a really weird ride? A science fiction or fantasy epic that stretches your brain like taffy and ties it into strange irregular shapes? Forget television or movies: books are where the really off-kilter stories are told in speculative fiction. » 3/13/12 10:10am 3/13/12 10:10am

New York Review of Science Fiction may cease print publication in July

The New York Review of Science Fiction has been a major source of insights into science fiction writing and criticism since 1988, with Hugo nominations every year since 1989. (Among many other fine essays, they published Samuel Delany's essay on racism and science fiction.) Now the Review may be converting to an… » 12/06/11 4:30pm 12/06/11 4:30pm

A Whole Month of Earthsea Discussions, with Charles Yu, Lev Grossman,…

If you're lucky enough to be in New York, then October is going to be a brilliant month for you — the Center for Fiction is putting on a whole month of science fiction and fantasy discussions, in honor of Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea. It's all part of "The Big Read," a month-long program focusing on a single… » 9/28/11 9:40am 9/28/11 9:40am

Finally Revealed: The 100 Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy Books,…

When NPR revealed its list of finalists for its "Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books" survey, we were struck by how diverse and wide-ranging that list was. Now the actual list of the 100 greatest books has been revealed... and it's quite a bit more conservative. » 8/11/11 2:02pm 8/11/11 2:02pm

10 Classic SF and Fantasy Books That Were Originally Considered…

Some of science fiction/fantasy's classic books failed to win over readers at first. And the publishers of some of SF's most beloved works were convinced they had a disaster on their hands. Here are 10 masterpieces that were deemed failures. » 7/05/11 10:00am 7/05/11 10:00am

What are the craziest, most experimental science fiction novels out…

Over at Jeff VanderMeer's Ecstatic Days blog, VanderMeer asked his readers to name the "craziest or most experimental" science fiction novels of all time — and the answers are pretty diverse and fascinating. If you've been feeling the need for more novels along the lines of Dhalgren or House of Leaves, you could do worse … » 5/04/11 6:20am 5/04/11 6:20am

Samuel Delany's long-awaited next novel in limbo

We were excited to read Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, Samuel R. Delany's next novel which starts in 2007 and covers the relationship between two men over a 70-year period. But it turns out the troubles at publisher Alyson Books have put him back to square one — Delany tells us his agent is shopping the… » 1/03/11 3:30pm 1/03/11 3:30pm

15 classic science fiction and fantasy novels that publishers rejected

Science fiction's greatest authors have brilliant ideas, storytelling mojo... and plenty of stubbornness. Many of the field's greatest writers were buried in rejection slips, before they finally broke in. Here are 15 classic novels that publishers didn't want to touch. » 10/19/10 3:36pm 10/19/10 3:36pm

10 classic SF books that were originally considered failures

Some of science fiction/fantasy's classic books failed to win over readers at first. And the publishers of some of SF's most beloved works were convinced they had a disaster on their hands. Here are 10 masterpieces that were deemed failures. » 10/13/10 2:19pm 10/13/10 2:19pm

Harlan Ellison, Samuel R. Delany receive lifetime achievement awards

Two of the field's most respected authors will receive recognition for the ways in which they transformed science fiction. Samuel R. Delany and Harlan Ellison will receive, respectively, the 2010 and 2011 Eaton Awards for Lifetime Achievement in Science Fiction from the University of California, Riverside. Ellison will … » 7/22/10 9:30am 7/22/10 9:30am