I was surfing through Itunes the other day when I came across a surprise gem. Stray Ami is a podcast similar to the rather ubiquitous Welcome to Nightvale, in that every episode tells a continuous narrative, rather than your usual podcast format of hosted interviews or full-cast dramas. In many ways, however, it’s… »
The University of Iowa has an extensive and growing archive of Science Fiction and Fantasy publications, and now, they’re beginning to digitize their collection of fanzines.
We didn’t really get much development of our core characters this week on Killjoys. Instead, “Vessel” felt as though it was exploring more of the world and its politics, with some hints about Dutch’s backstory. And sadly, the episode relied on one of TV’s most annoying habits. »
The Leap is a short film from Karel van Bellingen that takes place decades from now, where interstellar travel has opened up access to a new world, but only for a select few who can afford the journey. This is a film that packs a lot in to just half an hour. »
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing, so naturally, we’re seeing a lot of iconic scifi gadgets this weekend. But as a faithful Giz reader, if you’re in the market for a fantastical new weapon to defeat your sworn enemies, you’re gonna want specs. How much energy can Thor’s hammer or a Jedi lightsaber actually produce? »
A Mars rover that’s not quite as alone as it thought, a jarred brain with a very bodied complaint, a robot with an authority problem, and an unsettlingly quick sloth are just some of the curious specimens that await you in these stories. »
In Genevieve’ Valentine’s novel Persona, international politics are a sort of game played on an international level: diplomats are carefully chosen for their charisma, and follow a detailed script. When a C-level diplomat, Suyana Sapaki is almost killed, she finds herself involved in a desperate chase for survival. »
In an excellent essay for, Pakistani author Usman Malik has a fantastic look at his home country, and how speculative fiction can help it regain some hope for the future . »
Set in the near future, Ghost Fleet dares to imagine what the next global war might actually look like. We talked to P.W. Singer to learn how he and his co-author August Cole managed to produce a futuristic techno-thriller that’s as plausible as it is entertaining. We were also given an exclusive excerpt from the… »
Sioux Falls resident Allen Lewis has been a science fiction reader all his life, and he’s now donating his 18,000 volume-strong library to the University of Iowa. »
With the United States beginning to ease restrictions against Cuba earlier this year, we’re poised to get a new peek into Cuba. One such opening is through a pair of translated science fiction novels, set to be published next week from Restless Books. »
Humanity’s future in space is very much in the planning stages. Will we float among the stars in crazy spaceships? Will we set up small camps that sprawl into townships that grow into cities, or is an orbital mothership more human friendly?
[F]or Noor Hashem, a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Humanities, [G. Willow] Wilson’s Alif is a prime example of how a growing number of Muslim fiction writers are turning to genres like science fiction, fantasy, and comics to navigate Muslim identity and aesthetics in a post-Sept. 11 world. »
Philip K. Dick’s famous novel, The Man in the High Castle has recently gotten special treatment from The Folio Society, a publisher notable for their exquisite editions of classic literature. With the release, they’ve provided us with a special look at some of the artwork inside. »
In this story collection, you’ll find a surprisingly crowded (but perhaps indifferent?) solar system, a very systematic weather system, and an ingenuous system to return your unwanted online shopping purchases — and the whole bunch of very short stories is ready to read right now. »
In 2013, the University of Illinois Press launched a new series of scholarly books: The Modern Masters of Science Fiction, a series dedicated to studying the men and women who shaped modern science fiction literature. »