The Science Fiction Books That Every Computer Scientist Should Check Out

With so many prominent scientists warning about the dangers of rogue artificial intelligence, and so many ethical concerns coming down the pike in A.I. research and computer science generally, how can computer experts educate themselves? By reading science fiction books. » 1/29/15 2:20pm 1/29/15 2:20pm

First Amazing Look At Scott Westerfeld's Post-Apocalyptic Graphic Novel

Scott Westerfeld has written some pretty harsh dystopian futures in the past, including the Uglies series. But now, he's written a graphic novel that takes place after an apocalypse. The Spill Zone features art by Alex Puvilland, and we're happy to bring you the announcement and the exclusive first look! » 11/11/14 9:30am 11/11/14 9:30am

This Book Trailer Will Leave You Craving Scott Westerfeld's Afterworlds

Scott Westerfeld's new novel Afterworlds doesn't come out until September — but here's an exclusive look at an intense book trailer to tide you over. In which we meet two girls: Darcy, an aspiring author whose stories get a little too vivid. And Lizzie, a girl whose life is uncannily similar to Darcy's strange… » 5/30/14 10:20am 5/30/14 10:20am

How to Write for Money Without Selling Out Too Much

This past weekend, it seemed like all of the Twitter conversations were about fiction writing, and selling out. It's a weird conundrum: Most advice for writers assumes that you're doing this as a business, and you want to make money at it. But you shouldn't want to make money too badly. » 1/07/13 1:56pm 1/07/13 1:56pm

A Third Attempt to Turn Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters Trilogy Into a…

Scott Westerfeld's YA trilogy about kids born at midnight who can walk around during the 25th hour of the day, when the rest of the world is still, is once again being developed as a possible TV series. This time around, it's the creators of Chuck, Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz, and they're trying to pitch Midnighters » 10/15/12 4:44pm 10/15/12 4:44pm

Help this teacher expose her kids to some great young-adult science…

Here's your worthy cause for the day. A junior high school teacher has put up a request for some funding to get her classroom new copies of Scott Westerfeld's classic young-adult dystopian novel Uglies — and all you have to do is go over to and vote for this project to be funded by the charities that support… » 9/13/12 7:30am 9/13/12 7:30am

A Technical Manual for Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson's Leviathan

Hot damn. Author Scott Westerfeld and illustrator Keith Thompson are releasing a guide to their Leviathan series today, and it's chock full of concept art, technical drawings and just amazing prettiness. The ideal gift for any aspiring aviators in your life. We've got a sneak peek from The Manual of Aeronautics right… » 8/21/12 3:48pm 8/21/12 3:48pm

Science fiction futures ruled by the popular kids

Some people's futures are determined by popular vote: American Idol contestants, class presidents, and people who want to get gay married in California. But what if every aspect of our lives was determined by our reputation and popularity? Would our futures be better, or would the tyranny of the popular spin us into… » 2/04/12 10:00am 2/04/12 10:00am

What’s next from Naomi Novik, Peter V. Brett, and Scott Westerfeld

At New York Comic Con's Del Rey/Spectra panel, some of the imprints' most popular authors — including Naomi Novik, Scott Westerfeld, and Peter V. Brett — hinted at what to expect next. » 10/17/11 6:15am 10/17/11 6:15am

Scott Westerfeld explains why World War I should be the new World War II

Today sees the release of Scott Westerfeld's and Keith Thompson's long-awaited third book in the Leviathan trilogy, Goliath. And we can't wait for a third dose of alternate-history World War I, with all the mechs and genetically engineered airships. (And to celebrate, here's a lovely new piece of artwork. Check out… » 9/20/11 12:28pm 9/20/11 12:28pm

September Books bring vampires, faeries, airships, and hackers!

What does September have in store for you? A new Neal Stephenson novel! Not one, but two new releases from Cherie Priest! Plus faeries, vampires, digital revolutionaries, and a college in outer space. Here are all the new releases your bookshelf needs this month. » 9/06/11 7:00am 9/06/11 7:00am

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

The Leviathan comes to California, in new art from Scott Westerfeld's …

The next chapter of Scott Westerfeld's alternate World War I series comes out next month, and we've got an exclusive piece of amazing artwork from illustrator Keith Thompson. Plus an essay from Westerfeld, explaining how this artwork came to be. » 8/04/11 4:00pm 8/04/11 4:00pm

Plastic surgery dystopia novel Uglies becomes a manga, and a movie

Author Scott Westerfeld has announced a series of graphic novels based on his "dystopian plastic surgery" Uglies series. But this time, the story's protagonist is Shay, Tally Youngblood's best frenemy. Westerfeld also announced the latest progress on the Uglies movie. » 7/27/11 7:30am 7/27/11 7:30am

Ask Scott Westerfeld your greatest Dieselpunk questions!

Scott Westerfeld, author of the alternate-history Leviathan trilogy, is doing a live video chat about the history of illustrated books on Ustream, and you can ask him questions via AIM or Facebook. It starts at 6 PM EST, RSVP here. » 11/02/10 10:40am 11/02/10 10:40am

With "Behemoth," the Leviathan saga becomes the perfect hit of escapism

Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan saga has many elements dear to our hearts, including alternate-history, plucky heroes of both genders, and strange inventions. But after reading the second book, Behemoth, we realized we really love these books for the pure escapist rush. » 10/08/10 5:35pm 10/08/10 5:35pm

Time-Traveling Historians and Resurrected Concubines in October's books!

October brings several long-awaited treats to your bookshelf, including a new Culture novel, the sequel to Connie Willis' Blackout, and Scott Westerfeld's Behemoth. Plus spying Victorian streetwalkers and Miles Vorkosigan! Here are the October releases you can't skip. » 10/05/10 11:43am 10/05/10 11:43am

Even stranger creatures stalk the sequel to Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan

What manner of beast is this? Here's an exclusive look at Keith Thompson's art from Behemoth, the sequel to Scott Westerfeld's acclaimed book Leviathan. Check out another picture below, plus a video of Westerfeld talking to audiobook reader Alan Cumming. » 9/15/10 11:30am 9/15/10 11:30am

What are two genres that should never get a mashup?

Mashup novels are all the rage right now, mixing zombies with classic lit or scifi with westerns. Last week at Comic-Con a panel of writers including Scott Westerfeld and Naomi Novik talked about the best and worst of mashup lit. » 7/24/10 2:05pm 7/24/10 2:05pm

Strap on your aviator goggles — the next book in Scott Westerfeld's…

Now that Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan has won a Locus Award, we're even more excited to read the next chapter in the alternate-universe World War I saga. Here's your exclusive first look at the cover of book two, Behemoth. Spoilers below. » 6/30/10 5:30pm 6/30/10 5:30pm