"He Said, She Said": Is There Any Cooler Way To Show Dialog In Fiction?

So you've written some sparkling dialogue, and even made sure your characters don't all have the same "voice." But there's still a problem with your dialogue — you feel weird writing "he said" and "she said" over and over again. Is there any way around this? What can you do to avoid this repetition? » 2/17/15 2:50pm 2/17/15 2:50pm

R.I.P. Alice K. Turner, Who Made Playboy The Home Of Great Stories

For decades, Playboy was known as the home of some of the best short fiction published anywhere — including a lot of groundbreaking work by Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury and Doris Lessing. This was largely due to the strong editorial hand of Alice K. Turner, who died yesterday of pneumonia. » 1/19/15 10:40am 1/19/15 10:40am

io9 Newsstand: What Are Your 5 Favorite Stories of 2014?

Every week since the beginning of July I've highlighted my favorite stories and authors, and here at the end of the year I have some solid contenders for Best of the Year. And since it's time to start thinking about what should go on award ballots and in anthologies. So what are your favorite stories this year? » 12/26/14 11:05am 12/26/14 11:05am

If You See A Craigslist Ad For A Rift In The Universe, Don't Answer

There are a lot of strange things advertised on Craigslist... but the strangest of all might be one rift in the fabric of the universe, in the lost and found section. And this is just the first of many startling wonders being described online and in newspapers, in Kelly Sandoval's story "The One They Took Before." » 12/22/14 4:00pm 12/22/14 4:00pm

10 Ways To Turn Your Real Life Experiences Into Science Fiction

Unless you've commanded a starship, fought off an alien invasion or survived a global disaster, your life experiences probably aren't too science-fictional. But still, the most powerful stories are often rooted in things that actually happened. Here are 10 tricks for turning your personal true stories into science… » 12/18/14 10:08am 12/18/14 10:08am

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for December 1 - 7

This week's stories explore memory and remembrance, and are thus excellent to read at the end of the calendar year. The act of remembering gives our lives meaning. So does forgetting. And when the days are shortest, we have more time in the dark to recall, let go of, or re-imagine memories, histories and lives. » 12/05/14 10:40am 12/05/14 10:40am