io9 Newsstand: The Best Stories from the Week of March 22 - 28

This week's stories are all very personal and focused on a single character's inner life. They vacillate between sweetness and despair and hope and pain. » 3/27/15 9:45am Friday 9:45am

io9 Newsstand: The Best Stories from the Week of March 15 - 21

This week's stories are all adaptations and retellings of one kind or another. They all prove that knowing the story doesn't mean you know the story. » 3/20/15 9:55am 3/20/15 9:55am

18 Perfect Short Stories That Pack More Of A Punch Than Most Novels

People sometimes mistake short stories for trifles, wee vignettes that are over before they start. But there's a reason why many of the best movies are based on short fiction rather than novels: a short story is just the right length to blow your mind. Here are 18 science fiction and short stories that rock our world. » 3/19/15 12:38pm 3/19/15 12:38pm

io9 Newsstand: The Best Stories from the Week of March 8 - 14

This week's stories are about the things that come at us out of the dark — be it the star-specked darkness of space, or the conscience-riddled darkness of our souls. » 3/13/15 11:22am 3/13/15 11:22am

A brand new Heinlein story! Robert A. Heinlein wrote a funny cyborg story in response to a cyborg anthology that was dedicated to him, Human Machines. And this rare find is finally appearing in a magazine, the May issue of Galaxy's Edge. » 3/12/15 2:40pm 3/12/15 2:40pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories from the Week of March 1 - 7

This week's stories are all about the passage of time, traveling in time, and things that occur when time happens all at once. » 3/06/15 9:40am 3/06/15 9:40am

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories from the Week of February 22 - 28

I'm enamored with the craft of all this week's stories, their use of structure and the choices the authors made with voice and point of view. These stories all deal with culture and fable and the need to return and return again ritualistically to the same places, relationships, and crossroads. » 2/27/15 10:17am 2/27/15 10:17am

The Nebula Awards Shortlist Is Full Of New Names

Proof that recognition in science fiction and fantasy is open to newcomers: the latest raft of Nebula nominees includes a ton of new names. And at least one of them, Alaya Dawn Johnson, is on the ballot in a couple of categories. » 2/20/15 11:03am 2/20/15 11:03am

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories from the Week of February 15 - 21

This week's stories are elemental—passionate waters and stone cold fires. They're about the things we do for family — sacrifices and lies. And what it takes to push us into the unknown — under the sea, or on the road. » 2/20/15 10:05am 2/20/15 10:05am

"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

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories from the Week of February 8 - 14

This week's stories are all about bodies — including body-modification, violations, and finding the physical truth of yourself. » 2/13/15 9:40am 2/13/15 9:40am

Why short fiction is a good career move. Earlier today, we revealed why thinks short novels are the future of publishing — but in a post on the SFWA site, John Joseph Adams and Daniel H. Wilson explain why short fiction may not pay much, but can still boost your career. » 2/12/15 4:30pm 2/12/15 4:30pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for January 19 - 24

This week's stories are about divergent histories, revolutions, and people abusing their power (or just the ones they love). » 1/23/15 9:20am 1/23/15 9:20am

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: Favorite Podcasts for January 1 - 16

Happy New Year! A little belatedly, I know. The first of the year is busy busy busy, and not just for me. I hear tell of changes in editorial staff at at least two major SFF magazines. And award season is upon us! More on that next week. This week it's all about the podcasts. » 1/16/15 2:12pm 1/16/15 2:12pm

A New Day at F&SF Charles Coleman Finlay became editor of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, after guest-editing a couple of issues over the past year. He's the ninth editor of the magazine since 1949, and his tenure begins with the March-April issue. » 1/15/15 2:45pm 1/15/15 2:45pm

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