Vintage Cover Art Suggests Future Laden With Guns, Space Suits For Dogs

Behold, the first-edition cover art for Fredric Brown's 1951 Space on My Hands. The classic science-fiction short-story collection contains "Knock," which begins with two of the most evocative sentences ever: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door ..." » 3/28/15 4:45pm Saturday 4:45pm

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

Young Lois Lane Investigates A Teacher In This Prequel To Her YA Novel

Lois Lane heads from the pages of DC Comics to her very own Young Adult novel this May, but you can read a teaser of what's to come with this new short story from Gwenda Bond detailing the young Lois' first day at a new school — and she's already getting herself primed for a future career at the Daily Planet. » 3/06/15 2:40pm 3/06/15 2:40pm

Read The Lost Sherlock Holmes Short Story Someone Found In An Attic

A Sherlock Holmes short story, penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was recently discovered in an attic. And has now the 111-year-old lost short has been transcribed for you to read. So put on your deerstalker, and enjoy. » 2/20/15 1:42pm 2/20/15 1:42pm

J.K. Rowling To Release 12 New Harry Potter Short Stories This Month

J.K. Rowling just dropped a huge holiday gift to her fans. The writer is about to put out 12 additional Harry Potter stories this month! » 12/05/14 4:00pm 12/05/14 4:00pm

What If the Robot Uprising Was an Anti-War Movement?

Most science fiction assumes that when the robots rise up and achieve self-awareness, they'll want to murder us. But what if they rebelled by rejecting the human habits of making war and killing? That's the premise of my new science fiction short story, "Drones Don't Kill People," in Lightspeed Magazine. » 12/01/14 3:20pm 12/01/14 3:20pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for October 27 - 31

Happy Halloween! There's one extra Friday in this month — just enough time to sneak in one more dark story for this dark time of year. » 10/31/14 10:55am 10/31/14 10:55am

What is the Scariest Short Story You've Ever Read?

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for September 15 - 20

Remember last month when I talked about wanting to see more science fiction and fantasy translated into English from other languages? And I mentioned a secret project being hinted at by Clarkesworld's Neil Clarke? It's not a secret, anymore! » 9/19/14 1:56pm 9/19/14 1:56pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for September 8 - 13

One of the best ways we, as a culture, process the tragic things that happen in our lives (individually or as a group) is through stories. Fiction is powerful that way. And there's been a lot of powerful fiction written about and around 9/11. » 9/12/14 10:55am 9/12/14 10:55am

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories for the Week of August 18 - 23

I want to focus on short fiction found in magazines, but the large number of awesome anthologies cannot be discounted and I know you love them. So once a month I'm going to take a tiny break from magazines and call out an anthology I'm enjoying too. » 8/22/14 11:27am 8/22/14 11:27am

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories for the Week of August 11 - 16

One of my favorite ways to consume short stories (besides toasting them lightly in the oven) is via podcast. I can listen to a story when reading is impossible or not advisable. I'm not brave enough to bring my Nook into the bath, but I love to hear a great voice talent spin the story out for me, the speaker safely… » 8/15/14 7:20am 8/15/14 7:20am

​io9 Newsstand: Best Short Stories for the Week of July 21 - 26

Themes and synchronicities keep popping up in my short story reading. Many of this week's stores are about witches and demons and dangerous feminine magical powers of awesome. Not all of them. The others are just about cruelty and theater and magic and desperation. Normal stuff. » 7/25/14 2:51pm 7/25/14 2:51pm

Read J.K. Rowling's First-Ever Story About Harry Potter As An Adult

J.K. Rowling gave us a brief epilogue about Harry Potter's adult life at the end of The Deathly Hallows, but now, for the first time since that final book, Rowling has written a story that features Harry not as a teen wizarding student, but a 34-year-old Auror. » 7/08/14 8:26am 7/08/14 8:26am

31 Essential Science Fiction Terms And Where They Came From

There are so many words and phrases that we use in science fiction—and even science—without giving it much thought. But where did we get terms like "death ray," "terraforming," "hive mind," "telepathy," and "parallel universe"? » 6/23/14 10:00am 6/23/14 10:00am

Grab Pre-apocalyptic Anthology The End is Nigh Today For Just $1.99!

The End Is Nigh – a pre-apocalyptic anthology of never-before-published short stories by some seriously awesome authors (including io9's own Charlie Jane Anders) – is Amazon's Kindle Daily Deal for Science Fiction and Fantasy! » 6/21/14 12:43pm 6/21/14 12:43pm

That's No Lightning. It's A Love Letter!

But it'll take all of us to decipher it, flying in formation. The array on the mothership alone isn't powerful enough or sensitive enough to pick up all the permutations. We'll be risking certain death — but it's worth it to get a new message from the Cloud Bard! » 5/27/14 7:37pm 5/27/14 7:37pm

Congratulations To This Year's Nebula Award Winners!

Last night, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the 2013 Nebula Awards. Let's see who took home this year's trophies. » 5/18/14 10:30am 5/18/14 10:30am

Read this intense, pre-apocalyptic hacker story by Tobias Buckell

We've got an incredible short story for you to read, called "System Reset," written by Arctic Rising author Tobias Buckell. It's taken from the pre-apocalypse anthology The End is Nigh, edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey. It's a smart thriller about hacker bounty hunters on a world-ending job. » 3/13/14 7:00pm 3/13/14 7:00pm