R.I.P. Jay Lake, Irreplaceable Science Fiction And Fantasy Author

The first time I met Jay Lake, he was greeting people at a convention party in a Hawaiian shirt and joking, "That's right. I'm Cancer Guy." Lake was willing to joke about his identity as cancer survivor, while also inspiring others. But his identity as a writer and editor of groundbreaking SF was even more important. » 6/01/14 2:15pm 6/01/14 2:15pm

We Need A New Literary Movement With A Slightly Ludicrous Name

When I first obsessed about the idea of being a science-fiction writer, I was captivated by the Slipstream movement, which aimed to bust genre boundaries and shatter expectations. And reading about 1975's science fiction boom makes you realize how great the New Wave was. So maybe it's time for a new movement with a… » 5/08/14 1:27pm 5/08/14 1:27pm

You Can't Have An Apocalypse Without A Gloomy Voiceover

It's just the law of apocalypses: You can't feature the destruction of all (or most) life on Earth, without throwing in a gloomy monologue explaining exactly how we blew it all to hell. It's the way things work around here. Typically, these monologues include scenes of devastation as well as a droning voice talking… » 12/11/12 1:35pm 12/11/12 1:35pm

You Can't Have An Apocalypse Without A Gloomy Voiceover

It's just the law of apocalypses: You can't feature the destruction of all (or most) life on Earth, without throwing in a gloomy monologue explaining exactly how we blew it all to hell. It's the way things work around here. Typically, these monologues include scenes of devastation as well as a droning voice talking… » 6/12/09 12:00pm 6/12/09 12:00pm

Breathe in Space with New Pulp Scifi Game "Slipstream"

If you want to participate in some old-school scifi swashbuckling on savage planets with alien women, your rocket ship has arrived. The game is the latest from Savage Worlds, which specializes in adventures organized around Plot Points rather than GM-created scenarios. io9 co-conspirator Ed Grabianowski writes on his … » 1/29/09 4:30pm 1/29/09 4:30pm

Slipstream Office Politics in Jeff VanderMeer's "The Situation," Free…

Jeff VanderMeer is one of those authors whose books seep into your brain, trickle down your spine, and lodge somewhere deep in the insect parts of your DNA. Heavily influenced by Lovecraft, VanderMeer is perhaps best known for the dreamy-crawly short story collection City of Saints and Madmen, set in the brooding… » 3/06/08 10:24am 3/06/08 10:24am

Be Kind, Rewind Is Slipstream Slapstick

Be Kind Rewind, Michel Gondry's new movie, is a thematic sequel to his best film, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. In Eternal Sunshine, a mysterious brain-editing machine can erase your memories of a shitty relationship, leaving you free to reinvent yourself. In Be Kind Rewind, Jack Black gets magnetized and… » 2/21/08 9:00am 2/21/08 9:00am