Who Is the Best Spy in Fantasy Fiction?

As is traditional for io9 nights here during spy week, we're following up the essay on my pick for the best spy fiction within a category with a chance for you to have your say. Use the poll below or simply battle away in the comments — you're giving all of us a bunch of new recommendations, so, really, everyone's a… » 2/11/15 2:30am 2/11/15 2:30am

Why Tamora Pierce Should Be Hollywood's Favorite Author Right Now

On TV and in film, we're seeing a lot of properties get developed that we never thought would have a chance. In some cases, we're seeing single properties stretched to into whole universes. Why do this when there are two worlds, by the same author, which are perfectly suited to this kind of adaptation? » 11/18/14 12:44am 11/18/14 12:44am

20 Great Insults from Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Suppose you really need to put people in their place? Consult the great works of science fiction and fantasy! You need a lot of imagination to concoct a truly bracing put-down, so it's probably not surprising that speculative fiction writers cook up the best burns. Here are 20 great insults from SF and fantasy novels. » 7/18/13 9:47am 7/18/13 9:47am

The Most Pointless Rules for Young Epic Heroes in Training

When you sign up to become a Jedi or a Starfleet officer, you have to abide by certain rules. Like, "Don't attempt a Kolvoord Starbust." But often, these organizations seem to invent rules that have no reason, beyond creating dramatic tension. Here are the most counterproductive training rules in science fiction and… » 6/11/13 11:00am 6/11/13 11:00am