10 Worst Mistakes That Authors of Alternate History Make

The past is another country — but an alternate history is a whole new world. The best alternate histories can make you see the real history of our world in a whole new way, and make you realize that events that seem like they were inevitable... may not have been. » 2/14/12 10:33am 2/14/12 10:33am

Terry Bisson injects Kafka with bad-dream nanites, then dangles him off…

Terry Bisson's stories have always been off-kilter (surely you've read "They're Made Of Meat"?) but he's gotten weirder and more anarchic lately. Case in point: "The Cockroach Hat," which would be stream of consciousness if streams ran upstream. » 6/25/10 9:30am 6/25/10 9:30am

Independent Publishers Who Are Reinventing The Future

Genre publishing has taken some hard hits in recent years — but a slew of independent publishers is still out there, charting the unknown regions of book publishing and keeping your reading lists weird. Here are our favorite indy presses. » 11/20/09 1:02pm 11/20/09 1:02pm

Kim Stanley Robinson: Dystopian Fiction Is For Slackers

Gallileo's Dream author Kim Stanley Robinson explains why writing about utopias is much, much harder than writing about dystopias, but also much more worthwhile if we're planning on having descendants around to read our stories in the future. » 11/09/09 2:00pm 11/09/09 2:00pm

10 Ways To Rescue The Climate, According To Science Fiction

Hot enough for ya? Our crazy fossil-fuel orgy is driving the planet's temperatures through the roof. Good thing science fiction books and movies have come up with 10 can't-fail solutions (well, maybe they'd work) for stopping global warming. » 9/04/09 12:37pm 9/04/09 12:37pm

Secrets Of Great Characters, According To 6 Science Fiction Authors

Click to view » 10/31/08 1:55pm 10/31/08 1:55pmAmazing stories need great characters. And when you're writing a story set in a futuristic or fantastical world, it's more important than ever for readers to be able to relate to your characters. It's also harder than ever, because your characters' lives and experiences will be totally different than your…

Why Aren't Aliens Talking to Us?

Several of the most imaginative minds in science fiction (and science) gathered at this year's Readercon to discuss a fundamental question of our existence: Why does it seem like we're alone in the universe? Writers Jeff Hecht, Steven Popkes, Robert J. Sawyer, Ian Randal Strock, and Michael A. Burstein offered their… » 7/23/08 7:00am 7/23/08 7:00am

New Issue of Rudy Rucker's FLURB Hits the Interwebs

Science fiction writer Rudy "Postsingular" Rucker has just posted issue #5 of his speculative fiction webzine FLURB, which is always full of bizarro delights. In this issue, Terry Bisson writes about a superhero called Captain Ordinary who teleports around the world via hidden portals in Starbucks outlets, triggered… » 3/31/08 11:20am 3/31/08 11:20am