Learning from Ted

Ted Sturgeon used to say, "A writer will write in the dirt with a sharp stick if there is nothing else around." That was me, especially after I discovered word processors in the late 1970s. I had previously written a couple of professional articles for Guitar Player Magazine, but hated typing... and retyping. Word… » 3/09/15 2:02am 3/09/15 2:02am

The Greatest Advice For Science Fiction Writers: "Ask The Next Question"

Theodore Sturgeon, who would have turned 97 today, was one of the all-time great science fiction writers. And he came up with a great maxim that defines much of what SF authors do to make their work extraordinary: "Ask the next question." Some current authors explain how this maxim shapes everything they do. » 2/26/15 4:30pm 2/26/15 4:30pm

The Bizarre True-Life Tale Of The Hoax Behind The Book I, Libertine

Have you ever read I, Libertine? The book itself may be less interesting than how the book came to be. Hear the story of the book that started as a hoax. » 2/18/15 12:30pm 2/18/15 12:30pm

Scientists trapped on a Medieval Hellworld, in Hard to be a God trailer

Before Hard to be a God was a hit video game, it was a novel by the indispensible Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, adapted into a 1989 film starring Werner Herzog. And now it's been adapted into a new, black-and-white film that looks incredibly grueling and intense. » 2/24/14 5:26pm 2/24/14 5:26pm

Grandmaster of Science Fiction: Theodore Sturgeon

"He understood real people, not just science fiction characters," says science fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg of legendary author Theodore Sturgeon. Regarded as one of the godfathers of contemporary science fiction and dark fantasy, Sturgeon's stories are considered classics of speculative fiction, and have… » 8/23/13 6:32pm 8/23/13 6:32pm

R.I.P. Paul Williams, pioneering music journalist and Philip K. Dick's…

Paul Williams is probably best known as a rock critic who started the groundbreaking magazine Crawdaddy! as a teenager and sang with Timothy Leary on John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Give Peace a Chance." But Williams, who died yesterday after a battle with dementia, also has a major place in science fiction history,… » 3/28/13 2:00pm 3/28/13 2:00pm

What if you could get Robert A. Heinlein to send you story ideas?

Even the greats get Writer's Block. But when you're Theodore Sturgeon, you can get some advice directly from Robert A. Heinlein. » 10/01/12 11:44am 10/01/12 11:44am

Science Fiction Authors Who Could be Hollywood's Next Philip K. Dick

When Hollywood wants a futuristic, paranoid thriller where nothing is what it seems, the studios reach for the work of one man. This week, Philip K. Dick continues his reign as Hollywood's idea spigot, with a remake of Total Recall. More PKD films are in the works, and there's no shortage of material out there. » 7/30/12 2:01pm 7/30/12 2:01pm

Congrats to the winners of the 2012 Theodore Sturgeon and John W.…

The winners of the 2012 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and John W. Campbell Memorial Award have been announced, honoring some of the past year's best works of short science fiction and science fiction novels, respectively. » 6/30/12 7:45am 6/30/12 7:45am

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Who Never Wrote Sequels or…

Sometimes it seems like science fiction, and especially fantasy, are genres that lend themselves exclusively to trilogies and long-running series. But some of the greatest writers in speculative fiction have only written standalone novels, not series or trilogies. » 1/30/12 2:46pm 1/30/12 2:46pm

University Library gets Theodore Sturgeon's original notes for More…

Science fiction giant Theodore Sturgeon's papers are being donated to the University of Kansas, after having been privately held in two separate parts until now. This treasure trove of information will prove a boon to researchers studying the process of the award-winning novelist and Star Trek writer (who coined the… » 7/11/11 7:30am 7/11/11 7:30am

How many definitions of science fiction are there?

Science fiction is the literature of our times, the fuel of our imaginations and the source of our favorite imaginary worlds. But what do we mean when we talk about "science fiction?" Here are some of the many definitions. » 8/27/10 7:30am 8/27/10 7:30am

10 Authors Who Put Sex In Their Science Fiction

Sex and science fiction have not always been the most obvious partners; combining the two has occasionally defeated even the genre's greatest luminaries. But here are ten authors who successfully brought sex into the future. » 4/17/09 3:49pm 4/17/09 3:49pm

Telepathic Alcoholics More Common In Books Than Movies

Why can't movie science fiction be as creative as the books? Brendan at Balancing Frogs just read a collection of 1950s science fiction novellas about ancient telepathic civilizations, crystalline alien explorers and super-advanced humans who despise their primitive Earth cousins. Each story has at least one loopy… » 11/13/07 12:20pm 11/13/07 12:20pm