"Infodump," "Mary Sue" And Other Words That Authors Are Sick Of Hearing

Science fiction and fantasy readers are in a constant dialogue with their favorite stories. At conventions, workshops, and online, people geek out about their favorite books. But sometimes, authors get a little tired of the same old memes. Ten authors told io9 about the writing terms they'd like to see retired. » 11/25/14 1:00pm 11/25/14 1:00pm

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

Top 10 Greatest Space Zombies Of All Time!

Zombies. They're your ultimate nightmare. But the only thing that's more intense than regular zombies? Is space zombies. Because zombies are automatically way more terrifying when there's noplace to run. Here are the 10 greatest space zombies of all time! » 9/01/13 10:00am 9/01/13 10:00am

The Real Reason Readers Might Love a Book that You Find Fatally Flawed

Apocalypse Ocean author Tobias Buckell has a great blog post about the problem with book bloggers and reviewers who've read too much of a single genre, to the point where they see nothing but cliches and flaws. Including this amazing quote about remembering why readers actually love books, which is making the rounds… » 5/06/13 12:22pm 5/06/13 12:22pm

Tobias Buckell is here today answering your questions, from 2-3 PST

This month, the io9 Book Club read Tobias Buckell's incredible new novel The Apocalypse Ocean. Buckell will be here today, from 2-3 PM PST, to answer any questions you have about that novel, about crowdfunding his writing, or even about his bestselling Halo novel (and his videogame obsession). » 4/15/13 9:15am 4/15/13 9:15am

The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about Tobias Buckell's The…

Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In March, we read The Apocalypse Ocean, by Tobias Buckell. Jump into comments to get started talking about it! » 4/09/13 12:39pm 4/09/13 12:39pm

io9 Book Club Reminder: Meeting 4/9 to discuss Tobias Buckell's The…

This month, we'll be reading Tobias Buckell's crowd-funded novel The Apocalypse Ocean. It's the fourth book in his Xenowealth series — but don't worry! It stands on its own. Caveat: you may love it so much that you have to go back and read the previous three when you're done. » 4/02/13 4:25pm 4/02/13 4:25pm

A Good First Stab at a Vampire Diaries Drinking Game (Disguised as a…

Really, all you have to do is take the exercises on the list below and replace them with shots of different types of liquor, and you're good to go. I would suggest a few other things, like guzzling straight from the bottle every time Stefan says "Your emotions are... heightened." And Tobias Buckell suggests doing… » 12/28/12 3:20pm 12/28/12 3:20pm

A Man and his Virtual Dragon, Against All the Malicious Code in the…

Being a non-player character in someone else's virtual world can be a pain — especially when some of the monsters won't stay dead. Tobias Buckell's story "A Game of Rats and Dragon," published in Lightspeed Magazine, takes a lot of the cliches of augmented reality and virtual gaming, and adds a really neat spin — what… » 11/29/12 4:20pm 11/29/12 4:20pm

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Miss in October!

October brings an amazing horde of great books, to keep you reading way into the night. Lois Lowry concludes the Giver saga, Justin Cronin continues the Passage trilogy, and Iain M. Banks has a new story of the Culture. Plus Catherynne M. Valente's latest Fairyland novel, and Cory Doctorow's follow-up to Little Brother » 10/02/12 3:54pm 10/02/12 3:54pm

Your Summer Beach Reading List for 2012

Summer is almost here, and that means one thing: Escape! Everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, humans will be fleeing their buildings and shedding their protective outer garments, even as the sun grows hotter and more intense. But for some of us, simply fleeing to large bodies of water isn't enough — we need to… » 4/25/12 4:11pm 4/25/12 4:11pm

A Decisive Solution to Internet Spammers

Arctic Rising author Tobias Buckell has a new story in the first issue of a "multigenre fiction and comics magazine" called Fireside — and you can read the whole thing online at Wired. In "Press Enter to Execute," a hired gun is taking a very radical approach to the people who flood your email inbox with spam. Until… » 4/17/12 1:57pm 4/17/12 1:57pm

The war that comes after global warming will blow your mind in new…

A lot of science fiction about the Earth's warmer future is dystopian, showing us drowned cities and people reduced to Road Warrior desperados. But Tobias Buckell's new novel, Arctic Rising, offers a far more complicated and realistic picture of what the world will look like when the poles melt. It's a breakneck… » 4/02/12 4:40pm 4/02/12 4:40pm

What it's really like to fight with giant suits of computerized armor

Most of us have dreamed about controlling giant, computerized armor suits like Iron Man does. But what would it really be like to fight inside and alongside these futuristic machines? Or to use them for something other than warfare? Those are the questions posed by the writers collected in John Joseph Adams' latest… » 3/19/12 4:25pm 3/19/12 4:25pm

In "The Alchemist and The Executioness," magic destroys the environment

Last year, award-winning science fiction authors Tobias Buckell (Sly Mongoose) and Paolo Bacigalupi (Windup Girl) teamed up to write two fantasy novellas set in the same universe. Both novellas, Buckell's "The Executioness" and Bacigalupi's "The Alchemist" are set in the city of Khaim, where an early Renaissance… » 4/25/11 3:28pm 4/25/11 3:28pm

One of last year's coolest anthologies gets a sequel

Metatropolis thrilled us with its near-future shared world and its daring take on urban decay and reinvention. So we're psyched that a second volume is coming out — focusing exclusively on one of the most memorable settings in the first book, the reborn Pacific Northwest known as Cascadia. Edited by Jay Lake, whose… » 10/06/10 2:30pm 10/06/10 2:30pm

Why do scifi authors write franchise tie-ins?

Literary scifi authors from Vonda McIntyre to Jeff VanderMeer and Thomas Disch have written "works for hire" - tie-ins to movie, TV, or game franchises. Now authors tell io9 why they did it - and no, it wasn't for money. » 7/02/10 12:32pm 7/02/10 12:32pm

Top 10 Greatest Space Zombies Of All Time!

Pandorum's space-zombie rampage was a huge letdown, but at least Zombieland reminded us how great zombies can be. Especially in space! Here's our list of the top 10 space zombies of all time. Possible spoilers ahead... » 10/12/09 3:06pm 10/12/09 3:06pm

Tobias Buckell On Eco-Thrillers and Writing Fight Scenes

Fresh off his top-selling novel Halo: The Cole Protocol, Tobias Buckell is turning back to original stories with an eco-thriller called Arctic Rising. He talked to us about that, and why the best fight scenes are short. » 8/14/09 11:19am 8/14/09 11:19am

Green Lantern's Not The Only One With Super-Powered Bling

Sure, Green Lantern's a fancy movie star now, with Ryan Reynolds set to play him, but the space cop with the magic ring isn't the first person to sport some bling with amazing super-powers. Here's our list of super-powered jewelry. » 7/14/09 5:08pm 7/14/09 5:08pm