Science Fiction vs. Fantasy Round One: Space Opera and Epic Fantasy!

In this year's edition of io9 March Madness, we're on a quest to find the greatest series in all of science fiction and fantasy. On Wednesday, we kicked things off by making eight classics battle it out just to make it into the tourney. Now it's time to start voting on the round of 64! » 3/14/14 11:18am 3/14/14 11:18am

10 Things That Every Brand New Creator of Science Fiction Should Know

Being a science fiction creator is the most amazing adventure — you get to invent whole new worlds, brand new futures, and fantastic technologies, and you get to tell the most incredible stories about them. But it's also a tough and heartbreaking career path, whether you're in books, comics, movies or television. Here… » 3/06/14 10:31am 3/06/14 10:31am

10 Reasons Why Le Guin's Earthsea Books Can Still Change Your Life

We live in a time of riches, as far as fantasy book series go — tons of sprawling sagas are being told, by authors with a huge diversity of styles. But if you want a life-changing visit to a fantasy world, you can't do any better than Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea. Here are ten reasons Le Guin's fantasy series still… » 11/06/13 10:00am 11/06/13 10:00am

10 Best Science Fiction Stories Where Humans Are The Monsters

Humans are capable of immense greatness and largeness of spirit — but we can also be total horrible bastards, sometimes. And science fiction is full of stories where we terrorize and mistreat innocent creatures. Here are the 10 best stories where humans are the villains. » 9/26/13 10:36am 9/26/13 10:36am

Which science fiction book you would give to a first-time SF reader?

It only takes one great science fiction or fantasy book to get someone hooked. If it's the right book, that is. When you're faced with someone who likes to read but hasn't delved much into science fiction or fantasy, what the "gateway drug" book you offer him or her? What's the best book for a newbie SF reader? » 7/22/13 2:48pm 7/22/13 2:48pm

We've lost another one of the greats: R.I.P. Jack Vance, 1916-2013

Jack Vance's impact on science fiction can't be overestimated. His Dying Earth series alone would be enough to make him one of the genre's most important figures. But he also gave us the Demon Princes series and several others, and he helped revitalize the planetary romance genre with Big Planet. He died over the… » 5/29/13 1:40pm 5/29/13 1:40pm

If you want to see what science fiction is capable of in 2013, you…

Karen Lord's new novel starts out with a horrific act of genocide. Sadira, the homeworld of the Sadiri race, is completely wiped out, with countless Sadiri dead. The remaining Sadiri, living on other planets, struggle with preserving their culture and keeping their race alive in some form. With that sort of set-up,… » 2/08/13 5:12pm 2/08/13 5:12pm

Great science fiction authors tell us which novels they wish they'd…

We look to the great SF authors and get inspiration from their work — along with a healthy dose of envy, sometimes. It's impossible to read the works of authors like Vernor Vinge and Maureen McHugh without wishing we could have pulled something like that off. But which works do the great SF authors wish they'd written? » 1/18/13 8:00am 1/18/13 8:00am

Proof that Molly Gloss Deserves to Be One of Your Favorite Authors

Molly Gloss is one of the best writers you've probably never read. Though she fits, both chronologically and thematically, into a cohort of female genre writers of feminist-inflected, anthropological SF — a group that includes Eleanor Arnason, Karen Joy Fowler, and of course Ursula K. Le Guin — Gloss is probably the… » 12/06/12 4:00pm 12/06/12 4:00pm

10 Science Fiction Novels That Will Definitely Never Be Movies

So they actually did it: They turned the sprawling, insane Cloud Atlas into a movie, one that actually makes the book look straightforward and uncontroversial. It just goes to show, no matter how unconventional or sprawling a book is, there's a way to adapt that sucker into a movie. Except sometimes, no. » 10/30/12 10:00am 10/30/12 10:00am

"Unfilmable" Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Somehow Got Filmed

Next week sees the release of Cloud Atlas, the movie version of one of the most famously unfilmable books of all time. But Cloud Atlas isn't the first supposedly unfilmable book to make it to the screen. There have been several classic novels that everybody thought couldn't be captured on film — until somebody did it.… » 10/19/12 1:12pm 10/19/12 1:12pm

Science Fiction Sequels and Prequels That We Waited Years (or Decades) …

Now that Prometheus is out on DVD, we're all rediscovering Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to science fiction. Many people were disappointed with Scott's comeback — but we should have known it would never quite live up to our hopes. Science fiction and fantasy are full of cases of creators who returned to their most … » 10/15/12 12:13pm 10/15/12 12:13pm

Tonight: Hear some of your favorite SF authors read their favorite SF…

If you're in Brooklyn tonight at 7:30, you should stop by the new science fiction bookstore Singularity & Co., where some great SF authors are paying tribute to their influences. Lev Grossman is reading James White, Paul Park is reading Ursula K. Le Guin, and Ophira Eisenberg is reading Kurt Vonnegut. More details at… » 9/28/12 1:43pm 9/28/12 1:43pm

Now this is how you write a fantasy novel about the British Empire

We're still living in the shadow of the British Empire, at least as far as a lot of science fiction and fantasy novels go. From Steampunk reimaginings of British explorers to magical versions of nineteenth century England, the sun pretty much never sets on books about the British Empire. But it's rare to see a book… » 8/27/12 4:34pm 8/27/12 4:34pm

This Fall's Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

What do science fiction and fantasy books have in store for you this fall? There are new fantasy series by Tad Williams and Jacqueline Carey. A brand new Culture novel by Iain M. Banks. Collaborations between Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, and Larry Niven and Gregory Benford. A classic Gene Wolfe novel. A massive… » 8/23/12 1:57pm 8/23/12 1:57pm