All The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books We're Dying to Read in 2012

Science fiction and fantasy books are bigger than ever. A Dance With Dragons and Stephen King's time-travel saga rule the bestseller lists. Literary authors all flock to write about zombies, apocalypses and time travel. And by all indications, 2012 is going to be an even greater year for genre books. » 1/11/12 11:05am 1/11/12 11:05am

February Books: Hackers, Guns-for-Hire, and Supernatural Cops

What's new for February? Cherie Priest tries her hand at bad-ass bloodsuckers. There's also paranormal police, feminist hackers, and an ARG that sparks a revolution that may overturn a whole government. » 2/09/11 1:11pm 2/09/11 1:11pm

How life is imitating science fiction in Egypt

Walter Jon Williams' Deep State, out next week, picks up the themes of viral marketing and social media from his previous novel This Is Not A Game. And a lot of the stuff that Williams wrote about is very similar to what's been happening in Egypt and Tunisia. Is Williams a prophet of the internet age, or just lucky?… » 2/03/11 2:21pm 2/03/11 2:21pm

Scariest future dystopias where the Conservatives have won

It's election day, and all indications are that the GOP will sweep Congress. What's the worst that can happen under the Republicans? Science fiction has the answer, with a wealth of stories about right-wing policies taken to horrendous extremes. » 11/02/10 11:40am 11/02/10 11:40am

This Month’s Books: Mutant Orphans and Far-Future Mars

April's new science fiction books take you on a trip across a transformed Mars, and to the heart of a British battle against mutant Nazi orphans. Also, a couple of steampunk adventures jostle for a space in your to-be-read pile. » 4/14/10 10:47am 4/14/10 10:47am

The Books You Hoard In Order To Give Them Away

Which books do you buy extra copies of on sight, especially if they're used — knowing you'll want to give them to someone else soon? Jo Walton has sparked a great discussion of book hoarding and giving over at » 12/24/09 2:30pm 12/24/09 2:30pm

Learn The Craft Of Novel-Writing From Walter Jon Williams And Nancy…

The Taos ToolBox Writers Workshop is taking applications for its "graduate level" writing classes, taught by Walter Jon Williams, Nancy Kress and guest-instructor Carrie Vaughn. But beware: It sounds like the instruction gets pretty intensive. » 12/02/09 8:30am 12/02/09 8:30am

Virtual Resurrection: The Dead Who Went To Cyber-Heaven

Is there life after death? Maybe, if you're wired. After all, death is just a failure of storage media. Science fiction is full of people who've died in meatspace, only to live on in cyberspace. Here's our inventory of cyber-Heaven. » 6/07/09 3:00pm 6/07/09 3:00pm

If Nothing's A Game, Then Everything Is

This Is Not A Game, Walter Jon Williams' new novel, shows how "reality" and Alternate Reality Games blend and become more and more indistinguishable - just as our culture, money and society melt down. Spoilers... » 3/31/09 3:54pm 3/31/09 3:54pm

A.I.s Are Still Trapped In The Summer Of Love

"Right up till the 1980s, SF envisioned giant mainframe computers that ran everything remotely, that ingested huge amounts of information and regurgitated it in startling ways, and that behaved (or were programmed to behave) very much like human beings... Now we have 14-year-olds with more computing power on their… » 11/05/08 7:20am 11/05/08 7:20am

Future Dystopias Where Conservatives Have Won

What's the worst that can happen if you vote Republican in November? Science fiction has the answer, with a wealth of stories about right-wing policies taken to their most horrendous extremes. We already recounted the scariest dystopias where liberals triumph, and now here's our list of the most awesome dark futures… » 9/24/08 7:04pm 9/24/08 7:04pm

Your Face Cream Will One Day Eat The World

Artificial intelligences aren't going to take over Earth by building a bunch of robotic fashion models to karate-chop us to death. Instead, the A.I. takeover will come from a nasty nano-tech sludge that consumes all matter in its path to recreate itself endlessly. This "gray goo" scenario has popped up in novels by… » 2/27/08 9:00am 2/27/08 9:00am