Science Fiction Does Something Way Better Than Predict The Future

People get stuck on the idea that science fiction predicts the future, and that we should look to SF books to find out what we'll be doing 20 years from now. But actually, says Questionable Practices author Eileen Gunn, science fiction does something way more valuable: teach us that change is inevitable. » 6/24/14 10:47am 6/24/14 10:47am

Afterparty Is A Cutting-Edge Story About How Science Will Change Us

Daryl Gregory's Afterparty is a fantastic thrill ride, presenting an all-too-real future that upends our own world and replaces it with something far more strange. This is science fiction of the cutting edge, on par with stories such as William Gibson's Neuromancer, McIntosh's Soft Apocalypse and Orphan Black. » 4/28/14 5:00pm 4/28/14 5:00pm

10 Myths About Science Fiction (And Why They Matter)

Science fiction is the literature of our times. And that means myths about science fiction are actually myths about the world we live in today. Science fiction explains our gadget-obsessed, social-media-saturated, meta-fictional present. So here are 10 common myths about science fiction, and why they're important. » 10/10/13 10:04am 10/10/13 10:04am

9 Scientific Breakthroughs That Killed Science Fiction Subgenres

Science fiction looks to the future — but sometimes the future catches up to you. Sometimes, an idea generates tons of great science fiction stories — until science reveals the truth, and kills it dead. Or technology surpasses it. Here are nine scientific breakthroughs that destroyed science fiction subgenres. » 8/29/13 10:29am 8/29/13 10:29am

Further proof that reality has become a William Gibson novel

While musing on Twitter about an app that could generate a "wholly fictitious but believable Facebook persona," William Gibson received confirmation (or at least, an anecdote) that reality is at least as weird as working for Bigend in his most recent trilogy. Here's what artist Greg Borenstein told him: » 1/30/13 7:30am 1/30/13 7:30am

How would the William Gibson of 1984 have described the Internet of…

William Gibson coined the term "cyberspace" and he's still predicting the myriad possibilities of our technological tomorrows, but how might Gibson have described our modern Internet at the time he was writing Neuromancer? Over at Something Awful, Zack Parsons' short parody of Gibson's writing style imagines how our… » 1/06/13 8:30am 1/06/13 8:30am

A Dystopian Movie that Gives You the Glorious Weirdness that All the…

The publicity materials for the new Russian movie Generation P describe it as William Gibson meets William S. Burroughs. Which is a pretty bold claim. But with its strange drug trips, ancient conspiracies and computer-generated politicians, this weird satire of Yeltsin-era crony capitalism almost lives up to those two… » 12/05/12 9:00am 12/05/12 9:00am

Fake William Gibson tweets authentically clever Gibson-inspired book…

Twitter novelty account Authentic Wm. Gibson (@AuthenticWmGibs) assures us that it contains "Synopses for William Gibson novels that are definitely 100% real, but only in a timeline with greater authenticity than this one." While some of the writer's pastiches of Gibson's futuristic global politics, explorations of… » 11/11/12 4:00pm 11/11/12 4:00pm

"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

William Gibson: The Most Important Writer of the Past 30 Years?

Over at Scholars & Rogues, there's a great essay honoring William Gibson, and making the case that he's the most important author of the past three decades. The linchpin of the argument: Gibson not only transformed science fiction, he changed how we think about technology. Recognizing that science fiction was… » 10/11/12 1:31pm 10/11/12 1:31pm

Is Bill and Ted the most realistic time travel movie of all time?

What are the dumbest tropes in time travel fiction? This week on the io9 show, we recount the temporal storylines that drive us nuts. And then we catch up with Caltech physicist Sean Carroll, who explains how time travel could happen in real life — and why Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure might be the most… » 9/28/12 10:30am 9/28/12 10:30am

William Gibson: the Complete io9 Interview

What is the novel for? How do we deal with living in such a futuristic time, without getting future shock? Do novelists have a duty to provide optimism about science and the future? We sat down with William Gibson, for a half-hour discussion about writing and the role of science fiction in society. And here's what he… » 9/27/12 2:38pm 9/27/12 2:38pm

The Science Fiction Romances that Make Felicia Day Go Ewww.

Love: the final frontier. Science fiction is full of great love stories... but it's also full of terrible love and sex disasters that gross us out and just annoy us. This week on the io9 show, we talk about our least favorite science fiction romances — plus all the weirdest and most inappropriate romantic tropes.… » 9/21/12 10:40am 9/21/12 10:40am