Congratulations Don DeLillo! The indispensible author of postmodern/slipstream novels (with the occasional foray into straight-up science fiction) is receiving a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation. To celebrate, here are Noma Bar and Dutch Uncle’s DeLillo cover designs. »
It’s hard to put my finger on the exact moment the idea for the Apex Book of World SF series first crystallised, but the seeds for it were sown long before. I grew up on a kibbutz in Israel, and even as a child I was drawn to fantastical works, many translated from Europe: not just Tove Jansson’s Moomins, but Janusz… »
You know that moment where you feel like a good breeze could lift your feet from the ground? You lean into it a little. You might even unbutton your coat to let the wind fill the cloth.
You might not realize it, but the invention of the ballpoint pen was a major technological innovation in the industrialized world. Over on the Atlantic, Josh Giesbrecht talks about how the pen changed how we put words down to paper. »
The Apex Book of World SF 4, available now as an ebook for just $4.49, contains 28 stories from all over the world. We’re proud to feature one of them, “The Good Matter” by Swedish author Nene Ormes, as an exclusive excerpt here at io9. Learn just how twisted someone with a psychic ability can become.
I like writing this series. I really do. It’s rewarding in a number of respects. But some years are less enjoyable to cover than others. 1894, for example, had A Prisoner of Zenda, but not much else that was fun. 1895, on the other hand, has a splendid array of science fiction and fantasy, both in novels and short… »
An imagined future is supposed to tell us something about the world to come, but how we imagine it usually ends up telling us a lot more about our present than our future. Here, several different science fiction writers explain how to create videogame worlds that feel timeless. »
Since he vowed to become a professional SF author two years ago, Sunil Patel has published nine stories. In a two-part essay (Part One here, Part Two here), Patel explains how he wrote each of those stories and made each of those sales. For anyone who’s ever dreamed of being a science-fiction writer, Patel breaks the… »
Writing is a messy business for most of us—even if you’re one of those people who outlines everything in advance, there’s always going to be some parts that you make up as you go. And sometimes, a first draft will include stuff that you know you’re going to have to change later. But what happens when that stuff takes… »
It’s been way, way too long since the last China Miéville novel, 2012’s Railsea. Now at last, the master of strange, thought-provoking worlds has a book coming out early next year, This Census-Taker. And we’ve got an exclusive first look at the cover as well as an excerpt! »
So you want to be a military science fiction author. You’ve read the classics from all the major authors, and you’ve got a great idea for a novel. Except you haven’t served in the military, and don’t know much beyond what you’ve seen on TV and in movies. Here are 11 books of military history you might want to read… »
Science fiction and fantasy contain lots of stories that bend the walls of reality—so it should come as no surprise that there are also tons of narrators who break the fourth wall or otherwise disrupt normal storytelling. But which story has the most delightfully sarcastic or witty narrator? »
Ken Liu’s debut novel The Grace of Kings has sparked lots of interest with its coinage of a new genre, Silkpunk. But is it a novel of social commentary? Does it comment on contemporary social issues? The New York Times asked Liu, and he delivered an interesting perspective on the ability of fiction to critique society. »
It’s called “Penric’s Demon,” and it came out about a month ago in e-book format. This novella, the longest she’s yet written, takes place in her “World of the Five Gods” universe, with all new characters. Basically, on Penric’s wedding day, he has an unfortunate run-in with a dying sorceress, and gets infested with a… »