Nick Harkaway's Tigerman Takes Superheroes Where They've Never Gone

Nick Harkaway's Tigerman is a funny, original and very human novel about a man who puts on a costume and rights wrongs. It's also an echt superhero novel - it gives us a new take on superheroics, different from either superhero comics or films, by showing them through the lens of literary prose. » 9/24/14 4:00pm 9/24/14 4:00pm

Must Watch: John Brunner Breaks Down The Silliness Of Genre Categories

Back in (I'm guessing) the early 1970s, Hugo Award-winning John Brunner already understood that the division between "science fiction" and "mainstream fiction" was largely meaningless. In this must-watch video, the eloquent writer explains why science fiction is the mainstream literature of our technological world. » 9/12/14 3:19pm 9/12/14 3:19pm

Why Do Alien Cultures Have Just One Language Each?

Here on Earth, we speak over 7,000 living languages. But in science fiction, alien species routinely turn out to have just one language, or a few major dialects at best. Over at Slate, they ask whether this is realistic — or whether we're just lumping alien languages together, based on shared characteristics. » 9/09/14 2:53pm 9/09/14 2:53pm

We've Lost One Of The Great Fantasy Writers: R.I.P. Graham Joyce

Graham Joyce was a monumental writer in the fantasy genre. His humane, intense writing was like a masterclass in how to put story first, and he knew how to write people, with all our blind spots and our hopeful mistakes. He died today of lymphatic cancer, and it's a huge loss to fantasy literature. » 9/09/14 1:40pm 9/09/14 1:40pm

Must-Watch Speech: Why Creators Mustn't Fear Writing Diverse Characters

Fear can be a healthy thing for a creator. Fear can drive writers and artists to strive to be their best, but as cartoonist and writer Gene Luen Yang points out in this thoughtful speech, it can sometimes prevent creators from writing characters with different backgrounds—and that's a shame. » 9/05/14 11:23am 9/05/14 11:23am

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories for the Week of September 1 - 6

A new month means brand new magazines! And this is a great time to remind you that many of the best short stories of the month come from magazines that offer subscriptions on a monthly, semi-monthly, and quarterly basis. And your subscription helps editors pay writers, who in turn write great stories. » 9/05/14 10:40am 9/05/14 10:40am

The Eccentric Polish Count Who Influenced Classic SF's Greatest Writers

You've probably never heard of Alfred Korzybski, but he was famous in the mid-20th century. He didn't just invent a whole new science, he also had a huge influence on Robert A. Heinlein and a ton of other important science fiction authors. Author Lee Konstantinou brings us the strange tale of Count Korzybski. » 9/05/14 8:00am 9/05/14 8:00am

Ray Bradbury's Biographer: 'He Was Who He Always Maintained He Was'

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In many ways, Ray Bradbury's life is a biographer's dream — the extensive record of his very public life as a master storyteller surfaces through thousands of media publications, announcements, advertisements, and his own reminiscences. Many years of private interviews led me to still more sources, published and… » 8/28/14 12:58am 8/28/14 12:58am