Why "Spotify For Books" May Not Be The Future Of Publishing. (Yet.)

It makes a certain amount of sense, from a consumer standpoint: companies like Amazon, Scribd and Oyster are offering services where you pay $10 a month and get unlimited books. The author or publisher gets a fee, only if the reader gets past a certain point in the book. But the Economist says "Spotify for books"… » 1/28/15 11:46am Wednesday 11:46am

Read An Exclusive Chapter Of Catherynne M. Valente's New Fairyland Book!

Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland series has captured the imaginations of kids and perspicacious adults alike — and now, the fourth volume in the series, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, is coming out in March. But no need to wait — we've got an exclusive excerpt, in which a troll becomes a boy. » 1/26/15 10:43am 1/26/15 10:43am

An Amazing Opportunity: Get The Very Best Of Charles de Lint For Free!

If you love urban fantasy, then you owe a stupendous debt to Charles de Lint, whether you've read him or not. His playful, majestic, clever stories helped shape the genre and were part of what made me fall in love with magical stories set in cities. And now you can get a collection of his best writing for free. » 1/23/15 7:00pm 1/23/15 7:00pm

When You Can't Tell The Difference Between Science And Science Fiction

As more and more stuff from science fiction feels as though it's coming true, we run into more situations where straight-up descriptions of real discoveries feel science fictional. But it works the other way, too — some SF writers go out of their way to make their fiction feel like real science writing. » 1/22/15 3:40pm 1/22/15 3:40pm

I'm Bill Nye, and This Is How I Work

For many of us Bill Nye is part of our childhoods, playing that crucial role as educator and illuminator of science when our impressionable minds might not have thought to ask why. With his television show he taught us why science is amazing by examining the details of how everything works, and he continues to be an… » 1/21/15 3:18pm 1/21/15 3:18pm

C.J. Cherryh Explains The Key To Creating Terrific Female Characters

How do you go about creating female characters that have the same charisma and depth as the male ones? People debate this endlessly, and come up with complicated arguments about one aspect or another. But Downbelow Station author C.J. Cherryh has a refreshingly simple answer to this question. » 1/21/15 8:55am 1/21/15 8:55am

R.I.P. Alice K. Turner, Who Made Playboy The Home Of Great Stories

For decades, Playboy was known as the home of some of the best short fiction published anywhere — including a lot of groundbreaking work by Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury and Doris Lessing. This was largely due to the strong editorial hand of Alice K. Turner, who died yesterday of pneumonia. » 1/19/15 10:40am 1/19/15 10:40am

Exclusive Holly Black Excerpt Reveals Why Changelings Are Always Hungry

A new Holly Black book is always cause for raucous celebration. And today sees the publication of her book The Darkest Part of the Forest, about a haunted forest, a boy in a glass coffin, and a monster that sounds like a woman weeping. And we've got an exclusive excerpt for you, right here! » 1/13/15 11:30am 1/13/15 11:30am

Writers: Please Don't Take The Easy Way Out Of ​Controversy

On 14/1, issue #38 of the current Batgirl run will be released for retail. However, for anyone who pays even the slightest amount of attention to comic book news or is a fan of the character, the previous issue had a massive ton of controversy due to its transphobic material. » 1/12/15 4:09pm 1/12/15 4:09pm

How Michael Moorcock Became The Anti-Tolkien

Michael Moorcock once referred to the huge catalog of names, places, rings and rulers in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy texts as "a pernicious confirmation of the values of a morally bankrupt middle class." He accused Tolkien's work of infantilization. And he created his most famous character, Elric, as a critique of… » 1/07/15 3:40pm 1/07/15 3:40pm

Why It's Absurd To Tell Ted Chiang He's Not Writing Science Fiction

People are often keen to impose a restrictive definition on science fiction, usually to rule something out of the genre. And even some of the genre's best authors have been on the receiving end of this. Like multiple award-winning writer Ted Chiang, who's regularly told his work is "not really science fiction." » 1/05/15 9:40am 1/05/15 9:40am