What Burger King's Super-Disturbing Mascot Teaches Us About Creepiness

Back in the mid-2000s, Burger King had a really unnerving ad campaign where a man in a plastic Burger King mask breaks into people's houses and watches them sleep. Over in the New Inquiry, Adam Kotsko uses the skin-crawling mascot, the King, as a jumping-off point to discuss the history of creepiness. » 3/02/15 2:27pm Today 2:27pm

Read A Great Apocalyptic Story That's Already Been Proved Wrong!

The Apocalypse Triptych covers a lot of apocalyptic scenarios in three books. But Jake Kerr has the unusual distinction of A) writing about a really cool asteroid impact scenario B) hinging his storyline on a future scenario that we already know won't happen. Read Kerr's essay about being wrong, and then read the… » 2/27/15 4:00pm Friday 4:00pm

The Greatest Advice For Science Fiction Writers: "Ask The Next Question"

Theodore Sturgeon, who would have turned 97 today, was one of the all-time great science fiction writers. And he came up with a great maxim that defines much of what SF authors do to make their work extraordinary: "Ask the next question." Some current authors explain how this maxim shapes everything they do. » 2/26/15 4:30pm Thursday 4:30pm

Why Doesn't CS Lewis' Silent Planet Get Compared To Dune Or Foundation?

C.S. Lewis is best known for his Narnia books, and also as one of the most powerful writers of Christian commentary of the 20th century. But he also wrote a beloved space-opera trilogy, beginning with Out of the Silent Planet. And one author argues that this book deserves to be mentioned among the great SF novels. » 2/24/15 2:40pm 2/24/15 2:40pm

Introducing Jews Vs. Zombies And Jews Vs. Aliens, Two Very Strange Books

The chosen people are going where they've never gone before. Two new anthologies, Jews Vs. Zombiesand Jews Vs. Aliens, feature an all-star group of writers, explaining just what happens when Judaism confronts the unimaginable. To celebrate, we've got an exclusive excerpt: A brand new story by Naomi Alderman! » 2/24/15 10:20am 2/24/15 10:20am

You Can Help Save One Of The Great Science Fiction Bookstores

We were incredibly upset when we heard that Borderlands Books was going to close, due to low bookstore margins combined with a rise in the local minimum wage. This would not only make San Francisco a way less cool place to live, but do great damage to the science fiction book world. So thank goodness there's a hope… » 2/20/15 3:40pm 2/20/15 3:40pm