The VFX Wizard Behind Ghostbusters Explains Why Practical Effects Rock

John Bruno is a legend in the world of visual effects, having worked on the first Ghostbusters, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Batman Returns and countless other films. And even though he helped pioneer computer-generated effects in T2 and The Abyss, he still believes practical effects are usually better. Here's why. » 8/12/14 3:40pm 8/12/14 3:40pm

When Writers Remake Gender, They Create A Better Mirror On Our World

There's a fascinating interview with Ursula K. Le Guin over at Electric Literature. She talks about the former literary/genre divide, and when to ignore "the rules." And she also explains why creating radically different versions of gender is actually a way to help people see the here and now more clearly. » 8/08/14 1:40pm 8/08/14 1:40pm

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

Colson Whitehead: Zombies Are About "The Everyday Becoming Monstrous"

We loved Colson Whitehead's zombie novel Zone One, in which a team of survivors combs through the wreckage of a post-apocalyptic city, assailed by boredom and weirdness as much as by horror. Now, talking to Salon, Whitehead explains why he's fascinated with zombies: They're like everyday life revealing its horrifying… » 6/03/14 5:00pm 6/03/14 5:00pm

What H.G. Wells Got Wrong When He Predicted the Atomic Bomb

What science fiction writers get wrong is at least as important as what they get right, argued legendary physicist Lawrence Krauss in his talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago. In particular, H.G. Wells predicted the atomic bomb — but he made a crucial error. » 2/17/14 3:29pm 2/17/14 3:29pm

The Crucial Storytelling Mistake that Many Beginning Writers Make

Editor extraordinaire Ellen Datlow has read countless stories, from her tenure at Omni Magazine to her recent slew of fantastic themed anthologies. In a new interview at Papercuts, she explains the biggest mistake she sees beginning writers making: creating a situation instead of plotting a story. » 1/02/14 1:13pm 1/02/14 1:13pm

The Can't-Lose Secret to Making Anybody Want to Read Your SF Novel

Over in Locus, there's a must-read essay by God's War author Kameron Hurley, about how to talk to your friends and family who don't "get" science fiction and fantasy books. A big part of it is getting over your urge to dismiss your own books (or favorites by other authors) as "silly." But there's also a crucial secret. » 12/27/13 4:40pm 12/27/13 4:40pm