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We Want To Hear Your Six-Word Science Fiction Tales!

What kind of story can you tell in only six words? Will you send us the text from the off-world signage of the future ("EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS BEFORE TERRAFORMING" / tarrkid), go through the ship's log of a strange vessel ("The ship's unsalvageable." - my body's pilot / csmason04), or something else entirely? » 8/05/14 7:00am 8/05/14 7:00am

Back In 1937, People Worried That Science Fiction Was Going Downhill

Most of us have been seeing convention panels about the "Death of Science Fiction" for years now — it's become sort of a jolly cliche. Everybody laments the loss of some earlier, greater age for the genre. But back in 1937, British fans were pretty worried that SF was in permanent decline. » 7/31/14 8:00pm 7/31/14 8:00pm

Two Horror Writers Explain How Co-Authoring Made Their Novel Scarier

Sleeping Policemen seemed, at times, to come too easily. It was a joy to write—much of the seeming effortlessness fueled by the collaboration, that synthesis of friendship and creativity. It began as a notion—"Let's write a novel quick and mean and gritty"—that took shape, dark and dirty, through a string of emails: » 7/24/14 1:34pm 7/24/14 1:34pm

Working On My Novel Is Hilarious, Hits A Little Too Close To Home

Working On My Novel is a book by artist Cory Arcangel featuring 127 tweets from authors who are, you guys, seriously so busy working on their novels that they barely have time left over to tweet about their novel-writing process. Which is something I suspect none of us can relate to. Nope. Not at all. » 7/19/14 10:30am 7/19/14 10:30am

How To Write About Sex Without Being Boring

Sexuality is one of our most basic drives, but it's also fundamental to our identities as people. Which means sex is the subject of a million cliches, and tons of terrible writing. Not to mention, stupid prejudice. The good news? Science fiction and fantasy writers have a special opportunity to look at sex afresh.… » 7/15/14 1:51pm 7/15/14 1:51pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Short Stories for the Week of July 7 - 12

Summer reading — is it really a thing once you leave primary school? People seem to think it is, from all the summer reading lists that pop up around this time of year. But in between plowing through the novels in your to-read pile, don't forget to pick up or download some magazines as well. Here are the best stories… » 7/14/14 2:52pm 7/14/14 2:52pm

The World's Most Fascinating Places, As Seen In Science Fiction Books

It's the middle of summer — the time of year when wanderlust takes over our brains. You want to leave your home and your job and explore what the world has to offer. But here's the next best thing — 15 books that take place in science fiction and fantasy versions of the most fascinating places on Earth. » 7/11/14 1:15pm 7/11/14 1:15pm