Which Book Would You Have Loved, If It Had Just Been 100 Pages Shorter?

There’s something kind of awesome about a big book that you can sink your teeth into... but some books just overstay their welcome a bit. Sometimes, an author just needs an editor to come in and slash ‘n’ burn a bit. Which book would you have loved 100 percent if it was just 100 pages shorter? » 6/08/15 3:20pm 6/08/15 3:20pm

The Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Everyone’s Talking About In June

Looking for some awesome beach reads? Science fiction and fantasy have you covered. There’s a new Shannara book, a brand new Laurell K. Hamilton, and an Alistair Reynolds novella. Plus Scalzi’s next Old Man’s War book, and Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s Long Utopia. Here are all the books you can’t miss in June! » 6/05/15 2:23pm 6/05/15 2:23pm

The Biggest Question About "Diverse Books": Diverse To Whom?

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag and campaign have sparked some amazing conversations recently. There was a panel at BookCon (which Tor.com summarizes), a roundtable discussion at Book Smugglers, and a BEA Panel (which Cecilia Tan summarizes.) And one participant brings up an excellent question: Diverse from whose… » 6/02/15 6:14pm 6/02/15 6:14pm

Tanith Lee Was An Indispensible Fantasy Author

Tanith Lee, who died on Sunday, was one of the most prolific and influential authors of fantasy and horror. Everyone seems to know her for something different. Some people are obsessed with The Silver Metal Lover, while others devoured her fantasy series. And then there are the Blake’s 7 episodes. She left a huge… » 5/26/15 7:12pm 5/26/15 7:12pm

DC and Star Wars: Two Very Different Approaches To Sprawling Backstories

Massive continuities are a blessing and a curse for the epic franchises that dominate popular culture. There’s a rich lore to draw on, but how do you keep the complicated backstories understandable to newcomers? DC Comics and Star Wars have taken very different approaches, that illuminate the importance of the past in… » 5/26/15 8:00am 5/26/15 8:00am

The City Is a Crossroads: Daniel José Older on Protest Art and Urban Lit

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This week, Gawker Review of Books is running interviews with three authors from the world of speculative fiction, discussing their work and their place within the evolving genre. Our final interview is with Daniel José Older, author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, which debuted in January with the… » 5/16/15 2:30pm 5/16/15 2:30pm