Read A Totally Addictive Excerpt From The New YA Novel Stranger

Lately, the best young-adult novels have felt like perfect action-adventure stories, with characters who run from danger... into even greater danger. Case in point: Here's the first chapter of Stranger by Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown, which hits the ground running, and just keeps getting more exciting. » 11/13/14 9:30am 11/13/14 9:30am

The True Story of the Computer Worm that Took Down a Nuclear Facility

The Stuxnet worm was the first known example of a digital weapon developed by the U.S. government — and it actually worked. Discovered in 2010, it had already destroyed several nuclear centrifuges in Iran. Now, veteran computer security reporter Kim Zetter has an action-packed book about it. We've got an excerpt. » 11/07/14 2:36pm 11/07/14 2:36pm

Here Is What Real Online Civil Disobedience Looks Like

Internet politics aren't just about trolling and doxxing. In new book The Coming Swarm, internet researcher Molly Sauter takes us into the secret history of civil disobedience online, and reveals a world where people fight for justice, without hashtags or personal glory. These activists do it because they believe in… » 11/04/14 12:55pm 11/04/14 12:55pm

Warning: These Adventure Time Art Books Are The Ultimate Time Sink!

There's so much beautiful weirdness packed into every 11-minute episode of Adventure Time, it's hard to appreciate it all. Which is where two new books come in. Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo and The Title Cards give you a closer look at the show's creativity. We've got some never-seen artwork from both books. » 9/30/14 4:00pm 9/30/14 4:00pm

The Real-Life Letter Of Apology Written By The Salem Witch Trial Jury

It's almost October, which means Halloween is just around the corner — the witching hour to end all witching hours is almost upon us. But about the real-life stories of witches who were burned and celebrated? A new book, The Penguin Book of Witches, provides actual documents. And we've got a doozy of an excerpt. » 9/30/14 10:50am 9/30/14 10:50am

An Amazing Excerpt from Ancillary Sword, Sequel to Ancillary Justice

This year Ann Leckie's debut novel Ancillary Justice swept the science fiction awards, taking home Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards for best novel. Now the sequel, Ancillary Sword, is about to hit bookstores, and we've got an exclusive excerpt for you! » 9/25/14 11:00am 9/25/14 11:00am

This Novel Has Won Raves For Its Worldbuilding, And You Can See Why

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett has been getting lots of buzz lately, including praise for its layered, intense worldbuilding. This is a novel about a society that's forbidden to speak of the dead old gods... who might not be dead after all. We've got an exclusive exerpt, so you can check it out for yourself! » 9/17/14 1:30pm 9/17/14 1:30pm

A Grisly But Fascinating Tale of the Greatest Medical Revolutionary

Thomas Mütter was a surgeon who would transform the world of medicine. Partly that's because he invented anesthesia, but mostly it's because he pioneered the idea of patient-centered treatment. In Dr. Mütter's Marvels, a fantastic new book by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz about his life, we learn how Mütter transformed a… » 9/05/14 12:00pm 9/05/14 12:00pm

It's Time To Discover The "Neglected Master" Of Science Fiction

Henry Kuttner's clever writing had a huge impact on science fiction, and there's never been a better chance to discover his work. A ton of his work has just been reissued by Diversion Books, and we've got an exclusive excerpt from his book The Time Trap, which was just nominated for a Retro Hugo. » 9/03/14 12:02pm 9/03/14 12:02pm

Read A Brand New Apocalyptic Story By Defenders Author Will McIntosh!

Hugo Award-winning writer Will McIntosh has blown us away with novels like Love Minus Eighty and Defenders — but he's also shown a unique spin on the apocalypse in his book Soft Apocalypse. And now, he's written a unique apocalyptic vision for the anthology The End Is Now, and we're excited to share it with you. » 9/02/14 1:20pm 9/02/14 1:20pm

So You Want To Be A TV Writer? Showrunners Share Their Writing Secrets!

The "writers' room" of a television show is a magical place , where creativity flows and awesome ideas are generated. But how do you keep "the room" happy and focused? Some of the top showrunners, including Joss Whedon, share their secrets in this exclusive excerpt from the book Showrunners. » 9/02/14 12:49pm 9/02/14 12:49pm

XKCD's Creator Explains What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning


XKCD's Randall Munroe is publishing a book of science explainers! What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is due out September 2. To celebrate its imminent arrival, here's the first chapter from the book – an explainer about global devastation. Fun! » 8/21/14 1:40pm 8/21/14 1:40pm