If You Love Computers, This Novel Should Be on Your Must-Read List

Liu Cixin's science fiction novel The Three Body Problem was a smash hit bestseller in China, and has finally been translated into English by Ken Liu. It's a mind-bending tale of politics, aliens and gaming — and it also contains the most awe-inspiring description of computers I've ever read. » 2/18/15 8:20pm 2/18/15 8:20pm

10 Time Travel Books That Need To Be Movies Right Now (If Not Sooner)

Time travel is huge at the movies right now. This Friday sees Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and Terminator 5 is coming soon. But as Predestination recently proved, the smartest movies about time warps are often based on literary sources. So here are 10 time-travel books that would make bloody amazing movies. » 2/18/15 1:39pm 2/18/15 1:39pm

Everything You Never Knew About The Making of Conan The Barbarian

What is best in life? Seeing a classic sword-and-sorcery hero brought to the big screen, with an iconic bodybuilder in the lead role. But how did Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian become such a classic film? The path to glory was long and twisted. Here's everything you never knew about the making of Conan. » 2/17/15 10:57pm 2/17/15 10:57pm

An Amazing Book About the World-Changing Technology You Forgot

'Technology' normally means a gadget — but really, it's any technical invention that solves problems and improves lives. Often, the most important tech is the one you take completely for granted. Like shipping containers, which are explored in a book called The Box, which is one of the most fascinating things I've… » 2/14/15 11:00am 2/14/15 11:00am

1980s Science Fiction Where The Cold War Never Ends

The 1980s were the final decade of the Cold War — but nobody knew that at the time. The Soviet Union looked unstoppable, and few outside observers saw its collapse coming. So it's not surprising that lots of 1980s science fiction included Cold War futures. Here are 1980s visions of a future where the Cold War never… » 2/13/15 4:04pm 2/13/15 4:04pm

A Coffee Table Book That Turns Into a Coffee Table Isn't the Worst Idea

We all laughed at Kramer's transforming coffee table coffee table book on Seinfeld (or maybe it was just the laugh track), but it turns out it's not actually a terrible idea. Or at least the version created by Mike Mak isn't. Using a combination of traditional book-binding techniques and a paper honeycomb structure,… » 2/09/15 11:50am 2/09/15 11:50am

A Glimpse Inside the Hidden Vault Where Harvard Keeps Millions of Books

Harvard's flagship library, Widener, is an imposing granite cube built quite literally as shrine to the book. A central alcove cuts through the stacks to show off a prized relic: an original Gutenberg bible. But this is not the heart of Harvard's libraries. No, that would be its cold storage site, an anonymous… » 2/06/15 11:00am 2/06/15 11:00am

The February Science Fiction And Fantasy Books You Can't Afford To Miss

2015 is already off to a crazy start, as far as science fiction and fantasy books are concerned. And your to-read pile is about to get much bigger. February brings new Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, Claire North and Joe Abercrombie. Plus tons more. Here are 23 books you can't afford to miss in February! » 2/05/15 11:04am 2/05/15 11:04am

This Is Why Glowing Jellyfish Proteins Have Revolutionized Medicine

In his new book Illuminating Disease, chemist Marc Zimmer explains how fluorescent proteins have changed science. Taken from glowing jellyfish, these proteins are now one of the most important tools in medicine, used in everything from brain mapping to disease research. And yes, that is a GMO glowing chicken. » 1/26/15 4:20pm 1/26/15 4:20pm

You Only Have 24 Hours To Read This Self-Destructing Book

If you thought blockbuster movies were the only form of entertainment that relied on over-the-top publicity stunts, you were wrong: It's alive and well in the book world as well. James Patterson's new thriller, Private Vegas, will not only be made available as 1,000 free digital copies that will self-delete after 24… » 1/21/15 8:48am 1/21/15 8:48am

Adorable Desk Lamp Bookmark Sheds Light On the Last Page You Read

If you needed a good reason to hold onto your collection of classic tomes instead of replacing them all with a Kindle, here it is. The folks at Peleg Design have created what has to be one of the most adorable bookmarks ever with this tiny reading lamp that casts its soft beam onto whatever page you were last reading.… » 1/19/15 5:00pm 1/19/15 5:00pm

A Recipe Book For the Coolest DIY Projects You Never Knew How To Do 

Building an anechoic chamber. Mapping the Wi-Fi in your building. Listening to the Earth with piezo microphones. These are all fascinating projects, and we've featured artists and engineers who have done them here on Giz before. But now, there's a book in which they explain how. » 1/14/15 5:00pm 1/14/15 5:00pm

Predestination Could Be The Greatest Time Travel Mindf-ck Ever Filmed

The time-travel thriller Predestination, is already gaining a cult status, and it's easy to see why. This movie takes the most famous story about time paradoxes and elevates it to a great psychological study. And it features one of the most powerful performances we've seen in ages. » 1/09/15 3:13pm 1/09/15 3:13pm

How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking." » 12/16/14 1:37pm 12/16/14 1:37pm