There are so many ways to celebrate the grandeur of the King of Monsters. But author Jo Walton may have just found the best possible way.
If you're looking for something fun to put on your Kindle or other e-reading device, Tor.com has just published their annual collection of some of their best stories. You can read them all for free on the web, sure, but now they're in a handy free ebook.
This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson's return to the future! — along with thrilling fantasy, and a number of brilliant category-defying books. Here are the 22 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014.
George Eliot's work, especially Middlemarch, deals with the impact of new technologies on society. And her worldbuilding, in the sense of creating a microcosm of society, is second to none. So perhaps it's not surprising that author Jo Walton argues Eliot had a "science-fictional mind."
Can the humble romantic choices of one woman alter the course of global politics? That's the question at the heart of Jo Walton's fascinating alternate history character study, My Real Children. The book is a masterpiece of personal and political worldbuilding.
The best days of science fiction and fantasy books aren't in the past — they're still arriving. Every month, new books come out that pack a hell of a whallop. Just check out our list of the 23 new books that you absolutely must not miss in May.
So they actually did it: They turned the sprawling, insane Cloud Atlas into a movie, one that actually makes the book look straightforward and uncontroversial. It just goes to show, no matter how unconventional or sprawling a book is, there's a way to adapt that sucker into a movie. Except sometimes, no.
Any time you read a terrific science fiction or fantasy novel, you're witnessing a great victory. Every writer faces armies of doubts and difficulties. We're at WorldCon, where many of science fiction's greatest authors gather to share ideas and war stories. So we asked some of our favorite writers what their biggest…
Want to find the best fantasy books that have been published recently? Two sets of awards can help you out.
In June, the io9 Book Club read Jo Walton's Among Others. Now Walton is coming to answer your questions about the book today, June 29. Feel free to ask her questions about her other books, but for the most part we'll focus on Among Others.
Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In June, we read Jo Walton's Nebula-winning novel Among Others. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!
The io9 Book Club meets every month to discuss a book, and then the author usually joins us for a chat. This month, we're reading Jo Walton's Nebula-winning novel Among Others (we reviewed the book here). We'll meet June 26th to discuss the book. Watch for a post that day announcing the book club, and jump into…
Legendary author Ursula Le Guin published a roundup of new or recent fantasy books she's read over at Bookview Cafe, and her thoughts on Jo Walton's Nebula-winning novel Among Others are especially worth reading. In particular, she talks about what she likes about the way Walton depicts magic:
Yesterday, we asked a bunch of our favorite alternate history authors to list the biggest mistakes that they see other writers making in creating new historical timelines. One author who didn't get back to us by our deadline was Jo Walton, author of Farthing and several other great books. We just heard from her, and…
There are the books you want to give all your friends, and there are the books you wish you could go back and give your younger self. And then there's the rare book, like Jo Walton's Among Others, that's both.
Which books do you buy extra copies of on sight, especially if they're used — knowing you'll want to give them to someone else soon? Jo Walton has sparked a great discussion of book hoarding and giving over at Tor.com.
Looking for an alternative to the horrific scenarios of 2012 and The Road? Try the "cosy catastrophe" genre, the Guardian suggests: Stories like Day Of The Triffids and The World In Winter feature a less violent version of the end.
The future is over! It's no longer possible to write about the future, because the Singularity will definitely happen in twenty years. We'll have artificial intelligence, and the meaning of humanity will be transformed. Is this idea hindering science fiction?
Everybody thinks that Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is a nifty new mash-up invention. But the the original monster mash-up book was Jo Walton's Tooth and Claw, a 19th century novel of manners, with dragon protagonists.