In 2013, the University of Illinois Press launched a new series of scholarly books: The Modern Masters of Science Fiction, a series dedicated to studying the men and women who shaped modern science fiction literature.
Back in (I'm guessing) the early 1970s, Hugo Award-winning John Brunner already understood that the division between "science fiction" and "mainstream fiction" was largely meaningless. In this must-watch video, the eloquent writer explains why science fiction is the mainstream literature of our technological world.
Science fiction contains more masterpieces of the imagination than anyone could read in a single lifetime. And your local used book store or science fiction bookshop is teeming with great adventures you've never discovered. Here are 12 great science fiction authors who deserve more props.
When Hollywood wants a futuristic, paranoid thriller where nothing is what it seems, the studios reach for the work of one man. This week, Philip K. Dick continues his reign as Hollywood's idea spigot, with a remake of Total Recall. More PKD films are in the works, and there's no shortage of material out there.
Many science fiction books imagine strange new worlds — but only a few science fiction books have actually changed the world we live in. A few visionary authors have managed to make such an impression that they left the world a vastly different place.
A group of idealistic young hackers and computer whizzes exposes all of the government's secrets - sound familiar? It's the plot of John Brunner's 1975 novel, Shockwave Rider, which some are calling a precursor to Wikileaks.
Somehow, John Brunner's 1969 Hugo winner has fallen out of print. That's a terrific shame, because Stand on Zanzibar is maybe the smartest, most engrossing piece of fiction I've read all year.
Science fiction doesn't just glimpse the future - it invents the scientific vocabulary of the present, according to an editor from the Oxford English Dictionary, who's listed nine scientific terms that came from science fiction.