Probably the suckiest thing about science is the fact that lots of the time you can’t read the research yourself. If it’s not open access and you’re interested, either you shell out 35 bucks for a pdf, email someone asking for it, or settle with listening to some dummy like me interpret the results peppered with…
If someone applied to a top position at a company, you’d hope a hiring manager would at least Google the applicant to ensure they’re qualified. A group of researchers sent phony resumes to 360 scientific journals for an applicant whose Polish name translated to “Dr. Fraud.” And 48 journals happily appointed the fake…
Imagine reading a study from a prestigious science journal and finding out that the scientists performed and wrote the study as a joke. Sure, all of the data is true, but they littered the abstract and conclusion sections with irony. Other years you might have found it funny. But what if the joke was so arcane that…
Chances are, you already have a whole shelf full of Ursula K. Le Guin books. You’re not a monster, right? But you’re going to have to make some room on that shelf this fall, because two very special titles are coming down the pike.
Hugo Gernsback had such a huge impact on the history of science fiction that one of the field’s most prestigious awards is named after him. But after he founded Amazing Stories in the 1920s, the pioneering editor had a long slide into obscurity.
Spring is here, and so are some great beach reads! What does April have in store? Two Terry Pratchett tributes. New books from C.J. Cherryh, Harry Turtledove and M.R. Carey. Wish-granting moonshine! New space opera! And much, much more. Here are the most essential science fiction and fantasy books in April.
Hugo-winning author Tim Pratt has a new novella out called The Deep Woods, about two boys who get trapped in a magic forest together. And the author (and Locus Magazine writer) just did an interview, where he came up with the best summary ever of the writing/editing process.
Walk into a bookstore these days, and you’ll likely see an enormous stack of them: adult coloring books. Sales of the books have skyrocketed in the last couple of years, but their success might hide some depressing news for the publishing industry.
The only thing better than one awesome book is ten awesome books set in the same world... right? Well, not always. Sometimes, the law of diminishing returns kicks in, and the tenth book in a series isn’t quite as good as the first. Which book series did you love—until it overstayed its welcome?
This is a crazy month for science fiction and fantasy books. There’s a new Robert J. Sawyer mind-bender, and Catherynne M. Valente’s last fairyland book. Plus alternate histories, fairytales, magical realism, and tons more. These are all the most unmissable science fiction books in March!
We’ve praised Will McIntosh’s futuristic action and thought-provoking premises in novels like Love Minus Eighty and Burning Midnight. His topics range from cryogenically preserved brides to other-worldly horror. But his debut, Soft Apocalypse, is a fascinating vision of a slow collapse of civilization—and now, it’s…
It’s not just your imagination—kids’ books are getting longer and longer. Booklist’s Briana Shemroske surveyed middle-grade books (aimed at grades three-eight) and found their average page length was 290 in January 2016, up 115 percent from 2006—and up a staggering 173 percent from 1976.
Want to add some fresh excitement to your reading list? Over on Twitter, people are tweeting lists of amazing science fiction and fantasy authors (who happen to be women and people of color) under the #YouDon’tKnowSFF hashtag. As in, you don’t know the whole genre unless you’re reading these folks.
Elizabeth Bear is one of those authors who seems like an incredible writing machine. She’s put out a huge number of books in the past 10 years, winning tons of acclaim along the way. But in a brave post on Charles Stross’ blog, she talks about the cost of being that prolific.
Bud Webster was a fan of science fiction for 20 years before he began writing it, and then his “Bubba Pritchert” stories became a popular series in Analog Science Fiction & Fact. He also delved into some serious, uncomfortable topics in his fiction, including the lingering pain of his religious upbringing. Webster was…
The Philip K. Dick Award celebrates the best science fiction books released first in paperback form. That combination of excellence and skipping the fancy hardcover edition tends to favor books that are unusual, edgy, or published by smaller houses. And you can win all six of this year’s finalists.
If a primary task of fiction is to explore the human experience—who we are and what we mean to each other—then the fantastic and unreal must surely be key elements in that exploration. But plenty of people still claim that fantasy and other genres are less “real” than purely mimetic fiction. And Kazuo Ishiguro has the…
Back in 1953, Galaxy Science Fiction and Simon & Schuster launched a huge contest to find a great new science fiction novel. The prize was $6,500 (a lot of money in those days). The winner? A brand new writer named Edson McCann. Except for one thing: Edson McCann did not exist.