The urban fantasy genre isn't just set in cities — it's one of the main places that genre fiction engages with our urbanized existence, picking up the baton dropped by cyberpunk. But you don't often see cities depicted the way Daniel José Older does in his new novel Half-Resurrection Blues.
Before Richard Kadrey was writing the Sandman Slim novels and other thrilling urban fantasy books, he was writing cyberpunk — and now, you can read his classic novel Metrophage, in a new signed edition.
Few fantasy series have as strong a sense of place as Richard Kadrey's L.A.-set Sandman Slim books. And here's your exclusive first look at a video where Kadrey takes you to the real-life locations where his books take place, filmed by Brady Hall. Plus read a chapter of the next Sandman Slim Book, The Getaway God!
This month, a major fantasy series comes to its long-awaited conclusion. Anne Rice turns her attention to werewolves. Dan Simmons and Dave Eggers meet the Abominable Snowman and Facebook, respectively. Here are all the science fiction and fantasy books you must check out in October!
July is ablaze with great stories. There's a ton of awesome books hitting the shelves this month, many of which make the greatest possible reads for your roadtrip to San Diego Comic-Con (or Worldcon.) Here are a dozen must-read books coming out this month!
What do science fiction and fantasy books have in store for you this fall? There are new fantasy series by Tad Williams and Jacqueline Carey. A brand new Culture novel by Iain M. Banks. Collaborations between Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, and Larry Niven and Gregory Benford. A classic Gene Wolfe novel. A massive…
The great thing about Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim novels is, there's no foot-dragging. Each book in the series pushes the story forward — usually with a punch in the gut. Case in point: the fourth Sandman Slim Book, Devil Said Bang, starts out with Stark in a very different position than the previous novels. (If…
Emily Dickinson had it wrong: There is no star cruiser like a book. When you want to journey past the furthermost limits of your own imagination, you turn to books. And August's new book releases are just packed with brilliant new ideas and thrilling stories, from some of the world's best writers.
Ben Kingsley might join the cast of the Ender's Game adaptation. Director Peter Berg explains why you should take the Battleship movie seriously. Fox executive Tom Rothman promises they're not messing around with their new X-Men, Daredevil, and Fantastic Four movies.
Just in time for Halloween, this month's new book releases bring vampires! High sorcery! And wine magic! Plus: new books from Terry Pratchett, N.K. Jemisin, Vernor Vinge, and Richard K. Morgan!
The third book in Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim series, Aloha from Hell, comes out today. And to celebrate, we're giving you a chance to ask Kadrey some questions about urban fantasy, navigating the underworld, or whatever else you want. The best questions will be posted to Kadrey at an event on October 24, and we'll…
Your favorite tourguide to Hell and the supernatural underbelly of Los Angeles, Richard Kadrey, is coming back Oct. 18, with a third installment in the Sandman Slim series, Aloha from Hell. Here's your exclusive first look at the "Studio City" chapter, where Stark sees the aftermath of an exorcism gone wrong.
Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. This month we read Richard Kadrey's novel Sandman Slim. Jump into comments to get started talking about them!
The io9 Book Club meets once per month to discuss a book, and then the author usually joins us for a chat. In February, we're meeting on the 24th to discuss Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey. Watch for a post that day announcing the book club, and jump into comments for discussion! There's still time to read the book,…
Amazon has published its list of the best science fiction and fantasy books of the year, and chances are you've got some catching up to do. There's a nice mix of books you've heard of and some you definitely haven't.
"I am a very big believer in the power of trash: trash pop culture, trash literature. I really have a lot of affection and belief in that stuff, because art scares people. Trash, pop culture doesn't. You can put in all the subversive crazy stuff you want in trash culture that will change people's perceptions of the…
Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim brought a viciously dark sensibility to the new wave of noir urban fantasy. But with the hilarious second book, Kill The Dead, the series proves it belongs up there with Dresden Files and Felix Castor novels.
Richard Kadrey was at the vanguard of the noir-tinged cyberpunk back in the day, so it's only fitting he's helping to shape noir's next frontier, urban fantasy. His novel Sandman Slim brings Hellspawn and trash magic to L.A. Spoilers below...