You’re going to want to clear a bit of time in your schedule for October. That’s when The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 collection arrives, and io9 is proud to debut the full list of stories chosen as the year’s best—including one from io9 co-founder Charlie Jane Anders!
io9 is proud to present fiction from Lightspeed Magazine. This month’s selection is from Lightspeed’s “People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!” issue, a special double-sized issue that is 100% written and edited by people of colo(u)r. And our featured story is “Salto Mortal” by Nick T. Chan. You can read the story…
This week’s stories are about the things we overlook — such as ghosts and intelligent life. They’re also about parents — the ones we cling to and the ones we pull away from. Also: Parrots, monkeys, and turtles.
Behold, the first-edition cover art for Fredric Brown's 1951 Space on My Hands. The classic science-fiction short-story collection contains "Knock," which begins with two of the most evocative sentences ever: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door ..."
People sometimes mistake short stories for trifles, wee vignettes that are over before they start. But there's a reason why many of the best movies are based on short fiction rather than novels: a short story is just the right length to blow your mind. Here are 18 science fiction and short stories that rock our world.
Lois Lane heads from the pages of DC Comics to her very own Young Adult novel this May, but you can read a teaser of what's to come with this new short story from Gwenda Bond detailing the young Lois' first day at a new school — and she's already getting herself primed for a future career at the Daily Planet.
A Sherlock Holmes short story, penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was recently discovered in an attic. And has now the 111-year-old lost short has been transcribed for you to read. So put on your deerstalker, and enjoy.
J.K. Rowling just dropped a huge holiday gift to her fans. The writer is about to put out 12 additional Harry Potter stories this month!
Most science fiction assumes that when the robots rise up and achieve self-awareness, they'll want to murder us. But what if they rebelled by rejecting the human habits of making war and killing? That's the premise of my new science fiction short story, "Drones Don't Kill People," in Lightspeed Magazine.
Happy Halloween! There's one extra Friday in this month — just enough time to sneak in one more dark story for this dark time of year.
What work of fiction freaked you out the most? What two-sentence horror story, short bit of prose, or even poem made your hair stand on end?
Remember last month when I talked about wanting to see more science fiction and fantasy translated into English from other languages? And I mentioned a secret project being hinted at by Clarkesworld's Neil Clarke? It's not a secret, anymore!
One of the best ways we, as a culture, process the tragic things that happen in our lives (individually or as a group) is through stories. Fiction is powerful that way. And there's been a lot of powerful fiction written about and around 9/11.
Holiday weekend! And that means more time to read. Good thing, too, because there is a lot to read.
I want to focus on short fiction found in magazines, but the large number of awesome anthologies cannot be discounted and I know you love them. So once a month I'm going to take a tiny break from magazines and call out an anthology I'm enjoying too.
One of my favorite ways to consume short stories (besides toasting them lightly in the oven) is via podcast. I can listen to a story when reading is impossible or not advisable. I'm not brave enough to bring my Nook into the bath, but I love to hear a great voice talent spin the story out for me, the speaker safely…