A couple of years ago, Ann and Jeff Vandermeer put out a request for recommendations: they were putting together a survey anthology of short science fiction stories, and it would be a massive project. Their work is now complete: The Big Book of Science Fiction will be released in July, and they’ve told us what will be…
Great news! The always fantastic Walter Jon Williams has a reprinted story in the new issue of Clarkesworld Magazine, that I had never read before. “Daddy’s World” starts out idyllic and slowly gets more dark and demented. Until it finally gets just insane.
Nigerian author Wole Talabi has posted his list of the 10 best African science fiction and fantasy stories of 2015. They include Afro-cyberpunk, a reimagined fairy tale, magical realism, and far-future SF. Definitely worth checking out! [via Metafilter and BoingBoing]
Some of the best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015 still haven’t come out yet. There’s a whole month of galaxy-shattering tales ahead of us. Including Star Wars! Dean Koontz! And thrilling tales from A.M. Dellamonica, Adam Roberts and Brian Staveley! Here are this month’s most essential science fiction and…
John Joseph Adams already edits Lightspeed Magazine (which runs a story once a month at io9), Nightmare Magazine and a huge number of anthologies. Now he’s launching his own book line, with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, called John Joseph Adams Books/HMH. [Full disclosure: I have been featured in some of Adams’…
Here’s the first look at the cover art of a brand new fairytale anthology from Saga Press, The Starlit Wood. What do you think is even happening in this picture? There’s a tree with glowy light inside it, and weird contraptions and scaffolding outside, and what the heck is this?
The very first volume of the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series just came out, guest-edited by Joe Hill. It includes stories by Jo Walton, Kelly Link, T.C. Boyle and Karen Russell. We’re proud to present one of the stories from the book, “Skullpocket” by Nathan Ballingrud.
Rejection is part of being a writer. Unless you’re that one-in-a-billion wunderkind who gets “discovered” while you’re still in high school and goes on to become a literary sensation. Almost everybody who writes stories (or anything) has their work dismissed and sent packing, over and over. And learning to deal with…
This week’s stories are about what happens to humans when they reach out to the stars, and what happens when the stars come crashing into us. But before we get into the stories...
There’s some damn good reading over at Popular Science right now—they’ve collected ten stories by some of science fiction’s best writers, imagining possible futures.
Want to explore some strange new worlds that are genuinely new? Then you’re in luck—because Wilde Stories: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction has just been published!
This week’s best stories are about what it means to be human, about balancing the universe’s harmonies, and about using one’s voice as a weapon or a balm — depending on the situation.
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.
The chosen people are going where they've never gone before. Two new anthologies, Jews Vs. Zombiesand Jews Vs. Aliens, feature an all-star group of writers, explaining just what happens when Judaism confronts the unimaginable. To celebrate, we've got an exclusive excerpt: A brand new story by Naomi Alderman!
This week's stories are all about bodies — including body-modification, violations, and finding the physical truth of yourself.
Why short fiction is a good career move. Earlier today, we revealed why Tor.com thinks short novels are the future of publishing — but in a post on the SFWA site, John Joseph Adams and Daniel H. Wilson explain why short fiction may not pay much, but can still boost your career.
This week's stories are about divergent histories, revolutions, and people abusing their power (or just the ones they love).
For decades, Playboy was known as the home of some of the best short fiction published anywhere — including a lot of groundbreaking work by Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury and Doris Lessing. This was largely due to the strong editorial hand of Alice K. Turner, who died yesterday of pneumonia.
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.