Scifi and Fantasy Creators Share Memories of Ursula K. Le Guin, the Woman Who Changed the Literary World

Science fiction and fantasy fans were shocked Tuesday when it was announced that Ursula K. Le Guin, the iconic author of science fiction and fantasy works like The Left Hand of Darkness, had passed away at 88 years old. Authors, artists, and filmmakers alike flocked to Twitter to share memories of the acclaimed writer…

November Is Here, Which Means You Can Add These New Scifi and Fantasy Books to Your Shelves

Andy Weir’s follow-up to The Martian, the moon-heist thriller Artemis, is finally here, but that’s just one of dozens of new scifi and fantasy books out this month. The days are shorter, it’s cold and rainy outside, and there’s no better time to pick out a new book or five to stay home and read. We’ve got you covered.

A Healer Starts to Realize Her True Power in This Excerpt From Speculative Fiction Debut The City of Brass 

S.A. Chakraborty’s debut fantasy novel, The City of Brass, isn’t out until November, but we have a sneak peek at the first chapter, as well as insight from the author about the magical world she created. It begins in 18th century Cairo, and follows a con artist who realizes her true powers after a mysterious encounter.

J.Y. Yang's New Silkpunk Novellas Have Some of the Most Gorgeous Covers We've Ever Seen

In an unusual publishing experiment, debut author J.Y. Yang is releasing two “silkpunk” fantasy novellas on the same day: The Red Threads of Fortune and The Black Tides of Heaven. The books aren’t out until September, but holy crap are the covers by illustrator Yuko Shimizu amazing. In fact, they’re so unbelievable we…

Anne Rice Reveals Why She Brought the Vampire Lestat to the Realms of Atlantis

If you haven’t read Prince Lestat, Anne Rice’s most recent Vampire Chronicles book, a lot has changed for the tribe of the Undead. The vampires actually came together, entered the modern world, and formed a community with Lestat at its head. But with Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, Rice is going to change …

The Authors of The Kingkiller Chronicle and An Ember in the Ashes Offer Writing Advice in This Fun Chat

In a lively, adorably nerdy chat, fantasy authors Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes) and Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle) discuss the pressures of following a successful debut with a sequel, take on topics like writer’s block (and whether or not it actually exists), and answer Twitter-submitted fan…

A New Short Story By Science Fiction Great Ken Liu Will Get the Big-Screen Treatment

Science fiction author Ken Liu is an io9 favorite; so far, he’s released one wonderful novel, The Grace of Kings, with a follow-up, The Wall of Storms, due this fall. He’s also a master of short fiction—the Chinese American writer’s first English-language collection came out earlier this year, and his 2011 story “The…