Tired of alternate history books where the Axis won World War II, or the South won the Civil War? Luckily for you, there are a ton of allohistories that pick more obscure and interesting points of divergence. Here are 15 alt-history books (or series) that break the mold.
Jack Vance's impact on science fiction can't be overestimated. His Dying Earth series alone would be enough to make him one of the genre's most important figures. But he also gave us the Demon Princes series and several others, and he helped revitalize the planetary romance genre with Big Planet. He died over the…
If you're in San Francisco this Friday, you really ought to stop by the Nerdist Writers Panel, where Adventures of Kavalier and Clay author Michael Chabon will be part of a pretty interesting lineup, benefiting the writing education nonprofit 826 Valencia:
Sometimes a movie sparks everybody's imagination months before it comes out. When a film gets talked about, that's usually a good thing — and it's an even better thing when it becomes the subject of memes and ideas. Unless those memes totally misrepresent what the movie's about, and wind up killing all interest in…
We're used to seeing lots of fantasy picture books aimed at little kids — so it's nice to find a bunch that are more geared towards science fiction. Check out a look at some new science fiction picture books... plus one classic.
Before he was winning Oscars for Wall-E and Finding Nemo, John Carter director Andrew Stanton was a teen scribbling Tharks in his personal notepads. In fact, a penchant for fan art is something that all three of the head honchoes working on John Carter share. Take a look at the childhood Barsoomian doodles from…
John Carter wasn't Michael Chabon's first attempt at writing about nineteenth century heroes having swashbuckling adventures on Mars. Long before he joined up with Andrew Stanton to adapt Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic novels to the screen, Chabon wrote another Martian epic. Discover the saga of The Martian Agent, and…
How old were you when you first read Burroughs?
John Carter is a swashbuckling story of adventure, based on some of the most classic pulp novels of all time. And four new clips and a featurette showcase just how hard Wall-E director Andrew Stanton will push that sense of wonder and adventure.
This week sees the release of Colson Whitehead's zombie novel Zone One, and he's been doing a slew of interviews in which he affirms that reading science fiction and comic books (especially H.P. Lovecraft) made him want to be a writer.
Darren Aronofsky and Michael Chabon working together. Doesn't that just give you chills? We're beyond excited about the recently announced news that Aronofsky will be directing the pilot of HBO series Hobgoblin, about magicians who fight Hitler!
If you're one of the many people who grew up taking the unforgettable journey to another world in Norman Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth, then Michael Chabon's essay on the book will remind you of why you loved it.
When he's not working Disney's John Carter of Mars script or penning Pulitzer Prize-winning novels, apparently Michael Chabon is pitching alternate-history series to HBO about the magicians that fought Hitler. Which sounds fantastic.
Now that we've seen our first Green Lantern footage, opinions are divided. But one thing's sure: the closer Hal's origin sticks to the comics, the better off we'll be. Here are six superhero origins Hollywood captured, and six they ruined.
If information is power, then there's no hero mightier than a librarian. Librarians are superheroes, adventurers, explorers and invaluable guides to other heroes. Here are 20 amazing librarians who save the world every day!
In Despicable Me, opening today, Steve Carrell plays a supervillain named Gru who only cares for fame... or rather infamy. Until he adopts three little orphan girls and grows a heart. Yes, it's totally sappy. But you know, it's fun.
Ten-foot-tall aliens ready to be ridden, massive alien statues, and sabretooth-like skulls litter the sets of Disney's John Carter of Mars movie. Check out the latest set pics and updates from the land of Barsoom.
LIFE.com has published an amazing gallery of children in the '40s and '50s devouring comic books. And these nostalgic images underline the fact that kids pretty much don't do that anymore.
The pulp science fiction renaissance has begun. Edgar Rice Burroughs and E.E. "Doc" Smith both have Hollywood blockbusters in the pipeline. The Burroughs-inspired Avatar broke DVD sales records. But can today's creators update pulp storylines without including the cultural baggage?
China Miéville's detective story The City And The City is well on its way to being the award-winningest novel of the year. But it's not the only great novel about science fiction/fantasy sleuths. Here are 10 other SF detective classics.