The first time I met Jay Lake, he was greeting people at a convention party in a Hawaiian shirt and joking, "That's right. I'm Cancer Guy." Lake was willing to joke about his identity as cancer survivor, while also inspiring others. But his identity as a writer and editor of groundbreaking SF was even more important.
Authority, the second volume in Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, just came out. Given how much Annihilation thrilled us, that's exciting news. So we're stoked to be able to bring you the first chapter of Authority, exclusively at io9.
When I first obsessed about the idea of being a science-fiction writer, I was captivated by the Slipstream movement, which aimed to bust genre boundaries and shatter expectations. And reading about 1975's science fiction boom makes you realize how great the New Wave was. So maybe it's time for a new movement with a…