This year, Tavie Tidhar won the World Fantasy Award for his political fantasy novel Osama. We read it in the io9 book club last month, and now he's joining us to answer any of your questions — about the book, about writing political novels, about his expertise in international science fiction and fantasy, or even…
Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In November, we read Lavie Tidar's award-winning Osama. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!
The winners of the 2012 World Fantasy Awards were just announced here in Toronto, Canada - and the Best Novel Award didn't go to George R.R. Martin or to Jo Walton, who'd already swept the Nebula and Hugo Awards. Instead, it went to Lavie Tidhar's Osama, a strange pulp-oriented alt history about Osama Bin Laden.
October brings an amazing horde of great books, to keep you reading way into the night. Lois Lowry concludes the Giver saga, Justin Cronin continues the Passage trilogy, and Iain M. Banks has a new story of the Culture. Plus Catherynne M. Valente's latest Fairyland novel, and Cory Doctorow's follow-up to Little Brother…
Months ago, I asked the Pentagon for its visual records of Osama bin Laden's sea burial under the Freedom of Information Act. Today, I received a thick packet of No— a complete denial that any records exist. Read it.
This video has it all: timelapses, dramatic photography and tons of aircraft porn. It's a typical day on the USS Carl Vinson, the third of the United States Navy Nimitz-class nuclear supercarriers. Yeah, it's the carrier from that NCAA basketball game.
The New Yorker has pieced together an amazing report about the Abbottabad raid aka Operation Kill bin Laden. Comprised from the personal accounts of the SEALs themselves, it has it all: Obama, Crankshaft, Pacer, DEVGRU, Cairo the Dog and more.
But don't worry! They're just 1:144 scale toys. If this is the extent of Chinese reverse-engineering efforts, then the Pentagon can probably wipe the sweat off its trillion dollar brow. I'd still like one of these for my desk, though.
Well this is certainly bizarre. You might think author and former love of Osama bin Laden (!) Kola Boof might want to keep a low profile. Given, you know, the whole having sex with Bin Laden thing. Not quite!
What you are looking at here may not exist, but it's likely to be the stealth heavy transport helicopter that carried backup SEAL commandos in the final hunt for Osama bin Laden. It looks appropriately powered by ninja stars.
How do you monitor the whereabouts of the world's most wanted criminal, deep inside a radar-infested region of a country that doesn't want you there? With this stealth drone, which gave the US eyes on Osama's compound from above.
YES! MORE WAR DOGS!!! WAR DOGS. WAR DOGS. WAR DOGS.
According to US officials speaking on condition of anonymity, Osama bin Laden had a "fairly extensive" stash of "modern" high quality porn at his hideout in Abbottabad. But, if he didn't have Internet, how did it get there?
As more details come to light about bin Laden's life of the past few years, we're learning how the leader of Al-Qaeda communicated to his underlings through e-mail—even though he didn't have an internet connection in his compound.
We caught and shot Osama bin Laden in a rundown, decrepit compound, lacking any direct contact with the outside world. But in 2001, the Times of London (and the Pentagon) thought he was living in a comic villain's super fortress.