Spring is here, and so are some great beach reads! What does April have in store? Two Terry Pratchett tributes. New books from C.J. Cherryh, Harry Turtledove and M.R. Carey. Wish-granting moonshine! New space opera! And much, much more. Here are the most essential science fiction and fantasy books in April.
Every Heart a Doorway, the new novella from Seanan McGuire, has the absolute best premise ever: What happens after you come back from spending lots of time in Neverland, or Wonderland, or Narnia, or some other magical realm? Not surprisingly, it messes you up. Here’s an exclusive excerpt from Every Heart, which drops…
Yeesh, this is a scary, weird year to be living on planet Earth. And we haven’t gotten those danged off-world colonies set up yet, for some reason. There’s no escape! Except, as Emily Dickinson would advise, to say “frig it,” and read a book. So here are 16 friggin’ great books to help you forget about 2016.
Earlier this week, Microsoft released a short anthology titled Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft, enlisting some of the best science fiction writers to contribute stories inspired by visits to the company’s research labs.
This year’s Hugo Awards controversy is confusing. There are two kinds of puppies! Are the puppies against diversity, or literary snobbery? And so on. But really, this is all about books, and particularly what kind of books we’re supposed to celebrate. So here are eight books that can help you understand the Hugo mess.
The urban fantasy genre isn't just set in cities — it's one of the main places that genre fiction engages with our urbanized existence, picking up the baton dropped by cyberpunk. But you don't often see cities depicted the way Daniel José Older does in his new novel Half-Resurrection Blues.
Science fiction and fantasy readers are in a constant dialogue with their favorite stories. At conventions, workshops, and online, people geek out about their favorite books. But sometimes, authors get a little tired of the same old memes. Ten authors told io9 about the writing terms they'd like to see retired.
New month, new issues! And not just your regular set of new issues, but new special issues. Remember the special Women Destroy Science Fiction issue of Lightspeed Magazine from earlier this year? Now women are destroying horror and fantasy (run!).
Seanan McGuire's slightly more steel-plated alter-ego, Mira Grant, is keeping busy. In addition to the third book in the Parasitology trilogy that began with Parasite, Grant just sold Orbit a new standalone. And four novellas plus a new novel in the universe of her Feed/Deadline novels.
The best days of science fiction and fantasy books aren't in the past — they're still arriving. Every month, new books come out that pack a hell of a whallop. Just check out our list of the 23 new books that you absolutely must not miss in May.
You won't survive this coming month without some great stories to carry you through. Luckily, January is just chock full of amazing reads, including fantasy epics, space adventures and near-future weirdness. Here are all January's most essential science fiction and fantasy books!
LGBT characters have made great strides in comics lately — we even had a same-sex wedding in the X-Men — but it's about time there were more stories focusing on queer protagoninsts. Enter Beyond, a brand new anthology of comics about LBGT heroes who save the day. With an amazing set of contributors... possibly…
You owe A.C. Crispin a huge debt, whether you know it or not. As an author, she helped carve a space for women writing science fiction. She helped prove media tie-in novels could be great books in their own right. And she fought for writers to get treated fairly, with the indispensible site Writer Beware.
Author Jay Lake, the winner the Campbell Award and numerous other honors, is undergoing his fourth round of chemotherapy right now — and you can help him fight his cancer. Some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy authors have donated "acts of whimsy," to raise money to sequence Jay Lake's genome and possibly…
Welcome to the deep of winter, the time when the nights are longest and you basically never want to get out of your warm bed. This is the perfect time to get sucked into a long, complicated relationship with a book series. But what book series are worth getting hooked on? We did some digging and soul searching, to…
You might think that male or gender-ambiguous pseudonyms for authors of science fiction and fantasy was a thing of the past — a relic of the era when authors like James Tiptree, Jr. hid their gender from sexist readers. But not really. The Wall Street Journal has a depressing article explaining how widespread the…
She's tackled urban fantasy with the October Daye novels and zombies with the Newsflesh books, and cryptozoologists with the Incryptid books. And now Seanan McGuire, aka Mira Grant, is moving into the medical thriller genre. The good news is, it sounds like she's got a really fresh spin on the "medical science gone…
In May, the io9 Book Club read Mira Grant's Feed. Now Grant is coming to answer your questions about the book today, June 6.
Campbell Award-winning author Seanan McGuire has been busy. She's just sold the sixth and seventh October Daye novels, and as Mira Grant, she's written the Hugo-nominated zombie novel Feed (which we're currently discussing in the io9 book club) and sequels.
Mira Grant, the alter ego of Seanan McGuire, had a fresh take on the role of blogging and communications after the zombie apocalypse, in Feed. Now check out your first look at the cover of the second book, Deadline.