Ursula K. Le Guin Wants Everyone to Know the Huge Difference Between 'Alternative Facts' and Fiction

The word “alternative” appears both in the fun new craze sweeping the government (“alternative facts”) and in a few science fiction staple ideas (“alternate history” and “alternate universe,” for example). Despite that superficial similarity, legendary scifi author Ursula K. Le Guin wants to make sure no one confuses…

Why Stephen King Wants Adults To Remember How They Thought As Kids

Stephen King’s dark imagination as an adult always makes people wonder what the hell happened to him as a kid. But King didn’t have that unusual of a childhood. He’s more interested in everyone else’s curiosity about how he grew up and their assumption that something horrific must have happened for him to write about…

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…

11 History Books You Should Read Before Writing Your Military SF Novel

So you want to be a military science fiction author. You’ve read the classics from all the major authors, and you’ve got a great idea for a novel. Except you haven’t served in the military, and don’t know much beyond what you’ve seen on TV and in movies. Here are 11 books of military history you might want to read…

There’s Only One Way You Could Personally Visit an Exoplanet

Sorry, Han Solo and Mr. Sulu. Based on everything we know right now, you’ll never be able to punch a button and travel through “hyperspace,” or go to warp speed. Traveling faster than light is almost certainly impossible. According to scientists, the only way you could personally visit other stars is by taking a long,…

The Incredible Challenge of Writing a Post-Apocalyptic Novel With an Autistic Hero

Post-apocalyptic stories usually feature a certain type of character—someone who fits in with survivalist tropes. We never want to think about how people with various disabilities will do after the end of civilization. But in the new book On the Edge of Gone, Corinne Duyvis chose to put an autistic character in the…

Seanan McGuire's New Book Is So Mindblowingly Good, It Hurts. See For Yourself.

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…