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,…
Keeping up with all the amazing science fiction and fantasy books this month may actually be a full-time job. Alastair Reynolds, Patricia McKillip, Yann Martel, Iain Pears, Lois McMaster Bujold and a ton of your other favorite authors have new books. Here are the books you absolutely must not miss in February!
In Slow Bullets, the latest novel from Alastair Reynolds, a soldier awakens on a prisoner ship far out in space, unsure of where she’s going or why she’s there. As she and her fellow passengers come to terms with their predicament, they must overcome their own pasts.
Looking for some awesome beach reads? Science fiction and fantasy have you covered. There’s a new Shannara book, a brand new Laurell K. Hamilton, and an Alistair Reynolds novella. Plus Scalzi’s next Old Man’s War book, and Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s Long Utopia. Here are all the books you can’t miss in June!
The more we learn about exoplanets and the physics of interstellar travel, the more daunting the prospect of traveling to other stars appears. But in a new essay for Reuters, House of Suns author Alastair Reynolds lays out exactly what we’ll have to do to get to other solar systems.
The surprising news that NASA has discovered a potentially habitable planet orbiting Kapetyn's star, only 13 light years from Earth, has motivated Revelation Space author Alastair Reynolds to write a brand new story about a space probe visiting Kapetyn and sending back some sobering data.
So what if you need to siphon out a bit of your precious blood to make your winged buddy come to life? You can always make more, right? And look at how cute and friendly that little guy is!
When we finally create artificial intelligences and supersmart robots, everybody expects the very next thing they'll try and do is wipe out humanity. Right? Maybe not. Some artificial creations just want to be left alone, to do their own thing. Here's our semi-complete list of stories about robot separatists.
Hollywood's addiction to remakes and reboots continues unabated, with dozens of films in development. And meanwhile, bookshelves are straining with hundreds of original, thrilling novels that have never been adapted to the screen. Here's a second dose of our list of books that should be adapted instead of yet another…
Every month, you're asked to contribute to tons of worthy causes and crowdfunding projects. But this month's most worthy call for crowdfunding support isn't a new project — it's the longest running non-profit science fiction magazine on the Web, Strange Horizons, which is having its annual fundraising drive. If you…
Science fiction is the literature of discovery — and there are tons of great ways to come up with stories worth telling. But a lot of the most compelling stories are based on actual cutting-edge science. But how do you turn real science into science fiction? To find out, we asked hard SF writers and scientists.
September's bookshelves strain under the weight of so much awesome. There are long-awaited sequels by Stephen King and Margaret Atwood. New Alastair Reynolds and Kim Stanley Robinson! Plus much, much more. Here are all the books you absolutely should not sleep on in September!
Hard to believe, but yes — Alastair Reynolds, author of Revelation Space and House of Suns, has written a Doctor Who novel. And it's really quite good. Harvest of Time starts out feeling like a straight-up tribute to the early 1970s era of Jon Pertwee, but slowly develops into something a good deal stranger.
November's books are bursting with excitement! There's futuristic pulp fiction, swashbuckling excitement, reimagined fairytales... and the return of Miles Vorkosigan. Wild adventures and amazing cleverness await, and you don't want to miss out on all the conversations the cool people will be having about these shiny…
Two of the internet's coolest fiction magazines need your support right now. Strange Horizons is having its annual fund drive, with tons of prizes for donors — but the main prize is satisfaction that you're helping to support one of the most important magazines in the field, whose unpaid staff works tirelessly to keep…
War and Space: Recent Combat, from editors Rich Horton and Sean Wallace is possibly one of the finest anthologies that I've ever come across. This anthology looks at the nature of war, and how it might impact our future civilizations in space. Fans of high-octane stories with lots of action might be let down by the…
When you discuss the "new" space opera, one name comes up pretty often: that of Alastair Reynolds, whose Blue Remembered Earth is coming out next month in the U.S. But in an interview over at Publisher's Weekly, Reynolds says he's less and less happy with that tag:
Alastair Reynolds is known for huge, sweeping space operas, like Revelation Space. So it's sort of fascinating that he's chosen to write a novel about Doctor Who's most Earthbound era, the days of Jon Pertwee's dashing military advisor.
Alastair Reynolds has a PhD in astronomy and has a background in space science — but the Terminal World author doesn't like to use the term "hard science fiction" to describe his work. Talking to Locus Magazine, he explains:
Everybody wants more optimistic science fiction, but the near future is full of nightmare scenarios like global climate change. How do we get around that? Alastair Reynolds has one idea: a 22nd century saga set after the climate's already changed.