After he discovered the planet Neptune using mathematics, French astronomer Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier set his sights on a new discovery: the planet Vulcan.
The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, by Greg Steinmetz, is about Jacob Fugger, a man who never drew a sword, nailed up his theses on a church, or painted a picture, but still helped turn the Medieval era into the modern world. Learn how money, properly applied, changed everything.
One web comic that I particularly like is John’s Comic Crits. He picks up an interesting mix of books, but instead of putting pen to paper for a book review, he turns his review into a short comic. His latest one about Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves, is an interesting one.
The Fourteenth Goldfish is a rare children's book. It presents a message that plenty of people will disagree with - and argues that they should be free to disagree with it. Get ready to argue with your kids about what they're reading.
There are tons of sites out there with reviews of science fiction books — but what if you want the nudist perspective? The site Yarns Without Threads has you (metaphorically) covered.
It's been a while since the New York Times Sunday Book Review had a regular science fiction book column. So it's great news that The Third Bear author (and io9 contributor) Jeff VanderMeer has launched a new, semi-regular book column called "Science Fiction Chronicle." The first outing covers a nicely diverse bunch of…
Internecine politics, clan rivalries, and werewolf-posturing serve as the backdrop for World Fantasy Award winner Martin Millar's novel Lonely Werewolf Girl, a story about anxiety and the slow agony of making friends.
Publishers Weekly's Genreville blog is posting a hilarious set of tweets for would-be "lazy book critics," under the hashtag #lazycriticslexicon, and other writers and critics have joined in. If you've ever wanted to know what book critics are really saying when they call books esoteric or controversial, or you're…
The New Space Opera, a recent anthology edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, was supposed to testify to the resurgent vitality of the space-opera sub-genre. Instead, it showcases a new space-opera canon that's listless and cut off from the mainstream, argues reviewer Alan DeNiro in Rain Taxi. Find out why…