It’s a fascinating question. Over at Charles Stross’ blog, he responds to a reader question: What would a technological society look like without written language? And could such a thing even happen?
It’s now been over three decades since cyberpunk first exploded, and in that time we’ve seen gorgeous movies, read fascinating books, and seen dozens of offshoots like steampunk (and my new favorite, deco punk) develop. Here are the 21 cyberpunk books you absolutely must read.
When Charles Stross isn’t writing mind-blowing space opera about the future of banking, he’s the ultra-prolific author of two long-running series. And one of those, the Laundry Files, has won praise (and a Best Novella Hugo) for its look at a spy agency that deals with other-worldly threats.
MIT’s Technology Review has a bit of a secret: just about every year, they put together a science fiction edition titled Twelve Tomorrows. It’s one of the best collections of short science fiction out there, and you can now preorder the upcoming issue.
Here in the United States, we’re excited because James Bond has another big movie coming up. But in Canada, James Bond just entered the public domain. Or at least, Ian Fleming’s books did. To celebrate, ChiZine Publications is putting out a book of “unauthorized” James Bond stories.
Seriously, cut it out, publishers. Are you trying to ruin us? There are so many incredible books coming out this month, it’s unreal. China Mieville, Charles Stross, Austin Grossman, Jesse Ball, William T Vollmann... it’s all happening. Here are July’s must-read science fiction and fantasy books.
We all know that economists love science fiction — especially Isaac Asimov fan Paul Krugman. But science fiction and fantasy can also help teach ordinary people about the Dismal Science. Here are 22 great science fiction and fantasy stories that can help you make sense of economics.
As more and more stuff from science fiction feels as though it's coming true, we run into more situations where straight-up descriptions of real discoveries feel science fictional. But it works the other way, too — some SF writers go out of their way to make their fiction feel like real science writing.
Tonight at the World SF Convention, we saw the brilliance and inventiveness of science fiction and fantasy on full display. Tonight's Hugo Awards winners include Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, along with stories by Charles Stross, Mary Robinette Kowal and John Chu. And Kameron Hurley, twice.
Tough time for Orbit authors. First Orbit Books' parent company Hachette clashed with Amazon, causing the online retailer to delay sending books and raise prices. Then Orbit announced it won't send free copies of books to Hugo voters, putting authors at a distinct disadvantage.
The dangerous beast known as the "attack novel." It seizes you and will not let go until it's been deposited on paper, as Charles Stross explains. If you see one, do not call the authorities.
Charles Stross has canceled the third book in his Halting State trilogy because reality has caught up to his near-future visions. Specifically, the NSA spying in Warcraft.
Today, author Charlie Stross, from this month's book club selection, joined us for a Q&A, where he filled us his thoughts on how new writers get traction, the skyrocketing of ebook sales (from 1% to 50% of his sales in the last five years), and gave us the first line of his new book coming up in July.
In November, the io9 book club read Charles Stross' novel Neptune's Brood. Today from 12:00-1:00 PDT, Stross is here to answer your questions! Ask him about Neptune's Brood, economic science fiction, or any of his other incredible series and books.
In November, the io9 Book Club is reading Neptune's Brood, by Charles Stross. We'll meet December 2 to discuss it, and we hope Stross will join us later that week for a chat!
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that every interstellar colony in search of good fortune must be in need of a banker." If that line makes you giggle, feel free to rush out and purchase Charles Stross’s newest novel Neptune’s Brood, a comedy of banking and manners with some chase scenes and explosions thrown in…
July is ablaze with great stories. There's a ton of awesome books hitting the shelves this month, many of which make the greatest possible reads for your roadtrip to San Diego Comic-Con (or Worldcon.) Here are a dozen must-read books coming out this month!
Our economy is huge, incomprehensible and potentially deadly if you take a wrong step — just like space, in fact. So when it comes to understanding the fundamentals of economics, you need to read some classic and recent science fiction novels. Luckily, Paul Krugman and Noah Smith have provided a reading list.