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.
It’s been over 20 years since Xena: Warrior Princess first came to our screens, but the love of Xena (and Gabrielle) burns as bright as ever. Now Xena’s coming back, in a big way. We asked Javier Grillo-Marxuach, showrunner of the new Xena TV show, and Genevieve Valentine, writer of the new Xena comic book, to…
Xena, Warrior Princess is returning to TV soon, and Dynamite Comics is celebrating with an all-new Xena ongoing comic book series based on Xena and Gabrielle’s adventures—and io9 has an exclusive look inside the first issue!
When Catwoman #35 kicked off a new story arc for Selina Kyle—written by frequent io9 contributor Genevieve Valentine—many fans bristled at the thought of taking Selina Kyle and placing her as role of a mob boss. But not only does it work, it turns Selina, and eventually Catwoman, into one of DC’s best current…
In Genevieve’ Valentine’s novel Persona, international politics are a sort of game played on an international level: diplomats are carefully chosen for their charisma, and follow a detailed script. When a C-level diplomat, Suyana Sapaki is almost killed, she finds herself involved in a desperate chase for survival.
If you're looking for something fun to put on your Kindle or other e-reading device, Tor.com has just published their annual collection of some of their best stories. You can read them all for free on the web, sure, but now they're in a handy free ebook.
Happy Halloween! There's one extra Friday in this month — just enough time to sneak in one more dark story for this dark time of year.
There's a shake-up coming to the DC universe. io9 can exclusively reveal that Catwoman writer Ann Nocenti will helm a new comic starring Klarion the Witch Boy in October — while author/io9's own Genevieve Valentine takes over Catwoman! We were able to talk to both writers about their series and what's in store.
SAGA, the new science fiction and fantasy imprint from Simon & Schuster, debuts next spring with an exciting slate of books—including the first novel from Hugo, Nebula, and many other awards-winning writer Ken Liu. Here's our exclusive reveal of the covers for SAGA's first set of books.
Short stories have always been the lifeblood of the science fiction and fantasy genres, even though novels get the lion's share of the attention. There are hundreds of great stories published every year — and a large portion of them are available for free online — but many people only read the shorts in one of the…
The latest issue of Apex Magazine is out, and it includes Genevieve Valentine's fantastic story "Armless Maidens of the American West." Valentine's story takes place in a small town, with a diner and a golf course... and a mysterious woman with no arms, out in the woods. Valentine shows us how the presence of the…
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…
Congratulations to Genevieve Valentine, who won the 2012 William L. Crawford Fantasy Award for her novel Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti. This award celebrates the best debut fantasy novel published in the previous year, and the runners up were Erin Morgenstern for The Night Circus, Téa Obreht for The…
Over at Fantasy magazine, Genevieve Valentine has a great essay looking at the major dragon archetypes, and what they represent to the human heroes who deal with them. Valentine begins by describing the "dragon as force" archetype:
In July, the io9 Book Club read Genevieve Valentine's Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti. Now Valentine is coming to answer your questions about the book tomorrow, July 29.
Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In July we read Genevieve Valentine's novel Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!
Genevieve Valentine, author of Mechanique, joins us to discuss Steampunk, circus performers, period costumes, and really, really bad movies.
May is a blockbuster month for books, with new releases from China Miéville, John Scalzi and Charlaine Harris, plus Gilded-Age witchcraft and zombie-fighting bloggers.
There are books that blend genres, like a steampunk romance. And then there are books which take all the toys in the genre box and throw them onto the ground, assembling a brilliantly glittering collage from the shards.
After the water wars, and the fall of the cities, one young woman becomes an astronomer - and has the chance to save humanity. In this new story from Genevieve Valentine, we get a poetic look at the dying Earth.