December is a really light month for new science fiction and fantasy books, but there's still some really great stuff out there. Including a new Deryni novel by Katherine Kurtz, a dwarf detective novel, and a Jay Lake collaboration. Here are the most essential books published in December.
The first time I met Jay Lake, he was greeting people at a convention party in a Hawaiian shirt and joking, "That's right. I'm Cancer Guy." Lake was willing to joke about his identity as cancer survivor, while also inspiring others. But his identity as a writer and editor of groundbreaking SF was even more important.
Author Jay Lake, the winner the Campbell Award and numerous other honors, is undergoing his fourth round of chemotherapy right now — and you can help him fight his cancer. Some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy authors have donated "acts of whimsy," to raise money to sequence Jay Lake's genome and possibly…
The next few months are positively packed with literary science fiction and fantasy goodness. Neal Stephenson returns to virtual reality! Vernor Vinge finally delivers the sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep. Plus dueling magicians and digital revolutionaries.
Over the past few days, the winners of the Bram Stoker Awards (for horror fiction) and the finalists for the Sidewise Awards (for alternate history) were announced. Want to know what the best terrifying stories and allohistories are?
Jay Lake just sold a novella to Prime Books, which could be his darkest, most intense work yet. Body modification and an exploration of the sexual underworld are just the start in Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh.
Metatropolis thrilled us with its near-future shared world and its daring take on urban decay and reinvention. So we're psyched that a second volume is coming out — focusing exclusively on one of the most memorable settings in the first book, the reborn Pacific Northwest known as Cascadia. Edited by Jay Lake, whose…
April's new science fiction books take you on a trip across a transformed Mars, and to the heart of a British battle against mutant Nazi orphans. Also, a couple of steampunk adventures jostle for a space in your to-be-read pile.
If you spent hundreds of hours playing Dungeons & Dragons in your youth, it turns out that time wasn't wasted. Three successful authors tell Suvudu that D&D gave them the experience points to write decent novels and stories.
For many aspiring science-fiction authors, the first frontier of publication is short fiction. A few stories published in the right markets can launch your career. But it helps if you're prolific. Here are 12 tips on writing more stories faster.
Whether you want a fun beach read or a sweeping philosophical epic, June's books have you covered. You can encounter witches in Toronto and killer courtesans, or you can delve into America's dismal future, or Alastair Reynolds' eon-spanning colonization saga.
Jay Lake's sixth novel, Green , is an inventive fantasy of exotic cities, weird gods, conspiracies, stabbings, and kicks to the head. And here come the spoilers...
The futuristic city is often a supporting character in science fiction, but these urban visions rarely feel like places you could live in. So Metatropolis, a new anthology of city tales, is a nice surprise.
The New Weird, the awesome new anthology edited by io9 contributors Ann and Jeff Vandermeer, has its own MySpace Page. That means you can make friends with a whole literary movement, which focuses on urban settings and visceral, disturbing imagery borrowed from horror. The anthology follows the genesis of the New…