Octavia Butler might have passed away a decade ago, but she’s still a major influence in the science fiction world. A new interview with Butler has surfaced, covering a whole range of topics, from writing to science fiction, and it’s well worth watching.
Realism is a moving target, especially when you’re creating stories that capture the weirdness of living in the wake of colonialism. Junot Diaz (This is How You Lose Her) took part in a conversation with Hilton Als at the Strand Bookstore, and he talked about how sometimes time travel is the only way to depict the…
When she was still a struggling writer, Octavia Butler vowed that she would become successful, no matter what it took. Her handwritten affirmation about her own future success is amazing to read, now that it’s come true.
The phenomenally talented, groundbreaking science fiction author Octavia Butler died in 2006. Her papers went to the Huntington Library, and they’ve just put a document online that you really should see.
Making Octavia Butler’s novel Dawn into a television show sounds like kind of a foolhardy idea. It’s a post-apocalyptic storyline, in which the Earth is basically on the brink of destruction, and the last humans are offered salvation by aliens... who want to mate with us and change us. How do you put that on TV?
The holiday season has officially begun, and of course the holidays are a time for families. But science fiction and fantasy readers know that families come in all shapes and configurations. Here are 30 of the most wonderfully alternative families in science fiction and fantasy.
Shane Carruth created an uncompromising mind-bender with his first movie, Primer. But with his second film, Upstream Color, he's done something harder and weirder. Upstream Color uses striking images and sounds to unmoor you from reality, even as it tells a powerful, emotional journey. No spoilers below...
Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology is having a special issue devoted to "feminist science fiction," edited by Alexis Lothian. The call for papers is here, and it reads in part:
Welcome to the deep of winter, the time when the nights are longest and you basically never want to get out of your warm bed. This is the perfect time to get sucked into a long, complicated relationship with a book series. But what book series are worth getting hooked on? We did some digging and soul searching, to…
When Hollywood wants a futuristic, paranoid thriller where nothing is what it seems, the studios reach for the work of one man. This week, Philip K. Dick continues his reign as Hollywood's idea spigot, with a remake of Total Recall. More PKD films are in the works, and there's no shortage of material out there.
Octavia Butler created some truly memorable stories and characters — and now her novels have been released as ebooks with gorgeous new cover art. Check out an exclusive look at the complete set, below.
When NPR revealed its list of finalists for its "Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books" survey, we were struck by how diverse and wide-ranging that list was. Now the actual list of the 100 greatest books has been revealed... and it's quite a bit more conservative.
When an interviewer asked Hugo- and Macarthur-winning novelist Octavia Butler what she thought of her books being classed as science fiction, she said, "Really, it doesn't matter. A good story is a good story." In honor of Women's History Month, here is (some of) the story of Butler's life.
Want to help make the future of science fiction more diverse — and possibly win an e-book reader full of amazing writing by writers of color? Enter the Carl Brandon Society's drawing to support the Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship fund.
Science fiction's greatest authors have brilliant ideas, storytelling mojo... and plenty of stubbornness. Many of the field's greatest writers were buried in rejection slips, before they finally broke in. Here are 15 classic novels that publishers didn't want to touch.
Can you name the 10 greatest science fiction novels by women authors published in the past decade? That's a meme that's been making the rounds, in response to a perceived increase in the marginalization of women in SF.
Science fiction is the literature of our times, the fuel of our imaginations and the source of our favorite imaginary worlds. But what do we mean when we talk about "science fiction?" Here are some of the many definitions.
The Washington Post quizzes a bunch of famous and high-powered scientists about the books they read for fun, and the books that inspired them when they were younger. Their answers show how some science-fiction books have shaped their lives.
Freaks Of The Heartland artist Greg Ruth puts up a new image on his site every Monday, taking us inside his weird consciousness. Portraits of Dune's Leto Atreides II and David Lynch, plus surreal creatures, are flooding the internet.