Beginning writers are always advised to "write what you know" — but what does that even mean? Does it mean just writing really thinly-veiled autobiography? And what if you're writing about events on distant planets?
Cracking open James Gunn's latest novel, Transcendental, is like finding a lost manuscript from the Golden Age of Science Fiction. And while reading it, I enjoyed the retro-stylings — but couldn't help but think this is the kind of thing science fiction has left behind for a reason.
When we try to imagine the world after an apocalypse, we often end up thinking of a particular era from history. It's not surprising — because the end of the world as we know it often means we'll lose a lot of the fruits of progress. People often talk about bombing someone "back to the Stone Age," for example.
New Scientist asked ten scientists and fiction writers, including William Gibson, Kim Stanley Robinson and Margaret Atwood, to name their favorite "lost scifi classics." And to celebrate, New Scientist's having a fiction contest, judged by Neil Gaiman.
Most of us would have no problem being seen in public reading a science-fiction novel... unless it had a cover so hideous, or so wrong, that you might get arrested. Here are the cheesiest and most disturbing science-fiction book covers.
Sex and science fiction have not always been the most obvious partners; combining the two has occasionally defeated even the genre's greatest luminaries. But here are ten authors who successfully brought sex into the future.