Thanks to PBS Digital Studios and its series Blank on Blank, we have this beautiful animation of an interview with The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling. His ideas about science fiction, children, and imagination all get expressed in a wonderful way.
Post-apocalyptic stories usually feature a certain type of character—someone who fits in with survivalist tropes. We never want to think about how people with various disabilities will do after the end of civilization. But in the new book On the Edge of Gone, Corinne Duyvis chose to put an autistic character in the…
Previewing his new movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Luc Besson gave an interview where he talked about the source of his inspiration. It’s one of best things anyone has ever said.
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…
We sometimes describe films like 10 Cloverfield Lane as being low-budget—but a real low-budget classic is more like the time-travel movie Primer, which was made for a shockingly tiny $7,000. In a new interview, star David Sullivan talked about how insanely shoestring this production was.
Slade House David Mitchell is a literary darling, who’s won acclaim and award nominations. But when he talks about the things that shaped him as an author, he namechecks genre stalwarts like Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip Jose Farmer... and Dungeons & Dragons.
We’re anxiously awaiting Elizabeth Hand’s next novel, Hard Light. But in the meantime, did you know she was also a prolific author of tie-in novels? In an article for the Washington Post, she explains how she wrote the novelization of Twelve Monkeys, and that opened some doors.
Are you an urban fantasy protagonist or a horror protagonist? The answer may depend on just how you’d react if an eldritch, uncanny supernatural being burst out and decided to attack you.
I have an absolute total unshakable faith in the future of humanity, and in progress. But I’m also sure that awful, terrible things are going to happen, the environment is going to be screwed, and everything is going to hell. How do you reconcile these wildly opposing viewpoints?
This new video from Ken Burns’ series about story is just so awesome. George Saunders, author of The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, explains why reading a bad story is like going on a bad date.
Anybody who’s ever watched Star Trek: Voyager knows there’s a lot of technobabble on that show. Even more than most other Star Treks. And Captain Janeway, the show’s lead, is actually a scientist in her own right. So Kate Mulgrew had to work hard to sell all that scientific dialogue.
David Mitchell just won a World Fantasy Award for The Bone Clocks, and he’s one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction right now. But he’s usually classified as a literary author—and talking to the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast, he explains why that’s largely meaningless.
When Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce remade Carrie in 2013, everyone dismissed her version of the film as an unnecessary do-over. But Peirce had some ideas for how to make her version stand apart—including an awesomely weird ending, which freaked out studio executives who couldn’t even say the word “vagina.”
Salman Rushdie is getting a lot of buzz for his fantastical new novel Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights. And talking to the New York Times, he says he’s always loved science fiction—but he was inspired to try the genre now because of a sense that the world is turning upside down.
This quote comes from the “Reclaiming the Nerdiverse” episode of Late Night Woman’s Hour, which is still available on BBC’s iPlayer. It’s a fun, wide-ranging discussion on many different parts of fandom, and it’s well worth a listen.
Ken Liu’s debut novel The Grace of Kings has sparked lots of interest with its coinage of a new genre, Silkpunk. But is it a novel of social commentary? Does it comment on contemporary social issues? The New York Times asked Liu, and he delivered an interesting perspective on the ability of fiction to critique society.
Zen Cho’s new debut novel Sorcerer to the Crown is getting all kinds of buzz (and we’re dying to read it.) But it’s not her first novel. She wrote two others, which she “binned” before even trying to publish them, as she explains her blog.
Whenever you see a beloved classic getting reinvented for the big screen, you hear that the people involved were huge fans of the original. Studio execs at a Comic-Con panel today said they make sure that fans are part of the creative process on a big project—but not for the reason you might think.