Seriously, cut it out, publishers. Are you trying to ruin us? There are so many incredible books coming out this month, it’s unreal. China Mieville, Charles Stross, Austin Grossman, Jesse Ball, William T Vollmann... it’s all happening. Here are July’s must-read science fiction and fantasy books.
There’s no such thing as a perfect book — but some books feel as though they could be just about perfect, if they didn’t have one nagging problem. And sometimes, the most wonderful books have the most glaring shortfalls. Here are 10 amazing novels that are each marred by a fatal flaw.
The urban fantasy genre isn't just set in cities — it's one of the main places that genre fiction engages with our urbanized existence, picking up the baton dropped by cyberpunk. But you don't often see cities depicted the way Daniel José Older does in his new novel Half-Resurrection Blues.
Before Richard Kadrey was writing the Sandman Slim novels and other thrilling urban fantasy books, he was writing cyberpunk — and now, you can read his classic novel Metrophage, in a new signed edition.
Few fantasy series have as strong a sense of place as Richard Kadrey's L.A.-set Sandman Slim books. And here's your exclusive first look at a video where Kadrey takes you to the real-life locations where his books take place, filmed by Brady Hall. Plus read a chapter of the next Sandman Slim Book, The Getaway God!
This month, a major fantasy series comes to its long-awaited conclusion. Anne Rice turns her attention to werewolves. Dan Simmons and Dave Eggers meet the Abominable Snowman and Facebook, respectively. Here are all the science fiction and fantasy books you must check out in October!
July is ablaze with great stories. There's a ton of awesome books hitting the shelves this month, many of which make the greatest possible reads for your roadtrip to San Diego Comic-Con (or Worldcon.) Here are a dozen must-read books coming out this month!
Lela Gwenn had a dream: cosplay as some of her favorite heroes, and then get tied up and photographed by Sandman Slim author Richard Kadrey. The model and writer raised over $4000 on Kickstarter to make it happen, and here's your first look at the results, exclusively on io9.
This year's science fiction books are going to rock. John Scalzi returns to the Old Man's War universe, there's a brand new Neil Gaiman novel, and Stephen King's long-awaited sequel to The Shining. Plus brand new books from Austin Grossman, Nalo Hopkinson, Christopher Priest, Diana Gabaldon, Robert J. Sawyer, Joe…
What do science fiction and fantasy books have in store for you this fall? There are new fantasy series by Tad Williams and Jacqueline Carey. A brand new Culture novel by Iain M. Banks. Collaborations between Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, and Larry Niven and Gregory Benford. A classic Gene Wolfe novel. A massive…
The great thing about Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim novels is, there's no foot-dragging. Each book in the series pushes the story forward — usually with a punch in the gut. Case in point: the fourth Sandman Slim Book, Devil Said Bang, starts out with Stark in a very different position than the previous novels. (If…
Emily Dickinson had it wrong: There is no star cruiser like a book. When you want to journey past the furthermost limits of your own imagination, you turn to books. And August's new book releases are just packed with brilliant new ideas and thrilling stories, from some of the world's best writers.
Fantasy novels don't arise by magic. An aspiring fantasy author has to learn the craft, but also discover the roots of fantasy literature, as well as history and mythology. The more you've read, the more you know — and the better equipped you'll be for your journey into the lands of imagination. So we asked some of…
Just in time for Halloween, this month's new book releases bring vampires! High sorcery! And wine magic! Plus: new books from Terry Pratchett, N.K. Jemisin, Vernor Vinge, and Richard K. Morgan!
The third book in Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim series, Aloha from Hell, comes out today. And to celebrate, we're giving you a chance to ask Kadrey some questions about urban fantasy, navigating the underworld, or whatever else you want. The best questions will be posted to Kadrey at an event on October 24, and we'll…
Your favorite tourguide to Hell and the supernatural underbelly of Los Angeles, Richard Kadrey, is coming back Oct. 18, with a third installment in the Sandman Slim series, Aloha from Hell. Here's your exclusive first look at the "Studio City" chapter, where Stark sees the aftermath of an exorcism gone wrong.
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.