CL Moore was one of the only women who ever wrote for famous pulp fiction magazines Weird Tales and Astounding Science Fiction during the 1930s. Now Andrew Liptak has a great article about her life over at Kirkus, including links to never-before-seen short stories by the woman who was both a fantasy and SF pioneer. I…
This week’s stories are about the things we overlook — such as ghosts and intelligent life. They’re also about parents — the ones we cling to and the ones we pull away from. Also: Parrots, monkeys, and turtles.
Behold, the first-edition cover art for Fredric Brown's 1951 Space on My Hands. The classic science-fiction short-story collection contains "Knock," which begins with two of the most evocative sentences ever: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door ..."
People sometimes mistake short stories for trifles, wee vignettes that are over before they start. But there's a reason why many of the best movies are based on short fiction rather than novels: a short story is just the right length to blow your mind. Here are 18 science fiction and short stories that rock our world.
Lois Lane heads from the pages of DC Comics to her very own Young Adult novel this May, but you can read a teaser of what's to come with this new short story from Gwenda Bond detailing the young Lois' first day at a new school — and she's already getting herself primed for a future career at the Daily Planet.
A Sherlock Holmes short story, penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was recently discovered in an attic. And has now the 111-year-old lost short has been transcribed for you to read. So put on your deerstalker, and enjoy.
J.K. Rowling just dropped a huge holiday gift to her fans. The writer is about to put out 12 additional Harry Potter stories this month!
Most science fiction assumes that when the robots rise up and achieve self-awareness, they'll want to murder us. But what if they rebelled by rejecting the human habits of making war and killing? That's the premise of my new science fiction short story, "Drones Don't Kill People," in Lightspeed Magazine.
Happy Halloween! There's one extra Friday in this month — just enough time to sneak in one more dark story for this dark time of year.
What work of fiction freaked you out the most? What two-sentence horror story, short bit of prose, or even poem made your hair stand on end?
Remember last month when I talked about wanting to see more science fiction and fantasy translated into English from other languages? And I mentioned a secret project being hinted at by Clarkesworld's Neil Clarke? It's not a secret, anymore!
One of the best ways we, as a culture, process the tragic things that happen in our lives (individually or as a group) is through stories. Fiction is powerful that way. And there's been a lot of powerful fiction written about and around 9/11.
Holiday weekend! And that means more time to read. Good thing, too, because there is a lot to read.
I want to focus on short fiction found in magazines, but the large number of awesome anthologies cannot be discounted and I know you love them. So once a month I'm going to take a tiny break from magazines and call out an anthology I'm enjoying too.
One of my favorite ways to consume short stories (besides toasting them lightly in the oven) is via podcast. I can listen to a story when reading is impossible or not advisable. I'm not brave enough to bring my Nook into the bath, but I love to hear a great voice talent spin the story out for me, the speaker safely…
Themes and synchronicities keep popping up in my short story reading. Many of this week's stores are about witches and demons and dangerous feminine magical powers of awesome. Not all of them. The others are just about cruelty and theater and magic and desperation. Normal stuff.
J.K. Rowling gave us a brief epilogue about Harry Potter's adult life at the end of The Deathly Hallows, but now, for the first time since that final book, Rowling has written a story that features Harry not as a teen wizarding student, but a 34-year-old Auror.
There are so many words and phrases that we use in science fiction—and even science—without giving it much thought. But where did we get terms like "death ray," "terraforming," "hive mind," "telepathy," and "parallel universe"?
The End Is Nigh – a pre-apocalyptic anthology of never-before-published short stories by some seriously awesome authors (including io9's own Charlie Jane Anders) – is Amazon's Kindle Daily Deal for Science Fiction and Fantasy!