“People always say, ‘When did you decide to be a writer?’ And I never wanted to be a writer. I just wrote.” That’s Ursula K. Le Guin, speaking in a clip from Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, an in-progress documentary about the award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. Filmmaker Arwen Curry’s been working on the…
This is an incredible event. If you’re anywhere near Eugene, OR, this weekend, you should absolutely go to the University of Oregon for their two-day James Tiptree, Jr. symposium. Featuring Tiptree’s biographer, Julie Philips, plus authors Ursula K. Le Guin, David Gerrold and Suzy McKee Charnas.
Books can transport you to strange new worlds—but they can also make your home more beautiful. And it’s the beauty and luxuriousness of nice books that make them such terrific gifts. These gift items will remind your friends and loved ones why they love books to begin with.
Emma Newman’s novel Planetfall is getting a ton of buzz, with people comparing it to Ursula K. Le Guin. And now you can see for yourself why, with our exclusive excerpt.
Recently, The Folio Society has been putting together some beautiful science fiction and fantasy books: Dune and The Man in the High Castle each came out earlier this year. Now, Ursula K. Le Guin’s fantasy A Wizard of Earthsea will be getting its own special treatment, and will correct a long-standing issue that Le…
You want a really weird ride? A science fiction or fantasy epic that stretches your brain like taffy and ties it into strange irregular shapes? Forget television or movies: books are where the really off-kilter stories are told in speculative fiction.
Australian book cover designer WH Chong has won numerous awards for his book designs. And speaking to Spook Magazine, he singled out some of his favorite book cover designs for classic science fiction. (Which also happen to be for some of the best books ever written.)
Ursula K. Le Guin’s most famous short story is probably “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.” It’s a modified version of a thought experiment from Fyodor Dovstoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and in turn it’s helped inspire a raft of similar stories. But “Omelas” isn’t just an interesting idea—it’s a provocation.
Science fiction and fantasy don’t lack for heroes, especially among the writers who’ve helped to shape them. We all celebrate people like Joss Whedon, Frank Herbert and Ursula K. Le Guin. But which writers deserve way more credit for their roles in revolutionizing science fiction or fantasy?
Making the transition from childhood to adulthood can be a crazy challenge — almost like crossing a portal to a scary new world, or traveling to a new planet. So thank goodness for science fiction and fantasy books! Which book did you read, that helped you make the leap to adulthood in one piece?
You think Game of Thrones is taking liberties with George R.R. Martin’s books? That’s nothing. All too often, when people adapt books for television, they basically treat the source material as a series of suggestions. Here are the 10 science fiction and fantasy shows that veered farthest from their book origins.
Some books keep you turning pages at a mad pace, eager to find out what happens. But then there are the books where you want to slow down, because every sentence is a marvel. Which science fiction or fantasy novel blew you away the most with its beautifully crafted writing?
This is excellent. They're doing audio versions of three of the Earthsea books, along with The Left Hand of Darkness. Plus a new radio documentary, Ursula Le Guin at 85.
We all know that economists love science fiction — especially Isaac Asimov fan Paul Krugman. But science fiction and fantasy can also help teach ordinary people about the Dismal Science. Here are 22 great science fiction and fantasy stories that can help you make sense of economics.
When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin.
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.
Kazuo Ishiguro's brand new novel, The Buried Giant, is a puzzling departure. It's not just that the author of The Remains of the Day is writing an epic fantasy about ogres and a dragon. It's also that it's written in a weird, pseudo-fancy style, and it's hard to love. But I did end up kind of haunted by this book,…
Anne Leonard's fantasy novel Moth and Spark comes out in paperback today. To celebrate, Leonard's written us an essay about how the "mundane" and everyday things are even more important to include in a book about dragons and heroic quests — because without them, you'll never understand the scale of magic.
Science fiction provides a unique toolkit for imagining how societies could be constructed differently — and for seeing how the structures that seem natural and inevitable to us are actually unnatural, says Walidah Imarisha, co-editor of a new anthology of radical science fiction called Octavia's Brood.
Michael Faber's new novel The Book of Strange New Things pulls a neat trick. At first, you think it's going to be about a human trying to explain our culture — and specifically Christianity — to aliens on the planet Oasis. But at some point, you realize it's about the fate of humanity, instead. And that's when it gets…