It’s now been over three decades since cyberpunk first exploded, and in that time we’ve seen gorgeous movies, read fascinating books, and seen dozens of offshoots like steampunk (and my new favorite, deco punk) develop. Here are the 21 cyberpunk books you absolutely must read.
MEG 9 is the forthcoming video video game from developer Skunkwerks Kinetic and William Gibson. Yes, the William Gibson who wrote Neuromancer, so it should be no surprise that it oozes classic scifi elements.
We all learn a lot from reading science fiction books—not just the cool ideas, but also the fascinating thought experiments. But college professors often reach for classic science fiction when they’re planning classes on literature, society or philosophy. Here are 11 science fiction books that are often taught in…
In 2013, the University of Illinois Press launched a new series of scholarly books: The Modern Masters of Science Fiction, a series dedicated to studying the men and women who shaped modern science fiction literature.
Director Vincenzo Natali spent years working on a movie adaptation of William Gibson’s cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, but it never came to fruition. Now he’s sharing art from the project, giving us a hint at what his Neuromancer movies might have looked like.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are doing a 50th anniversary cookbook... and as this image from the interior illustrations shows, there are much worse cookbooks you could have out there in the world. Plus all the proceeds go to fund the SFWA Legal fund!
The 2006 anniversary edition of Neuromancer starts with an introduction by William Gibson, in which he muses on how the novel stayed fresh during over two decades of frantically evolving technology. The answer might be ignorance.
The cities of the future are massive, sprawling, beautiful monsters, covering entire coastlines — and in some cases, entire continents. Whether it's Judge Dredd's Mega-Cities or William Gibson's "Sprawl," future cities always devour land. Here's a map of future megalopolises.
After years of speculating about possible futures in his writing, William Gibson recently tried out one the world's contemporary science fictions come true. At TED, he strapped on a Gear VR headset.
This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson's return to the future! — along with thrilling fantasy, and a number of brilliant category-defying books. Here are the 22 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014.
You can tell a lot about a science fiction book from its first sentence. A truly great first sentence establishes a tone, sticks in your mind, and serves as a little otherworldly koan, confounding your expectations. And maybe freaking your shit a little. Here are our favorite science fiction opening sentences of all…
William Gibson is laconic. Which isn't too surprising, given that the author of Neuromancer is famous for his spare, incisive prose style. We sat down with him in late October to discuss his latest novel, The Peripheral, and wound up talking about a lot of things I never expected.
Science fiction and fantasy are full of great ideas — but some works in the genre are especially mind-expanding or educational. Which science fiction or fantasy novel made you feel smarter after you read it?
With his new novel The Peripheral, William Gibson returns to the genre that made him famous: near-future science fiction. But the world of The Peripheral is very different from the hyperactive cyberpunk citiscapes of Neuromancer. His canvas is much bigger — and his prophesies are far more melancholy.
No kidding. This month is just crushingly incredible, when it comes to new science fiction and fantasy books. Including a new William Gibson, Ann Leckie's Ancillary sequel, Gillian Anderson's science fiction novel, Ann Rice's new Lestat book, new Chuck Palahniuk, and so much more. Here are 27 must-read titles.
Science fiction and fantasy books are seriously going to blow your mind this fall. William Gibson returns to the future. Plus there are new books by David Mitchell, Anne Rice, Michael Moorcock, Margaret Atwood and Patrick Rothfuss. Here are the 30 books you absolutely cannot afford to miss this fall.
With this exclusive io9 reveal, at last we've got a solid glimpse of William Gibson's long-awaited novel, The Peripheral, coming out October 28. This is the first time in two decades that the author of Neuromancer has written a book set in the far future.
People get stuck on the idea that science fiction predicts the future, and that we should look to SF books to find out what we'll be doing 20 years from now. But actually, says Questionable Practices author Eileen Gunn, science fiction does something way more valuable: teach us that change is inevitable.
Daryl Gregory's Afterparty is a fantastic thrill ride, presenting an all-too-real future that upends our own world and replaces it with something far more strange. This is science fiction of the cutting edge, on par with stories such as William Gibson's Neuromancer, McIntosh's Soft Apocalypse and Orphan Black.