Popularity Contest: 2013 Hugo Awards Crown SF Winners


The arrival of fall marks the start of the literary awards season. Already Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is being touted as an odds-on favorite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature next month. But the cynic in me guesses that the always inscrutable Swedish committee of judges will bypass the best-selling author of 1Q84, Kafka […]

New Worlds to Explore | Genre Spotlight


Judging by the upcoming fall publishing season, there will be plenty of speculative fiction titles to sharpen readers’ minds, but no one particular trend is leading the charge. Sf and fantasy has attracted a far more diverse readership than ever before, and publishing success can be found by exploring that diversity. Military sf and space opera stage a revival, fantasy goes dark, and digital publishing is here to stay.

Illusion and Empathy in Science Fiction | ALA 2013

“The mixing of factual and counterfactual is not singular to sci fi and fantasy,” Timothy Zahn (“Thrawn Trilogy”) began. Zahn and Brandon Sanderson (“Mistborn”), Cory Doctorow (Homeland), David Brin (“Uplift”), Elizabeth Bear (Shattered Pillars), and John Scalzi (“Old Man’s War”) were charged with talking about the probable and improbable in science fiction (and, to a certain extent, in fantasy too). Organized by the Library and Information Technology Association and with help from Tor, the Saturday, June 28 panel was packed.

SF/Fantasy Newsworthy | February 2013


The latest news from the SF/F world.

SF/Fantasy Mass Market Paperbacks of Note | December 2012


Notable mass market sf/f releases from the Dec. issue.

Science Fiction/Fantasy Reviews | December 2012

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Reviews of Thomas Boyczuk’s The Book of Thomas Vol 1: Heaven, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, and Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, plus a full list of sf/f reviews in the Dec. issue.

SF/Fantasy Debut of the Month | November 15, 2012


Review of Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro’s When the Blue Shift Comes.

SF/Fantasy Reviews | November 15, 2012


Reviews of Peter F. Hamilton’s Great North Road, Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick’s The Cassandra Project, and David L. Parrott’s The Last Best Hope, plus a full list of sf/fantasy titles in the Nov. 15 issue.

Iain Banks Doubleheader | October 15, 2012


Reviews of Iain Banks’s Stonemouth and The Hydrogen Sonata from the Oct. 15 issue.

SF/F Mass Market Paperbacks of Note | October 15, 2012


Mass market paperbacks worth checking out.