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A Few Questions About the Culture: An Interview with Iain Banks

<b>This article is part of our 2014 fund drive bonus issue! Read more about Strange Horizons' funding model, or donate, here.</b><p><i>Iain M. Banks's Culture is</i> …

In Ancillary Sword, There Are Worse Things Than War with the Empire

Ann Leckie's <i>Ancillary Justice</i> swept all the major science fiction awards last year, and made her legions of fans. Now, in her much-anticipated sequel</i> …

World Science Fiction Convention 2014 - in pictures

The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention is being held in London at the ExCel centre from 14-18 August – photographer Christian Sinibaldi visited on Friday 15

The 2014 Nebulas Have Been Awarded, And All Of The Fiction Winners Are Women

Fantastic as I think this is, I look forward to the day when something like this isn’t newsworthy (beyond the fact that awards deserve …

Watch Amazing New Footage From the Epic Reboot of Cosmos

We've been anticipating <i>Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey</i> for some time now, but a new teaser on YouTube gives us a look at some actual footage from the …

Future worlds: the sci-fi you will be reading in 2014

Science fiction has, arguably, been the mainstream of pop culture since the internet displaced TV at the centre of our lives. The younger, geekier internet audience is living in a weird, complicated world, and sci-fi provides the metaphors that let us talk about it. Young audiences aren't stupid, …

What would the perfect planet be like?

When it comes to habitability, Earth may not provide the best example. Indeed, astrobiologists are saying we should look for planets that are <i>more</i> …

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In 300 Years, Kim Stanley Robinson's Science Fiction May Not Be Fiction

The author talks about climate change, capitalism, and the other circa-2013 concerns that underpin his award-winning novels about "the solar system in the next few centuries."<p>Orbit<p>Where's the great novel about climate change? I'd argue that to find it, you're better off leaving the world of …

Science Fiction Novelist Plans World's Tallest Skyscraper to Launch Rockets into Space

Could space travel be just an elevator ride away? Science fiction author Neal Stephenson is teaming up with Arizona State University scientists and …

Robin Sloan’s Book Bag: Five Science Fiction Books That Matter

The author of the new e-book Ajax Penumbra 1969 and the debut novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, now out in paperback, shares his passion for …

Space oddity: a glossary of science fiction. Or sci-fi. Or whatever it's called

SF? Sci-fi? Spec-fic? It's all just fantasy to me.<p>If there's one thing science fiction fans love, it's an argument. And if there's one argument they love more than all others, it's the attempt to define what science fiction actually is, and what is or isn't included in that definition.<p>David Barnett …

‘Ender’s Game’ director Gavin Hood on sci-fi battle sequences, integrity | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times

Hailee Steinfeld, left, and Asa Butterfield star in "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)<p>Director Gavin Hood and actors Suraj Partha and Asa Butterfield on the set of "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)<p>Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield star in …

Alfonso Cuarón On His Spellbinding Sci-Fi Film ‘Gravity,’ Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney

Alfonso Cuarón discussed his sci-fi instant classic, ‘Gravity,’ at the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival.<p>Believe the hype. <i>Gravity</i>, the seventh …

'Riddick' Revives Vin Diesel Franchise With Solid Sci-Fi/Horror Fun

Vin Diesel should easily win the weekend box office as he returns to top form in the sci-fi/horror sequel <i>Riddick</i>, the third and best installment of a series that began with the cult favorite <i>Pitch Black</i> and continued in the underrated sci-fi B-picture <i>The Chronicles of Riddick</i>. After the second movie …

Here's why you should be watching Sleepy Hollow right now

The first episode of <i>Sleepy Hollow</i> aired last night, and in case you made the terrible mistake of not watching, we should talk about changing that.<p>The …

“Raw Spirit,” a BBC Scotland interview with Iain...

Dark Horse Comics Is Resurrecting Joss Whedon's "Firefly"

The question is, "Where is Serenity?" Over ten years after the show was canceled, the cult hit still has one of the biggest fan bases in fiction and that loyalty will be rewarded.<p>On Friday, August 23rd, Dark Horse quietly released the above graphic to their website along with this teaser of a press …

The Long Earth

I've been looking forward to reading this novel for quite a while now. Such a collaboration between such disparate authors as Baxter and Pratchett …

Great North Road

When I was looking for books to bring with me on my trip, I received the mass market paperback edition of Peter F. Hamilton's <i>Great North Road</i>. Since …

Review of Witch Wraith by Terry Brooks - A Dribble of Ink

Witch Wraith <b>by</b> Terry Brooks<p>Publisher: Del Rey - Pages: 432 - Buy: Book/eBook<p>To begin this review of <i>Witch Wraith</i> I feel like I must dig into my past …

“Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson (Reviewed by Casey Blair)

Order “<i>Steelheart</i>” HERE (US) + HERE (UK)<p>Read <b>An Excerpt</b> HERE<p>Read FBC’s Review of “<i>The Rithmatist</i>”<p><b>ABOUT STEELHEART:</b> Ten years ago, Calamity came. It …

Blood of Dragons

First of all, special thanks to Robin for sending me a copy of this book when we couldn't work things out with Harper Voyager. Much appreciated!<p>In my …

Emperor of Thorns

Few fantasy series in recent years have been as divisive as Mark Lawrence's <i>The Broken Empire</i>. A dark and brutal tale devoid of compassion featuring a …

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Science-fiction concept of ‘mind melds’ moves closer to reality

The scientists call it a "brain link," and it is the closest anyone has gotten to a real-life "mind meld": the thoughts of a rat romping around a lab in Brazil were captured by electronic sensors and sent via Internet to the brain of a rat in the United States.<p>The result: the second rat received …