Unbound Worlds

4,128 Followers | @UnboundWorlds | Unbound Worlds offers readers insight into books and authors across and between the science fiction and fantasy worlds, including horror, slipstream, pop science, fairy tales and folklore, magical realism, urban fantasy, and anything that’s just a little bit weird.

Jacqueline Carey Talks Lush Epic Fantasy In Starless

Jacqueline Carey is one of my favorite writers.<p>Not only is she incredibly nice but she writes absolutely beautiful prose, capable of creating …

Books

Dan Moren Talks The Bayern Agenda and His Cold War Inspiration

I was born at the tail end of the Cold War. The Berlin Wall fell when I was nine years old, the Soviet Union collapsed before I’d finished elementary …

Cold War

Bandwidth Author Eliot Peper: ‘We Are What We Pay Attention To’

Eliot Peper, author of the near-future dystopian novel <i>Bandwidth</i>, sees stories everywhere around him. In the following interview, we discuss how the …

Books

Delilah S. Dawson: Kill the Farm Boy Began Over Airport BBQ

Yesterday, we spoke with Kevin Hearne about <i>Kill the Farm Boy</i>, an uproarious new fantasy novel co-written with Delilah S. Dawson. Today, in the second …

Fantasy Fiction

50 Page Friday: SNOW CRASH

Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic …

Book Reviews

Kevin Hearne on Building a ‘Voltron of Prose’ with Delilah S. Dawson

<i>Kill the Farmboy</i> is a hilarious new fantasy novel from co-writers Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne. In part one of a two part interview, Hearne …

Books

Connect’s Julian Gough: We’re Being Algorithmically Sorted & Controlled

Julian Gough’s novel <i>Connect</i> is a science fiction thriller set in a world on the verge of a technological breakthrough that could change the world …

Shades of Grey

Karen Russell Talks Science Fiction & Fantasy Prejudice On NPR

Many SF&F authors get their long-time readers when those readers are teens.<p>Therefore, it is not surprising that some of those teens grow up to become …

Books

Robert Jackson Bennett on Magic as a Form of Programming, Plus a Sweeps!

One of the problems I had with magic as a young reader was that it was never clear how it <i>worked</i>.<p>Despite whatever exposition or worldbuilding the …

Walt Disney Company

The Cityborn Author Edward Willett Launches ‘Worldshapers’ Podcast

Podcasts are great fun, but with so many out there, finding one that is right for you can be challenging. That’s why we’re very happy to recommend …

Writing

50 Page Friday: Tarnished City by Vic James

Every Friday, we here at Del Rey Spectra will place a fifty-page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic …

Books

Sarah Kuhn on Expanding the Heroine Complex Universe

Sometimes the end really isn’t the end: <i>Heroine Complex</i> author Sarah Kuhn tells us about about her trilogy’s surprising afterlife.<p><b>Unbound Worlds:</b> I …

Books

The Great Library Author Rachel Caine on the Real Library of Alexandria

<i>The Great Library</i> author Rachel Caine tells us about the real Library of Alexandria and more in this short but revealing interview.<p><b>Unbound Worlds:</b></i> …

Books

Horror Novelist Dathan Auerbach is a Very Bad Man

Dathan Auerbach is a Reddit horror sensation turned novelist. His new book, <i>Bad Man</i>, is the haunting story of a man who cannot give up the search for …

Horror

V. M. Escalada on War and Character in Military SFF

Story is always about character. Or characters, if you prefer. Regardless of genre, regardless of length, story is always about character. Doesn’t …

Science Fiction

Katherine Arden on Fairy Tales and Being True to Her Characters

Katherine Arden is the author of the <i>Winternight</i> trilogy, the third book of which will be published early next year. In this interview, we discuss …

Books

The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror About Oceans and Lakes

The award-winning second novel in the <i>Uplift</i> series brings the crew of the spaceship <i>Streaker</i> to the watery planet Kithrup, pursued by enemy spacecraft …

White Shark

Bad Man Author Dathan Auerbach on Horror and Hope - Unbound Worlds

Stories are the most human thing. They’re part of who we are because they come <i>from</i> who we are: creatures of undying hope. This is true for all …

Books

An Ember in the Ashes Author Sabaa Tahir: “Someone You Like Will Die”

Sabaa Tahir is currently hard at work on the fourth and final volume in her series, <i>An Ember in the Ashes</i>. Naturally, we couldn’t stop ourselves from …

Books

50 Page Friday: Relic by Alan Dean Foster

Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic …

Books

Andy Weir Shares the Latest News on the Artemis Movie

Andy Weir gave us the scoop on the <i>Artemis</i> movie, the identity of the real Mark Watney, and what working as a coder taught him about writing</b> …

Science Fiction

Michael Mammay’s Military Science Fiction Debut Lands Planetside

As a debut writer, I never thought about what goes into making a cover. When David Pomerico, my editor, contacted me and said it was time, he pitched …

Science Fiction

Generations Author Scott Sigler: ‘We’re a Word Shop. That’s What We Do’

Scott Sigler is the author of 16 novels, numerous short stories, and so much more. How does he stay so productive? Read this interview to learn more …

Writing

Anthony Ryan to Return to the World of Blood Song in 2019

<b>Anthony Ryan is returning to the world of international bestseller Blood Song with his new book!</b><p>Ace Books is thrilled to announce that the next book …

Books

Read an Exclusive Excerpt of Claire O’Dell’s A Study In Honor

There’s certainly no shortage of Sherlock Holmes retellings in the world, but I guarantee you’ve never read one quite like this. Claire O’Dell’s <i>A</i> …

War

The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of August 2018

A Novel<p>They say you’ve got only a couple days to find a missing person. Forty-eight hours to conduct searches, knock on doors, and talk to witnesses. …

Books

School’s Out Forever: 17 Killer Schoolgirls in Fiction

A Vintage Movie Classic<p>Rhoda is only eight years old, the perfect picture of innocence with her twin braids and impeccable manners. But a series of …

Cold Hearted

Spinning Silver Author Naomi Novik: No Tale is Sacrosanct

We recently spoke with <i>Spinning Silver</i> author Naomi Novik about fairy tales and what she finds most gratifying about working with them.<p><b>Unbound Worlds:</b></i> …

Books

Daniel H. Wilson Announces Project with Dope Director Rick Famuyiwa

We’ve got exclusive news from Daniel H. Wilson regarding an upcoming project with “Dope” director Rick Famuyiwa, and a major update on the film …

Steven Spielberg

50 Page Friday: The Point by John Dixon

Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic …

Action Movies