Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of the UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections.
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 […]
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.
“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.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM ET Get ready to take some notes in your captain’s log during the lineup of fall’s Science Fiction books. Learn about Priestess of the Eggstone: The Fall of the Altairan Empire (Jaleta Clegg) and the race to get the Eggstone back to prevent an outbreak of war. Rob Zeigler’s debut novel Seed takes place in a starving, broken United States where orphans try to reshape the future. Bloodfire Quest: The Dark Legacy of Shannara by Terry Brooks takes place in a dark mirror-world where the barriers are eroding. The second book in the Shannara series focuses on the quest for the missing Elfstones and things aren’t going as planned. Join panelists from JournalStone Publishing, NightShade Books, and Random House as they discuss their exciting forthcoming titles. This archive is no longer available.
Can genre purists, or readers who just seek a fantastical escape, find titles that truly speak to them, whether traveling across the galaxy or into the underworld? Perhaps crossovers are just what Doctor Who ordered to perpetuate speculative fiction’s readership. The following survey of fall 2012 and winter 2013 titles illustrates the willingness of readers of all stripes to sit at the same table to feed on the fantastical imagination.
Famed science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who published more than 500 works—including the often banned Fahrenheit 451—died peacefully June 5 after a long illness. He was 91. Bradbury referred to himself as a “hybrid author,” with his works ranging from humorous and sympathetic stories to horror and mysteries. “I am completely in love with movies, and […]