Science Fiction + Fantasy
Vine Book Reviewer

"Putting Lesser-Known Books on the Radar of Avid Readers." - A Q&A with Vine Reviewer, Jill Shtulman

We've got a soft spot on the editorial team for book reviewers from the Vine program. For those of you not familiar, Amazon Vine invites trusted reviewers to post their thoughts on a variety of different products, from books to...

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Alive+LetterstoZell

Double Whammy: Two New Books Pack Surprises That Lurk Around Every Corner

A first glance at two new July books, Alive and Letters to Zell, may trick you into thinking you already know these stories. Think again, and brace yourself for a wild ride.

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EmberAshes225

Best Books of 2015 So Far: "An Ember in the Ashes"

It takes something pretty special for a debut novel, classified as Young Adult no less, to hold the number two spot on our list of editors' picks for the Top 10 Best Books of the Year So Far. "An Ember in the Ashes" really is that special and I met author Sabaa Tahir over lunch here in Seattle...

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Background image courtesy of NASA

Kim Stanley Robinson: "The Challenges of Colonizing New Planets"

Sci-fi master Kim Stanley Robinson famously sent explorers to other planets in his Mars series and 2312. Now, however, he explains that “we have advanced in our understanding of biology and ecology to a point where it is worth re-examining all our assumptions about inhabiting other planets.” Robinson does just that in this post about colonizing planets and in his breathtaking new adventure, Aurora.

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Ancillary Sword

Women Bring Home the Gold in Locus Awards for Best in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

The Locus Awards for the best in science fiction and fantasy were announced on June 27th during a strikingly warm Saturday in Seattle. By tradition, Hawaiian shirts are worn during the awards luncheon, and the shirts were especially appropriate this...

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Seveneves

Neal Stephenson: On "Seveneves," His Writing, and More

We spoke with Neal Stephenson in person at BookExpo America about his space/science epic, Seveneves. In this video interview, Stephenson speaks about the genesis of Seveneves, why the book jumps forward in time, other creative projects he's working on, and more.

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Game of Thrones

"Game of Thrones" Season 5 Is Over - So Now What to Do?

Feeling adrift (and maybe a bit angry) after the end of Game of Thrones Season 5? Yearning for devious political gamesmanship, more dragons, or a fascinating world to throw yourself into? Try these books, and plunge into a new obsession.

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The Darkling Child

Terry Brooks on His New Shannara Novel

In this interview at Amazon’s HQ, Terry Brooks reveals his thoughts on why fantasy is so compelling, which Shannara book you should start with, and how The Darkling Child fits into the Shannara world—plus tells us how the upcoming TV series based on The Elfstones of Shannara is coming along.

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Water

"The Water Knife" - An Interview with Author Paolo Bacigalupi

A few years ago, Paolo Bacigalupi wrote The Windup Girl, a book that combined great characterization and action with deep thoughts about our future. It's a rare talent who can perform such a feat, and a few of us were eagerly anticipating Bacigalupi's newest novel The Water Knife, which was published just a couple of weeks ago.

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First 15 lives

Sci-Fi Winners: James W. Campbell and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards

The James W. Campbell Memorial Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award were announced on June 12 at the annual Campbell Conference awards banquet.

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