Why Are Many Of Today's Hottest Authors Writing Post-Apocalyptic Books?

If there was any doubt that post-apocalyptic fiction rules the book world, it was probably erased when Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven became a National Book Award finalist. But why do today's hottest writers write stories set after the end? We talked to Mandel and four other post-apocalyptic authors, to find… » 10/21/14 12:21pm 10/21/14 12:21pm

Black Moon's Insomnia Epidemic Is The Most Unsettling Apocalypse Of All

We're living in a golden age of apocalyptic books right now, with everybody from Margaret Atwood to Cormac McCarthy to Colson Whitehead telling apocalyptic tales. We've had a plague apocalypse, and an apocalypse where children's voices are toxic. But the insomnia plague in Kenneth Calhoun's Black Moon is still… » 3/31/14 4:30pm 3/31/14 4:30pm

John Hodgman explains the end of the world to you

John Hodgman is the world's foremost expert on all things canny and uncanny, and everything in between. And today marks the release of Ragnarok, his one-hour comedy special about the apocalypse, via Netflix. To celebrate, we talked to him about the meaning of apocalyptic stories, and why he doesn't love zombies. » 6/20/13 12:46pm 6/20/13 12:46pm

Transplanted cities and post-apocalyptic weirdness: a book description…

Someone builds a full-scale replica of Manhattan in Puget Sound. A mysterious organization plots to use humanity's brightest minds to shape the future. And in the distant future, humanity rebuilds after the apocalypse. Ryan Boudinot's next novel sounds trippily awesome. » 8/11/10 2:00pm 8/11/10 2:00pm

A new quiz reveals which dystopian future is right for you

It's probably too late to stop our world from turning into a dystopia. But that doesn't mean you can't nudge society towards one type of dystopia or another. To help you decide which kind you'd prefer, Flavorwire has a hilarious quiz. Options include the dehumanizing futures of Vonnegut or Rand, a breed-then-die… » 7/16/10 9:30am 7/16/10 9:30am

Why The Road's Baby Scene Was Cut, And Why Its First Trailer Sucked

One important cannibal scene in the post apocalyptic film The Road, based on Cormac McCarthy's book, was cut. Here's why, along with how director John Hillcoat feels about his movie being compared to, and marketed as, "disaster porn." » 12/02/09 7:30am 12/02/09 7:30am

12 Movie Adaptations That Did The Books Justice

Whether or not you loved The Road, most people seemed to feel it captured Cormac McCarthy's novel. Sadly, most adaptations do violence to the original books, but not all. Here are 12 SF/fantasy adaptations that did right by the books. » 11/30/09 3:34pm 11/30/09 3:34pm

How Viggo Survived Cannibals, Starvation And Life On The Road

How do you keep your humanity in the face of death, cannibals and destruction? This 11 minute feature from The Road goes deep with Viggo Mortensen, using clips, interviews and analysis. Plus listen to three tracks from Nick Cave's soundtrack. » 11/24/09 8:00am 11/24/09 8:00am

What Cormac McCarthy Insisted On Keeping In The Road Movie

Translating a book into film is hard, especially when it's Cormac McCarthy's simply-worded but powerful novel The Road. Director John Hillcoat told us what McCarthy refused to let him leave out of the movie version. » 11/18/09 3:30pm 11/18/09 3:30pm

See What Life Was Like Before Viggo Hit "The Road"

A few new clips are out for Cormac McCarthy's The Road, giving you a glimpse into the lives of Viggo Mortensen's family before the apocalypse... and a taste of how quickly Viggo responds when the end is near. » 11/16/09 7:20am 11/16/09 7:20am

"The Road" Is Lined With Dismal Sayings, Skulls On Sticks In New Trailer

Thanksgiving will see you giving thanks that you're not living in the movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, judging from the ultra-bleak new trailer. Takeaway message: the world is dying, and pleasant dreams mean you've given up on living. » 10/30/09 4:00pm 10/30/09 4:00pm

Another Roadblock For The Road: Post-Apocalyptic Film Delayed Until…

The movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen, has already been delayed by over a year — but now it's facing yet another delay, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 25. Because cannibals and a ruined Earth are just what you need to gather the whole family around, for Thanksgiving... » 9/14/09 7:30am 9/14/09 7:30am

The Road Trailer Plays Like Terrible Roland Emmerich Thrill Ride

The trailer for the long awaited film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road is finally out. Viggo Mortenson and his son look appropriately scruffy and ravaged, but too bad the trailer misrepresents the movie. » 5/14/09 2:37pm 5/14/09 2:37pm

First Official Review Of The Road Calls It The Most Important Movie Of…

The first official review of Cormac McCarthy's big screen adaptation of The Road has been released, full of praise for the soul-crushing work of John Hillcoat and Viggo Mortensen. » 5/12/09 2:30pm 5/12/09 2:30pm

Listen To Nick Cave's End Of The World Mixtape

Enjoy a taste indie god Nick Cave's musical compilation for the post apocalyptic move The Road. The BBC did a small special on Cormac McCarthy's adaptation onto the big screen, dubbing bits from his Oprah interview and here and there. But the best part: about 3:30 into the package, they debut some of Nick Cave's… » 3/02/09 9:30am 3/02/09 9:30am

Cormac McCarthy is Huge in Spain

Spain announced the results of its fan-voted scifi awards Los Premios Ignotus over the weekend, and nabbing the prize for best Spanish novel was Alexander the Great and the Eagles of Rome » 10/06/08 6:30pm 10/06/08 6:30pm by Javier Negrete. The Spanish author was previously a university professor of Greek, and his classical alternate history asks…

As If John Connor Isn't Sad Enough, McG Makes T4 Cast Read The Road

Click to view » 8/18/08 2:15pm 8/18/08 2:15pmMcG took a turn for the super serious and handed out copies of Cormac McCarthy's to the cast and crew of . Telling MTV "I think the first two pictures took those ideas [of inescapable destiny and dread] so seriously... We wanted to make sure we did that [as well]." Well, I'm not so sure about destiny,…

Father And Son Bonding Amidst The Road's Cannibals and Crazies

New brown-hued stills from The Road up the post apocalypse movie ante - Your move, McG. I'm more eager to see John Hillcoat's movie adaption of Cormac McCarthy's novel than I would be for a dozen Terminator sequels. Click through to see the a gallery of pictures from the movie including, the wife. » 8/07/08 7:30am 8/07/08 7:30am

First Glimpses Of The Road's Moody Realism

Just how bleak is the movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel The Road, which just finished filming? So grim that the crew would film on overcast, foggy days, and they removed every hint of greenery from the movie's locations. Click through for some new photos, and details on the movie's barren,… » 5/28/08 8:20am 5/28/08 8:20am

Post-Apocalyptic Lit Becomes Movie With Pretty People

Cormac McCarthy is currently riding a wave of cinematic bliss after the success of the Coen Brothers adaptation of his dark No Country For Old Men. Hopefully that washed the bad taste out of everyone's mouth that was the movie version his All The Pretty Horses. Next up is a film version of McCarthy's dark post-nuclear… » 1/15/08 4:00pm 1/15/08 4:00pm