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

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

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

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

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,…

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