Is The "Fix-Up" The Best Kind Of Science Fiction Novel There Is?

Everybody knows that short stories are where science fiction writers really get to experiment, and the most perfect pieces of narrative often happen at shorter lengths. But we also love to explore a world at the length of a whole book. So that makes the "fix-up" the best of both worlds, right? » 3/10/15 1:30pm 3/10/15 1:30pm

David Mitchell's Bone Clocks Is A Fantastic Successor To Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas was a brilliant, confounding book that brought together a host of times and places into an interlocking story of oppression and self-discovery. It's hard to imagine how anyone could top that — but his new novel, the somewhat more cohesive The Bone Clocks, may have done just that. » 10/01/14 4:37pm 10/01/14 4:37pm

Still confused by Cloud Atlas? Infographic & featurettes break it down

There's an awful lot going on in Cloud Atlas, the time-spanning, super-ambitious movie that's out on DVD and Blu-ray today. Six time periods, tons of characters, the same actors playing different characters, all cutting back and forth. So here's a super handy chart and some featurettes from the DVD, to explain it to… » 5/14/13 11:03am 5/14/13 11:03am

Is Cloud Atlas an unholy mess or a brilliant masterpiece? Yes.

In Cloud Atlas, opening today, six different stories in different time periods are woven together to create a thrilling composite story about liberation and revelation. Fittingly, how you wind up feeling about Cloud Atlas depends very much on your vantage point: the individual pieces, when you pull them out… » 10/26/12 9:00am 10/26/12 9:00am

First images from Cloud Atlas show off the wild face implants of the future!

Feast your eyes on the very first images from the movie adaptation of David Mitchell's time jumping novel Cloud Atlas. The movie features a massive cast of big name actors (Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant and more) playing multiple roles throughout time, from the 19th century to the future. » 7/25/12 10:49am 7/25/12 10:49am

Cloud Atlas concept art shows us the Wachowskis' vision of 2144 Seoul

Behold the future, from the movie adaptation of David Mitchell's acclaimed novel Cloud Atlas. The massive movie — stuffed with a huge A-List cast including Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, and Halle Berry — jumps across time, with each actor playing different characters in different time periods.… » 12/27/11 10:11am 12/27/11 10:11am

Great authors imagine a world transformed by climate change

What kind of world are we leaving to our grandchildren? Can we even imagine a world after climate change? Some of the world's greatest authors, including David Mitchell and Kim Stanley Robinson, grapple with climate change and our future in a new story collection. Here's a review by Pauline Masurel from Green Prophet. » 11/07/11 3:30pm 11/07/11 3:30pm

Wachowskis Involved In Bringing Era-Spanning Novel To The Screen?

A movie version of Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell's ambitious literary novel, is in the works. Director Tom Tykwer (The International) revealed that he's working with the Wachowskis on a script for an adaptation. Given that Cloud Atlas involves six interlocking (and incomplete) narratives — two of which take place in the… » 1/30/09 11:39am 1/30/09 11:39am