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 separately, … » 10/26/12 9:00am 10/26/12 9:00am

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

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

What science fiction writers can learn from the flood of SF lit novels

We're in the middle of a flood of literary novels that play with science fiction ideas right now. What's causing it? And how can science fiction benefit from all of this fresh energy? » 9/02/10 4:41pm 9/02/10 4:41pm

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