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 Tuesday 12:21pm

The 10 Types of Fictional Apocalypses (And What They Mean)

The Apocalypse rules pop culture. Half the biggest literary novels these days are apocalyptic, and meanwhile The Walking Dead is a huge hit. Post-apocalyptic stories are what space opera was in the Space Age. But what are they about? Here are 10 types of apocalypses, and what they each signify. » 10/07/14 10:05am 10/07/14 10:05am

How To Make A Science Fiction TV Show Part 1: Getting The Greenlight

I'm a former Syfy exec who left the network to co-create and write a new TV show called Z Nation, which debuts on Syfy and Space Channel this Friday, Sept. 12, at 10/9c. So how does a genre TV show get on the air? Here's what I've learned from this process, starting with how you get your show greenlit. » 9/09/14 10:40am 9/09/14 10:40am

Trailer For Dystopian Flick Young Ones Features The Real Robot BigDog

We did NOT expect to get this excited about another dusty dystopian flick, but there's something about Young Ones that hits us right in the "near future" sweet spot. First up, the cast is stellar — it has Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and BigDog! We're so glad BigDog is getting its big screen debut. » 7/14/14 11:09am 7/14/14 11:09am

Chris Carter Wants To Make 99 Episodes of New Hell Series The After

X-Files creator Chris Carter is back with the strange, post-apocalyptic Amazon series The After. Inspired (loosely) by Dante's Divine Comedy, Carter boasted that he would like to make 99 episodes, similar to the 99 cantos in the book. Thankfully Amazon has only given him the cash to make eight. » 7/14/14 7:30am 7/14/14 7:30am

The One Fatal Flaw That Nearly Sinks The Last Ship

Thus far, The Last Ship is way more fun than I'd dared expect. It's very much a swashbuckling naval adventure, in which the apocalypse provides an excuse for a single destroyer to go off on its own, without any outside orders. There's just one huge problem: the villains, whose behavior makes zero sense in a plague… » 7/07/14 3:12pm 7/07/14 3:12pm

The Rover Is A Movie That Doesn't Care If You Like It, But We Do

David Michôd's follow-up to Animal Kingdom is another Australian crime film, this time set ten years after a global financial collapse. But while this stark movie is both a haunting Western and a frank look a first-world country in decline, it will also hit you over the head with how mean and cheap life is. » 6/20/14 9:19am 6/20/14 9:19am

Colson Whitehead: Zombies Are About "The Everyday Becoming Monstrous"

We loved Colson Whitehead's zombie novel Zone One, in which a team of survivors combs through the wreckage of a post-apocalyptic city, assailed by boredom and weirdness as much as by horror. Now, talking to Salon, Whitehead explains why he's fascinated with zombies: They're like everyday life revealing its horrifying… » 6/03/14 5:00pm 6/03/14 5:00pm