Slade House David Mitchell is a literary darling, who’s won acclaim and award nominations. But when he talks about the things that shaped him as an author, he namechecks genre stalwarts like Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip Jose Farmer... and Dungeons & Dragons.
Some of the most powerful reading experiences are the ones that refuse to fit into just one pigeonhole. They defy categorization, because they’re both life-changing and label-breaking. Don’t believe me? Here are 11 books that are so incredibly good, they can’t be constrained to just one genre.
David Mitchell just won a World Fantasy Award for The Bone Clocks, and he’s one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction right now. But he’s usually classified as a literary author—and talking to the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast, he explains why that’s largely meaningless.
The World Fantasy Convention was held this weekend in Saratoga Springs, New York, where the winners of the 2015 World Fantasy Awards have been announced!
There’s always been some level of tension between genre and literary fiction, but according to novelist David Mitchell, avoiding genre is a “bizarre act of self-mutilation”.
You’d better clear your schedule—because October is just packed with amazing science fiction and fantasy books. Including George R.R. Martin’s tales of Westeros long before Game of Thrones. Plus Ann Leckie, Gene Wolfe, Doctor Who and Brandon Sanderson. And the most delightfully weird fantasy spinoff ever!
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?
Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks both prove that author David Mitchell has an incredible knack for world-building. So it's probably not a huge surprise that he was obsessed with Tolkien as a child, to the point of drawing his own maps of Middle Earth.
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.
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…
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…
Holy cow, the future world according to Cloud Atlas is scary as hell, and weird.
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.
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.…
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.
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?
After David Mitchell's brilliant Cloud Atlas included science fiction in its genre mash-up, we were sad to hear his new book was straight-up litfic. But turns out it's the first volume of a trilogy... that will turn very science fictional.
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…