If a primary task of fiction is to explore the human experience—who we are and what we mean to each other—then the fantastic and unreal must surely be key elements in that exploration. But plenty of people still claim that fantasy and other genres are less “real” than purely mimetic fiction. And Kazuo Ishiguro has the…
Kazuo Ishiguro's brand new novel, The Buried Giant, is a puzzling departure. It's not just that the author of The Remains of the Day is writing an epic fantasy about ogres and a dragon. It's also that it's written in a weird, pseudo-fancy style, and it's hard to love. But I did end up kind of haunted by this book,…
What do March's science fiction and fantasy books have in store for you? Mermaids! Winged women! Interplanetary politics! Plus Kazuo Ishiguro's new novel, which is already garnering comparisons to Game of Thrones. Here are the March books you cannot afford to miss.
This year's most anxiously awaited high-brow science fiction movie is also the year's biggest Merchant Ivory-style weepie. The trouble with Never Let Me Go is that high-concept suspension of disbelief and repressed/understated British melodrama don't always go together. Spoilers ahead!
Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go is one of the most acclaimed novels of the past decade. But how does the new movie hold up? Early reviews are divided, some praising the film's subtlety, others calling it soulless and boring.
We're starving for a new science-fiction drama that doesn't substitute special effects for real character-based storytelling. So we're very hopeful for Mark Romanek's understated English drama, based on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go. Watch the film's first trailer.
Somebody wrote to the Wall Street Journal's book advice column to ask how you go about convincing your 13-year-old nephew to stop reading science fiction. Thank goodness the WSJ's in-house book nerd was smart enough to say: You don't.
There's been no movement on a Judge Dredd movie since we featured some lovely concept art back in January. But yesterday, concept artist (and comics god) Jock Twittered that he's "working through script visuals for Judge Dredd movie. Alex Garland writes a great script." That's confirmation that Alex Garland (The…
Diminutive British actress Keira Knightley is starring in the cloning drama Never Let Me Go, based on Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel. So thinkThe Island, but probably with fewer people exploding and more actual character development.
Are we finally going to get a posthuman mass culture? With movies like Surrogates and Avatar hitting theaters later this year, it may be now or never.