Clint Eastwood's Hereafter and this week's Doctor Who crossover both served up poignant meditations on death. But fantastic stories often explore the darkest frontier of them all: Here are 12 other great stories to help you to cope with mortality.
Peter Jackson is one of the masters of horror - but nothing in Dead/Alive is one-tenth as horrifying as the pedophile serial killer in The Lovely Bones. And that horror overwhelms Jackson's flimsy attempts to surround it with fantasy. Spoilers...
The man who managed to film Lord Of The Rings has chosen to adapt introspective afterlife novel The Lovely Bones, and once again he's taken some liberties. But the result is a surprisingly seamless fusion of Hitchcock and Salvador Dali.
As murder victim Susie Salmon watches her family from heaven, the afterlife takes the shape of her dreams and desires. In the first video teaser, Peter Jackson fills Susie's heaven, glimmering alpine scenes, and an enormous ship in a bottle.
Now that Michael Chabon has won a Hugo, we've completed the process of claiming him as a science fiction author. So who's next? Which author, currently considered "mainstream," should dip his or her pen into the protoplasmic inkwell of science fiction?