The Incredible Challenge of Writing a Post-Apocalyptic Novel With an Autistic Hero

Post-apocalyptic stories usually feature a certain type of character—someone who fits in with survivalist tropes. We never want to think about how people with various disabilities will do after the end of civilization. But in the new book On the Edge of Gone, Corinne Duyvis chose to put an autistic character in the…

10 Cloverfield Lane Is Fun But It’s Not in the Same League as Cloverfield

You’ve probably heard that the new movie 10 Cloverfield Lane started out as an unrelated thriller called The Cellar (or Valencia). And then producer J.J. Abrams decided to rename it 10 Cloverfield Lane, and make it a “sister movie” to his 2008 sleeper hit. This was probably a mistake, because it underscores that this…

Get Will McIntosh's Debut Novel Soft Apocalypse For Only 99 Cents!

We’ve praised Will McIntosh’s futuristic action and thought-provoking premises in novels like Love Minus Eighty and Burning Midnight. His topics range from cryogenically preserved brides to other-worldly horror. But his debut, Soft Apocalypse, is a fascinating vision of a slow collapse of civilization—and now, it’s…

This May Be the Season The Walking Dead Finally Goes Too Far

The Walking Dead has never been accused of being a happy show, but it’s one of the few series to be called “misery porn”—an exercise in watching characters face tragedy after tragedy until their eventual horrible deaths. I’ve never thought this was true... but having seen this Sunday’s mid-season premiere, I wonder if…

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How The TV Show of Octavia Butler's Dawn Will Stay True to Her Incredible Vision

Making Octavia Butler’s novel Dawn into a television show sounds like kind of a foolhardy idea. It’s a post-apocalyptic storyline, in which the Earth is basically on the brink of destruction, and the last humans are offered salvation by aliens... who want to mate with us and change us. How do you put that on TV?