The Cloud At­las au­thor’s Books blur the line be­tween literary fic­tion and sf

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Favourite SF/ fan­tasy films 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Run­ner are both su­perla­tive, and have tran­scended the decades they were made in to be­come time­less works of art. Gat­taca is an un­der­rated film that has stayed sharp in my mem­ory for 15 years. I also ad­mire Alex Gar­land’s Ex_ Machina and Sun­shine, as he finds fresh per­spec­tives on old themes.

Favourite SF/ fan­tasy TV shows

Doc­tor Who’s best sto­ries are, for me, as good as any­thing in the genre. Star Trek is a tele­vi­sual mug of co­coa, though now and then you find great things float­ing in it. This’ll date me, but Sap­phire And Steel com­pen­sated for its ’ 70s ef­fects with mem­o­rable scripts and a kooky chem­istry be­tween the two leads. Twin Peaks casts a long and in­flu­en­tial shadow, and I’ve re­cently been hooked on Sense8.

Favourite SF/ fan­tasy books

Ursula K Le Guin’s Left Hand Of Dark­ness, The Dis­pos­sessed and The Earth­sea Cy­cle are for­ma­tive texts for me. Su­san Cooper’s The Dark Is Ris­ing se­quence made a big im­pact on my youth­ful self, and still reads su­perbly.

Favourite SF/ fan­tasy comics

Neil Gaiman’s Sand­man is al­most hubris­ti­cally au­da­cious, but who else would dare to por­tray Shake­speare’s dream- life? Alan Moore and Dave Gib­bons’s Watch­men is grungy, ill ( but in a good way) and patho­log­i­cally ad­dic­tive. And I have a soft spot for 2000 AD, which I ingested through­out my teens.

David Mitchell’s new novel, Slade House, is pub­lished by Scep­tre on 27 Oc­to­ber.

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