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