Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Moby Dick meets Brideshead Revisited meets Silkwood meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest meets Bladerunner meets Mad Max III: Beyond Thunderdome, then all over again, in reverse order.
- The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing - An American traveling in the South Pacific witnesses how man exploits and brutalizes man, but soon finds that he is not exempt by any means.
- Letters from Zedelghem - A destitute musical prodigy moves in with an ailing English composer and revitalizes both of their careers, but love raises its ugly head and ruins everything.
- Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery - A reporter searches for an explosive report that could shut down a dangerous new type of nuclear reactor as dead bodies begin piling up around her, and Luisa's body may be next.
- The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish - A publisher on the run from organized crime signs into a hotel that turns out to be an escape-proof rest home from hell (or Hull as the case may be).
- An Orisom of Sonmi-451 - A death cell interview with Sonmi-451, the clone Messiah of 22nd Century Korea, where corporatism has been carried out to its ultimate extreme.
- Sloosha's Crossin' An Ev'rythin' After - Prescience Island, the last outpost of civilization on 24th Century Earth, sends Meronym to live with the Valleysmen of Ha-Why for a few months, but Zachry thinks she's up to no good.