Years and Years begins with the re-election of Trump in the US, and the election of unconventional populist Four Star Party in the UK.
Blade Runner's vision of the future didn't quite eventuate. Current TV shows such as Years and Years and Black Mirror explore more extreme versions of the present.
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If sci-fi films mirror the world's contemporary dystopian anxieties, then over the years Star Wars has gone from nuclear war to environmental collapse.
The Matrix was a box office hit, but it also explored some of western philosophy’s most interesting themes.
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Cult film The Matrix was released 20 years ago this month. From Plato to Baudrillard, the film explored philosophical dilemmas we are still wrestling with today.
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A Chinese sci-fi epic is breaking box office records and exporting a vision of a new world order as it does so.
If you don’t want to be facing down an angry dinosaur, pay attention to what happens on screen.
As fictional inventors make terrible choices on the big screen, real-world tech innovators can learn from their example how not to make the same kinds of ethical mistakes.
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When it was released in 1999, The Matrix introduced a new type of image: bullet-time. Bruce Isaacs explains why it has become one of the most influential special effects in the history of cinema.
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Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey broke all the rules of science fiction cinema, and allowed the audience to experience a uniquely philosophical film about the evolution of human consciousness.
I think, therefore I am human?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is not just a story about realistic robots.
Gone and forgotten: Barb.
No happy endings in this dark fantasy about lost children.
A scene from John Carpenter’s The Thing from 1982.
John Carpenter's The Thing is a sci-fi classic with a strong fanbase among polar scientists. So why does it resonate so much?
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Author's dystopian visions have inspired some of the most popular sci-fi movies of all time.
Shows like Cleverman and Tidelands are showing how Australia can work as a sci-fi setting, but where has it been until now?
Australian TV has been slow to enter the sci-fi genre, but the success of series like Cleverman shows we could have our own distinct brand of local sci-fi.
Former Globe and Mail newspaper reporter turned novelist Omar El Akkad contemplates his debut book
American War in his publisher’s Toronto office in this 2017 file photo.
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Astronomer Bryan Gaensler picks five speculative and science fiction novels worth reading, including Omar El Akkad's _American War_.
Solarpunk imagines a sustainable future, and what it might be like to live in it.
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Punks aren't known for their positivity, but 'solarpunks' are all about optimism. A new movement of speculative fiction, art, fashion, and activism, it imagines a sustainable future that requires radical social change.
In the face of recent political events in Britain and America, sci-fi imaginings of the 'citizens of the future' have taken on a new resonance.
Colonising other planets may be possible, but does that mean we should?
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Interplanetary colonisation was once the stuff of science fiction but now there are plans to colonise Mars. How have film-makers and writers dealt with our rapacious Anthropocene age?
Joanna Lumley (briefly) played the Doctor in 1999 Comedy Relief special The Curse of Fatal Death.
In a universe of infinite possibility, why is Doctor Who always a man? Peter Capaldi's forthcoming retirement from the role means it's surely time to hand the sonic screwdriver over to a woman.
The Starship Enterprise, the famed setting of the original ‘Star Trek’ series, was almost lost to the graveyard of failed pilots.
With a pilot that was deemed too complex and cerebral, 'Star Trek' looked dead in the water. Fifty years later, we look back at the show's rocky beginnings.
The poster for Stranger Things, which stars Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine and some brilliantly charismatic newcomers.
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The Netflix series Stranger Things is a throwback to the glory days of cinematic horror. And as VHS disappears from our shelves, this show's 80s-infused nostalgia is doubly poignant.
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Ridley Scott's ‘Blade Runner’ has transcended its sci-fi/hardboiled noir detective thriller formula to spawn a dedicated cult following.