A young Han Solo gets to duck from those dodgy blaster shots that mostly miss their mark in any Star Wars movie. How does that happen and what of the rest of the science in Solo: A Star Wars Story?
Since Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece debuted in 1968, fictional stories of faulty or malevolent AI are legion. What have recent advances taught us and what might the future hold?
With A Quiet Place and Far Cry 5, sci-fi influenced media is once again turning a mirror on society's anxieties.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is not just a story about realistic robots.
Stephen Hawking raised the public profile of grand science, and speculated about the future of artificial intelligence, as well as contacting aliens. Does science mix easily with science fiction?
In this vision of the future, everything that we currently do in the real world – going to school, going to work, socialising, leisure – is done in a vast virtual environment.
We're getting close to creating an android that feels.
Netflix hit, Black Mirror, follows in the footsteps of other forward-thinking sci-fi storytellers.
Ursula le Guin gave us an anarchist society on another world; we brought it back to Earth.
Science fiction has a more important job to do – it allows us to see ourselves in a new light.
By surrendering to technology are humans sleepwalking into a future where free will is less and less of an option?
Le Guin's father, Alfred Kroeber, was at a forefront of a movement that rejected social Darwinism and cultural superiority. In his daughter's fiction, we see these ideas come to life.
Le Guin's A Wizard of EarthSea and The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas are just two examples of her prolific and influential writing career in fantasy and science fiction.
The literary world is mourning one of science fiction's greatest novelists.
In the early 20th century a Russian scientist – regarded as the father of rocketry – made some novel predictions on where we would be in space in the 21st century. So how accurate was he?
Mary Shelley's novel asked questions about the human condition that are more relevant today than ever.
There's no shortage of problems facing humanity. Science's role in how to tackle them has long been debated – including memorably by two of the 20th century's greatest literary figures.
Geostorm is the newest addition to the Hollywood climate doom canon. It is terrible, which is why you should think about this genre but under no circumstances actually watch this movie.
Why do roboticists dream of electric women?
Blade Runner 2049 represents a failure of the imagination. The film is a series of events strung together and steeped in narcissism, excessive self-absorption, isolation and regressive politics.