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.
Science fiction prepares us to deal with certain technologies as they arise in the real world.
Author's dystopian visions have inspired some of the most popular sci-fi movies of all time.
Gene Roddenberry's vision has been upheld by diverse casting, but storylines remain within mainstream 20th-century ideas of gender and identity.
They're more than windows into the soul – they're a portal into our possible future.
A common theme from science fiction is a vision of a world where humans do less work and machines do more. Why have we not yet reached that point?
A fly scientist ponders the genetics of bananas and dwarves, women and love in reviews of his favourite fiction and non-fiction books.
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.
He's back! Any mention of the killer robots debate brings images of the Terminator film. But science fiction can be a useful tool to get people interested in the real issues in science.