Cryonics is no longer synonymous with science fiction. What are we technically capable of doing and what do we have the right to do?
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Whether you loved him or hated him, his canonical status is beyond question.
Unfortunately for the intrepid astronauts in Stanley Kubrick’s
2001, a Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer knows how to read lips.
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?
Tim Winton sets his latest novel, The Shepherd’s Hut, in the salt lakes of Western Australia.
Tim Winton's latest novel, The Shepherd's Hut, pushes the author's classic themes to the extreme.
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Literary fiction is robust enough to withstand the challenges the 21st century throws at it.
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Treatment for nervous exhaustion in the Victorian era could literally drive you mad.
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.
Even common knowledge isn’t immune.
Reading something that sows doubt about a widely agreed-upon fact – even the election of George Washington as president – can have a profound effect.
Autistic characters in children’s books are few and far between.
The limited and skewed portrayal of autism means it is often
misrepresented rather than represented in fiction.
Kristen Roupenian's Cat Person short story in the New Yorker about the perils of dating in the digital world is flawed – and brilliant as a result.
Beyond fuzzy sweaters and warmth, feeling cozy at home gets a boost with great child-centric books.
Stories that create connection, comfort and security aren't just perfect holiday reading. They also provide inspiration - a vision of how life should be.
Eldery member of the Agta hunter-gatherer tribe in the Philippines.
A new study suggests skilled storytellers may have greater reproductive success than others.
Ernest Hemingway with a bull near Pamplona, Spain in 1927, two years before ‘A Farewell to Arms’ would be published.
Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
A newly published batch of Ernest Hemingway’s letters could change the way we think about the author's influences, relationships with other writers and views on race.
Brick Lane: popularised in a novel by British writer, Monica Ali.
Why do so many books by non-white authors find themselves in 'global literature'?
Kazuo Ishiguro in his garden in London.
English author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. For some weeks now, the bookies have been offering odds on the likely winner. Kenya’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was front runner earlier…
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Autumn is the first novel to tackle the UK’s impending departure from the EU.
This year three of his stories are being adapted for viewers.
Far from grasping at Cold War certainties, Le Carré's Smiley embraces the changing role of the British spy.
Stephen King is the undisputed master of horror but does he get the respect he deserves as a 'real' writer?