Science fiction has been around for centuries.
Seasoned readers of US science fiction will have the uncanny feeling of having seen this all before.
Virtual assistants are often assumed to be female – perpetuating gendered assumptions in our imagined future.
Upgrade, the latest film from Saw creator Leigh Whannell, is one of the best Australian films of the 21st century.
Cryonics is no longer synonymous with science fiction. What are we technically capable of doing and what do we have the right to do?
Plasma physics suggests Star Wars blaster guns would be extremely deadly.
The dynamic between the master and the slave dominates accounts of AI at the moment.
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.