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?
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At the heart of this 20-year-old show is a critique of the quest for absolute power.
Westworld: how far away is this future?
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Near-future science fiction is on the rise, but is it foreshadowing the rise of the machines?
In this episode we look at historical visions of the future and how accurate they were, the future of work, and what it's like to predict the future for a day job.
Once the subject of fantastical stories, nanoscience is now changing the world as we know it.
An artist’s impression of a Sun-like star close to a rapidly spinning supermassive black hole, with a mass of about 100 million times the mass of our Sun.
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The discovery of a new black hole adds to our understanding of these celestial objects that fascinate in both fact and fiction.
Every crystal ball has a shelf life, even the most prescient.
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.
There are whispers of crisis around the 53-year-old series.
New HBO series reimagines a group of life-like robots programmed with hope but marred in violence. They might be more human than we think.
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Many of HG Wells's futuristic prophecies have come true, but the one on which his heart was most set – the establishment of a world state – remains unfulfilled.
We need women to participate equally in science fiction’s conversations about humanity’s future.
Science fiction is a popular and lucrative genre – but most authors are men and relatable female characters are sadly lacking. Given this entrenched sexism, it's time for publishers to take affirmative action.
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.
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Films set in the ancient world can no longer adequately live up to the demands of the 'epic'. Instead, we should look to films set in space.
What happens when games and social media infiltrate society to the point that we all become avatars and anonymous usernames?
Disaster movies can raise environmental concerns but also seed misinformation.
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Climate disaster films are an emerging genre that reflect people's desire to cope with a changing planet through art. How will they affect public attitudes on climate change?
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A philosophical assessment of the latest Star Trek films demonstrates their sophistication.
Pie in the sky?
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The race to bring the jetpack to market exemplifies some of the highs and lows of sci-fi inspired innovation.
An ethical robot – as science fiction.
We are approaching the time when robots in our daily lives will be making decisions about how to act. What guidelines should we give them?
Science fiction provides a valuable resource from which the public view of AI can be assessed.