James Brown fans Bamako.
Utopianism is a neglected prism through which to view Africa. It is the space where the intricacies of decolonisation and independence can be properly comprehended.
The X-wing fighters have been criticised for doing World War II dogfights in space.
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Some people love to pick holes in science fiction movies, such as Star Wars, especially when they stray from science fact. But does it really matter?
Beware the digital evolution.
Science fiction has long warned of technology taking over the world. We're increasingly connected to a digital world that's growing, and more automated. So what if it starts to evolve?
Up into the imagination!
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Have you ever wondered what real scientists think of science fiction? Here's a selection of top pics from those in the know.
BB-8 (left) is a new droid addition to the Star Wars universe.
The droids in the Star Wars universe often play a key role in the movies. But how close are they to some of the real robots in our own universe?
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
JJ Abrams made a terrible Star Trek film that perfectly prepared him to make a great Star Wars movie.
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The alternate reality visualised in Star Wars is now potentially much closer to home.
It’s okay in science fiction but not in real life: A robot (Robin Williams, left) who dreams of becoming human in the movie Bicentennial Man.
Science fiction can be good at predictiong soem of the technologies of tomorrow. But designers take note: not all those ideas are welcome.
The real force of Star Wars is to be found in its music, an aural cocktail of orchestral pieces punctuated with lightsabers, hyperspace leaps, and a hint of droid.
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For all the speculative commentary as to what the new Star Wars trailer reveals plot-wise, its true “force” is surely located in the various sounds that infuse this perfectly constructed teaser.
In The Martian, the stakes are neither bigger, nor smaller, than a single human life.
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Review: stranded on Mars' desolate landscape, a cocky, endearing protagonist breathes life into this survival tale.
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The latest of the spate of recent space films may be the brightest, but it doesn't inspire this author to head to the Red Planet.
He’s going to have to ‘science the shit out of this’.
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The Martian is a rare film that seeks to use science to enhance the plot, and gives a sense of the splendour of the Red Planet.
Five science (fiction) reasons why you should get to know Doctor Who.
Science in the Cinema this year sorted fact from fiction in the 1982 cult classic Bladerunner.
Medical research can be complex and difficult to understand, but cinematic representations of mad scientists who speak gobbledygook add to the confusion. An annual event separates fact from fiction.
Whatever name you give it, writing of this sort is increasingly becoming the prime location for imaginative representations of our culture's deepest hopes and fears.
Roaming among the dinosaurs in Jurassic World.
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Science-fiction, to some extent, can indeed create science.
Young adult dystopian characters like Insurgent’s Tris are inspiring their female fans to shatter the glass ceiling.
By featuring girls who buck the conventions of their world – and ours – films like Insurgent inspire fans to enact real change.
Star Trek fans were especially drawn to Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock – who showed many that it “was okay to be a nerd, that even in the future not everyone fit in, or needed to.”
Star Trek fans were especially drawn to Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock – who showed many that it "was okay to be a nerd, that even in the future not everyone fit in, or needed to."
H G Wells’s Martians.
Literature has long imagined other worlds but now space travel and planetary colonisation look to become scientific fact.
embodies the heroic scientist in Interstellar.
Interstellar’s protagonists spend a significant portion of the movie’s 169-minute running time giving mini-lectures – sometimes with props and a little whiteboard – on theoretical physics. The characters…