Science fiction provides a valuable resource from which the public view of AI can be assessed.
How does one of the world's most iconic science fiction television series depict women doing science?
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.
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?
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?
Have you ever wondered what real scientists think of science fiction? Here's a selection of top pics from those in the know.
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?
JJ Abrams made a terrible Star Trek film that perfectly prepared him to make a great Star Wars movie.
The alternate reality visualised in Star Wars is now potentially much closer to home.
Science fiction can be good at predictiong soem of the technologies of tomorrow. But designers take note: not all those ideas are welcome.
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.
Review: stranded on Mars' desolate landscape, a cocky, endearing protagonist breathes life into this survival tale.
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.
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.
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.
Science-fiction, to some extent, can indeed create science.
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."