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?
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?
A philosophical assessment of the latest Star Trek films demonstrates their sophistication.
The race to bring the jetpack to market exemplifies some of the highs and lows of sci-fi inspired innovation.
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.
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.