As it turns 40, it's worth remembering that Star Wars was more than just a space film, it reframed America's troubled history.
Ripley beat the patriarchy and a rampaging xenomorph - but Daniels isn't even given the chance.
The latest outing of the Alien film franchise pits another human crew against a terrifying enemy. But how does the science stack up?
Flying cars have been the stuff of science fiction for years, and now companies are now starting to look at such options. But what will it take to get our cars off the ground?
The Star Wars saga is interlinked with its merchandising success.
The Guardians of the Galaxy team are rocking the universe again in the latest volume of the science fiction blockbuster. But how does the science stand up to some number crunching?
We need to imagine new types of borders in this era of fervent fence building.
With a new TV series based on the novel - and its bleak vision of women's rights - The Handmaid's Tale is riding a new wave of popularity.
If Doctor Who is supposed to respect members of other species, not all of his incarnations see eye to eye when it comes to dinner.
Disappointed about Doctor Who's TARDIS ending up at the wrong place at the wrong time? Don't be – it's incredibly precise.
The technology needed to create a real Star Trek-like Holodeck is not that far out of reach.
If you make science entertaining then people are prepared to pay attention.
In the face of recent political events in Britain and America, sci-fi imaginings of the 'citizens of the future' have taken on a new resonance.
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?
At the heart of this 20-year-old show is a critique of the quest for absolute power.
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.
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.