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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.
Osgood is one of the many female scientists depicted working alongside the Doctor.
How does one of the world's most iconic science fiction television series depict women doing science?
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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.