2020 has been a tumultuous year. Here are some books your kids can lose themselves in this summer.
How a series of spoof newspaper reports from America became the cradle of science fiction.
Western critics hailed the 1952 book as a great work of African fantasy. In fact it's better understood as a pioneering work of African science fiction.
From mythical beasts to extinct creatures, the pioneering special effects work of Ray Harryhausen inspired a generation of zoologists, palaeontologists and ecologists.
Total Recall is being re-released on its 30th birthday. With its economical, fast-paced narrative embedded in a spectacular cinematic world, it is a masterpiece of late 20th century Hollywood.
The eerie San Francisco skyline evoked sci-fi movies for a reason. Filmmakers are increasingly using color grading to tinge their films with two hues, orange and teal, to unsettle viewers.
Science fiction novels have long addressed events — including disease and alien invasion — that reflect issues of global concern, much like the current COVID-19 pandemic.
H. G. Wells helped pioneer science fiction with his 1898 book The War of the Worlds. Many iterations later, it still scares and fascinates us.
Twisted sound beams suggest an advanced civilisation may be able to harness immense amounts of power from a black hole.
In fiction and popular culture, parasitic characters appear as a metaphor for the threat and spread of disease. But they've also played for laughs.
Fictional, magical cities can help us understand our own urban lives.
Fantasy fiction provides more than escapism for young readers.
The bestselling novel turned film exposes paradoxes of fixing a broken system with its own tools. As we collectively meditate on the world's problems, why not imagine better worlds?
Travel somewhere new from lockdown.
Afrofuturism allows Black people to not only imagine their distant futures but also how to survive the anti-Black present.
Psychologists have stigmatised science fiction fans as losers who retreat into fantasy worlds. This is unfair.
In the television show 'The Handmaid's Tale,' Charles Darwin's 'Descent of Man' makes a cameo — and its appearance makes a comment on how Gilead functions.
Some people are growing weary with romantic and dystopian visions of the future. Instead, our focus is on now.
Boris Johnson's adviser is asking job applicants to give him their all. And in return? He'll fire them on the spot if they don't fit in.
'Use the reinforced concrete, Luke.'