One Small Step for Man… an Even Smaller Window for Science-Fiction

Like that iconic televised moment itself, the recent death of Neil Armstrong appears to have struck a chord within the science fiction community… over 40 years since the first moon landing and, to the untrained eye, we seem no closer to any innovations as big and bold as that first small step. But what does that mean for Science Fiction? The parallels between science and sci-fi have always been undeniable, but have the lack of grand, scientific gestures over the last few decades also been reflected in its popularity? (more…)

Science Fiction’s Next Generation: Improbable Heroes Made Possible

Science fiction, by definition, is a genre that deals with imaginary yet plausible ideas. Yet, as the human race advances and we make greater discoveries, it can often be self-prophesising. Ideas that would once be considered science ‘fiction’ are becoming actuality; our everyday lives are impregnated by technology that would have once been thought implausible. (more…)

Comic Science-Fiction and other Sci-fi Sub-genres

Modern Science Fiction has so many sub-genres to grab a hold of, that as a reader, you barely know where to start. But as all travellers do, we must start somewhere, and start we will at Hard Sci-fi, encapsulated by Greg Egan’s Orthogonal: The Clockwork Rocket (2011). Hard Sci-fi is characterised by its acute attention to accurate detail when it comes to quantitative sciences. In Egan’s universe, light has no universal speed and its creation generates energy. This is not Sci-fi for the faint hearted. (more…)