While Matthew Lloyd was studying for his DPhil archaeology, he was also a member of the Oxford University Speculative Fiction Group, OUSFG (pronounced oos-fug). He mostly likes reading science fiction, but watches quite a bit of it too. He currently works in a museum in Canada.
All the films I saw in 2018 were adaptations of novels or installments of ongoing series. But how does one adapt a novel to film successfully?
Looking back on 2018 in science-fiction television, I discover I’ve forgotten as much as I actually enjoyed.
Fans of modern science fiction may find themselves wondering what the plural of “apocalypse” is (it’s “apocalypses”). Is there any way to raise the stakes without losing the heart?
The lowest-rated episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is “Let He Who Is Without Sin…” In celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, here’s why that episode is still pretty good.
Weird western Wynonna Earp might not fit the bill of prestige television, but it’s incredibly fun to watch. Its owes a clear (and heavily lampshaded) debt to the iconic series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but plays on that to the show’s advantage.
It’s easy to argue whether we’re living in an Orwellian or a Huxleyan dystopia. It’s harder to admit that we’re actually living in both (and more besides).
The threat of a robot uprising is back on the horizon again. But it is not the artificial intelligence of recent science fiction that threatens human civilization, but the mindless robota imagined by Karel Čapek in his 1920 play R.U.R.
Science fiction often tackles existential threats that make our political squabbles look petty. So why can’t science fiction fans in positions of power tackle the real existential threat faced by humanity?
Outside of Star Trek, we’re much more likely to imagine first contact with an alien species as violent than as friendly. But what about the effect first contact will have on relationships between humans?
In his 1920 play Rossum’s Universal Robots (AKA R.U.R.) Karel Čapek introduced the Czech word robota to the world of science fiction. Almost a century later, R.U.R. still resonates in its depiction of class struggle.