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Soulmates

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ In the last decade, mainstream science fiction TV has been preoccupied with a key idea: How could imminent progress in technology enable the worst in human tendencies? A steady stream of shows have followed, but of these, Black Mirror (2011-2019) is the best known, and it’s also the best example of the pitfalls […]

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Electric Dreams

Electric Dreams is a new anthology series based on the short stories of prolific science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Each episode is self-contained, with a distinct cast and tone, but many fall back on similar tropes of science fiction. This makes the series a great introduction to the genre, but an underwhelming delivery for […]

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Interview: Fergus Doyle and Luka Vukos talk their science-fiction short film Lose Like a Human

The independent Edinburgh-based production company Neon-Eye has recently completed a short science-fiction film Lose Like a Human, created by two University of Edinburgh alumni, screenwriter Fergus Doyle and director Luka Vukos. Set around a conversation over a game of chess between an AI Otto and its creator Jane, the film tackles questions of sociality, ethics […]

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Representation of disability in science fiction versus real life

From space travel to superpowers, science fiction has always presented fantastical possibilities. But when it comes to disability, it doesn’t have the best track record. Does the idealism of sci-fi have a place for representing disability? More importantly, can it be done well? Oliver Bagley, a programmer and geologist based in Norway, compares Unbreakable’s Elijah […]

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We need to talk about Westworld

A lone figure sits atop his horse, his all-black ensemble stark against the brightness of the horizon; slowly he surveys the rocky landscape before him searching for his prey. The camera shifts and the audience can see the world from his perspective – a pixelated view of the desert before him. Zooming closer a blurred […]