science fiction

Why you should read: Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary features familiar themes of space, survival and sacrifice – and it’s surprisingly bloody good

Published: 9 October 2022
9 October 2022

Life (2017) explained: monsters, Martians, them and us

Unpacking survival, sacrifice and genre rules in space horror Life

Published: 4 October 2022 | Last updated: 17 November 2022
4 October 2022

Sphere (1998) explained: the abyss gazes back

Scientists find an alien sphere at the bottom of the ocean, but it opens a Pandora’s box of misery

Published: 4 September 2022 | Last updated: 24 October 2022
4 September 2022

Moon (2009) explained: echoes of future memory

A meaty read explaining the twists in sci-fi gem Moon – and what it says about isolation and us

Published: 30 August 2022 | Last updated: 23 November 2022
30 August 2022

Flatliners (1990) explained: hell and hallucination

How Flatliners draws on our fears of hell and isolation to weave its Gothic-inspired horror

Published: 21 August 2022 | Last updated: 23 November 2022
21 August 2022

Nope (2022) explained: karma written in the skies

Nope’s bombastic sci-fi horror stylings mask a subtler tale of family, grief … and storytelling.

Published: 13 August 2022
13 August 2022