Science Fiction

Science fiction is a playground for all of humankind's best, worst, weirdest and most wonderful ideas. Join writer and storyteller Damien Walter on an exploration of the world as seen through a science fiction lens.


00:20:19 2021-12-08
Science fiction is fighting a doctrinal war. Between those who believe that humankind's future is still the stars, and those - like Kim Stanley Robinson - who believe interstellar travel is a fantasy of religious belief. The science is clear, travel to ot...
00:20:48 2021-12-05
I'm resisting the temptation to throw it all in and disappear down the Unreal Engine rabbit hole. Forget outer space, the future of humankind lies in the infinite exploration of inner space and the realms of the human imagination. But don't worry....the w...
00:19:49 2021-11-30
On the surface Lord of the Rings and 1984 look very different. But JRR Tolkien and George Orwell were men of the same generation, the same class, and the same culture, writing about the same matter - power. 00:00 Tolkien & Orwell 04:24 Surfa...
00:13:29 2021-11-29
Denis Villeneuve's Dune opens with a sentence that is not in Frank Herbert's DUNE. "Dreams are messages from the deep". What do these words mean? And why does Denis Villeneuve choose to open his movie with them? Follow the Science Fiction podcast: https:...
00:26:09 2021-11-24
Science fiction is a strange beast. A exploration of the hard edged future of science and technology, fused with the transcendent hunger for imagination and self-transformation. Can science fiction be a bridge between the two "non-overlapping magisteria" ...

00:34:44 2021-11-05
The great project of science fiction has been the translation of science and its discoveries into our shared understanding as human beings. But what happens to science fiction if and when the science itself...changes? We're in the midst of a paradigm shif...
00:14:11 2021-10-10
Rick Deckard is a Replicant. And Rick Deckard is also not the hero of Blade Runner...but is the villain. But the obvious questions about Blade Runner are also the least interesting. Empathy is the core of the Blade Runner story. Why we feel it, who we fee...
00:40:22 2021-10-04
It's interesting to realise that audiences today for The Green Knight, director David Lowery's adaptation of the medieval poem, struggle to understand a story that would have been clear and obvious to audiences seven centuries ago. For all our knowledge a...
00:24:15 2021-09-29
Stories that last through the ages aren't just great storytelling, they also serve the power structures of their time. Powerful people have always patronised great stories. The epic poem Beowulf, The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, the plays of William ...