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My Science Fiction Life
Julie Christie in A for Andromeda

Science fiction as inspiration

"I wouldn't be writing science fiction for a living today without A for Andromeda." KarenTraviss

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Iain M Banks

Author Iain M Banks on why we love catastrophes.

Recommended recollections

A selection of the best recollections on the site picked by you, the users.

"If Niven's aliens were green and had bug-eyes, that was because their environment dictated they HAD to be green with bug-eyes." ronsonlighter on Ringworld

"It made sci fi fun again, without sacrificing any of the drama." charliethebloody on Firefly

"The sudden change from melancholic existential sitcom to colourful, brash sci-fi knockabout in series three came as a surprise, but we were soon won over." johntoon on Red Dwarf

"Ignore the special effects - the tension comes from the interplay from the characters." MossyMermaid on The Stone Tape

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My Science Fiction Life TV show

My Science Fiction Life on TV

Watch clips from BBC Four's TV programme. Scientists, artists and contributors to this site explain how they've been inspired by science fiction.

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Classic Choice
Bob Peck as Craven in Edge of Darkness

Edge of Darkness

"Another rare occasion when Auntie had the rare sense to realise she had something special from the word go," muses bluemoonriver

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Themes in SF
Nuclear explosion

A very British catastrophe

Science fiction is littered with tales of ruin - why are the British obssessed with the end of the world?

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Your recollections...
Tom Baker as Doctor Who

Small screen, big impression

Devoted to the Doctor, terrified by Tripods, and blown away by Blake - readers recall their top TV science fiction memories.

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