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.

00:13:29 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" ...
00:29:40 2021-11-15
The worst thing any adaptation of a science fiction classic can do is be less intelligent than the original. Apple's FOUNDATION is dumbed down so far that readers of Isaac Asimov's original novels can barely recognise it. But can rewrites, reshoots and so...
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 ...
00:54:27 2021-09-25
Savior stories are at the core of many of the most powerful science fiction and fantasy. Neo in the Matrix. John Connor in the Terminator. Superman in all his manifestations. And of course Paul Atreides in DUNE. The seventh workshop in Writing The 21st C...
00:47:42 2021-09-20
If science fiction is a gateway to the psychedelic, then DUNE is a portal to...awakening. Frank Herbert's seminal novel and David Lynch's baroquely weird movie are both powerful works of art on the theme of human awakening. Denis Villeneuve's 2021 adaptat...
00:14:04 2021-09-10
Phew. Matrix Resurrections is going to be great. This is the shot in the trailer where I knew it. There's so much that works here. Not swapping out your 54 year old leading actress for a younger model, is just a start. This is a gang of older, wiser crea...