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    Capitalism in Space – Exploring Pandora’s Star & Judas Unchained

    - by Louis Calvert

    One of the most popular themes in science fiction is the social and technological development of humanity. H.G. Wells’ classic The Time Machine gives the reader a glimpse of two divergent future human species: The monstrous Morlocks are technologically sophisticated humans that farm the simplistic, uneducated, beautiful Eloi as food animals. James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse novels show a wonderfully diverse humanity struggling with racism and class disparity. Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games explores a radically stratified society where a small number of the wealthy keep vast numbers of fellow humans in poverty as working slaves.

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    Ruling the World: The sci-fi assumption of ‘Government Earth’

    - by Tom Grundy

    In Babylon 5, ‘Earth Dome’ controls the planet. In The Expanse, the United Nations rules the Earth. Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets rules civilisations spanning many worlds, as does the Hegemony of Man in Dan Simmons’ Hyperion. We seem to accept and expect that the idea of ‘countries’ will one day disappear — but how might this come about?

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    Breaking the law: How fantastical is too far?

    - by Richard Watson

    Good stories invoke and involve the imagination of the audience. Whether we prefer magic, futuristic technology or the impossible and inexplicable power of something that came from the shadows, ultimately we, as readers, are accepting the narrative of the writer and escaping the real world to envisage the scenes of their fiction.

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    H.P. Lovecraft, 100 years on

    - by Ben Potts

    A century after publication, the works of H. P. Lovecraft continue to influence popular media. His were tales that disturbed the mind and enthralled the senses. However, in his time he was a virtual nobody. He is neither as influential nor as well-known as literary goliaths like J. R. R. Tolkien or his idol Edgar Allan Poe; yet from his imagination was birthed an entirely new sub-genre: the cosmic horror story.