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Blade Runner 2049: No Hope In This Dystopia

Editor’s note: This article contains spoilers. I went to see Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve, with great anticipation. The original was so unique and although I was ambivalent about the film’s story and politics, many of its images have stayed in my mind...

Is Deckard a Replicant?

TSGMAX - Whether you like it or not, a new Blade Runner is coming, as Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic gets a follow-up. Blade Runner 2049, thirty years after the events of the first film, is about a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan...

Retirement and regeneration: how robots and replicants experience death

In the 2014 film Interstellar, Matt Damon’s Dr Mann explains that “a machine doesn’t improvise well because you cannot program a fear of death”. The demise of non-human characters in science fiction films, TV shows and books has shown otherwise, suggesting that fear of losing...