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Apple Macintosh software game 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', 1984

This is the cover of an Apple Macintosh software game called 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. It shows a green spherical creature floating in space. It is covering its eyes and its large red tongue is sticking out. Behind it, there are three planets, one cratered and in flames and another Earth-like, but with Saturn-like ...

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Apple II software game - 'Reach for the Stars', Third Edition, 1987

This is the cover of the third edition of 'Reach for the Stars: The Conquest of the Galaxy', a four-player computer game on a 5 1/4-inch floppy disk that came with a manual in a cardboard folder. The original 'Reach for the Stars' had been released in 1983. This edition was introduced in 1987. It added more choice and decision-making ...

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'Playing Beatie Bow', 1985

These three clips from a 1985 Australian feature film based on Ruth Park's classic Australian novel 'Playing Beatie Bow' depict a troubled teenager, Abigail, who travels back in time from Sydney in the 1980s to Sydney in 1873. The first clip shows how Abigail accidentally travels back in time with a strange girl to 1873. ...

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Hugh Howey's 'Wool': interactive publishing

Science fiction as a genre is known for exploring new frontiers. 'Wool' by Hugh Howey achieves this both in the way it was written and in its publication. Learn more about this fascinating story and the implications it might have for the future of novel writing. Jennifer Byrne's panellists from left to right are: China ...

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Judging utopia: using language to evaluate

Have you ever dreamed of living in a perfect world? Many authors have imagined such utopian worlds in their writing. But would we all agree on what makes a perfect world? In this clip, explore how language can reveal people's judgements of others' ideas.

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Imagining the future: exploring viewpoints

Listen in as a group of authors discuss possible visions of the future. Will it be bright or will it be apocalyptic? Explore the reasons that shape their perspectives and consider your own responses to these ideas.

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Exploring dystopian fiction

Imagine a future where Australia has been taken over by an invading force and everybody is interned in prison camps, or a world where corporations control our every move. These are scenarios imagined by two Australian authors, John Marsden and Max Barry. In this clip, explore reasons why they believe these situations might ...

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Books as a source of debate

Imagine a world destroyed by cataclysm, where you were left to wander through an ash-coated landscape populated by thieves, murderers and even cannibals. That's the vision offered by Cormac McCarthy's 2006 novel 'The road'. Dystopian fiction can often be bleak and pessimistic in terms of the view of humanity it offers readers. ...

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Understanding science fiction

What if ...? This is one of the fundamental questions a writer asks, and it's the question that science fiction specialises in imagining. In this clip, explore the science fiction genre and learn more about the questions it poses. Listen as two experts discuss their interpretations of the meaning of science fiction.

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Hugh Howie's 'Wool': metaphor and message

How do you determine what the core message of a book is? Writers use a range of devices to convey their messages, and one of them is metaphor. Listen as Jennifer Byrne's panel of writers discuss the use of metaphor in Hugh Howey's 'Wool' and compare their responses to the book. The panellists from left to right are: China ...

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Awe and wonder in science fiction art

Where might you find a futuristic caveman and abandoned cities and feel like you're walking on Mars? 'Awfully wonderful: science fiction in contemporary art' is an exhibition with works that explore the possibilities of the future and what science makes us capable of, both the good and the bad.

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The Hunger Games

This web page includes a range of resources to support classroom studies of the novel and film 'The Hunger Ganes'. Resources include a study guide, explorations of characters, themes and issues and tips on writing essays. The resources discuss the use of film techniques to create setting, the genre of dystopia and the concept ...

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Science Fiction: Radio Dramas

This resource for students is one in a series of three on science fiction. The introduction contains links to old radio dramas as great examples of story telling. Students are then asked to produce their own two minute science fiction radio drama. A link is provided to Celtx, an application which allows you to write the ...

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Science Fiction: Short Stories

This resource for students presents information on how to respond to short answer questions on texts. Using textual evidence is discussed, with details on the use of ellipses and full stops. A sample answer is provided to a short answer question on Louise Lawrence's story 'Extinction is Forever'. Students are then asked ...