Shakespeare and Science Fiction

Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s plays have been borrowed by or provided inspiration to science fiction and fantasy authors and movie and television creators.

One of the most obvious ‘borrowings’ is “Forbidden Planet”, the 1950s retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. There are many other examples, with long running franchises such as “Star Trek” using many characters and ideas and often direct quotes, for example in “Star Trek V”.

Its not just Shakespeare’s works that are used. The author has been used as a character in stories, for example “Doctor Who” and the “Blackadder” time travel special.

Do you have a Shakespeare influenced science fiction or fantasy story, comic, movie, tv show etc? Please leave a comment and let us know

Back to the Future Arrival

Today’s date, 21 October 2015, is the future date the characters travelled to in ‘Back to the Future 2’.

Did they get anything right about the future? Is there anything you wanted that they predicted?

I’m glad we don’t have flying cars … all those rooftop accidents.

The BBC website has a detailed article analysing the future shown in the movie, and which predictions came close to our real 21 October 2015.

See the stars a little closer

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society is holding a public observing night this Friday, 25 September, from 7pm.
“Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory, including Prof. Naomi McClure-Griffiths, and observations on several telescopes.” More details are available from the ANU website .
This event is free and open to the public. Warm clothing is recommended.

Medieval Fest at Old Parliament House

To  celebrate the 800th anniversay of the Magna Carta in 1215, a Medieval Fest is being held on Monday 8 June at Old Parliament House.

This free entry event includes – medieval combat demonstrations, ‘make your own Magna Carta’, live music and dance, kids medieval arts and crafts, juggling lessons, dress ups, tours and talks, and medieval foods. 10am to 3pm

Gammacon convention this weekend

GAMMA.CON, Canberra’s own pop culture convention, is happening this Friday 23 (from 6pm) and Saturday 24 May (from 9am).

Gamma.con co

vers videogames, anime, manga, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, books, movies and TV shows.

GAMMA.CON’s programme includes panels, screenings, cosplay, art, competitions, game tournaments, live events and more.


The convention venue is the Hellenic Club, with tickets only costing $30 at the door. More details at

(The CSFS does not have official involvement in Gamma.con. We’re just encouraging a fun event!)

Adults Only Science event at Questacon

Questacon is holding a one-off event tomorrow called ‘SciNight: X-rated science for adults’.

The event is on tomorrow, 15 May, from 6pm.

It’s described as “Be seduced by science at Questacon’s next Scinight as it delves into some cheeky, adults-only topics for one night only.
Take an intimate look into the science and technology behind genes, gender and reproduction. Get up close and personal with Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT and flirt with the 200-plus interactive exhibits at Questacon. If you work up an appetite, Mega Bites Café and Bar will be open till late.”

This is an 18+ event.
For more information visit the Questacon website