|01||Big Brother And The Brave New World||20060622||20060626|
Francis explores the sometimes sinister history of utopian dreams, from Thomas More to HG Wells to Iain M Banks.
|02||Keep Watching The Shores||20060629||20060703|
Francis asks why Albion succumbed so often to invasion, disaster and collapse.
In the 1960s, JG Ballard and Michael Moorcock rebelled against the rocket dreams of much contemporary science fiction, and chose instead to explore 'inner space' - the darker recesses of the human soul.
Francis charts the relationship between science fiction and rebellious counterculture from its earliest days.
Francis wonders whether we ever truly belonged among the stars.
American science fiction presented an ever confident vision of progress and conquest, but the stars have often seemed an unlikely British destination.