Science fiction and fantasy
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In This DecadeThe author Christopher Paolini was born in 1983.
The author Philip K. Dick died in 1982.
Case is a hacker who has been crippled and shut out of virtual reality in this cyberpunk novel.
In the repressive state of Gilead, Offred is a Handmaid. She has few rights and many restrictions, and society values her only for her ability to breed.
Two novellas. After a meteor shower, a farm becomes unnaturally fertile. And the dead walk in the world, but one widower is unable to contact his late wife.
A child is born with extraordinary psychic powers.
A junkie musician tours the solar system, performing on a one-man instrument known as The Orchestra.
The story of a French aristocrat who becomes undead. The second novel in The Vampire Chronicles.
When an odd old lady is taken ill, workmen enter her house and clear a carpet that seems to contain a world.
Five companions must band together and summon a cursed warrior from his resting placein order to protect the land of Fionavar from evil. Book two of The Fionavar Tapestry.
An account of how women in the seventeenth century lived.
A writer is abducted and offered a job observing a secret colony planet, but what he finds is very different from the fledgling colony he expected. The first novel in the Empyrion series.
An apprentice wizard and his master journey on a quest to find a cure for the wizard's magical illness. Book one in the Ebenezum trilogy.
A group of adventurers travel through time to stop the archmage Raistlin bringing evil back into the world. This DragonLance novel is the first in the Legends series.
A writer and his companions came to observe a paradise, but found a colony locked in bitter conflict. The second novel in the Empyrion series.
An examination of Dutch culture in the seventeenth century.
A story of the lost land of Atlantis, Celtic myth, and the bard Taliesin. Book one of the Pendragon cycle.
Earth has recovered from an apocalypse. But whilst some can have immortality, it is not available for all in this story spanning the far future, spaceships, and advanced extra-dimensional civilisations. Book two of The Way.
The vampire Lestat searches for the origin of his kind. The third novel in The Vampire Chronicles.
A young woman must heal from serious injuries and be heroic. Book three of The Deed Of Paksenarrion.
Darth Vader sends troops to attack rebels on the planet Hoth, whilst Luke Skywalker tries to complete his Jedi training before time runs out.
An American student on a tour of Britain is mauled in a werewolf attack that leaves his friend dead. But nobody wants to admit there is a werewolf.
An archaeologist travels around the world to prevent the fabled Ark of the Covenant from falling into the hands of Nazis in this adventure set in the 1930s.
A replicant hunter must track down and terminate four rogue replicants before they kill again.
An alien is left stranded and alone on Earth. A child tries to help him to find his way home.
A family move into a house, only to find objects moving and other strange occurences that put them in danger.
A group of rebels fight to rescue Han Solo and take on the evil galactic empire in this planet-spanning space opera.
A young man travels back in time with the help of a crazy scientist. However, if his parents fail to get together he may accidentally erase his own existence.
A filing clerk imagines flying to the rescue of the woman of his dreams. However, he struggles to get by in a bureaucratic dystopia, when a computer error puts him in danger.
A scientist experiments with a teleportation machine. But when he transports himself a fly gets into the machine and he begins to turn into a human/fly hybrid.
Ripley and a team of marines take on an alien infestation.
A family come across a friendly bigfoot and decide to adopt him. But keeping Harry the sasquatch hidden and safe will be a challenge.
A pilot is miniaturised in a submarine and ends up inside a grocery store worker, and they both must evade scientists who want to steal the technology.
A young man must rescue his true love from an unwanted marriage in this story of sword fights, pirates, and yucky kissing.
A Detroit cop is fatally wounded in the line of duty, so he is revived as a cyborg
Three single friends wish for a bit more excitement in their small town, when a mysterious stranger turns up and tries to seduce them in this supernatural comedy.
An aristocrat has fantastic adventures whilst trying to save a town from attack by Turkish soldiers.
A scientist accidentally shrinks his children and two others from the neighbourhood, with his new invention.
Marty McFly travels to to his future and past to prevent things going wrong for his family in 1985.
The caped crusader takes on the Joker.
A football player travels to the planet Mongo to battle the evil Ming The Merciless, and rescue Dale Arden.
In an apocalyptic future where oil is in short supply, a man agrees to protect a small community that is being targeted for its oil.
Admiral Kirk faces a test when his old adversary gets hold of a super weapon and has taken over a spaceship.
A computer programmer gets sucked into a machine, where he must defeat a cyberspace control programme.
A young Gelfling seeks to restore a shard of crystal to its place within a dark crystal, and save his world from the tyranny of the evil Skeksis.
A team of occult scientists set up a service for detecting and banishing ghosts in New York.
A video gamer is recruited by aliens to fight in a space war.
In a dystopian future, one man defies the totalitarian state by falling in love.
Following her adventures in Oz, Dorothy has trouble sleeping and is sent for drastic treatment, but instead ends up back in Oz. All is not well there, as an evil Nome King has taken over and turned the inhabitants to stone.
In post-apocalyptic Australia, Max fights to survive against barbarians, an evil ruler, and the harsh environment. He comes across a group of children who he tries to rescue. The third movie in the Mad Max series.
When an alien probe threatens to destroy the Earth, the crew of the Enterprise go back in time to the 20th century to find some whales to communicate with it.
An alien carnivorous plant takes over a flower shop, aided by a young man who is hoping to impress his girlfriend, in this musical horror.
A group of special forces soldiers go on a mission in the Central American jungle. But they soon find that they are being hunted by an alien warrior.
The Man of Steel faces a challenge when three evil supervillains attempt to conquer Earth, just as he has decided to give up his powers.
Five students head to a cabin in the woods where they find a Book of the Dead and accidentally unleash demons which seek to possess people.
A newswoman heads to a remote location to recover after a serial killer story traumatises her, but the locals there are not what she expected.
Perseus battles the Kraken and Medusa in order to save Princess Andromeda in this story based on the myths of Greek gods and heroes.
A young man discovers he has powers over animals, and uses them in his quest for revenge against a wicked priest who is keen on child sacrifice.
A computer genius creates havoc in order to make money, so Superman tries to stop him. But kryptonite splits the Man of Steel into Clark Kent and an evil version of himself.
A cute new pet becomes a nightmare when a boy breaks all the rules about keeping it.
A robot time travels from the future in order to assassinate a waitress and alter history. With the help of a future soldier she fights to protect humanity and her unborn son.
A young medical student carries out experiments aimed at reviving the dead in this comedy horror.
In this animated fantasy a boy rescues a girl who is being pursued for a crystal in her possession. They must escape pirates, soldiers, and others and find a lost floating castle.
Superman battles Nuclear Man, a powerful lifeform who gets energy from the sun, and fights for global nuclear disarmament.
A murdered man needs the blood of sacrifices to regain his body and escape the clutches of demonic Cenobites.
Ash travels to a secluded cabin in the woods with his girlfriend Linda, where they find a tape recording and a Book of the Dead. After unleashing evil spirits they must try to survive the night.
In this comedy horror a family move into an area plagued by unexplained deaths. The older brother gets involved in a biker gang, whilst the younger one falls in with young vampire hunters.
An orphan is sent to a psychiatric institution after the death of her father and stepmother. But a doctor there is intent on meddling with a puzzle cube from Hell.
A research team in Antarctica discover that a nearby team have all died, and whatever killed them has not finished its work. Hunted by an alien shapeshifter, none of them are sure who is still human.
A prince tries to protect his planet and his intended from an invading army of aliens.
Science Fiction and Fantasy from the 1980s
Film ReviewsTime Bandits (1981) directed by Terry Gilliam
A boy is entangled in the adventures of a group of robbers who have stolen a map that allows them to travel through time.
Escape From New York (1981) directed by John Carpenter
In the near future Manhattan Island has become a lawless prison. One man must rescue the President from the chaos within, before time runs out.
Excalibur (1981) directed by John Boorman
The story of King Arthur and the knights of the round table gets an epic treatment in this movie adaptation.
Dune (1984) directed by David Lynch
The film adaptation of the first novel in a classic science fiction series by Frank Herbert.
Enemy Mine (1985) directed by Wolfgang Peterson
A man is stranded on a hostile planet with only an enemy alien for company.
The Toxic Avenger (1985) directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman
After Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste he turns into a hideous superhero with one mission: to vanquish evil in Tromaville.
Labyrinth (1986) directed by Jim Henson
When Sarah has to babysit her baby brother she accidentally summons the goblins to take him away.
The Running Man (1987) directed by Paul Michael Glaser
Ben Richards has to run for his life in a sinister game show.
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) directed by James Signorelli
Elvira shakes things up in the small, conservative town of Fallwell when she arrives to claim her inheritance.
Cyborg (1989) directed by Albert Pyun
In a grim post-apocalyptic future a cyborg may carry the cure for a plague that has ravaged the world.
Book ReviewsThe Clan of the Cave Bear (1980) by Jean M. Auel
Ayla faces a struggle to survive amongst Neanderthals in this story of prehistoric survival.
Pawn of Prophecy (1982) by David Eddings
In the first book in The Belgariad a young man, Garion, sets out on a journey that will help him uncover his true identity.
Queen of Sorcery (1982) by David Eddings
The second book in the Belgariad follows Garion on his adventures in the kingdoms of the west.
The Compass Rose (1982) by Ursula Le Guin
This collection features a range of short stories organised around the points of the compass.
Magician's Gambit (1983) by David Eddings
Garion and company must face a powerful and hostile magician. The third episode in The Belgariad.
Enchanters' End Game (1984) by David Eddings
Can Garion fulfil the prophecy and defeat a god? The fifth book of the Belgariad.
Ender's Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card
Childhood games are no laughing matter for Ender Wiggin.
Tailchaser's Song (1985) by Tad Williams
Fritti Tailchaser is a cat with a quest.
Watchmen (1987) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Masked and costumed heroes investigate the murder of one of their own in this graphic novel.
Infernal Devices (1987) by K. W. Jeter
George Dower gets to grip with the peculiar and terrible creations his late father left the world.