Giant krakens, blood-thirsty vampires, brain-eating zombies, Frankenstein's monster — they're all a little more real than you might think. They arise from our deepest fears and desires.
Joining a panel of authors on Q&A, award-winning author John Marsden says he would not write his popular series about teenagers fighting a foreign invasion today due to his "horror" at Australia's treatment of asylum seekers.
In the future, we may be gods who invent our own "religions" in virtual worlds, or slaves to an army of Chinese robots. Either way, the race is on to become the world's first cyber superpower, and the Marxist mandarins in Beijing appear to be winning, writes Stan Grant.
The announcement Jodie Whittaker will play Doctor Who in the next series brings about social commentary regarding strong female role models and leading character roles in the twenty-first century.