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About This Site

Since H G Wells published The Time Machine in 1895, science fiction has influenced how we see the world. This site, launched as part of the Science Fiction Britannia season on BBC Four, has explored how the genre has changed individual lives.

This website is now closed to new contributions
Just as the Science Fiction Britannia season was for a fixed time, it was always intended that the ability to contribute to the site would come to an end, and the site closed to new contributions at the end of April 2007.

Thank you!
From everyone involved in the My Science Fiction Life project, we'd like to say a big Thank You to everyone who's contributed their stories and memories to the site.

Don't worry - your recollections aren't going anywhere...
All of the recollections and comments people have added to the site will remain visible on the site for the forseeable future - to take a look around, visit the Science Fiction Timeline.

Can I still log-in?
If you've previously logged in to the site and written a recollection or made a comment, you can still log in to see Your Profile page, where you'll find a list of the recollections you've made on the site. Although you can no longer edit the text of your introduction, you can delete your profile introduction alltogether - to log in, just click on the 'My Profile' link on the top-left hand menu.

So - what's happened on the site?
Since November 2006, people have been sharing their recollections and passions for the science fiction that has mattered to them. From comics to films, TV to books, radio to music, the recollections have been fascinating and diverse, often moving and frequently funny.

My Science Fiction Life - a look back
So what have we learned from the 1000+ recollections that people have made on the site? We commissioned a series of articles which looked at the spread of what people had written, and picked out the key themes from them. You can read the articles by clicking on the links below:

  • Science fiction terrified me...

  • Science fiction - a family affair...

  • Science fiction as inspiration

  • Making new friends: science fiction communities

  • Pride in science fiction


  • What was Science Fiction Britannia?
    The site lauched in November 2006 as part of Science Fiction Britannia, a season of new and classic science fiction programmes on BBC Four, celebrating the popularity and character of the genre in Britain. The season ran throughout November and December 2006.

    Browsing the works
    You can see a sample of works featured on the site in our interactive timeline, or browse the works by decade and format.

    How were the works chosen for the timeline?
    The My Science Fiction Life site began with a list of 50 works chosen for their significance in the evolution of science fiction and their impact in the UK. It was compiled with the advice of Kim Newman, one of the UK's leading writers on science fiction.

    Since the site launched a great many extra works were added to the site and the timeline, all nominated by site visitors.

    Video and audio on the site
    In order to play audio and video clips on this site you'll need either RealPlayer or Windows Media Player enabled on your computer. If you need help with this, visit the BBC Webwise section on watching streaming media on the internet.

    Contacting us
    As the site is now closed to new contributions, we'll no longer be actively engaged in discussions with site users. However, if you have a complaint to make about the site content or a problem with the site, you can still get in touch.

    Problems with site content
    If you believe that a contribution or comment on the site breaks the House Rules please use the 'Alert a Moderator' (exclamation mark button) function you will see next to the posting.
    If you have a serious editorial complaint about content on the site that does not relate to contributions or comments made by users, please use the Contact Us link in the left-hand menu to get in touch.

    Technical problems
    If you experience technical problems with the site, it is likely to be caused by one of three things - a problem on the website, a problem with your Internet Service Provider, or a problem with your computer. Please note that we are unable to diagnose which of these may be behind technical problems you are experiencing. If problems persist and you believe the problem is with the My Science Fiction Life website, please use Contact Us to get in touch.

    Queries about BBC Four programmes
    To find out more about BBC Four programmes, or to get in touch with the channel, visit the BBC Four website.

    Queries about BBC science fiction
    Please note that the My Science Fiction Life team are unable to respond to email queries about the BBC's science fiction output.



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