We’re breaking down some of the all time great sci-fi by asking, what does science fiction do exactly? How many different ideas can the genre explore? We try to answer that with a top 10 featuring everything from space operas to near future dystopian tales.

Picks: 10: Snowpiercer
9: Children of Men
8: Contact
7: Planet of the Apes
6: Her
5: The Prestige
4: Metropolis
3: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2: Stalker
1: 2001: A Space Odyssey

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