Shakespeare’s influence on science fiction


What does Shakespeare have to do with science fiction? Plenty. The Bard’s works have been the inspiration for stories about robots and AI. Here are some examples.

Four times Shakespeare has inspired stories about robots and AI
By Sarah Annes Brown for The Conversation, Science fiction is a genre very much associated with technological marvels, innovations, and visions of the future. So it may be surprising to find so many of its writers are drawn to Shakespeare – he’s a figure associated with tradition and the past. Sometimes his plays are reworked in a science fiction setting. The 1956 film Forbidden Planet is just one of many variations on a “Tempest in space” theme. Sometimes the playwright appears as a ...