Best 8 Sci-Fis Set On Earth

Like sci-fi but don’t like leaving the planet? Check out these earth-bound masterpieces.
One of the things that put non sci-fi people off the genre? It’s always zipping off into space, or to far-flung planets full of weird aliens and junk! Why can’t sci-fi stay more local? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of eight science fiction stories, TV and movies, that take place on this big hunk of rock we all live on.


In this era of prestige TV, nothing is quite as bonkers or beautiful (or as disturbing) as Westworld. Season one blew viewers and critics away with its look at a wild west theme park in which people interacted with disturbingly lifelike robots. Season two raised the stakes, and there’s a third season on the way. Watch it seasons 1 and 2 on Foxtel Now or grab them on DVD.

Altered carbon

Now streaming on Netflix, and with a second season on the way, Altered Carbon is set in a future version of San Francisco where if you die, you can just download yourself into a new body. Our hero is one such guy, zipped into a military-grade body to help solve a high-profile murder.


Based on the long-running comic series, Dredd is an incredibly violent action film set in Mega City One. In the far-flung future, Earth is basically a ruined nuclear hellscape, apart from massive cities swarming with crime. Judges are basically one-person law enforcement units, capable of a totally brutal form of justice. Karl Urban plays the infamous Judge Dredd. Now on Stan.

Stranger Things

If you’ve somehow still not seen the amazing series Stranger Things, it’s part sci-fi, part horror, part homage to eighties adventure films ala E.T. and The Goonies. Add a splash of vintage Steven King, throw in a synthy soundtrack and some plucky kids, and you’ve got smash-hit Stranger Things. Seasons one and two are on Netflix.

Blade Runner

Oh boy. Blade Runner is just about the best movie ever. It’s also set in a gutted, dystopian, filthy version of Los Angeles, full of androids, hovercars and more futuristic stuff. The funny thing? It’s set in 2019! It stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a blade runner – blade runners are tasked with hunting down rogue replicants (robots, basically). An unforgettable cinematic experience.

Blade Runner 2049

As if Blade Runner wasn’t good enough on its own, in 2017 we got an epic sequel from Denis Villeneuve, the mind behind Arrival. Blade Runner 2049 is set exactly thirty years after the original, and this time follows K (Ryan Gosling). The less said about the plot the better – this one is kind of a masterpiece. Check it out on Google Play or iTunes.

Doctor Who

Back in 2005, Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk) was brave enough to revive Doctor Who, the iconic British sci-fi about a time-travelling genius named The Doctor. The new series was funny, smart, romantic, and has been going strong ever since. You can watch basically all of this brilliant (and often earthbound) show on Netflix! Here’s our fave trailer from season 4 of the show.

Black Mirror

Also on Netflix, Black Mirror is basically the opposite of Doctor Who. It takes looks at ways in which technology is ruining our lives, and is one of the most twisted, challenging, darkly comedic sci-fi shows out there.

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