The 21 most significant science fiction storytellers of the 21st century (so far)

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01. Denis Villeneuve

New media are threatening, but as of 2021 the Hollywood blockbuster remains the gold standard of scifi. Arrival, Blade Runner 2049 and Dune have established Denis Villeneuve as the unrivalled master of science fiction storytelling. Villeneuve pushes the possibilities of CG and special effects to their limits to visualise scifi worlds with a depth of realism that has never been achieved before. Is he the 21st century Stanley Kubrick? Not quite. Instead he’s something different, the best of the cinema directors working in the new age of CG driven storytelling.

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

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