Sci-fi has often been looked down upon by snobby types, when it wasn't being completely ignored. But it's having a prolonged moment in the sun now.
Science fiction is big business in literature, movies, and TV. It's also played a huge role in gaming. The likes of Spacewar, Space Invaders, Elite and Doom have proven hugely influential within the medium.
That influence has extended to mobile gaming. Whether you're delving into an interstellar adventure or mindlessly blasting aliens, there's a sci-fi game for you on Android.
This list of sci-fi games for your Android phone contains a wide range of game styles. The one common point is that each of the following mobile games creates a compelling science fiction universe for the player to get lost in.
You wouldn't necessarily expect an RPG-puzzler mash-up to come up with an involving sci-fi story, but Ticket to Earth does just that. Even better, this tale of mutant insects and rampaging robots has been rendered in a classy comic book style.
Take the much maligned No Man's Sky, reign in the ambition to a more succinct format, and make it more instantly fun. That's Morphite for you: a wonderfully outward looking, explorative sci-fi adventure.
A brilliantly tense interactive fiction game, with top writing from Dave Justus. The key twist here is that it all unfolds in real time, with the survivor of a spaceship crash communicating with you directly throughout the day.
Scorcher is a very slick endless runner with strong flavours of some sci-fi greats. There's a little Star Wars in its futuristic canyon running, and a whole lot of Dune to the gigantic alien worms you have to dodge.
We love OPUS: Rocket of Whispers, but predecessor OPUS: The Day We Found Earth has more pronounced sci-fi chops. It's a narrative-driven delight that revels in star-gazing, and with a charming WALL-E-like robot protagonist.
The Wargammer 40K universe isn't for everyone, but this slick third person action game is no dry tabletop game. Think of it as a sci-fi Batman: Arkham Asylum, with plenty of action and third-person sleuthing.
Amanita Games is a master at telling compelling stories without any actual words. Much of its success comes through the richness of its strange sci-fi worlds, such as in this steampunk point-and-click adventure starring a bunch of lovable robots.
Madfinger's technically impressive shooter series has taken a quantum leap forward with Shadowgun Legends, which combines multiplayer battling with single player storytelling in a connected sci-fi world.