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Who is the greatest science fiction character of all time? The British Film Institute are desperate to know the answer, and so are asking all sci-fi fans to cast their vote.

Often when it comes to a 'choose your favourite poll', I find that I am given a list to pick from, and none of the ones available are ones I would go for. Not with the BFI. They aren't giving us a restricted list. The choice is entirely up to you. Fill out the form and let them know your top three favourite characters from film or television, and the one with most votes will be crowned the best sci-fi character. My votes went to Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek Voyager, Fox Mulder from The X-Files, and Jack O'Neill from Stargate SG-1.

The vote is all part of the BFI's season, Days of Fear and Wonder, where from October - December they will be celebrating original science fiction blockbusters. Special themes will include East Asian Sci-fi, Women do Sci-fi, The New Black Alien Nation, Day of the Dead, and Out of This World.

The festival is not being confined to the BFI's Southbank venue, but is taking place nationwide. There will be thousands of screenings, workshops, talks, and other events throughout the UK, so check out what is going on in your area.

Highlights of the festival include a nationwide screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) on the 28th November, the Station X convention at Bletchley Park between the 19th - 21st September, and drive-in screenings at Herstmonceux.
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Why? Fun for film lovers
When: October - December
Phone: 44 (0)20 7255 1444
Where: Across the UK
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