There's no doubt about it: we're living in a golden age of sci-fi. Gone are the days where this complex genre was embraced by only nerds and scientists - now pretty much everyone on the planet is keen to welcome everything this endlessly fascinating corner of cinema has to offer, whatever their tastes may be.
Sci-fi is taken seriously now, of course, and so it's possible for writers and directors to push this genre into the boldest territories imaginable. What's great about the modern sci-fi scene, however, is that audiences are also willing to embrace the silliness of the genre at the same time. Which means that we get the best of both worlds - a sentiment never truer than it was in 2017.
So whether we're talking about a long-awaited sequel to some of the best sci-fi pictures ever, or the bold and original works that outright blew our minds, gathered here are the most impressive of last year's sci-fi offerings, considered in detail now that the dust has settled.
If you're even remotely interested in the genre, there's no way in hell that you should have missed any one of the following pictures...