It's the biggest celebration the British Film Institute has ever held with talks and classic science-fiction movies from War of the Worlds to 2001: A Space Odyssey being performed everywhere from in pubs to planetariums.
The BFI's Days of Fear and Wonder season begins across the region this weekend and, as Andy Dickenson found out, two of the world's greatest sci-fi authors were inspired by a small village in the heart of Sussex.
He speaks to Michael Sherborne, H.G. Wells' biographer; Dr Benjamin Noys, from the University of Chichester; and Ellen Cheshire, of Film Hub South East.
Clips from War of the Worlds, courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Village of the Damned, courtesy of Warner Bros, and The Invisible Man, courtesy of Universal Studios.
A policeman has been caught parking in a disabled bay in Swindon while he collected a McDonalds.
He was caught on camera in Swindon by disabled driver Phillip Skeates while he was waiting for a space.
The officer left his car in a no parking zone and emerged ten minutes later with a bag from McDonalds.
Wiltshire Police said: "This officer was on a designated break and had stopped off to buy some food.
"Clearly, he has not parked his patrol vehicle in the most sensible manner and we can only apologise to other motorists who were hindered by this. Wiltshire Police are now looking into this issue."
As a result of information following warrants executed in St Albans, Hertfordshire yesterday to target the theft of heritage artefacts and munitions, Thames Valley Police has arrested a 35-year-old man from Bicester this morning on suspicion of theft.
A quantity of First and Second World War munitions were located, as a result of the arrest, at a residential address in Buckingham Crescent in Bicester. The man was arrested on suspicion of theft from heritage and protected sites and is currently in police custody.
It is suspected that the arrested man obtained these artefacts through illegal metal detecting, which is a heritage crime. It is a criminal offence to retrieve artefacts from the ground through using a metal detector if the land is a protected site or without permission of the landowner.
An exact list of all the items has yet to be established by investigating officers at the address. Controlled explosions are planned to take place in order to safely remove artefacts and munitions found at the address.
A Kent woman has been sent to prison for making a false allegation that her partner threatened to kill her in Rye, East Sussex.
Emily Checksfield, 41, of Owen Square, Deal, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Monday and was sentenced to four years imprisonment, having been convicted on 12 September of perverting the course of justice after a trial.
She was found not guilty of a separate alleged offence of burglary.
In April 2012 Checksfield alleged that a now ex-partner had threatened to kill her with a Samurai sword at an address they then shared in Rye, East Sussex. He was arrested and after an investigation was charged on the authority of the CPS.
However within weeks he had recorded a conversation with her in which she acknowledged that the allegation was false. She then hurriedly contacted police to try to withdraw the allegation.
The two men who died in the helicopter crash off the coast of Flamborough in East Yorkshire have now been officially named.
The pilot was 58-year-old Captain Brian Bridgman from Canterbury in Kent and the passenger was John Stephen Kent, aged 50, from Romford in Essex. The investigation into the incident which resulted in the aircraft crashing into the sea is being led by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a boy was approached by a man in a car in Sturminster Newton.
The incident happened at around 5.15pm on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at the base of Rabin Hill.
A car, described as an orange Ford Fiesta or Focus, pulled up next to the 9-year-old local boy and the male driver ask him whether he wanted to get in the car. The boy declined and walked away. The man then drove off.
The driver was described as white, in his mid-twenties, of skinny build with brown hair and a beard. He was wearing a black sweat shirt.
No arrests have been made.