2013 is well and truly going to be the year of the sci-fi film as there are some super exciting projects on the horizon.

There are some science fiction blockbusters heading our way this summer as well as movies that are, at the moment, going slightly under the radar.

So we take a look at some of the movies in this genre that you absolutely have not to miss this year.

- Oblivion - 10th April.

This week sees Tom Cruise return to the big screen as he leads and all star cast in Oblivion.

The Joseph Kosinski movie will kick off the blockbuster summer and it promises to be an exciting ride as well as a visually stunning movie.

This is only the second directorial outing for Kosinski - his first since Tron: Legacy - as he has brought his own graphic novel to the big screen.

The movie based on Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski Arvid Nelson and will also star Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Oblivion follows Jack Harper, a drone mechanic stationed on early nearly sixty years after it was destroyed by an alien invasion.

But everything Jack believes to be true is thrown into question when he meets Julia Rusakova - is everything that he was told a lie?

- Elysium - 20th September.

There is not sci-fi movie that FemaleFirst is more excited about this year then Elysium.

Not only does it see Matt Damon return to the big screen but it also sees Neill Blomkamp back in the director's chair.

Blomkamp whipped up a storm with his debut District 9 and now he is back with his first movie since his success - District 9 was a terrific movie and Elysium promises to be just as good.

Matt Damon leads an all star cast that includes Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and Sharlto Copley as a man who is fighting for equality.

Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

There is already a lot of excitement around this project and that is only set to build as we move closer to the release date - could this be the sci-fi movies of 2013?

- Pacific Rim - 12th July

Another back at the helm this year is Guillermo del Toro who has taken a break from all his producing projects to direct his first film since Hellboy II: The Golden Army - which was released back in 2008.

Pacific Rim is his new movie and it is set to be one of the movies not to miss this blockbuster summer.

Del Toro is famed for being a very creative and visual filmmaker and Pacific Rim promises to be just as visually rich as all of del Toro's movies that have come before it.

Pacific Rim follows a group of humans as they pilot giant robots to see off an alien invasion.

Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman and Charlie Hunnam made up an exciting cast list. Pacific Rim is set to be a breath of fresh air amongst all of the superhero movies that will be released this summer.

- Ender's Game - 25th October

Another sci-fi everyone seems to be getting excited about is Ender's Game - but we are going to have to wait until October before it hits the big screen.

The movie is a big screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card and sees Gavin Hood back in the director's chair.

Gavin Hood has also adapted the novel and, I have to admit, this is one that I am really looking forward.

Asa Butterfield takes on the role of Ender Wiggin while Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley and Hailee Steinfeld are also on the cast list.

70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.

Autumn cinema really is going to super exciting and Ender's Game is one of the standout projects.

- About Time - 6th September

Another film that I am looking forward to later this year is About Time as Richard Curtis is back in the director's chair.

The movie is set to blend comedy, drama and sci-fi and promises to be one of the most touching films in this genre this year.

At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... he keeps meeting Mary (Rachel McAdams) over and over again until he wins her heart.

Gleeson and McAdams are joined on the cast list by Bill Nighy and Tom Hollander.

This is Richard Curtis' first movie since The Boat That Rocked and he also penned the screenplay.

- Gravity

Gravity is a movie that is going a little under the radar, despite the fact that Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are set to star.

Alfonso Cuarón is back in the director's chair for his first outing since Children of Men having taken some time writing a string of other projects.

And he is on writing duties once again with this as he teamed up with his son Jonás Cuarón to pen the screenplay.

The movie follows two astronauts who are left floating in space after debris crashes into their space shuttle.

Take a look at some images from the Top Sci-Fi movies of 2013. 

Other honourable sci-fi mentions include summer movies Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z and After Earth.

We have already enjoy Cloud Atlas, which really was better than the book, but the likes of The Host really did miss the mark.

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