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Would you like to recommend your best Science Fiction book, movie, or TV episodes?

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Heather Cole
Malevelon Roe Industries
Convocation of Empyreans
#41 - 2013-09-28 14:21:54 UTC
As many people have said there's Banks's Culture series. I've not read all of them, but those I have read I've enjoyed immensely.
Also, Jack Campbell's books are worth a read, specifically his Lost Fleet series. They can get repetitive when the back story and the science is explained every novel, but then huge fleets blow each other up and all that is forgiven.
If you like your sci-fi with a dystopian bent, then Three by Jay Posey is worth a read. It's not big on world building. The world is built outside of the book and the reader is just thrown into the middle of it. It could have been awful, but the world is so well realised that it's practically a character in its own right. The writing is also above average for sci-fi. Some great imagery.

As for TV: Firefly. Firefly. FIREFLY.

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Khergit Deserters
Crom's Angels
#42 - 2013-10-02 14:57:18 UTC  |  Edited by: Khergit Deserters
Celeste Taylor wrote:
WREV Ofsharrow wrote:
No need to glance at the bookshelf for this one, Ian M. Banks "Culture Novels" , Alastair Reynolds "Revelation Space" Space Opera's, and some older stuff like (for Halo fans) Larry Nivens "Ringworld" , Alfred Bester 's "The Decievers" and "Tiger Tiger" and also Julian May's "Many Coloured Land" Trilogy , so many out there Heinlien, Asimov, Clarke, but as far as stuff that puts me in mind of EVE then the first two authors, Banks and Reynolds. Shocked

Just wanted to point out that you might have to look for Tiger Tiger under the title The Stars My Destination. This is indeed a great book about survival, and JMS even named a telepath in Babylon 5 Alfred Bester after the author. There is something about Eve that feels like the current batch of British/Scottish authors, then again there are so many good ones out there. I also enjoyed Ken Macleod's Fall Revolution series. I read them as they were being released in the US, which oddly enough I believe was in a different order from the UK release.

Yes, it's published in the U.S. as The Stars My Destination and in the U.K. as Tiger Tiger. A really excellent book, highly recommended. It's hard to believe it was written in the 1950s. Anti-hero protagonist, almost cyberpunk in outlook, but still has that '50s hard SF approach.
#43 - 2013-10-02 23:39:19 UTC
Frankly amazed that Neil Asher's Polity series haven't been voted in. I'm a Peter F Hamilton fan, but I recommend Asher for a robust comination of SF and humour.

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Durbon Groth
Pator Tech School
Minmatar Republic
#44 - 2013-10-09 16:01:37 UTC
Been reading quite a bit of sci-fi recently. Just finished The Penultimate Truth by Philip K ****, which was interesting though gets a bit weird. Also just read Dune, loved it.
My official recommendation however goes out to Blood Music by Greg Bear. I've read other books by the author since and havn't been impressed but Blood Music was really inventive - goes down the nanotech 'grey goo' path and the story stuck with me for a long time. Go read!
CCP Spitfire
C C P Alliance
#45 - 2013-10-09 17:19:41 UTC
Da7id Huren wrote:

Slanislaw Lem's Pirx the Pilot novels should not be neglected.

Aha, finally! It is a shame that Lem is not as famous in the English-speaking world as he is in Poland and Russia, but he was definitely one of the most funny, depressing, charming, bitter and thought-provoking -- often all at the same time -- writers of the 20th century.

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Othon Romero
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#46 - 2013-10-17 23:16:52 UTC
My favorite SF-books:

  • Dune by Frank Herbert (by far the best SF book I have read so far, I loved the whole series)
  • The Foundation novels by Isaac Asimov
  • The Culture novels by Iain Banks
  • The Revelation-series by Alastair Reynolds
  • Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  • The Odyssey novels by Arthur C. Clarke

  • I also enjoyed:

  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • The short stories by Philip K. ****
  • Rendevouz with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

So far, I missed the novels by Stanislaw Lem but I'm going to read some of them, as they are considered to be classics of the genre.

My favorite SF-movies:

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
  • Alien by Ridley Scott
  • Blade Runner by Ridley Scott
  • The Matrix-Trilogy by the Wachowskis
  • Twelve Monkeys by Terry Gilliam
  • The Fountain by Darren Aronofsky
  • Solaris by Tarkovsky / Steven Soderbergh
  • Gravity by Alfonso CuarĂ³n

My favorite SF-TV-series:

  • Star Trek (TNG & DS9)
  • Battlestar Galactica (the new series)

Oh, and here is one more thing: anybody into comic books? Then I highly recommend the Incal series by Moebius and the fantastic spin-off The Meta-Barons by Jodorovsky/Gimenez. The best SF-comic books I have ever read!

Turk MacRumien
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#47 - 2013-10-24 13:16:32 UTC
I suppose it's not really what most consider sci-fi, but one of my favorite series is the Axis of Time, by John Birmingham - its a fascinating clash of cultures kind of book, and I thought it was very enjoyable throughout.

As for other media, they've been pretty well covered, but I have to included Mass Effect. God only knows I've spent a looooong time on their wiki reading about it - Bioware created an absurd amount of history behind that series, and I enjoyed it.
Vis Aldent
Quafe Art
#48 - 2013-10-30 14:03:59 UTC  |  Edited by: Vis Aldent
1. Best Science Fiction book:
- - Right now, it is the old Star Wars, which is now Episode IV. I had a special French version, but I know the original is as good if not better. The writing style is not that easy to understand and refer to.
However, It relates to the movie, which are followed by the series and hidden contents.

(This forum post editor is playing tricks on me as it saves drafts but modifies the content anyways.)
I wrote a part about the cover of that book which is impossible to find from searches.
If it is published, I had written that it was hidden from quick searching. I I had written that I believed my book had an X-34 Landspeeder on it.
I also believe to have had that book since the early 1980s, around 1981 or 1982.
It probably was from a Christmas present.

- - I also read Star Trek which is now the Star Trek I, the Motion Picture, and Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan. I believe I read those after the Star Wars novel. That was back in around 1983 and then probably 1984.
I don't recall reading the whole novels, especially the Star Trek ones, where I had to speed read some parts for ease.

I definitely don't read much novels, and myself practice to write a lot to overcome some risk with this system of communication.

- - I also read Jules Verne in around 1986,
Which is a 1965 novel, 100 years and change before Amstrong stepped on the surface of the nearby natural satellite.
There are some similarities with Star Trek but way ahead of its time. The style is easy to understand.

I don't like to read long text in general, and in my design tend to simplify subject by categorizing them.
I prefer structured communication which is easy for quick access reference and maximize usefulness and efficiency.

2. Best Science Fiction movie:
- - I don't know for sure right now. Star Wars, which by the way will have 3 new movies coming out in the next few years.
- - I'd definitely like to be working on a project like this, whether in a (movie editing) lab, or analysis, or other design systems.

- - I also saw 2001: A Space Odyssey but never in it's entirety. There always has been too much interference for me to be able to focus and review the movie in detail. I also read the following book, the 2010 one, with Russian pilots. One year after that, in 2011, an important related (real-life) event occurred to me. I must have read that around the 1980s. The movie is listed as being published in 1984.
There was another related (real-life) event in 1990, 3 years before the ongoing 2011 event started to take shape. And that is also related, time wise, to the fall of the Eastern Block (which started around 1989, to 1991 events).

That is when I studied Computer Programming and Systems Analysis from a $10,000 scholarship in 1990 and failed.
The course value was around $5,000 and a few dollars for a part time course, around 2 evenings a week plus homeworks.

I later took the same course in 1992, full time, at a cost of over $5,000. It was worth around $7,000 in tuition fees.
I graduated with an Honors Diploma with 95% overall average and 99% in systems analysis.

Those courses were both business related being from a business related school.
It wasn't like a computer science course.
The total tuition was worth around $12,000 for a 6 months full-time course. I only attended the part-time course for a few months at a couple of days a week due to direct interference against my studies.
The total value of the capital raised for the course was over $17,000.
Something is still going on with this for over 20 years now.

3. Best Science Fiction TV episodes:
- - I used to like Star Trek back in the early 1970s before I was a teenager. Of course there are many others, and I'd have to spend more time to find out which other ones I liked the most.
Drake Omaristos
#49 - 2013-10-31 15:22:42 UTC
I'm kinda surprised no one mentioned Charles Stross. If a tech support handbook for computer programming, the kama sutra, and a sci-fi book had a crazy love fest a Charles stross novel would be their love child.
Nifong Vong
Federal Navy Academy
Gallente Federation
#50 - 2013-10-31 22:21:51 UTC
Book : Any title by either R.A. Heinlein or Spider Robinson.
Movie : OK, that's a tough one. So many choices in so many categories. I guess I'd have to pick Star Wars IV. Not the digitally enhanced CGI joke that it has become, the version that I was sitting in the front row in 1977 watching.
TV Show : Between Erin Grey in white Spandex and Thom Christopher's pure Bad MFerdom as Hawk I'd have to go with Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Ibrahim Tash-Murkon
Itsukame-Zainou Hyperspatial Inquiries Ltd.
Arataka Research Consortium
#51 - 2013-11-01 00:02:32 UTC
All the big names have already been mentioned, obviously, but I think I'd give a shout out to the Forerunner Saga novels by Greg Bear which are set in the Halo Universe. A lot of the older books range from mediocre to terrible (and none were written by a hard science fiction author like Bear) but these are pretty good. The Kilo-Five trilogy, by Karen Traviss, is also pretty good though not the same hard science fiction at all. Unless you're very interested in the Halo Universe I would advise against the rest, there are some gems of back story to be found but they are hidden beneath poor writing and minimal plot.

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Wayay Bonnylad
Explo Ding
#52 - 2013-11-01 10:39:42 UTC
+1 for the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks

I was working in London a few years ago and was commuting in and out of town on the Underground, spending a lot of time reading. This was when I discovered the Culture books and I have loved reading every one of them.

I was browsing in a charity shop not long ago and came across a signed hardback first edition of Inversions. Needless to say, I bought it on the spot. The following week it was announced in the press that Iain had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was a sad loss when he finally passed away.

Being Scottish, he also wrote a fantastic study of Scotch Whisky in which he travelled Scotland visiting various distilleries and having 'tasting' sessions with his mates. He discussed all manner of things in the book, including some of his influences in the storylines of Culture novels. One of my favourite books.
Thanos The Mad-Titan
Amarr Empire
#53 - 2013-11-01 14:13:24 UTC
Torquemada DeSade wrote:

Any Philip K. ****

tee hee hee
Societas Imperialis Sceptri Coronaeque
Khimi Harar
#54 - 2013-11-09 18:07:49 UTC
My picks for favorite scifi books keep coming back to H. Beam Piper.

Uller Uprising, Space Viking, the Paratime stories, I enjoyed those very much.

All of his works are now available for free online:
H. Beam Piper at Project Gutenberg

I liked Jerry Pournelle's Falkenberg's Legion stories.

I enjoyed Stephen R. Donaldson's Gap Series very much.
The Gap Series
The characters were intense, driven, fallible people which made them interesting.

Walter J. Williams Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind

Liege Killer by Christopher Hinz. This is the first book in the trilogy, and in my opinion the only one worth reading.

and Mike Resnick's Santiago

Lew Riot
Center for Advanced Studies
Gallente Federation
#55 - 2013-11-12 16:26:11 UTC
A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge. Holy cows that book was awesome. I would also highly recommend Permutation City by Greg Egan.
Narcotic Gryffin
Republic Military School
#56 - 2013-11-12 22:50:42 UTC
CCP Delegate Zero wrote:
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

Robert Heinlein a genius author.

I'd recommend Starship Troopers also by Heinlein

Sheave Yens Nor
Nocturnal Tumescence
#57 - 2013-11-15 15:53:58 UTC
As others have already suggested: anything by Philip K ****, Assimov's "Foundation" series.

I also enjoyed, "The Saga of the Seven Suns" by Kevin J Anderson and "The Thrawn Trilogy" by Timothy Zahn (Part of the Star Wars EU, so more Sci-fi/Fantasy).
Jafri Arashmid
#58 - 2013-11-17 11:07:20 UTC  |  Edited by: Jafri Arashmid
Correct me if I'm wrong, but , I feel that one crucial book has been overlooked:

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

I second the earlier suggestions of:

Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov

Commonwealth Saga & Nights Dawn Triology by Peter F. Hamilton
Voluspa Dreamweaver
Caravanserai Consulting
#59 - 2013-11-17 17:41:42 UTC

Isaac Asimov - Anything and everything, but especially the Foundation series.
Frank Herbert - Dune series and more.
Poul Anderson
Greg Bear
C.J. Cherryh
Kim Stanley Robinson - Mars trilogy
Smile killer
Caldari Provisions
Caldari State
#60 - 2013-11-18 02:35:12 UTC
Thanks for those info. really good stuff hereBig smile