Science Fiction Reccomendation & Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by R.Graves, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016
    I really like sci-fi and I'd love some recommendations for books, movies, comics, games, or even music.

    I've read/seen/played
    - Futurama (tv show)
    - Rick and Morty (tv show)
    - Dead Space (video game)
    - Star Trek: TOS (tv show)

    I'm stretching it here:
    - Star Wars(movie)
    - Tremors(movie)

    All Of these are recommended.
     
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  2. Gorefiend

    Gorefiend First time out of the vault

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    Nov 26, 2015
    Im definitely a book guy, I can recommend a few, Some are more Post Apocalyptic than hard Scifi, I also read grimdark fantasy (GRITTY!) and zombie crap too, cant resist....lemme open my kindle here, In no particular order here are a few:

    Wool by Hugh Howey

    Cyber Storm, Mather

    The Contact, (very technobabble sci fi) its a series, second book is Beyond the Event Horizon..just lookint through my Kindle library

    The Expanse series, (the Scify channel show is pretty good too)

    Black Ships, was alright, and free.

    The Breakers series

    Dark Space, Jasper Scott


    Bitter Harvest.

    Again sorry if some of these aren't explicitly hard scifi..I was just browsing and its like 1230 am here. Hope you find something you like.

    I have tons of other/ better books that I can recommend but they are in the post apocalyptic vein or grimdark fantasy or zombie apocalypse, if any of those genres intrest you I will be more than willing to list some.
     
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  3. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016
    Thanks @Gorefiend.
    Thought of some more movies.

    The World's end( its more of a comedy but fuck is it good. Edgar Wright FTW)

    District 9 (pretty fucking original concept. And it also works as a commentary on apartheid)

    Alien
    Aliens
    And to a lesser extent, Alien 3
     
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  4. Millim

    Millim Venerable Relic of the Wastes
    Orderite [REDACTED]

    Oct 13, 2010
    I started watching Star Wars TOS a few weeks ago, I need to catch-up with it.
    Futurama is great.
    Star Wars (of course).

    In terms of games, I always liked Halo and Mass Effect.
    I'll put Metal Gear here as well and some final fantastys (like 7,8,12 and type 0).

    Comics- I've always liked Marvel.

    Also in terms of music, it's not really Sci-fi but Mr Bungle has a few songs with that Sci-flavour (Chemical Marriage and air conditioned nightmare). Also Muse are essentially space rock.
     
  5. Throatpunch

    Throatpunch Banned

    Apr 14, 2016
    Warhammer 40K best sci fi ever.
     
  6. eissa

    eissa Artanis "Altáriel" Nerwen Nos Finwe

    Jan 7, 2016
    The Culture (novel)

    Dune

    Riddick universe

    Halo

    Some Crysis lore were also good enough.

    and of course warhammer 40k
     
  7. Mr muggyman 3000

    Mr muggyman 3000 Lover of coffe cups

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    May 3, 2016
    The foundation/robot series by Isaac Asimov.

    War of the worlds and the time machine by h.g.wells are both sc-fi classics and were the first stories about alien invasions/ time travel.

    The Hitchiker's guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. Since you like Edgar wright I think you will like this series. These books are hands down the most hilarious, creative , and inventive books I ever read.
     
  8. Mr muggyman 3000

    Mr muggyman 3000 Lover of coffe cups

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    May 3, 2016
    The matrix is just a rip off of ghost in the shell and dark city. I highly recommend you watch ghost in the shell/dark city, instead of the matrix
     
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  9. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016
    Honestly I
    didn't really like the matrix. It spends way too much of its runtime going "NOTHING IS REAL! WHAT IS LIFE?!"

    It didn't feel properly done. Way too action-y. And way too " DUDE, BRO, WHAT IF-" for my taste.
     
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  10. Mr muggyman 3000

    Mr muggyman 3000 Lover of coffe cups

    294
    May 3, 2016
    If you want a movie about philosophy and the meaning of life starring Keanu reeves. just watch the bill & Ted films.
     
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  11. Izak

    Izak I Shot The ALBATROSS

    Jan 29, 2016
    Movies:
    A Clockwork Orange; weird future dystopia England thing.
    2001: A Space Odyssey; some stuff about apes and monoliths, then a crazy robot which is probably the best homicidal computer antagonist of all time, HAL's definitely up there with the Terminator at the least.
    Children of Men; the entire world loses the ability to reproduce, shit falls apart.
    Books:
    Dune; crazy desert planet, conflict between the nobility, giant worms, drugs, etc.
    Jules Verne's collected works; occasionally boring (see the excessive classifying of fish in 20,000 leagues under the sea) but generally quite accurate and his characters are interesting at the least.
    Philip K Dick's collected works; often very weird, PKD's sci-fi is generally quite spiritual but it's still entertaining.
    A Clockwork Orange, again; the book's quite good if you can understand Nadsat and, if you ignore the last chapter.
    TV:
    You've already watched the original series of Star Trek, try the other series
    Firefly's pretty great.
     
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  12. jacob g

    jacob g First time out of the vault

    23
    Jan 18, 2016
    The best... pretty much all Stanislaw Lem writings.

    Forever War and Nueromancer as a second choice. From TV Babylon5 I guess... and shitload of great sci-fi in comic books, from The Long Tomorrow, Elephantmen/HipFlask, to Lazarus.
     
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  13. Chromevod

    Chromevod Nope.

    710
    May 25, 2011
    For more Asimov, I recommend the Empire series.
     
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  14. Man-G

    Man-G First time out of the vault

    11
    Jun 8, 2016
    Love the Half-Life series, shocking, I know ;). Also dig most of Trek until Voyager and Enterprise. The Thing is definitely a favorite and The Fly as well. System Shock 1-2 are also quite fookin' great m8. There is a lot of awesome Sci-Fi stuff out there but it's really hard to pick things.
     
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  15. BairdEC

    BairdEC It Wandered In From the Wastes

    146
    Jun 21, 2015
    I second Babylon 5. The graphics are dated now, but they were pretty good at the time. I ignored the series at first, but I was flipping channels one day and saw a fighter flying alongside a capital ship. The fighter then pivoted 90 degrees to face the capital ship and strafed the length of the ship while maintaining the same vector. After that, I was hooked.
     
  16. iGrievous

    iGrievous Star Paladin

    37
    May 31, 2016
    I used to have comprehensive knowledge of the Halo universe before they went with the Ancient Humanity angle, that's where I lost interest. I still have plenty of the novels and the first visual encyclopedia they released.

    Warhammer 40k is another favorite of mine, I enjoy both the lore AND the tabletop game (Tyranids FTW). Of course, no list would be complete without Star Wars, as my namesake is derived from General Grievous.

    The Godzilla series has been a cherished favorite of mine since childhood, and is filled with dozens of sci-fi elements particular to the era the films where made in (Showa, Heisei and Millenium). Which films are the best is hotly debated, but the general consensus of fans, myself included, consider the original 1954 "Gojira" to be the best in the series. Ishiro Honda's anti-nuclear message and Hiroshima imagery coupled with a complex love triangle of the three main characters makes this a classic. The film also makes you feel sympathy for Godzilla himself, as in a way he is a victim of nuclear weapons himself. And the somber tune that plays as his lifeless body sinks to the bottom of Tokyo Bay before being dissolved away into nothing solidifies this.
     
  17. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    I really disliked that stuff when I read about it. I guess it was done in order to make the Halo universe a little less cliche to other science fiction media that handled similar themes (can't exactly recall which ones at the moment but it has been used before; humanity being the inheritors of the power/technology from some uber race), and in that I applaud the writers, but to the whole story about humanity's ancestors (various branches of humanity if I recall) having an interstellar empire that fought the Forerunners, explaining where the Flood came from.
    Yeah at some point they completely lost me despite that I consider myself a serious science fiction fan.
    It didn't help that I had also stopped playing the Halo games around Halo 4.

    I am glad that I was never as invested in it as I am in the Fallout franchise and Star Trek.

    Favorite science fiction? Damn, I have seen, read, and played a lot, and yet I feel I really have not done much at the same time.

    Well I have read several books by Heinlein such as The Moon is a harsh mistress, Stranger in a strange land, Starship Troopers, the Door into Summer, Citizen of the Galaxy.
    Books by Niven such as his Known Space books such as the Neutron Star short story collection, Tales of Known Space, the Ringworld books, the Man/Kzin Wars. Non Known Space such as Lucifer's Hammer, Footfall, The More in God's Eye, A world out of time.
    Two books by Frederick Pohl such as Gateway and The Coming of the Quantum Cats (I liked the last a lot)
    A fire upon the deep, A deepness in the sky, and Across Realtime by Vernor Vinge.
    Several of the Revelation Space books by Alistar Reynolds and Century Rain (I warn you, these are long reads)

    I also read a lot of Star Trek books but I would not consider those to be serious science fiction, and you would really have to be a fan of the franchise and have some really deep knowledge about the shows and the movies.
    In general I liked a lot of Peter David's stuff, in particular his New Frontier series which take place in its own corner of the galaxy.

    Television.
    Hmm, well I used to be a big Star Trek fans before that fell into decline during Voyager and Enterprise.
    I watched a lot of the old shows like old Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and old Battlestar Galactica, but those are mostly entertaining from a campy point of view.
    Seven Days was pretty good but it is not serious science fiction.
    Sliders had its up and downs before becoming really bad, again not really science fiction.
    Stargate SG-1 was fun but suffers the same fate as Star Trek. The spin offs were weaker than the original.

    Recently I have watched several episodes of the Expanse, a series based on a book series that looks interesting. Definitely more serious about the science part.
     
  18. iGrievous

    iGrievous Star Paladin

    37
    May 31, 2016
    Yeah those two where the final nail in the coffin for me. What made the Flood so interesting and terrifying was that we had no idea what they where or where they came from. They completely ruined the atmosphere of dread and unknown by making the Flood turn out to be space-cocaine in a jar that spread from animals to Prophets then to humans. It made The Flood feel like a much bigger threat when all that was known about them was that they showed up one day and brought a supremely advanced slcovilization to extinction.
     
  19. DerGogan

    DerGogan It Wandered In From the Wastes

    104
    Sep 21, 2014
    The Dark Tower by Stephen King;

    don't know if it's just the german translation, but the first novel of the Dark Tower Saga was very hard to read and I almost didn't go through with it. Thankfully I did it and was rewarded with the following amazing books of Kings masterpice.


    Movies:
    Children of Men
    District 9
    Terminator (yes, all of them ;))
    Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986) (esp. Aliens, Cameron is a fucking genius)
    Pacific Rim
    Robocop (Verhoeven's 1987 original)
    Moon
    Blade Runner
    The Thing (1982)
    Ex Machina
    The World's End (full of little details, my god, watched it numerous times and still finding new stuff)
    The Abyss
     
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  20. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Aug 16, 2010
    A sadly forgotten TV show that, like Firefly, got the boot after only a single season. But, again like Firefly, it did have a great impact and was definitely ahead of its time:
    Space: Above and Beyond. Still one of the very few Military Science Fiction TV shows besides the various Stargate installments and Battlestar Galactica, and the influence SAAB had on the later series is undeniable.
    Netflix should really pick it up and renew it. It fucking ruled. It even had R. Lee Ermey as the drill instructor.
     
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