Science Fiction, or Speculative Fiction if you prefer. Fantasy too. Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Dick, Heinlein and other SF books. SF movies and TV shows. Fantasy stuff like Tolkien and Game of Thrones. Laser guns, space ships, and time travel. etc. Star Trek, Battlestar, Star Wars, etc.
Science Fiction, or Speculative Fiction if you prefer. Fantasy too. Beware of the Leopard.
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The Expanse - both the show and the books - is my favourite storytelling universe (excuse the pun), but I'm keen for a new universe to get stuck into. What should I get into?
(I know what sub I'm in, but I'm happy to entertain non-scifi suggestions too)
I thought about Nope the other day when looking for movies to watch and it reminded me of how surprisingly different I found it. Did anyone else feel that Nope was dope?
Essentially, who do you think is the greatest commander in all of sci-fi? One who if everything was on the line, you could trust to ensure success in war as head of your entire armada against any other space admiral (or whatever title you prefer for that position)
Can anyone recommend any books, podcasts, or documentaries that focus on the history of sci fi — especially those with particular attention to its status as low/high cultural object?
I'm reading a chapter from Gerry Canavan's Octavia E. Butler, and this passage made me want to learn more about the history of the genre:
Crucially—and characteristically—the adult Butler came to understand this sense of unconstrained possibility quite dialectically; she suggests in the MIT talk that throughout the 1960s both science fiction and “science” more generally were hopelessly imbricated in the neocolonial politics of the nation- state, from Devil Girl’s Mars-Needs-Men! send-up of imperial fantasy to a Space Race inseparably bound up in Cold War paranoia about “those evil Russians.” Still, the dreams of empire and widespread national paranoia were good for something; it at least made the wide-ranging speculations of SF “OK [ . . . ] because prior to this, there had been the idea that comic books and science fiction could rot your brains.”
New Story! A Start up Assassins guild makes a fatal mistake. They carry out a contract on a Human leader! Thanks for all your support! Enjoy.
After reading the original Wells book, I noticed the character of the curate has a similar role to Tim Robbins' character in the film, as they both go insane and start making noise and the protagonist has to silence them. The main difference is in the book the narrator only knocks him unconscious (he says he could have killed him, but "with one last touch of humanity" he only struck him with the butt of a hatchet) but the man is then found by the aliens and dragged away to his death. In the Spielberg film, Cruise's character instead outright murders the man to protect himself and his daughter, which arguably makes it a darker scene as the narrator in the book never meant to murder the guy. The film could have had it play out similarly to the book (he could have impulsively knocked the guy out, then hidden with his daughter while the aliens took the guy) so it seems a deliberate change to have Ray kill him. Which version of the scene do you think you prefer?
Title. I searched and searched and couldn't find any posts or articles anywhere talking about the similarities between these two.
Way back when my friend at the SYFY Channel gave me this poster signed by the entire cast. I had it in a not-so-great frame but I've reframed into a better, thicker frame and it looks a lot better. So say we all.
As the title says, which reign star wars, star trek, halo, doom or my favourite warhammer 40k. (Human side for now).
Why or why not. Just wanna learn more about this.
I made a short video exploring some themes we get to explore through science fiction. Woat other films and books would you recommend we add to this list?
What is best, by date?, chronological? I have read prelude and foundation in the past, but will read them again in suggested order. Planning on by date published unless convinced elsewise.
I'd like to read this series, but I need to know- how much spider action am I getting into? 65 pages in and there's no way I can continue reading about the hunting acuity of spiders.
As a rule, the books are almost always better but I have found myself watching Foundation and I like it much better than the books. I have read Foundation twice (this next comment may get me kicked out of this /r/scifi) and I really did not care for it. The first time I read what is always in the top 10 of all-time sci-fi books, I just didn't get it.... A year later, I re-read it just in case I was in some kind of a bitchy funk.... I was not. I didn't like it.
Other movies/shows you like better than the book?
Some time during the 2019-2021 I came across a piece of speculative fiction online, and it recently popped back into my head, but for the life of me I can't manage to find it by googling. I'm hoping someone where will recognize it and point me in the right direction. As best as I can recall, this was the gist of it:
In the future the technology for exchanging minds between bodies has been perfected, but sits in a legal grey zone and is generally discouraged / outlawed / taboo. A company quietly offers a service to rich clientele wherein their mind would be temporarily swapped, allowing a broke person to occupy their body and effectively do suffering for them (adhere to an exercise regimen, lose weight, break an addiction, go through bad withdrawls), while they would occupy the body of a younger fit person and generally run it ragged (gorging on junk food, drunken benders, whoring, hard drugs, etc). Definitely a class contrast narrative in there. The central conflict of the story revolved around a worker doing this job, but the rich guy he was body swapped with ended up having a heart attack while in the young guy's body. The rich guy's family then goes to court demanding the younger guy surrender the body he's occupying so they can give it a proper burial, which of course requires that the young guy die, since his original body is already dead.
I'm not doing it justice, and I really enjoyed the mix of ethical and legal quandaries that arise in with new technologies. I was hoping to re-read it and share it with a friend of mine, so any leads on where to find this would be hugely appreciated!
Apologies if posts like this aren't allowed in this sub, but last September I posted here looking for beta readers for my first ever short story. Well, that story, The Erasure, was just published in State of Matter Magazine and I'm really fucking proud of it and I want everyone to read it.
It's a story about time travel, struggling actors, and the perils of nostalgia. Thanks again for your help, y'all!
I was watching Godzilla (2014) and I realized how I love HUGE creatures in video games like The Hive Mind in Dead Space, the worm in Gears of War, or Cronos in God of War.
But I want bigger, in film.
So are there are films or television series where there ends up being a larger creature? Something like planet size or something that the protagonist has to fight? Disclaimer: im also pretending no Fantastic 4 sequels exist.
If not, does anyone know how to direct a film and have millions of dollars? I would give anything to see a Jupiter sized monster in a galaxy or something.