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Intergalactic Space Assassins What book?

I read a trashy sci -fi novel, part of a series and I really want to read the rest of them. Here's all I remember: First book followed a lady assassin who was part of a ranked intergalactic competition, whenever two contenders met they would duel, hand to hand, melee and firearms. Second book I read had "(number around 100) steps" in the title which was the name of the training exercise mastered by students of a high-level training academy for space assassins. They used "spezdods" implants which fired lethal darts from their fingertips. Plz help I've searched the stars for this.

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2024/04/15
17:33 UTC

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Exclusive Interview: John Bell, Concept Artist Behind Paul Verhoeven's 'Starship Troopers

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2024/04/15
16:04 UTC

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With the success of the Dune films, I've never been more hungry for a film adaptation of Hyperion. Who would you love to see direct / star in these masterpieces?

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2024/04/15
15:23 UTC

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What is your favorite fiction timeline in all of scifi and why?

For me it's the Star Wars Expanded Universe and the Universal Century. I stronglu feel that the Expanded Universe handled Luke Skywalker so much better, and he essentially achieved everything I imagined him doing after the events of Return of the Jedi. But the main selling points for me is the Old Republic lore, the X Wing novels, and the Yuuzhan Vongs.

Universal Century is the main timeline in Gundam, and I love how many storylines interconnect in various ways, especially the One Year War with the absurd amount of side stories, it really makes it feel like a real historical event. I'm especially a big fan of the Late Universal Century thanks to the Crossbone Saga and Victory Gundam.

These two timelines inspired me to write my own scifi universe that takes major inspiration from them. It's an ambitious passion project of mine, and I hope to complete the first draft by the end of the year.

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2024/04/15
15:13 UTC

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Who are your favorite Scifi/Fantasy audiobook narrators?

I'm a huge fan of Adjoa Andoh who narrates Ann Leckie's Ancillary books and John Lee who narrates most of Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space books (among a great may others).

What narrators do you like? Who do you hate?

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2024/04/15
13:43 UTC

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A Thousand Suns - a science fiction anthology series on Youtube just dropped.

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2024/04/15
13:03 UTC

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Bioshock Remastered - #16 Hephaestus part 1 (Walkthrough, Hard)

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2024/04/15
09:12 UTC

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When you freeze time... what else "freezes"?

I saw this post on FB and I went down a rabbit hole of possibilities. So I thought ok if I can freeze time I can just steal money from a bank or something (yes, I'd probably be a villian if I had superpowers) But then I was thinking... would the cameras stop? Obviously the answer is yes, but then I got in to what it means- I thought maybe this means in order for a camera to stop that would mean the flow of electricity stops. Does that mean that like... lights wouldn't work? Or that planes would just descend. There use to be this science channel (I think he still does videos but they changed subject matter) where this guy would explain sci-fi stuff with math and their implications. So I'm curious to hear what would be the explanation IF (understanding that it wouldn't work irl) time freezing was possible what would that mean and what effects would it have. How would it look for others? For you? What cool scientific phenomenon would take place like my original question.

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2024/04/15
08:39 UTC

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What's with all the giant wheels still standing after a nuclear apocalypse? I think these would fall down in a few years just by letting them be, not hundreds of years of nuclear wasteland. I keep seeing these in movies and it's very annoying :)

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2024/04/15
07:54 UTC

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I’m trying to get through Mickey 7 right now

… I’m like 3 hours in and its not bad at all, but it just seems like there’s a lot of set up here and feels like its not really going anywhere. Idk I’m getting kind of bored. I’ll finish it eventually but did anyone else feel similar?

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2024/04/15
04:27 UTC

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One from the bookshelf...

With a recommendation from Peter Watts on the cover, Cat Sparks' Lotus Blue caught my attention in the bookstore and I've got to say, it's a cracker of a coming of age story, and highly recommended if you're into post apocalyptic character driven novels where the landscape is broken and the people are as well 👍

I will note that it's nowhere as bleak and aggressively violent as Watts' books, though!

https://preview.redd.it/4mkxdyhrbjuc1.jpg?width=583&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=9dbec5655fe114adc25acc5efbf0b74252d0453f

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2024/04/15
00:17 UTC

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Any good scifi movies that give off Slaanesh vibes?

I'm a guy who's big into movies with alien races and is also a pretty big slaanesh guy, so I'm looking for some movie recommendations.

Edit: I'm also a lovecraft fan, which is why I'm looking to scratch that eldritch itch in my brain if possible

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2024/04/15
00:03 UTC

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Would you watch this?

A group of scientists opens up a new world where eternal life is within reach. As society embraces their newfound utopia, problems arise that cause people to question if immortality is the right decision.

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2024/04/14
23:29 UTC

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New Retro Camp Scifi Genre Name?

I need help. Trying to figure out what you would call this type of new-retro-camp scifi. I want more of it (any medium) but not sure how to find it or what to search for. Any suggestions appreciated! Examples:

  • Squad 51 and the Flying Saucers

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1378800/Squad_51_vs_the_Flying_Saucers/

  • Star Trek Voyager's Captain Proton

https://youtu.be/eAzcAoSzu18?si=K2yR5zU_2SFeth3V

  • Gil's All Fright Diner

https://amzn.to/3W5yGUy Thanks!

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2024/04/14
21:42 UTC

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Audio Dramas

I feel compelled, since I just discovered them, to share this form of entertainment. r/audiodrama

They are like old radio fictional shows vs audiobooks. Multiple cast members, immersive experience, sound effects and there's a lot of sci-fi (and horror). Might be multiple seasons, might be anthology, might be a limited series. I'm listening to one with Tessa Thompson as the lead. There are high production values and low. No names and big names (Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde) and original content.

This is my first one (Left Right Game) and they are on most podcast players.

The sub is very welcoming.

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2024/04/14
19:43 UTC

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Gun techniques

recently I rewatched the film Equilibrium, in which there is gun kata which is a martial art that uses firearms, after that I remembered the film Wanted, where people were able to curve bullets in mid-air, so I was curious to know if there are other crazy shooting techniques like these in other films

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2024/04/14
18:30 UTC

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Books/Trilogy with philosophy and humour

Greetings

It has been some time since I've done some reading.

I appreciate there is something to learn from all books. I want something that has, primarily, philosophy quite upfront. Secondary, to accomany that philosophy thought provoking worlds/characters and plots that deviate from the usual.

To give you an idea of what I mean. ▪︎ I loved the concepts and philosophy in The Second Apocalypse ▪︎ I loved the characters of First Law ▪︎ I loved everything about Malazan, Earth Sea and Lotr. ▪︎Hyperion 1 was wonderous! But after that, I fall into the group that wished they stopped after 1. ▪︎Dune loved it

Now for the twist.

TSA, Malazan and First Law were all quite dark.

This isn't a problem as such, but I would like to try a book with a lighter/more humorous vibe whilst keeping hold of the philosophy. First Law managed this to an extent as the characters had their funny moments and Gs dry humour. Earth sea also had a less dark theme whilst being very uplifting.

Would love a completed trilogy, but also happy with 3 standalone books.

Grateful for any suggestion

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2024/04/14
17:48 UTC

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Stories About AI Guardians like HAL

I'm looking for inspiration be it from movies, books, etc.

I'm a huge PKD fan, but it's admittedly been a decade or something since I've read his stuff.

Any suggestions ?

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2024/04/14
14:03 UTC

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Names for a superpowers alien gadget

Hi everyone! I'm currently in the process of wanting to write and plan out a story for a sci-fi novel inspired by and based on the concept of Ben 10, which I really enjoyed watching as a kid, as I just really love the whole overall idea and concept of being able to transform into a variety of different alien lifeforms.

So, I would really appreciate some help in brainstorming and coming up with entirely new names and ideas for a similar concept for a mysterious device or gadget that gives a young protagonist the ability to change their appearance, shapeshift, and become a wide variety of different alien lifeforms to help get my creativity flowing, so I would really appreciate it if people could come with and provide suggestions of names for a mysterious device or gadget of otherworldly extraterrestrial origins that grants the user superpowers similar to those seen in Ben 10. Edit: Thematic Elements Heroism

  • Responsibility
  • Family Dynamics
  • Friendship
  • Personal Growth
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Action and Adventure
  • Humour and Lightheartedness
  • Mentorship
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2024/04/14
13:41 UTC

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What are some good scifi books with a fantastical and immersive worldbuilding?

Hey there everyone,

I have been going down the books that show up the most often in "Top scifi of All time!!!11!!!" lists. I have come to realize that my favorite types of the genre are the books where the world itself is the focus and we're just following the characters through. That's why I enjoyed Dune's ecology, Tiger Tiger's alternate world with teleportation, The Expanse's and The Left Hand of Darkness' sociology.Even One Piece, my favorite thing ever, fit the bill of an amazing world that would be interesting on its own without any of the main cast. (God I fucking love One Piece)

So what are some good scifi books that are not too character focused in the plot and reveals the world to me the reader? If it's written in a style like Dune's brilliant (and possibly unmatchable) 3rd person omniscient perspective, that would be even better

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2024/04/14
13:33 UTC

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Martian city

How would you design a Martian city? I feel like all the buildings would have a reddish hue because I use the materials there to make Roman concrete

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2024/04/14
09:41 UTC

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Who added the climate change angle to the Soylent Green adaptation?

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2024/04/14
07:37 UTC

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[SPS] Torth Majority is on sale for $2.99 — aliens, hive minds, illegal bioengineered superpowers.

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2024/04/14
06:11 UTC

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Fantastic Scenes from Fallout

I’ve seen a couple posts about it already but what a great show so far. Can’t wait for S2. What faction would you choose to be in?

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2024/04/14
05:49 UTC

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Red Dwarf

Tubi has Red Dwarf streaming for free!

https://tubitv.com/tv-shows/200009198/s01-e01-the-end

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2024/04/14
03:43 UTC

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Anyone else digging the new Fallout TV show?

Just came out but I haven't heard people talking about it much. I liked it but I played all the games. Curious if anyone or their spouse watches it without foreknowledge and what they thought. I was happily surprised they went full dark dystopia future with it. I'm used to TV shoes pulling their punches. Tagged for spoilers in case people want to share details.

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2024/04/14
03:21 UTC

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