Your top 5 sci-fi books/films!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

bigknob1958 54M
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4/29/2006 10:26 am

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5/21/2006 10:31 am

Your top 5 sci-fi books/films!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Was thinking the other day about my favorite sci-fi films and books and decided to draw up two lists to share with you all out there in blogland.My top five sci-fi films are; 1/2001. 2/solaris(1972,russian version) 3/Blade runner. 4/The man who fell to earth. 5/La Jette.My top five sci-fi books are as follows... 1/The time machine.2/ First and last men. 3/Starmaker. 4/A canticle for Leibowitz. 5/The Helliconia triology. So now you've seen my top five post your own on my blog.They dont even have to be sci-fi films/books just tell me what films you enjoy watching and what books you love reading!!!!

bigknob1958 54M

4/30/2006 4:38 am

Come on you lot post your favourite films....I'm waiting!


samurai_jack74 43M

4/30/2006 2:10 pm

Hmmm... You really made me go through my library (several times) so I could choose the ones that I could put in top 5. After much writing and rewriting, I had to make 2 lists for the books (you'll see why) and there's more than 5, and they have no exact order of preference:

Classics:
Robert A. Heinlein - Stranger in a Strange Land
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Left Hand of Darkness (almost forgot about that one - a must for every Sci-Fi fan)
Stephen Baxter - Time (actually I never had the chance to read the other two from The Manifold Trilogy - Space and Origin)
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle - The Mote in God's Eye
Greg Bear - Darwin's Radio
Roger Zelazny - Lord of Light
Arthur C. Clark - The City and the Stars (the first Sci-Fi I ever read)
Philip K. Dick - The Man in the High Castle

Space Operas:
Iain M. Banks - The Culture series (6 books so far - the rebirth of true Space Opera)
Peter F. Hamilton - The Night's Dawn Trilogy (Space Opera as best as you can get)
Larry Niven - The Ringworld series
L. Ron Hubbard - Battlefield Earth (I'm not into scientology, I just like this book
Frank Herbert - Dune Series (the ones written by him)
Orson Scott Card - The Ender saga
Philip Hose Farmer - The Riverworld series

The list could be much longer as far as I'm concerned, but these are just the ones I have in my collection, or had the chance to read.

As for the movies, the choice is very slim. If we take out the Star Wars and Star Trek movies (love them but want to stick to true Sci-Fi) the list could be something like this:

Ghost in the Shell
Blade Runner
2001
A.I.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


rm_Kissmystuff 62F
1435 posts
4/30/2006 3:46 pm

MOVIES..

Blade Runner...
The Day The Earth Stood Still...
Enemy Mine...
Soylent Green...
Brazil
The Omega Man
The Time Machine

BOOKS..

Stranger In a Strange.. by Robert Heinlein
The Handmaid's Tale.. by Margaret Atwood
The Dragons of Pern Series..by Ann McCafferty
The Foundation Series..by Isaac Asimov
The Serpent/Dragon/Atlan Series..by Jane Gaskell
The Adept Series.. by Piers Anthony

The Xenogenesis Series..The Patternist Series..Kindred..by Octavia Butler

Kiss

Kiss


bigknob1958 54M

4/30/2006 4:51 pm

I must urge all of you to watch,if you can get hold of a copy,Andre Tarkovsky's,Solaris(1972 version;russian film.)It is really worth the trouble so to say.(even if you have to watch it several times before you fully understand it!)It is emotionally deeper than 2001 which is undoubtedly an excellent film.As for the books you've all given me loads of titles to check out...but could I make a special plea for a very old book 'A canticle for Leibowitz' by Walter M Miller Jr(published 1959),it really is a classic in its field.It's all about mans misunderstanding of the past;but also a lot,lot,more.Keep those lists comming because I enjoy reading what others are passionate about!


samurai_jack74 43M

4/30/2006 6:54 pm

    Quoting bigknob1958:
    I must urge all of you to watch,if you can get hold of a copy,Andre Tarkovsky's,Solaris(1972 version;russian film.)It is really worth the trouble so to say.(even if you have to watch it several times before you fully understand it!)It is emotionally deeper than 2001 which is undoubtedly an excellent film.As for the books you've all given me loads of titles to check out...but could I make a special plea for a very old book 'A canticle for Leibowitz' by Walter M Miller Jr(published 1959),it really is a classic in its field.It's all about mans misunderstanding of the past;but also a lot,lot,more.Keep those lists comming because I enjoy reading what others are passionate about!
Watched the original Solaris several times when I was young - coming from former Yugoslavia had a chance to catch it on TV at least once a year, and again few years ago. Never seen the remake, but will try to see it just for measure.
Solaris is a masterpiece of cinematography, but it just shows how difficult is to put any book (Sci-Fi specially) into a good movie. That's why short stories work much better (Blade Runner and A.I. for example)
Artisticly it's as good as 2001, but since their origins are widely different, the emotions they show can't be measured or compared.

As for Leibowitz, yup it's a good one as I remember - I did read it very long time ago, but never had the chance to get one copy for my library.


rm_yukonpaul 52M
1120 posts
4/30/2006 9:42 pm

My top five sci-fi/fantasy series:

1. The entire DUNE series, by Frank Herbert and later by his son, Brian
2. The Foundation series, by Isaac Asimov
3. The Shannara series, by Terry Brooks
4. The Belgariad series, by David Eddings
5. The Dragonriders of Pern series, by Anne McCaffrey


My top five sci-fi/fantasy movies:

1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
2. Star Wars (all six)
3. Waterworld
4. The Terminator trilogy
5. Blade Runner


qship52 64M

5/1/2006 3:47 pm

Books -

1. Lord of the Rings
2. The Thursday Next books by Jasper Fford
3. Harry Potter - all of them
4. Dune
5. Stranger in a Strange Land


Movies -

I'll have to think on that. I generally like the books much more than the movies.

Probably Lord of the Rings is at #1, but I definitely wish the movies had been more faithful to the books.

Aliens is up there (#2 in the series)


Brunette_H_Bomb

5/1/2006 5:15 pm

I liked "The Devil In Miss Jones" Part one and part two


rm_yukonpaul 52M
1120 posts
5/1/2006 8:00 pm

    Quoting Brunette_H_Bomb:
    I liked "The Devil In Miss Jones" Part one and part two
Have you seen the new Devil in Miss Jones? With Jenna Jameson?


rm_funinic 50M
823 posts
5/2/2006 10:31 am

the adventures of buckaroo banzai across the eight dimension
dune (scifi channel version) and children of dune
fifth element
brazil
alien

way too many to list... changes depending on mood.

good indicator is to look at the laserdisc colleciton...


Notjustmanmeat 52M
39 posts
5/3/2006 8:39 am

OOf good question, so hard to pin down an all time top 5..

Films (in no particular order):

LOTR trilogy (I'm counting that as one)
Star Wars series (also one)
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Blade Runner
The 5th Element (I just love Mila Jovovich )

Damn, can I add Aliens?

Books....so very many, this is an impossible task...how about authors?

JRR Tolkien
Isaac Asimov
Jack Vance
Harry Harrison
Terry Pratchett

Sorry I didnt stick to your original parameters, good post though.


bigknob1958 54M

5/3/2006 10:22 am

Notjustmanmeat at last someone mentions Jack Vance!Did you ever read The Dying Earth series of books?The one's where Cudgel is the hero.The bit where he is stuck up the tower is one of the funniest momments in all s/Fantasy.Glad you liked the post...tell more people about it!


Notjustmanmeat 52M
39 posts
5/3/2006 12:35 pm

No I havent, but ill make a point of it! I remember going to the local library many many moons ago and borrowing the first of the Planet of Adventure series, it was called The City of the Chasch, I had it read in a few hours a returned to check out the rest of the series. For me he has a wonderfully elegant yet simple way of bringing life to other worlds and people. LOL and I remember being embaressed at checking out Servents of the Wankh


PineyFolks 60M/60F

5/3/2006 1:24 pm

My favorite author is Dean Koontz and Nora Roberts
My fav movies are Innerspace, Be Cool, The 40 y/o virgin, Just Like Heaven, Walk The Line and many others. I am versatile on movies.

Neorn


BiPaganMan 52M
49 posts
5/4/2006 5:50 am

Books
Illuminatus!
A Princess of Mars
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Foundation
Bill the Galactic Hero

Movies
Brazil
Dark City
Galaxy Quest
Repo Man
Buckaroo Banzai
(short list off the top of my head)

Blessed Be,
BiPaganMan


rm_RemBase 50F
15 posts
5/4/2006 10:36 pm

Wow - now THIS is a topic I'm glad I wandered upon...

I'm not generally one for superlatives lists, but among my "must reads" and "I'll buy hardcover" authors and series:

Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) - Though 2 & 3 got progressively much worse, then 4-6 got semi-better, Ender's Game is one of the most superbly well written books I've ever read

Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein) is of course a must-read, but I re-read almost every Heinlein annually and love debating whether the Lazarus Long series is misogynistic or not (I don't think it is) and grumbling that not one Heinlein-based movie has come close to being done justice

The Liaden Series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - fantastically rich backstory and lovely characterization

The Miles Vorkosigan Series by Lois McMaster Bujold - similarly, beautiful character work (and it made for a fun LARP at a local convention)

The Rissa Kerguelen/Bran Tregare Long View Series by F.M. Busby - despite the weird language patterns he uses for his speaking characters at times, the storylines are fantastic

Charles Sheffield's hard science fiction is also high on my list, and Elizabeth Moon's space military series as well

As for movies
Buckaroo Banzai in the 8th Dimension
Princess Bride (ok, not technically sci fi, but who can resist R.O.U.S's and "as you wiiiiiish?")
Bladerunner
Firefly
Star Wars
A Clockwork Orange, even though I watched it so often that I can't watch it any more
The Wizard of Speed and Time ("nominate Jitlov for an Oscar!")

Classics that you can't pay me enough to read include:
Dune series
Lord of the Rings Series
Anything past book 3 of a Piers Anthony series, except possibly the Tarot books

Movies that make me cringe:
The Puppet Masters - RED HAIR ON THE HEROINE...is that SO MUCH TO AKS?
Starship Troopers - WHERE ARE THE SUITS?
..and the worst movie ever made, Xtro. I'd rather watch five Troma Films in a row than see this drek.

-R


rm_RemBase 50F
15 posts
5/4/2006 10:38 pm

Oh, yeah...

...and how could I forget? Both the Metropolis movies...well worth watching in one session (and good fodder for college film course paperwork).


bigknob1958 54M

5/5/2006 12:25 pm

Any of you out there read H.G.Wells?You know 'The Time Machine' 'War of the Worlds''In the days of the comet' 'The sleeper awakens'?I ask you in all truthfulness does anyone on any of the lists that have been posted(my own included)write as well as he does.Discuss...I'd be interested to hear your views!


mycin62 56F

5/6/2006 2:26 pm

Books:
Harry Potter series
Dune Series
Chronicles of Narnia series
Star Trek Deep Space Nine series

Movies:
Armageddan
5th Element
Independance Day
Dune Series
Harry Potter Series
Lord of the Rings trilogy


warmandsexy52 66M
13164 posts
5/7/2006 3:06 am

Movies:

LOTR Trilogy
Bladerunner
Gattaca
AI
Harry Potter series

sf/fantasy Books: such a tough choice......

Brave New World: Aldous Huxley
A Canticle for Leibowitz: Walter M. Miller Jr
Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy: Douglas Adams
Slaughterhouse Five: Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of The Rings: J.R.R. Tolkein


rm_fireswan 50F
69 posts
5/11/2006 4:06 am

    Quoting BiPaganMan:
    Books
    Illuminatus!
    A Princess of Mars
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Foundation
    Bill the Galactic Hero

    Movies
    Brazil
    Dark City
    Galaxy Quest
    Repo Man
    Buckaroo Banzai
    (short list off the top of my head)
Excellent choices , you've named my fave sci-fi book and a couple of my favourite Sci-fi films here !!

Ok .. I tend to read more Horror than Sci-Fi (love Horror movies too )

Books ...
The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy
Star Trek TNG Dark Mirror
Communion Whitley Strieber
Minds Of The Empire Warren James Palmer
Angel /Archangel ..Gary D Kilworth

Films
The Hitch Hikers Guide To the Galaxy BBC series (the new film sucked majorely )
Buckaroo Banzai
Galaxy Quest
Spaceballs
Alien /Aliens


rm_fireswan 50F
69 posts
5/11/2006 4:08 am

Bugger I forgot Blade Runner !!!


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