Cite your 10 favourite brainy SciFi books/movies :

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  1. birch Valued Senior Member

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    one of my favorite scifi authors is pamela sargent. earthseed and alien child are two of my favorites from her. there are so many good authors and books though. oftentimes its the style and tone of writing the author uses that appeals to different people and personalities. some bestsellers and authors i don't like or think are particularly good even if they are popular with other people and vice versa.
     
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  3. Syne Sine qua non Valued Senior Member

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  5. psikeyhackr Live Long and Suffer Valued Senior Member

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    A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C Clarke
    A catastrophe in space, problem solving story similar to The Martian in theme without the lone hero motif.

    Daemon & Freedom by Daniel Suarez
    Near future socio-economic criticism with cybernetic anti-hero striving for villainy. We have to figure out what kind of cyber-culture to create.

    The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin
    & Voyage from Yesteryear by James P Hogan
    Comparison of economic dichotomies with Hogan having the advantage of knowing technology.

    The Two Faces of Tomorrow by James P Hogan
    AI warfare - The Terminator in Space

    Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
    Nuf said!

    1636: The Kremlin Games by Eric Flint
    20th century economics invades Russia in 1632

    Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin
    Intellectual exercise in Who Owns Knowledge?

    Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Scientific exploration of fantasy physics

    The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
    Annoyingly complicated
     
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  7. cavelamb Registered Member

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    The Speed of Dark - Elizabeth Moon

    Everything by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

    Down the Bright Way - Robert Reed

    Galatia 2.2 Richard Powers

    Eternity - Greg Bear (took that long to read it)

    The Heechee series by Frederik Pohl

    Daybreak Zero trilogy - John Barnes (but I will never read it again!)

    And a few others...

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  8. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
    The Gods Themselves, Asimov
    Ringworld, Larry Niven
    Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C Clarke
    Starman Jones, Robert Heinlein (though the vision of computing back then is amazingly way off)
    The Chrysalids, John Wyndham
    Out of the Silent Planet, C S Lewis
     
  9. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    Films:

    Ex Machina
    Solaris
    Bladerunner
    Dune
    Contact
    Midnight Special
    War of the Worlds
    The Time Machine
    Her
    Invasion of the Bodysnatchers
     
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  10. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    Yes. Well um.

    :EDIT:

    Gary

     
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  11. O. W. Grant Registered Member

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    movie:
    Empire strikes back (1980)

    book:
    Memoirs of a Space Traveler Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy (the sequel to The Star Diaries) by Stanislaw Lem

    only this story:
    Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy
     
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  12. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    The Starless Sea, by Erin Morganstern

    This book could fall into the sci-fi genre, but also fantasy. Finished it a few months ago, and it was excellent in terms of the writing and overall whimsical nature of the plot. But, there is time travel involved and at times, it got a bit confusing, although there comes a point when everything comes together and makes sense. Some critics have complained about the meandering of the plot, but I think that’s part of the story. It’s a book about books, and how our lives are really just stories that have no ending, if they’re able to be retold by others.
     
  13. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Which release?
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  14. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    Ex Machina
    Solaris--Recent release
    Bladerunner
    Dune--Original
    Contact
    Midnight Special
    War of the Worlds--Original
    The Time Machine--Original
    Her
    Invasion of the Bodysnatchers --Original
     
  15. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Looking forward to Jordan Peele's next film coming out this month, ''Nope.'' I'll give it a chance, even though it's in the horror genre.

    ''Brainy sci-fi'' meets horror...hmm, that's not easy to pull off well.
     
  16. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    Sounds like a Norm MacDonald joke, long with barely a punchline. The moth joke is my favorite.
     
  17. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    You...would definitely not enjoy this book, Seattle. lol

    It is well written, and whimsical - but it's one of those books that you're halfway through thinking...what is this book about? But, it eventually all comes together...

    Edit to add - this book fits loosely in sci-fi, but probably belongs in the fantasy genre. Not sure who would be fantasizing about getting lost in a labyrinth of a library (which is essentially what this book is about), but...

    It's sci-fi-ish though, in that it has a lot of time travel weirdness.
     
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  18. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    Haha...sounds like William Faulkner (long and disjointed).

    Kafka's "Metamorphosis" is about as sci-fi as I get.
     

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