Sci Fi In Print - Book
Although I prefer to read horror novels and stories, I also enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy.
For now, I've listed my favorite sci fi and fantasy authors below, with links to good pages about them. Eventually I hope to get around to listing my least favorite authors, but that won't be for a while yet.
Frank Herbert Dune is probably one of my favorite Science Fiction novels. Most of the series is good, in fact. I really disliked the movie of it, though!
Isaac Asimov A wonderful writer, with the _Foundation_ series, the Robot Series, and everything in between.
James Blish Blish did the novelizations for the Star Trek books, and he's also written several others, most notably _A Case of Conscience_.
J. R. R. Tolkein _The Hobbit_ is my favorite story by Tolkien. _The Simarillion_ is the one I never could finish.
Vladimir Savchenko Savchenko wrote a wonderful book called _Self Discovery_, about a man who clones himself several times. There are some wonderful blurbs at the beginning of each chapter (kind of like _Dune_) with sayings such as "Two plus two equals thirty-two is relatively closer to the truth than two plus two equals forty-one ... "
Sci Fi and Fantasy in Film
As a general rule, I enjoy Sci Fi movies, although I often find that some of the cheesier ones are better. Below are some of my favorite sci fi and fantasy movies.
A Clockwork Orange This is a truly fantastic movie! I've seen it way too many times, I think, the first when I was 15. One of my high school English teachers told me this used to be X-rated, (NC-17 probably if they'd had it then), but its only R now. Malcolm McDowell is great in this adaptation of Anthony Burgess' novel about reform. After seeing this movie, you'll never hear "Singing in the Rain" quite the same way again!
Total Recall One of the few movies I saw twice in the theater. And when you consider that I see maybe one per year at the theater, that's pretty amazing! This is a great Schwarzenegger flick!
The Terminator Another fun Arnold flick, which I enjoyed more the second time around.
Terminator 2 - Judgement Day This was such a cool movie! The special effects were wonderful, and Robert Patrick was great as the liquid metal terminator. A must see!
Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan IMHO, the BEST of the seven Star Trek movies to date. I doubt any of the Next Generation flicks can top this one. After Star Trek: The Motion Picture (which most people liked for the fact that the Star Trek crew were reunited, and hated for the fact that it really sucked!), this one gave the series a boost! Incredibly sad ending, though!
Star Trek IV : The Voyage Home My second favorite Star Trek movie. This one's pretty funny, and the story is decent as well.
Star Trek VI : The Undiscovered Country This movie grew on me the more I watched it. Still a decent plot.
The Star Wars Trilogy Second only to Star Trek. These three movies are best viewed on laserdisc in a good home theater system for the ultimate in space movie experiences!
Alien Nation This is kind of an off-beat sci-fi movie, with a watchable plot and humorous aliens.
They Live This had a plot that made you think. Also, probably one of the nastiest fist fights between two men I think I've ever seen!
Godzilla vs. Hedorah Also known as the Smog Monster, Hedorah rose from the pollution that the Japanese created. A Godzilla flick not much seen over here.
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero Yep, it's cheesy, but I have to admit that Ghidorah is my all-time favorite monster! This is probably the Godzilla flick I've seen the most.
King Ghidorah Yet another cheesy flick that's great! Ghidorah's not in it as much as he should be, though!
Mothra I'm not that crazy about this film, but I will say that the theme song sung by the two miniature girls has to be one of the most obnoxious! It'll play itself in your head over and over and over ....
Godzilla vs. Gigan Another cheesy one, with lots of Monster action!
Godzilla vs. Megalon Yet another cheese fest!
Gamera vs. Gaos Well, let's talk cheese! This one has a _really_ fake giant turtle with tusks taking on _really_ dumb villains! Worth a look for a chuckle, though!
Sci Fi on TV
The Sci Fi Channel Wow! I love this channel! Not only does it rerun classic series like Space:1999, The $6,000,000 Man, and Fridat the 13th, the Series, but also great movies, both new and old. If you don't have it, you need it!
Star Trek The Classic series! I've been hooked on these since I was three. This was a great show, and the cast really seemed to get along. For the most part, they seemed like a family. Great stories, great characters, hilarious moments. That's what made Star Trek great!
Star Trek: The Next Generation I was never a big fan of this show. I remember when it first came out, and everybody said, "Rip Off!" It never really got better over the seasons. Most of the characters still seemed stiff and uncaring towards each other even in the last season. I kept hoping for Worf to pull out his phaser and disintegrate that little s*it Wesley, who is probably the least liked character in all of Star Trek! There were a few good episodes here and there, but overall, it didn't do it for me.
Deep Space Nine This one grew on me, and I found that I liked it quite a bit! Basically a soap opera in space, this one has more than its fair share of good episodes and decent characters. Let's hear it for Quark!
Star Trek : Voyager Ugh! Can anyone believe they renewed this? If anyone knows just exactly WHAT Tulok is supposed to be, please write and let me know. He's obviously not Vulcan, nor could he have been born and raised there! Sex change, perhaps? That _might_ account for his name. I also think the stories here are awful! Lungs? Brains! Plot ripoffs are getting old.
The Twilight Zone I love these classic episodes. Some of these are pretty creepy! Currently these are airing on the Sci Fi Channel. They haven't started airing the color ones yet, and I'm not sure if they will.
The Outer Limits These were pretty good, too. The hour format worked well for a lot of these. Lots of chillers!
The X Files I don't know if you classify this as Sci Fi or Horror. Some of these episodes are nasty! I think my favorite is the first Eugene Tooms story. Really creepy! Probably the best show currently on television.
Sliders I really enjoy this Fox show as well. The plots are usually pretty interesting, and I've really grown to like the characters. I hope they renew it for another year!
If you have comments about the above, or can suggest any more great stuff I may have missed, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org