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Interested in seeing what the group likes best. My all time favorites are Avatar as a movie, the last two episodes of Star Trek Voyager, where Janeway time travels to defeat the Borg and return Voyager home. The Stargate introductory movie, the Star Trek Enterprise season end and start episodes where Picard becomes a Borg and is saved. Star Trek of a young Kirk vs. Nero. OK, enough of mine, what about yours?
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I watch the new Star Trek movies every time they are on tv. I don't really want to, but I always end up being entertained.

Sci-fi movies and tv shows generally seem underwhelming. Books are where it's at.
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I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears...in...rain. Time to die.
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Big Star Trek fan (watched the original as a child when we were still reaching for the moon.)

Favorites of Original Series: Guardian of Forever ; Doomsday Machine; Assignment Earth

Non-trek

Movies: Forbidden Planet; Stargate; The Day the Earth Stood Still;

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Clarke, Asimov; Heinlein ; Bradbury, Verne, Larry Niven
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Tv Shows: Futurama

Movies: Starship Troopers, Event Horizon & The Fifth Element. They're all so bad they are good.

Authors: Heinlein, Asimov, and Jack Vance
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Movie: Forbidden Planet
TV: Firefly
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Movies: Moon, Logan's Run, Colossus: The Forbin Project, The Andromeda Strain (slow, but not as slow as 2001 Space Odyssey!)
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Ender's game
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Seasons 3&4 of Babylon 5. Farscape.

I like "I, Robot" more than most.
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Gattaca. Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman.
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Movies: 2001, 2010 (2001 was better), Star Wars, even numbered Star Trek films, the original Plant of the Apes films, the original Day the Earth Stood still, The Martian, Interstellar, Alien etc.

TV: The Battlestar Galctica remake, Babylon 5, Stargate SG-1 (spinoffs where ok), Start Trek TOS/TNG, DS9 not too bad. the new SciFi channel series The Expanse is surprisingly good

Books:
Asimov - Foundation, Robots, etc
Clarke - Rama series
Herbert - Dune series (got hard to read in the last 2) and a bunch of the spinoffs his son wrote
Stephen Baxter - Xelee sequence, etc (lots of end of world themes though, can be depressing)
Ben Bova - Grand tour novels (getting silly now)
Larry Niven - Ringworld (good start but by the time I got to Ringwrolds children I just lost interest however)
Orson Scott Card - Enders game books
and others..
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Movie-Santa Claus Conquers The Martians
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Dutch wrote:I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears...in...rain. Time to die.
You should state that's from Blade Runner, which is on my list (though not sure if I've seen all the versions)

Star Trek is near the top
Twilight Zone (though most episodes were more fantasy than sci fi)
Firefly
Alien
Terminator (earlier ones)
2001
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TV - Orphan Black
Twilight Zone for the way Rod Serling attacked issues (racism, Communism...) and morality with some unconventional story telling
Outer Limits had some gems as well

Movies - Philip K Dick was the source for Total Recall, Blade Runner, Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau among others. A case where the movies were usually better than the short stories or books
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In no specific order..... Here are the best ones that come to mind (okay, you might have guesses I might just be a sci-fi fan :D )....

Firefly
Babylon 5
Crusade (it's a good solid B5 spin off)
Dr Who (old and new)
Blakes 7 is brilliant (it's hard to find in the US but well worth the effort)
Dune (a real classic movie)
Tomorrow People (orig 70's version not the nonsense of the recent one, although I watched it anyway)
Farscape
Deep Space Nine (this was the only trek series I liked)
Hitchhikers (not the horrible movie, the orig series)
V (it's old but pretty good)
Lost in Space - I love watching it with the kids :-)
Red Dwarf (if you like off-beat THIS is your show - best watched with a curry and a beer or three)
Space 1999
Battlestar Galactica (orig)
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midareff wrote:Interested in seeing what the group likes best. My all time favorites are Avatar as a movie, the last two episodes of Star Trek Voyager, where Janeway time travels to defeat the Borg and return Voyager home. The Stargate introductory movie, the Star Trek Enterprise season end and start episodes where Picard becomes a Borg and is saved. Star Trek of a young Kirk vs. Nero. OK, enough of mine, what about yours?
The Voyager series is unjustly underrated. For instance, it features some of the best ST villains ever; namely, the Hirogen.
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Some favorite movies...

This Island Earth.
Forbidden Planet.
The Incredible Shrinking Man.
It Came from Outer Space.

The Time Machine (1960).
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959).
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 and 1978).
Planet of the Apes (1968).
The Empire Strikes Back.
Children of Men.
District 9.
Ex Machina.
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Dutch wrote:I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears...in...rain. Time to die.
I actually have this on a PowerPoint slide. So yes, one of my favourites and don't ask what presentation might involve the inclusion of said slide!
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Movies…

Alien
Alien Nation
Apollo 13
Daybreakers
Earth Girls Are Easy
Enemy Mine
Forbidden Planet
I, Robot
Jumper
Planet of the Apes - 1960s version
Predator
RoboCop
Silent Running
Serenity
Terminator - all Schwarzenegger versions
The Matrix
The Time Machine … both versions
Tron
War of the Worlds - 1950s version


TV Series…

Andromeda
Battlestar Galactica - new version
Babylon 5
Being Human (both British and American versions)
Doctor Who
Earth: Final Conflict
Farscape
Firefly
Outer Limits
Primeval (British version)
Stargate SG1
Sliders
Torchwood
Warehouse 13


Memorable Episode…

On Star Trek Next Generation, the Professor Moriarty holodeck character created to challenge Data’s Sherlock Holmes role gains self awareness and takes control of the Enterprise computer.

Also have a real liking for any plots involving time travel.
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Dutch wrote:I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears...in...rain. Time to die.
Seriously poetic ode to sci-fi. :happy
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Doctor Who
Doctor Who reboot
Youngest son got to pick vacation destination for his 21st.
We went straight to Cardiff Wales where Doctor Who Experience and filming locations are.
Best vacation ever.
Did I mention Torchwood.

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Toons wrote:Movie-Santa Claus Conquers The Martians
:happy
Is this really a movie? :D
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TV: Blake's 7. Season 1 and 2 in particular. Great British show. It was produced on a shoestring budget in the late 70s and early 80s.
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ST Classic: The Trouble with Tribbles
ST Next Generation: When Scotty returns (Relics)
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Easy question. Young Frankenstein is probably my favorite movie ever, any genre, and it also happens to be SF.

Second choice would be The Princess Bride, but I'm not sure it qualifies, even though it has a machine that sucks the life out of people.
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Galaxy Quest
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detroitbabu wrote:Gattaca. Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman.
One of my favorite movies
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GoldenFinch wrote:
Toons wrote:Movie-Santa Claus Conquers The Martians
:happy
Is this really a movie? :D
Yes voted one of the worst of all time but to each there own. I remember seeing it in the theatre.
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6miths wrote:
GoldenFinch wrote:
Toons wrote:Movie-Santa Claus Conquers The Martians
:happy
Is this really a movie? :D
Yes voted one of the worst of all time but to each there own. I remember seeing it in the theatre.
So that's high class in Leafs country, eh? :P
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cheese_breath wrote:
6miths wrote:
GoldenFinch wrote:
Toons wrote:Movie-Santa Claus Conquers The Martians
:happy
Is this really a movie? :D
Yes voted one of the worst of all time but to each there own. I remember seeing it in the theatre.
So that's high class in Leafs country, eh? :P
No even as a kid I thought that it was seriously bad!
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Dutch wrote:I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears...in...rain. Time to die.
Which is in fact one of my all time favourite movies-- of any genre. It's as much a "film noire" Raymond Chandler-esque homage as it is an SF film (although the book also has that flavour, so it was deliberate, just the screenwriters and set designers took it even further).

It was recently re-shown on the Big Screen as "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" and it still looks good (although I miss the continuity failure of the dove flying up into a clear blue sky ;-) in the original and Director's Cut).

The beginning scene is as good as any I have ever seen in an SF movie, still.
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sfwood wrote:Galaxy Quest
A movie which honours Sci Fi fandom and Star Trek even as it mercilessly makes fun of them. The new JJ Abrams Star Trek is even more like the ST that Galaxy Quest is satirizing than the original ST was!

Tim Burton (?) as William Shatner is hilarious. And the late, great Alan Rickman (Hans Grubler in Die Hard) is brilliant as the Science Officer.
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HomoLudens wrote:TV: Blake's 7. Season 1 and 2 in particular. Great British show. It was produced on a shoestring budget in late 70s and early 80s.
Yes it is a truly great series. I recently attended a reunion of some of the cast here. It was all a bit "luvvy"* (they had Travis, Glynnis Barber and Jan) but they showed the last episode (part of) on a big screen and it still worked.

Gareth Edwards (Blake) just died. There has been a long series of audio plays using many of the original cast. They are expensive to buy so I have not (yet) listened to all of them.

It's not acknowledged, but Terry Nation's creation went on to inspire Babylon 5 (especially, I am sure); ST: Deep Space 9; Battlestar Galactica (the reboot).

*English theatre folk of a certain generation, and definitely the BBC then, all had a posh accent and a certain way of talking about the world. It's kind of an affectionate sneer to call them "luvvies".
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detroitbabu wrote:Gattaca. Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman.
A very underrated and thought-provoking movie. Not just about genetic engineering and discrimination, but about other things (to say more would risk a spoiler..).

The scene where he can't cross the highway is one that just sticks with me ... (again avoiding spoilers).

The Launch Control Center is actually The Orange County Library which was also in:

- Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (as the City Center-- ie OC City Centre)

- Philip K Dick's notes etc. are kept there
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cheese_breath wrote:
6miths wrote:
GoldenFinch wrote:
Toons wrote:Movie-Santa Claus Conquers The Martians
:happy
Is this really a movie? :D
Yes voted one of the worst of all time but to each there own. I remember seeing it in the theatre.
So that's high class in Leafs country, eh? :P
it is important to remember Toronto does not have a hockey team. The Leafs are a cruel myth ...
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MathWizard wrote:Big Star Trek fan (watched the original as a child when we were still reaching for the moon.)

Favorites of Original Series: Guardian of Forever ; Doomsday Machine; Assignment Earth

Non-trek

Movies: Forbidden Planet; Stargate; The Day the Earth Stood Still;

Authors:

Clarke, Asimov; Heinlein ; Bradbury, Verne, Larry Niven
They did a graphic novel spinoff of "Assignment Earth" I believe. It's one of the few good episodes from the later seasons. Rodenberry used the footage he had for a proposed pilot of AE (not sure if that was ever made) but the show never ran.

Mike Farrell, the actor who played BJ Honeycut in MASH, did a pilot written by Dorothy Fontana called "The Questor Tapes" about a robot (damaged by human investigations, but from an alien source) who works to save humanity. Again, promising, but never picked up.

And Rodenberry did one called "Spectre" with Robert Culp and Gig Young, about a detective who investigates supernatural phenomena. The pilot probably had too much overt sexuality for network TV at that time, but the pilot was quite good as I recall.
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MathWizard wrote:Big Star Trek fan (watched the original as a child when we were still reaching for the moon.)
Super Trek Geek here, too!
MathWizard wrote: Favorites of Original Series: Guardian of Forever ; Doomsday Machine; Assignment Earth
Agreed, but what about Spock's Brain?

"Brain and brain! What is brain?"

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I don't mentally sort and file stuff away for trivia recall so generally shrug off "what is your favorite x", but after seeing it for the first time a few years ago, the episode where Picard lives an entire life in an hour or two still disconcerts me.

On the other side, most wasted premise-- Star Trek: Enterprise. You knew it would be a mess just by the theme song, and it was.
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My favorite ST series is ST: Deep Space 9 especially when Worf was reintroduced to the series. It felt like the most "realistic" out of all of the ST series.
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Valuethinker wrote: Mike Farrell, the actor who played BJ Honeycut in MASH....
Also the husband of Shelly Fabares (the girl all us teen age boys wished lived next door to us) on the Donna Reed show in the 50s.
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On SF Authors:

"classical"

James H Schmitz
Cyril Kornbluth
Asimov (some)
Clarke (some)
Heinlein (virtually all until the mid 1960s, and then only Friday which was half a good novel)
Niven (most)
Pournelle (some, they don't age well)
H Beam Piper
Poul Anderson
L. Sprague de Camp (mostly for his fantasy)
CJ Cherryh (some)
David Drake
David Brin (some)
Gordon R Dickson
Randall Garrett (Lord Darcy mysteries)
James Blish (Cities in Flight)
Theodore Cogswell (short stories)
Eric Frank Russell (some)
Christopher Anvil (some)
Keith Laumer (Retief and his "Bolo" stories about robot supertanks)
Frank Herbert (some)

"newish"
Lois McMaster Bujold

William Gibson

Adam Christopher is hit and miss, but I like his mix of noire detective and SF.

Charlie Stross (mostly for the Laundry series, the Iron Sunrise series will unfortunately not be continued)

Glen Cook (fantasy: The Black Company, Garrett PI)

Don't read as much as I used to, SF or any other type of fiction.
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Black Mirror, a British show that you can catch on Netflix.
Each episode is standalone.
It's near-future, and has a little bit of Twilight Zone flavor, but these scenarios could conceivably happen.
Often, it's the dark side of technology.
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gd wrote:I don't mentally sort and file stuff away for trivia recall so generally shrug off "what is your favorite x", but after seeing it for the first time a few years ago, the episode where Picard lives an entire life in an hour or two still disconcerts me.

On the other side, most wasted premise-- Star Trek: Enterprise. You knew it would be a mess just by the theme song, and it was.
"The Inner Light", I think? Classic episode; not to spoil it, but his final realization about who he is/what is going on always brings a tear to my eye. This was also a good episode in the progression of Picard becoming a little more "laid-back", IMHO.

Agree that ST: Enterprise had much promise, but failed to deliver. I was always underwhelmed by ST: DS9, too, but I've considered watching it again as I missed a lot of it during the original broadcast run and my friend claims it is the best of the "new" Trek.

Favorite TV Shows:

ST (original series; watched it late at night on local superstation growing up in the 80's)
ST: TNG (favorite ST)
ST: Voyager (Very underrated IMO)
Futurama
Sliders (first 2 seasons)
Firefly
LEX (1st season)
Twilight Zone & The Outer Limits


Favorite Movies:
Gattaca
Blade Runner
Logan's Run
Fifth Element (perhaps better defined as "screwball Sci-fi")
Empire Strikes Back
Galaxy Quest
Predator

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Valuethinker wrote:
detroitbabu wrote:Gattaca. Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman.
A very underrated and thought-provoking movie. Not just about genetic engineering and discrimination, but about other things (to say more would risk a spoiler..).

The scene where he can't cross the highway is one that just sticks with me ... (again avoiding spoilers).

The Launch Control Center is actually The Orange County Library which was also in:

- Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (as the City Center-- ie OC City Centre)

- Philip K Dick's notes etc. are kept there
I'm glad there are other people that appreciate that movie as much as I do. One other sort of obscure movie from around that same time period that was one of Roger Ebert's all time sci-fi favorites- "Dark City". Worth watching if you haven't seen it.

It's funny, coincidently on Monday I was trying to explain "The Fifth Element" to a younger co-worker. "It's soooo gawd awful terrible it actually becomes entertaining on a different level for how bad it is." Sort of hard to explain that angle.
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midareff wrote:... the Star Trek Enterprise season end and start episodes where Picard becomes a Borg and is saved.
That's Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode "The Best of Both Worlds"

Hmm. Why do I know that? :D
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wolf359 wrote:
midareff wrote:... the Star Trek Enterprise season end and start episodes where Picard becomes a Borg and is saved.
That's Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode "The Best of Both Worlds"

Hmm. Why do I know that? :D
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The mention of the Borg leads me to suggest a couple more honorable mentions...

TV... Returning to the Enterprise Worf ends up in an alternate universe where Riker is captain of the Enterprise because Picard was killed in the Borg war, and Worf is married to Counselor Troi.

Movie... Star Trek: FIrst Contact... The Borg travel into the past to assimilate Earth, and the Enterprise follows them to prevent it.
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Valuethinker wrote:...
The beginning scene is as good as any I have ever seen in an SF movie, still.
All those flaming smokestacks, sirens, supposed to be so futuristic. Just seemed like a normal South Side Chicago eastern sky scene to me. 50's and 60's that is. All the mills were gone by the mid-70s.

But the rest of the movie floored me. The owl across the screen, then Sean Young, with that 1940s outfit, 1940s hairstyle, 1940s makeup, casual cigarette..."You like our owl?". High drama that wears well.

Another favorite: Last Starfighter. Clever script, great artwork.
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Re: Sci-Fi ... your favorite movies and episodes??

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Galaxy Quest.

Stargate SG-1 before it got messed up with Richard Dean Anderson leaving.

I also like the old style movies with giant radioactive ants climbing out of the subway and so forth.
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