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    Recently a fellow iPF member wondered if a thread on everything "science fiction" would be
    entertaining.

    Well, nothing ventured ......

    This thread is dedicated to the discussion of all formats of science fiction. Books (novels, short stories, graphic novels) movies, television shows, all medium.

    Fantasy and horror fiction can be discussed here too.

    Use of illustrations, images, screen caps, any form of visual media, is permitted, if it enhances the discussion. No image that is not yours, can be posted without proper credit or attribution. It is up to you to determine if the image can be shared in a public forum legally, and what credit is required including a supporting link
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    As a courtesy to fellow iPF members, when discussing recent release books, movies or television programs (in current season) please use the SPOILER ALERT if you plan to give something away.

    And above all .... Have fun. :)

    Feel free to be the kick off poster.

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    Later this month i'll be going to Chicon 7, the 70th world science fiction convention which will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago,Illinois from August 30th- September 3rd. This is where the Hugo awards are given out for outstanding achievement in science fiction. I've been going for the last 14 years and have enjoyed it immensely. You can meet your favourite authors and fellow fans from around the world. The convention is in a different city every year and I've enjoyed the travel to such distant countries as Japan,Australia and Scotland.
    Here's their website.
    http://www.chicon.org/
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    Is this event less commercialized than ComicCon?

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    Oh yes. This convention is run entirely by volunteers for the benefit of its members. There is a great dealers room as well as excellent programming. ComicCon is run to make as much money as possible for the benefit of the organizers. The financial goal of the Worldcon is to break even with maybe a small profit which is used to benefit local science fiction groups and sometimes passed on to upcoming Worldcons.
    Where ComicCon can have well over 100,000 people,a typical Worldcon will have 5-6,000 people in attendance,making it much easier to attend popular panels and presentations.
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    What a great thread, AA!

    My favorite Scifi show when I was a kid was Logan's Run. Really loved that show!

    Scifan...you have gone to a lot of really nice places abroad for these conventions! Lucky you!! :)
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    Thought I'd throw my tuppence in here.....

    I love SciFi and Horror and Fantasy.......

    Favourite authors....

    SF - Arthur C Clarke
    Horror - James Herbert
    Fantasy - JRR Tolkien (but I'm also a huge fan of Clive Barker)

    During the Olympics the BBC has been trailing a new series for the autumn schedules, an adaptation of James Herbert's The Secret Of Crickley Hall......I just can't wait!!

    I'd be interested to see people's ideas of best SF movies, I have quite a few on Blu Ray and DVD but I'm sure I must be missing something really good.

    Oh......and favourite SF TV series.....Star Trek!

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    I'll chuck these into the mix, to be going on with. Not an exhaustive list, by any means;

    Books: 2001 (of course); Dune; Lord of the Rings
    Authors: Arthur C Clarke; Ursula le Guin; E.E. "Doc" Smith; Chrichton; Heinlein; Silverberg; Wyndham; Jules Verne; HG Wells
    Movies: 2001 (again); Apollo 13; Matrix; LotR; Jurassic Park; The Andromeda Strain

    I'll go through my DVDs and BDs, Gabe, and post some titles in this thread. Our tastes seem scarily similar, so you never know.


    btw, AA. Great idea to get this thread going. We could wind up with the go-to list for recommendations for the genre.
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    One program I miss on television is "FireFly".
    As is so often the case, this well written, superbly cast show was scheduled haphazardly by the television network. It was impossible for it to find an audience - especially after some episodes were shown out of sequence.

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    I have the box set (and the movie) on DVD, I got it at the same time as another great series, Carnival, if only there were more series of this as well (I think it fits into the genre but not entirely sure where!).

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    One thing I've wondered about for years is how HG Wells got away with having all of the Martian landing sites in England, in War of the Worlds.

    I don't think any later authors would have been quite so audacious.

    But anyway, the reason for mentioning said book is to give me a chance to mention music inspired by SF. Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds was, and remains, one of my favorites, and Mike Oldfield's work "The Songs of Distant Earth" contains some quite beautiful passages.
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    It makes sense that they would land here, we would offer them tea and sandwiches.........

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    Gabriel will be interested to know that in 2014, the convention will almost certainly be in London.
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    The other Wells made up for it in the radio and first TV rendition. Ground Zero was New Jersey.
    So was the Spielberg re-boot (which I enjoyed).
    The character Harlan Ogilvy played by Tim Robbins, was a gem.

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    Did anyone watch the UK produced "Survivors"?
    It's a post apocalyptic series that ran 12 episodes. It was quite good and I'm puzzled why the BBC cancelled it.

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    That's cool that you mentioned "Carnivale." Another show that suffered an early demise. A talented cast. My favourites include Clancy Brown who was in the first "Highlander" movie, Clea DuVall, presently in "American Horror Story" and Nick Stahl. Stahl portrayed John Connor in the 3rd installment of the "Terminator" movie series. I thought he did a great job opposite Clare Danes and nicely expanded the reluctant hero trait of his character.

    BTW - I did purchase the "FireFly" box set. Saw the movie conclusion of the series titled "Serenity" in the cinema and purchased the DVD when it became available.
    I liked the wild west theme of the show and the use of Mandarin Chinese in the dialogue. I've remembered a few choice phrases for when I feel the need to hurl an expletive at work. ;)

    Adam Baldwin who played the character "Jayne Cobb" was strong in FireFly. He was a featured guest at the Ottawa ComicCon earlier this year.

    Check out the "Carnivale" trailer below if you haven't seen the series.

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    I remember a couple of scifi TV shows when I was a kid. Timeslip and Changes. Anyone else remember them? They would have been screened around 1970.
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    This is the first I've heard of either program. However, both aired on BBC. You'd think with platforms like BBC iPlayer, this kind of content could be dusted off and placed in a "classics" or "vintage" lobby, accessible by the player.

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    There was the Irwin Allen TV series The Time Tunnel, which debuted on September 9,1966 and ran till April 7,1967. Each week the main characters would end up in a different period in history, conveniently represented by 20th Century Fox stock footage and new footage shot to blend in.
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    I did do some digging a few years ago, but didn't find much. There were some photographs on the net of the original shows, but the shows didn't seem to be available anywhere.

    And I seem to remember reading that the BBC had a policy of destroying film which was considered to be of no further use. In the pre-digital days, you can imagine how much warehouse storage would have been necessary to store old film.
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    Babylon 5 remains one of my favorite TV series.
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