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August 29, 2021

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  • Green Soylent: the movie that forever ruined my love for tulip flowers.(I may have mispelled it, since I saw it when I was 8 years old and in Spanish it’s called Cuando el destino nos alcance: something in the line of Whenever destiny catches up with us

    • and missed the closing ). Sorry!

      • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (the book). Multi-genre, if that’s a word, at least one of which is futuristic/Sci Fi. So great! Read it!

        • Ooh, that’s a good one!

        • I was at a very impressionable age when “Star Wars” came out. That spaceship flying up into the screen at the beginning gave me shivers. I look back at how much joy I got from it.

        • Definitily the German mini series “Dark”.

        • Foundation series by Isaak Asimov. The most amazing series of books I’ve ever read – and I read about 50 books a year!!

      • Book and mini series, “November 22, 1963” by Stephen King. Really makes you think about how little events can change the course of history. Also, James Franco with his shirt off. Just saying.

        • November 22, 1963 is a great Stephen King book!

          But for sheer fun,The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and its’ sequels or The 5th Element.

          As a child I loved A Wrinkle in Time. Haven’t seen the movie.
          I love Dr Who, old and new.
          Red Dwarf, campy British fun.
          Loved both Firefly and Farscape!
          Blade Runner is hard to forget. The end is so poignant.
          Then there’s the classic Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man
          How could I have forgotten Eureka, the tv series!

          I have tv stations that show Time Tunnel (still a favorite), My Favorite Martian, The Jetsons, Lost in Space, the 1st 4 Star Trek Series.

          I’m going to have to make some notes on books I haven’t read…

        • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (a fave when I was 16; embarrassing now); skipping the obvious (2001), the movie Brother from Another Planet; and I’m a long time Trekkie

      • I spent a lot of time as a kid reading the sci-fi writers of the 60s and 70s. Harlan Ellison and Philip K. Dick are masters, but also rather full of themselves. Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series serves up the tired old tropes of the genre with brilliant wit and a keen understanding that the shiny, bright future will, much like the present, be peopled with incompetents, shouters, con men, and paranoid androids.

        • I have to go with humor… Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for books and the old Red Dwarf TV series from the BBC.

    • Soylent Green put me off of non-meat protein forever!

      • Absolutely. There is a drink now called Soylent. Really freaky.

    • I, too, remember being disturbed by this movie, but I remember it as “Soylent Green”!

    • How about author? Octavia Butler. Very thought provoking.

      • I second Octavia Butler. Read The Accidental Beggar. You are welcome.

    • SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!

      • I know!
        Tee hee: My college roommate watched my face as the lovely surprise was revealed in the movie. I was nonplussed! She nearly peed her pants!

    • Fahrenheit 451.

    • My husband and I pondered this before I looked at the comments. So cool to see many listed that we thought of as great! I, too, am taking plenty of notes for later. My current fave is Fahrenheit 451, which I am reading (listening to) for the first time, read by Ray Bradbury himself. Chilling. Other personal notables from the recent and distant past: Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, War of the Worlds (book and Tom Cruise film version), The Time Machine, The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, Devs, Ex Machina, and, from 1966, a shoutout for Fantastic Voyage!

      • Dune for me!

    • I remember Soylent Green, but my favorite is Star Trek.

      • Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. But for sure, the Outer Limits used to really freak me out as a kid

  • “Children of Men” Honestly, it’s the only futuristic movie I’ve seen.

    • That movie is brilliant.

    • Hm, tough question as my husband’s the big future guy. We’ll go with Dune, movie and book. (I’ve only seen the movies.)

      • Yep, “Dune” is my fave sci fi book. Impatiently waiting for Denis Villenueve’s adaptation, due in October. His previous efforts have been excellent (‘Arrival’, Bladerunner 2049’) so I have high hopes.

    • The P D James novel it’s based on is excellent too!

  • Anything written by Connie Willis, especially “To Say Nothing of the Dog”. She weaves futuristic time travel with history with respect for her characters and her readers. Also particularly good on audiobooks:)

    • Connie Willis for me too! Especially Domesday Book (especially relevant right now), and To Say Nothing of the Dog. But like Mary said, they are all good. And Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler, after whom the Perseverance landing site on Mars is named.

    • I am soooooo disappointed that I don’t yet have a flying car! When I was a kid watching The Jetsons, l just KNEW I would have a flying car early in my adult years. Went on Medicare this year and still waiting.

    • I had completely forgotten about “To Say Nothing of the Dog”! I loved that, and now I have to go dig through the bookcases so I can read it again! Thanks for the reminder. I’ll go with TSNotD for my current fav.

    • Another voice for Connie Willis. I read Doomesday Book in high school and absolutely loved it.

      He short stories are masterful, too.

  • Fahrenheit 451.

    • Jen – also my favorite sci-fi as I’m not a big sci-fi fan. But the message in this one is pretty strong. Always loved sharing it with students.

    • I’ll have to go with Fahrenheit 451

  • “The Man in the High Castle”—WOW—just WOW!!!

    • Going to date myself! Fahrenheit 451

      • Not dating yourself…the feature film was made in 2018, so maybe you are a youngster!

  • Dune, but that was 50 odd years ago.

    • What’s wrong with that? Dune is good! I love Dune. Apparently enough people love Dune that they are making a movie based on it (again.)

      • Third movie version of Dune. Each great in its own way.

  • Still waiting for my flying car, but I’ll stick with The Jetsons.

    • 1984. Still the most eerily accurate. But Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and one or 2 related dystopia novels are very very very close to what this world is now. With a glimmer of hope!

      • I agree, Margaret Atwood is a great author.

      • I love the Oryx and Crake books. I’ve read them multiple times. Atwood is an excellent writer.

  • I am Legend

    • Movie or book? I loved the movie, the book left something to be desired.

      • Star Wars – I am not a fan of sci-fi but I enjoyed the movies

  • Not a sci-fi fan (it’s all can do to keep up with the present!) but writing just to say I’ve never received an incorrect order. But I would have been happy to receive a dozen skeins of Big Wool. Unfortunately, I was brought up well so I would have returned it!

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • SG-1 which I learned to love when my son was young and we watched together. Also love Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow—I’ll watch them whenever they show up on TV.

    • I like the Star Wars series.

  • Book- A wrinkle in time. Even though that was my fave as a teenager, I still love it. Movie- Soylent Green is one I’ve seen multiple times.

  • Fahrenheit 451!

  • The Fifth Element, especially Milla Jovovich saying “multi pass.” Entire movie is a hoot.

    • Or the chicken scene.

    • Oh yes, I watch it whenever it’s on.

    • Best bit are the costumes, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier

  • For me, my favorite is “The Stand” by Stepen King. It’s also my all time favorite book. Maybe it’s time to read it again! Looking forward to seeing what others share.

    • And it’s been made into a movie also. . .with Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald. And a series which i haven’t seen but may look up now. The movie was great also!

  • I’m telling my age here, but does, “My Favorite Martian” from the old days count as Sci-fi? More recently, “A Wrinkle in Time.”
    Not only are MDK orders fulfilled correctly, they are beautifully packaged with little goodies included!

  • Can’t watch sci-fi movies and knit, so no favs. Don’t read sci-fi books – unless you put memoirs and autobiographies in that category. But I do knit. Sci-fi sox.

  • Book by Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow, this is one of the best books and one of the hardest books I’ve ever read,

    • Ooo yes! I devoured that book and it’s sequel. Very thought provoking in our mindset towards life on other planets, and how they might look at us.

      • Love The Sparrow and the sequel! Compelling and sooo good! I read both books many years ago and they are still on my favorites list.

    • The Sparrow is one of my 3 favorite books. The author was so gracious and signed my copy when she was touring for A Thread of Grace

    • Yes! Love this book! Have recommended it many times.

  • I don’t know if it’s a favourite, but I’ve spent many lockdown evenings knitting as my husband and I work our way through the original Star Trek series.

    • Original series is the best! Tried to watch the next generation, etc and they just are not compare to Kirk and Spock and the gang.

    • My husband and I have spent the last year watching an episode each Saturday night.They are campy and sometimes very dated but still fun (and I can’t count the times we’ve both said “I don’t remember seeing this one before.” Amazing how one short-lived show spawned a whole universe of shows/movies. Enjoy the new movies with Chris Pine and company too.

  • The Stand by Stephen King.

    • Me too!

  • I loved Dune when it first came out and can’t wait for the new version!

  • Show: Star Trek! The most classic futuristic TV show, in my opinion.
    Book: The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin. An absolute stunner, diverse in every which way, apocalyptic, and with an unmistakable voice.
    Movie: perhaps The Martian? Only very slightly in the future.

  • Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis

    • SG-1 was an awesome show, I miss it.

    • Oh, another one I used to watch faithfully.

  • I’m a Trekkie. Always havre been, always will be. Every series.

    • Me too – one of these days I’m going to bite the bullet and get the channel to stream Picard and the other new versions.

  • Old school 1960 “Time Machine”. Gotta love it. the 2002 version is good as well, but I prefer the older version as, well, I am an older version also 🙂

  • Movie – Blade Runner with Harrison Ford. The book it is based on, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick, is a pretty good read.

  • The Day the Earth stood Still is the best old movie for sifi ever

    • My husband even remembers the words spoken by the alien lol

      • Klatu barrata niktoe

  • The Martian by Andy Weir
    Fine book and movie adaptation with Matt Damon.
    He is an astronaut stranded on Mars. Gripping survi al tale about the human spirit and ingenuity.

  • High on my list is classic Doctor Who. My English husband has loved it since he was a boy. He’s finally embarked on a project to watch (or listen, if it was a lost story) to the entire series in order with me, so that’s our new Sunday lunchtime tradition. We’re partway through the Fourth Doctor now.

    We also name all our pets after classic Doctor Who characters, following on to my parent’s tradition of naming all their pets after Sherlock Holmes characters. Our border collies are Saja (for Sarah Jane Smith) and Brig (for Brigadier General Sir Alastair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart) and our cat is Piper (after Highland piper Jamie McCrimmon).

  • Not much of a Sci-Fi fan so I will say, A Wrinkle in Time.

  • The Fifth Season. N.K. Jemisin.

    • Great series! (Though I am eagerly awaiting her next installment in “The City We Became Series”…)

  • THe Martian. Sci/fi is my least favorite film/book category. I’m not even sure if The Martian qualifies!

  • Live long and prosper! Always Star Trek.

  • Water shortages leave me haunted by memories of Frank Herbert’s Dune, where people wore gear that processed urine into the water they would drink.

  • Station Eleven, not sci fi but set in the future after a deadly virus has swept across the world and caused civilisation to collapse it’s fabulous.

    • That is a great book. I liked it best when it gets into rebuilding society. I am always cheered by the cooperative way the “good guys” do it.

    • Yes, that is a great book. Much in rotation since mid-March of last year, too!

  • Dr Who

    • I don’t have any original titles to contribute, but I agree with the commenters who posted about Station Eleven, The Stand, Ray Bradbury anything, The Passage and Star Trek. And Andy Weir; I loved The Martian, but Project Hail Mary was the best book I’ve read so far this year.

  • My first sci-fi book,Have Spacesuit-Will Travel,which started me at a very young age on a lifetime love of futuristic books,movies,and art.

  • Lost in Space. Because it’s funny unlike a lot of sci-fi which is way too earnest for my taste. See how it got into DGs writing there! Proof!

  • The Loved One author Evelyn Waugh

  • When I was little, the flying monkeys in the wizard of Oz scared me. Favorite future book would be the Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy especially the fourth book of the trilogy

  • Omg! Hands down it is X-Files. I could binge watch this series with Mulder and Scully Every Day !

    • Oh, how could I forget X files. So good right?

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    • Wrinkle in Time was my favorite childhood book, and then I borrowed all the other LEngle books from the library one summer. Lots of good role model characters for the young ones, and the not so young, too! Might have to revisit these!

  • Close Encounters
    Love that movie!

  • Movie: Gattaca
    Books: Either Enders Game or the In Death series
    TV show: Firefly

    I could see either the movie or the books coming to fruition in the near future.

  • Star Trek since the 1960’s!

  • I’m not a huge sci-do fan as I once was but I still love A Wrinkle in Time.

  • Does The Wizard of Oz count?

  • “Alien”, the movie. In my house we invented the “Ripley Scale” which measures other action stars against Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, as she is the highest level (this is not debatable) of the ultimate bad**s.

    Original and Next Gen “Star Trek” always on since I was a kid!

    • Oh my. I love all these old movies.

  • Star Trek, the original TV series.

  • My favorite series of SciFi books are the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey (and yes, they are science fiction). I love those books and have read them all several times, both in publication order and in chronological order.

  • Such a good question and so many good answers. My most recent favorites are books: “Columbus Day” by Craig Alanson (a great alien invasion type book) and “We Are Legion (We Are Bob)” by Dennis E Taylor. Both are the first and best books in their series.

    • Yes—We Are Legion is funny!

  • Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children.
    I too would have returned the Big Wool. Last week I returned two extra lids to the Container Store.

  • Children of Men, hand’s down.

  • The Sparrow. I rarely reread but I’ve read this one 3 times. It

  • Star Trek! The original of course!

  • Not a sci-fi fan but love to knit. And to get beautiful packages from MDK.

  • Star Trek all the way!

  • Stranger in a strange land. I always wanted to meet Lazarus Long …

  • Hurricane Ida

  • The book Station Eleven which I thought of immediately when this pandemic began.

    • I am in the middle of this now// so far, totally captivated. I love how, after the apocalypse, the traveling theater group finds its audiences want only Shakespeare.

  • Big Brother. I can never think of that old English nursery rhyme “oranges and lemons, sing the bells of St. Clemons” without shuddering.

  • Handmaid’s Tale when it first came out started me on Sci-fi reading. Earth by David Brin and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell( Book and movie…Come on, it was Tom Hanks). Then, all the volumes of all the Fantasy Science Fiction authors gave me much pleasurable reading.. gnomes, elves and dragons!!!and Bilbo…

  • I love the Star Trek reboots with Chris Pine and Simon Pegg.

  • I love that post!! Has to be Galaxy Quest for me.

    • Galaxy Quest is an awesome move! Watched it I don’t know how many times and still laugh! “ Never give up. Never surrender!”

  • Star Trek- a total fav!

  • My pick is the 2004 movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And, my orders from MDK have always been correct. Yea.

  • A Wrinkle In Time.

  • I’m not a sci-fi fan but I am going to say Star Wars because I remember going to the movie with my dad. That was the best!

    • I feel compelled as an Oregonian to mention Ursula K Leguin. Also c’mon people: Harry Potter!

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey, – I like to watch it every once in a while.

  • Star Trek from when I was a kid and all the Star Wars movies

  • This is important, y’all: Murderbot, by Martha Wells.

    • Yes definitely Murderbot!

      • Yes Murderbot, I like the characters snarkiness.

    • THE BEST!

  • The Man Who fell to earth! with David Bowie.

  • I have to go back to Star Trex it makes me remember how impressive all the special effects were for a tv show in the 1960’s. The stories were well written and it makes me feel like A kid again when I stumble upon the reruns.

  • Looks like I’m the odd person out. Not a big sci-fi fan, but loved Back to the Future and The Martian.

  • Not into si-fi but how about “ET” for an experience with an extra terrestial?

  • The Expanse! I couldn’t wait for season 6, so I have now read the whole series. Lol!

  • Firefly! Or maybe Dr. Who.

  • Star Wars the first movie which I believe is Star Wars IV

  • The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read it. 7 books. Over 3000 pages of gloriousness. I read it every other Summer. It’s my thing.

    • I started reading it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and CannotPutItDown

  • An oldie but goodie, THE CHRONICLES OF THE CHEYSULI by Jennifer Roberson. Generations of a Shape-Changing culture inspire the shape-changing of a ball of Big Wool into a lovely hat!

  • Star Wars, definitely Star Wars.

  • Favorite Sci-fi would be Star Trek

  • 1984 by George Orwell

    • Galaxy Quest!!

  • Ready Player One as an audiobook (definitely NOT the movie).

    • I definitely preferred the book, as well!

  • Mars Attack of course! Such a cast of stars and Tom Jones singing to boot. Scouts honor, panties on you’ll love it.

  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury was my first science fiction book. I read it in high school 55 years ago and I still love it.

  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury… but I’d rather read Atlas Insider than science fiction any day!

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (all of them), by Douglas Adam’s. My favorite number will forever be 42.

    • Me too, Mary! 42 is even part of my email address. 🙂

  • Farenhuit 451

  • The Matrix!

  • still in love with Star Trek.

  • I really enjoy the Terminator movie series.

  • Does A Wrinkle In Time count???

  • Not a sci fi fan but If Back to the Future counts; I loved that and saw it numerous times.

  • The Sparrow series by Mary Doria Russell

  • Ooo… sci-Fi is my favourite! How to pick just one…. I teach middle school so how could I not consider the still loved Maze Runner books (also made into movies and they’re surprisingly still AMAZING!), but then there’s the classic Star Trek which keeps expanding and growing, I’m currently LOVING Star Trek: Lower Decks, but then the cult classics of FireFly and Farscape. Currently I’m watching Salvation (on Netflix) and it’s amazing, but then again how can you ignore the cultural phenomenon of The 100? Over on Amazon Prime they’re purchased and continued to produce more seasons of The Expanse, which I highly highly recommend. Back to the classics though, the ending of Battlestar Galactica has always stayed with me.

    I think over all, if I have to choose just one, I’m going to go with The Expanse, partially because it still has more story coming, and partially because my husband just gets so excited for it!

  • Back to the Future

  • Sci-fi future, DG? We’re living la vida sci-fi!!! Headline: “Global pandemic shuts down the world (for 2 years)” and then beneath the fold “Vaccine available. Masses refuse.”

    • So sad and so true

  • I love The Graduate! One of the all time greats!
    Story line is timeless! And the acting??? Superb!

  • My all time favorite of a series that I have returned to for the last 40 years are The Dragonriders of Pern

  • I love the Silo Trilogy (Wool, Shift, Dust) by Hugh Howey.

    • Yes, these were gorgeous.

  • The Sparrow, Station Eleven, too many

  • Star Trek!

  • I enjoyed watching The Mandalorian with my grandsons.

  • Quantum Leap (show), Forever by Pete Hamilton (book)

  • I’m current binge watching the Dr. Who series(again). I’ve seen them so many times that it’s not an issue to try to knit and listen and know exactly what’s going on. It’s fun to go back and see the originals and how they did the special effects.

  • My favorite is “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “ .

  • Let’s face it…The Jetsons made us all feel like the future was something worth looking forward to.

    • Agree!! Wish a had a Rosie robot housekeeper

  • The Last Ship: They had a pandemic, created a cure inside of two years with only a little gene analyzer and saline, spread the cure, and beat all the bad guys who kept trying to stop them or the cure.

  • Anything by Connie Willis but especially The Domesday Book. Great to see so many titles I have read over the years. Good luck with the robots!

  • “The Stand” by Stephen King. The expanded version’, which is about 500 pages longer than the the book that was printed originally. My favorite book by my favorite fiction author. I also love the movie version, which was true to the book. I’m also a big Star Trek fan, but the original series is my least favorite (few strong female characters, lots of sexual stereotyping). Next Generation and the new movies all the way for me!.

  • I can’t believe no one has mentioned Galaxy Quest. You’ve got to love a good spoof. And, Alan Rickman.

    • Yes, that was a good one too.

    • The Stand by Stephen King. Scared me!

  • The Fifth Element

  • Favourite sci-fi show has to Star Trek with William Shatner. Showing my age

  • Silent Running or Logan’s Run- Both were classics, both had different versions of hope….

  • Star Wars. I have seen them all first with my son and now with my grandsons.

  • My favorite Sci-fi book is the post-apocalyptic, paranormal romance that I am currently writing. Working title is, “Wolfie”

  • Star Trek!

  • Stars wars!! Entire set!

  • Star Trek to Star Wars nat. They’re our DNA now.

  • Favorite futuristic book is Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel.

  • Remake of “The War of the Worlds” radio show narrated by Orson Welles.
    TV shows: the original Star Trek series and Lost In Space. “Danger! Danger! Warning! Warning!”

  • The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King.

  • Day the Earth Stood Still, original version with Michael Remy. Such a great movie.

    • My Dad took me to see that movie when I was probably too young for it but that’s what I think of whenever I think of science fiction movies. I loved it but didn’t like the remake.

  • anything by Ursula LeGuin

  • Wow! Didn’t think there any Commodores still in existence. Favorite sci-fi? Aside from anything Star Trek, it has to be Hitchikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, full of brilliant insights like: “There is a moment in every dawn when light floats, there is the possibility of magic. Creation holds its breath.”

  • Scythe by Neal Schusterman very warily accurate in today’s world especially the third book in the series. For movies I like the newer Star Trek series with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk.

  • The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey (but not the ones when her son took over – didn’t care for those).Mankind is so focused on technology that a group takes spaceships to colonize another planet, and when they get there destroy all the tech to go back to a simpler way of life. But then have to create dragons to save themselves and the planet! Terrible synopsis of the books – they’re fabulous – and did I mention the dragons FLY!!!

  • Oh … learning a new system. Even when its simple, it can be frustrating. Good luck!
    My fav sci-fi Interstellar. I loved it (or maybe it was Matthew McConaughey).

  • Star Wars all the way!

  • I second everything already mentioned in the comments!
    A few more great authors: Adrian Tchaikovsky, Dan Simmons, Sherri S. Topper, Becky Chambers, Nnedi Okorafor, Joan D. Vinge…I could go on and on!
    Recently, NPR came up with a list of the 50 best science fiction and fantasy books of the last 10 years. Check it out!

  • Without a doubt, the book Dune.

  • Iain M. Banks’ Culture Series is a hands-down favorite! Each book is unique and delightful in its own way, but ‘The Player of Games’ is my favorite so far and best to read first. I’m halfway through reading the series in order, yet I’m already looking forward to reading through them all again when I’ve finished!
    (He also writes other genres as Iain Banks, but his Science Fiction is all as Iain M. Banks).

  • Star Trek TNG. Also, my orders have always been correct and packaged very well.

    • I will always love E.T- Phone Home! First with my kids and then with my grandkids. And thanks for the question cause these comments are giving me great suggestions

  • Ok, I’m going to say Star Wars. 7-9 or 4-6 but under no circumstances, 1-3. Blah on those.

  • I like Jack Finney’s novel Time and Again. A very curious time travel back into old New York.

  • Firefly!

  • Firefly!

  • Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood! I taught it for almost 20 years (Representations of Motherhood, a Women’s Studies course) and never tired of it. Students and I always marveled at how prescient it was—-had details of current society that had not existed when it was pub in 1985. Many students were from the Boston area and delighted in figuring out particular settings. The tv show doesn’t hold a candle to the book.

  • Anything by Roger Zelazny!

  • “Moon of the Crusted Snow” by Waubgeshig Rice. Waubgeshig Rice is an Anishinaabe writer, journalist & radio host from Wasauksing First Nation, Canada. This post-apocalyptic novel is set in a small northern Anishinaabe community, and was a great read…and timely!

    • Great recommendation! It and Station Eleven were One Book One Community Reads in my area, to encourage the community to read and discuss the same book.

  • I have a friend who writes SciFi so I’m going to pitch his book – Bright Moment by Daniel Marcus. Available on Amazon

  • Not a sci fi fan but I also loved the Sparrow series.

  • 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 really upset me. I still love A Wrinkle in Time best and loved sharing it with y students and family.

  • This isn’t my preferred genre, but an oldie I have always enjoyed is Alas Babylon, a book about a town in Florida that survives some kind of apocalypse

    • I read Alas Babylon in middle school and lost sleep for a while worrying about apocalypse…..

  • I’m definitely an “into the Black” still-mourning-for-FireFly fan, but I’ve been influenced by (and fallen in love with) many, many different sci-fi worlds since I was a tiny chit reading Mary Cavendish’s 1666 story “The Blazing Word” with a flashlight under the covers at my grandparents’ cabin over 60 years ago … and then there was Asimov and the rock has been rolling down the hill ever since.

  • Dune (first book only) and Dr. Who.

  • LOL, I remember having a Commodore64,1979!? And I can relate to countless times of counting stitches, marking, recounting and getting different numbers; then after knitting the second row end up with the wrong number. I love so many sci-fi/action/adventure flicks. Lost in Space always got me mad at the Dr. So not my favorite. At the moment I can only think of Dr. Who, Star Trek, Star Wars. If DC/Marvel count , then all of those too. LOL. Now for a Blueberry bagel with strawberry cream cheese.

  • Dune. Stranger in a Strange Land. The Word for World is Green. Earth Sea Trilogy. Foundation. I love science fiction and yarn.

  • Not really into sci-fi but I loved the old Star Trek series with Captain Kirk.

  • Loved a Wrinkle in Time —the novel.

  • The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin. She created a protagonist who’s imperfect and challenges us to love her anyway. And boy, I do. This book made me think about the world in new ways.

  • 1984 by Orwell

  • Star Trek: Deep Space 9 is by far my favorite sci-fi show. I’ve watched the series so many times I could probably quote every episode line for line, lol.

  • “A Crack in Creation” by Doudna/Sternberg is the story of discovery—where sci-fi is more sci than fi. This story of discovery resembles a detective tale. The bonus is an informed opinion in some of the most important conversations of our future. Personally, I closed the book with more faith in our future. Solutions to big problems seem more possible. Who knew the scientists were hope salespeople!

  • The Martian.
    Book and movie.

  • I enjoyed reading i, Robot when my husband suggested it early in our marriage. A few days ago the movie popped up in “suggested viewing” after I finished 4400. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as the book but it surprised me.
    I’m glad to know the yarns for all the projects in the Field Guides will remain in stock in perpetuity. As soon as my budget allows I’ll be ordering a big box of Big
    Wool to knit myself a Main Squeeze. (That may actually be soon. I finally finished last year’s taxes last night and discovered we’ll be receiving a hefty refund from Federal, more than offsetting what we owed State.)

  • The Hail Mary Project is amazing!!!

  • Firefly! The sadly canceled TV show, movie, and now fabulous board game that I force other people to play with me. Also comic books. I HAVE THEM ALL.

  • First Contact, a startreck movie. It seems you are being taken over by the Borg. Resistence is futile!

  • Oooh that’s a toss up 1984 or Fahrenheit 451 I’d have to say off the top of my head.

  • Station Eleven

  • Where are all the Isaac Asimov fans? Love the Foundation series and of course, the Robot books, beginning with Caves of Steel.

  • Show: Battlestar Galactica (the reboot). Book: The Sparrow by Andrea Doria Russell.

  • Read, no, LISTEN to, Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. A clever alien and saving the earth.

  • ‘Project Hail Mary’ by Andy Weir
    Best Sci-Fi my husband has read in a very long time…..

  • Not really into scifi, but I loved The Jetsons (still do!).

  • But can it stop me from sending my order to the recipient of my last MDK gift like I did earlier this week? That would be an excellent tool!

  • My first sci-fi book was A Wrinkle in Time (my 4th grade teacher read it to us). Other faves include The Doomsday Book, Blade Runner, and Firefly.

  • I would have to say Star Trek TNG

  • I like a lot of sci-fi, most of which has already been mentioned here, but “He, She and It” by Marge Piercy is another one that comes to mind.

  • Star Trek!

  • So many favorites! Dune. Yes. But also The Thomas Covenant series (Stephen R. Donaldson). Every last one is brilliant. Stranger in a Strange Land and its sequels. Take me away!

    • I was waiting for someone to mention Donaldson. Very memorable books, since I read them 30 years ago!

  • The original BBC radio broadcast recording of The Hitchhiker’s Guide; anything by Connie Willis; and 2001: A Space Odyssey, because Kubrick.

  • So so many, but in keeping with the topic: The Murderbot Diaries by the great Martha Wells.

    • Yes! I just finished reading the last book of The Murderbot Diaries a couple of weeks ago and immediately talked my husband into listening to the whole series on audiobook together now that our shared commute is starting back up.

      Another favorite of mine is The Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie.

    • Most of my favs have been mentioned, so I will say Ender’s Game (book).

  • Post apocalyptic futures for me. Mad Max, Blade Runner and even Fight Club. The fashion in these films inspires otherworldly knitwear, worn with vintage rags, sweaters and hats that might have holes or appear to be purposefully unraveling a little. Think knitwear from either comme des garçons or R13. Swoon.

  • Time Enough For Love by Robert L Heinlein. Any of his, really- his stories were my introduction to sci-fi. Only one got made into a movie, & they changed a viral part of the story, so I don’t recommend it

  • …and Red Dwarf. Still cracks me up.

  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. It is fantastic! Even better than The Martian and Artemis, which were nothing great!

    • That is supposed to be “ both great”. Thanks, Autocorrect!

  • 1984.

  • Jennifer government or

    Midnight library

    Both, quirkey lil reads

    • I just finished Midnight Library. What a great book!

    • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is wonderful! A must-read.,

  • Dr. Who is my favorite sci-fi show

  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov (and it’s series) is my favorite classic sci fi. Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others is my favorite contemporary sci fi.

    • Sorry about the punctuation. Why is auto-correct never correct?

    • Books by Octavia Butler, Heinlein, Asimov, Arthur C Clarke. Movies: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 2001: A Space Odyssey, ET, Star Wars, The Day the Earth Stood Still. And all the original Star Trek.

  • I always knew yarn was indeed ‘String Theory’.
    (Apparently the way it can tangle and knit, however, is ‘chaos theory,’ according to Eldest).

    Anyway – Star Trek. Doctor Who.
    My grown up boys will say Star Wars.

    I say we are living in the updated version of ‘The Andromeda Strain.’

  • There are so many!
    Avatar. Robocop
    Back to the Future Series
    Terminator series
    Empire Strikes Back
    ET- WALL-E
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Men in Black
    Total Recall
    Inception

    • “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster.

      • Oh yes!!!!!

  • 1984, since we’re living it now.

  • Dune, the novel, and subsequent books in the series. Amazing.

  • I have major love for Season One of “Space: 1999.” (Season Two went off the rails a bit … and by “a bit,” I mean “what did you do with Professor Bergman, you maniacs.”)

  • Speaking of robot overlords…the 2004 reboot of Battlestar Galactica! So good!

  • Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King

  • Book: Lucifer’s Hammer, David Niven & Larry Pournelle
    Movie: ET, The Extraterrestrial
    TV Show: Star Trek, The Original Series

    • Love Lucifer’s Hammer! Is it a Suzanne thing???

  • I enjoy funny or positive/uplifting sci-fi…so Jetsons, Lost in Space, Star Trek, Star Wars, Galaxy Quest, Interstellar, The Martian, etc.

  • 2001-Space Odyssey – the idea that the computer could take over shook me in my boots!!! and so uncaring!!!

  • The Human by Matt Haig. I liked it because the “non-human” becomes more human in the end. It’s a surprisingly sweet story.

  • The “Dune” series is awesome!

  • I’m a committed sci-fi fan, so this is a tough question for me. I really love Star Trek. There’s a million other great shows and movies, but the Trek world endures and can be reimagined in so many ways. All hail Gene Roddenberry!

  • Handmaid’s Tale and A Wrinkle in Time are two of my favorites.

  • Dune

  • Hmmm..hard to choose berween The Stand and Ender’s Game…named my cat Ender so i’ll go with that

  • Life is my source of science fiction

  • My favorite sci-fi show it’s all oldie, but I love it – Eureka. It is very funny, entertaining, and binge worthy.

    • We are binge-watching Eureka now — and it holds up amazingly well. (It’s available on amazone Prime and Peacock, if you want to catch up.) What shocks me is that it was created pre-smartphone — and still the tech seems OK!

      • Yuck. “Amazon Prime,” of course.

  • Fahrenheit 451 – a classic that reads better as an adult than it did in high school.

  • The first book that came to mind is Dune

  • Wool by Hugh Howey! How could it be anything else?

  • Star Trek Next Generation. Engage!!

    • My favorite Trek series is TNG too. Make it so! I could never decide whether Captain Picard or Number One Will Riker was more swoon-worthy!

  • Star Wars

  • Recently read Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir and enjoyed it. Amusing and interesting.

  • Something Wicked this Way Comes

  • The Martian by Andy Wier, book and movie with Matt Damon.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    • The old TV show- My Favourite Martian.
      Bill Bixby

  • Station Eleven is my favorite sci-fi book of all time. Emily St. John Mandel told people not to read it during the pandemic, but I think you should, if you haven’t.

    I think all the time about “Survival is insufficient.” Without art, literature, music, the art of creating, would mere existence be worth anything?

  • Star Trek for sure!

  • I’m surprised no one has mentioned a true old classic – On The Beach by Neville Shute!

  • TV: People of Earth, movie: Interstellar, book: The Power

  • The Outlander series, books and tv version.

  • I’m not a sci-fi fan, I did enjoy watching The Jetsons as a child.

  • Never tire of “Close Encounters” and looking forward to the new “Dune”.

  • Any Star Wars movie. Awesome

  • Firefly and Serenity
    The Star Trek reboots
    The Fifth Element

  • Star Trek forever and always!

    • Oh yes.Star Trek. Still my favourite. Which captain is your preferred series.

  • Does anyone remember the Twilight Zone? Is that sci-fi enough for us non-sci-fi genre people?

    • A classic, with Rod Serling! And Outer Limits

  • none, I haven’t watched any

  • Mars Attack

  • The original movie- The Day the Earth Stood Still. (1950’s)
    Great cast. Much better plot than the remake.
    The boy says “ hey He corrected the professor’s math!”

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • “Tell the Machine Goodnight” by Katie Williams…..a quirky and cute debut novel.

  • The Jetsons

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • Serenity/Firefly, with NK Jemisen, Guardians of the Galaxy, and all things Philip K. Dick close seconds.

  • I’m waiting for new episodes of Doctor Who. And I loved Firefly. I’m not sure I believe DG about all the shipping mistakes – I always love how beautiful my packages from MDK are. And have taken their correctness for granted, I’m afraid.

    • The error percentage is really really low but when we make one, it’s always hilariously wrong.

  • Like so many people, I became a fan of Star Trek because of the optimistic future it presents: a peaceful (mostly) federation of planets, with the “military” — Starfleet — focused on exploration and learning. All based on a “Prime Directive” that comes down, basically, to “do no harm.” Nice place to live, I think. Especially right now.

  • The Martian. My go-to inspiration for any challenge: “I’m gonna science the sh** our of this.”

  • I’ve gotten pretty deeply invested in James S.A. Corey’s series, The Expanse. Eight books, other novellas and now a show on Amazon. Complex story lines, human colonization of the solar system, aliens…what’s not to like?

  • You are so funny. Outer Limits.

  • WALL-E, Star Wars, currently enjoying Umbrella Academy.

  • Well I agree with all of the selections and remembered watching lots of them – and want to watch them again! But I am surprised that I didn’t see Blade Runner! That would be up there at the top of my list for movie. Book on the other hand has to be Beggars in Spain – no question! Everyone in my family has read that book and we all refer to parts of it constantly. If you like this genre you MUST read Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress!!
    There is nothing better than knitting to Star Trek though … Live Long and Prosper!

  • So many great books that would fit this category, many already named. Newest favorite is Radio Life by Derek Miller.

  • My favorite book is Dune by Frank Herbert.

  • I have two! Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Wait, I have three! Also the Murderbot series by Martha Wells! Read them I promise you’ll love them all!

  • The Tripods trilogy books by John Christopher (pen name) (The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead, and The Pool of Fire). Read them in grade school and have re-read several times. They were the start to my love of sci-fi. Wrote a letter to the author (early 1970s) via publisher as a class assignment. Didn’t realize he was British and received a personal letter from him on airmail stationary. Thrilling! (I still have the letter.)

  • I am going with the Jetsons!!

  • The Martian

  • Mandelorian

  • Movie: Fifth Element (re watched too many times to count!), Book: Stranger in a Stangeland (read as a teenager and stuck with me) or Wrinkle in Time (my all time favorite book ever.)

  • Back to the future. The jetsons.

  • Does Galaxy Quest qualify? I watch it every year or so.

  • Ex Machina

  • My favorite sci-fi movie it “ET”

  • Silent Running, the movie with Bruce Dern,
    A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

    And I have a hard time remembering Star Trek is not real. Anybody else hoping to go to Bozeman MT on April 5, 2063?

  • Congrats on the system update. Favorite all time book is “Replay” by Ken Grimwood and favorite TV series is “Dr Who”

  • 2001 A Space Odyssey, the original Star Trek

  • Star Trek: Next Generation!

  • My favorite will always be the TV show, Lost in Space. It had the best robot ever. Moving around, arms waving and stating “Warning warning…”

  • Silent Running is the first sci-fi movie I remember seeing in a theater and it really stuck with me. In high school I hated having books assigned for me to read until Ursula LeGuin’s The Dispossessed…it made me think. I really should re-read it.

  • The Quiet Earth.

  • I really enjoyed The Martian by Andy Weir, and the subsequent movie.
    We also enjoyed Away, a Netflix mini-series. I am hoping for a second series.
    Thanks for this fun giveaway contest!

  • Star Wars, of course!

  • As a child A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorite books. Later, anything by Anne McCaffrey for escapist beaching.

  • Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury was a great author (and supporter of libraries ).

  • 2001 A Space Odyssey. And all the sequels by Arthur C. Clarke. Just fabulous. Also his series Rendevouz with Rama. Such creativity and imagination.

  • Anything written by Margaret Atwood is my favorite, whichever one I just finished is my absolutely ultimate favorite.

  • Dune!

  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. It is a superb story of space travel, human relationships and philosophy. I don’t read sci-fi much, but this story captivated me. Take it from a librarian knitter, this is a great read!

  • One of my favorites is Three Hearts and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson. A parallel universe fantasy. I’m not much for dystopia and post-apocalyptic – too much like real life these days!

  • The Beforeighers. A short series on HBO. I loved it too much. I think it was the Viking policewoman.

  • Hands down “Blade Runner”, director’s cut.

  • TV shows: Star Trek series (especially Picard) and Dr. Who

  • I don’t normally watch sci fi but “Man in the high castle” caught my attention.

  • This one was easy for me. Blade Runner. Top 5 movie all time.

  • Glory Road by Robert Heinlein. Used to read it once a year, haven’t for awhile. So its time to read it again!

  • Inception. As a person who has vivid dreams and some times I wonder, “was that memory real or just a dream”, I could relate to it.

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still was my intro into the Sci Fi world…unless you count Lost In Space.

  • Dr. Whoooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All of them!!!! 😀

  • Fav books – Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. Fav show – Eureka

  • I did enjoy the Jetsons when I was a kid. Flying cars would be so cool. And a robot maid would be great!

  • “Warning, Will Robinson” ….Haven’t heard that for ages. Are we that old? Dredging up the sci-fi movies…does anybody remember the one with the giant, possibly irradiated, crabs that ate almost everybody?

  • I’m not a fan of sci-fi/fantasy reading, but my hubby loves Iain Banks’ books. I really enjoy everything Star Trek/Star Wars and above all: FARSCAPE – Oh, I bemoaned the cancellation of that one. I own the entire series on DVD. Yes, I am that old.

  • I always got a chuckle out of watching Red Dwarf with my daughter. It’s the future, but instead of ultra efficient whiz bang technology, it’s bureaucratic foolishness like you would expect if you have ever had to truly deal with corporate management. Somehow, I don’t think moving into the future will elevate humans to some idealistic higher plain of behavior.

  • Best sci-fi movie…Bucharoo Banzai Across the 8th Demension!

  • Fahrenheit 451, although Soylent Green is a close second!

  • I vote for Aliens. That “creeped” me out the first time I saw it.

  • Not a big fan, but Close Encounters was one that really captivated me.

  • Dune!

  • Best book ever Earth Abides. Hope it’s still in print.

  • The book Logan’s Run. It’s dated now, but it was a good read.

  • Mork and Mindy for obvious reasons!

  • The original Blade Runner is my all time favorite sci-fi movie. Rutger Hauer. Sigh.❤️❤️

  • Not huge on sci-fi but do realty enjoy Andy Weir. Loved both the book and movie of The Martian & am hoping the make a movie from Hail Mary!

  • A trilogy written in 1967 called Tripods by John Christopher has never left my head. I read the books as a young teenager. In it, the human race has been taken over by alien transmissions that have been sent via television. Humans are “capped” so they do not think independently and are the servants of the aliens that now inhabit and rule the earth. I am anxious every time I watch TV and all of DG’s great telly suggestions are a mixed blessing! LOL

  • Station Eleven!

  • WAY STATION by Clifford D Simsk
    On oldie classic important enough to be on Audible, which didn’t exist in it’s time.
    I love that it’s set in rural Wisconsin, an area I’m familiar with.

  • Not a fan of sci-fi, but I did enjoy the 1949(?) classic novel Earth Abides by George Stewart.
    I will also hold the first Star Wars movie forever in my heart because my son was born the day it was released and he is a mega-fan to this day.

  • Star Trek is one of my long-time favorites 🙂

  • Firefly! I even made a couple Jayne hats!

  • The Martian. I listened to it on Audible (for free!). What a great listen!! I don’t usually like science fiction, but this was amazing!

  • Eureka – it’s a tv show that aired about 15 years ago, about a secret community living under a biodome-like bubble that made the community invisible. Its citizens consisted of super smart scientists whose mission was to invent super cool things for the benefit of all humanity. The kind of show that made you wish very much that it wasn’t fiction.

  • A Wrinkle in Time as a nine-year-old and The Stand as a young adult. So many great recommendations in the comments!

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, since high school, a very long time ago

  • Firefly AND/OR Dr. Who (especially the historical episodes—Van Gogh!)

  • Murderbot Diaries! Very different from most things I read ( sci fi generally not my cup of tea!) but totally creative and well- written. Central “ character” is wonderful. I completely binged the whole series of novels!

  • 2022
    Battlestar Galactica- Starbuck!
    The Cell
    The Stand
    Alien
    Terminator
    Rocky Horror Picture Show
    The Passage

  • One I read decades ago, a paperback from the Beaver (UT) public library found decades ago – about a future where, after yet another Great War, cities could only exist with populations fewer than 3,000 people. Can’t remember the name of it.

  • N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy – she’s a genius !

  • All the Star Wars films.

  • The Rolling Stones by Robert Heinlen. I loved a lot of his books

  • My choice would be “Loki”

  • The bulk of my reading and viewing since I was a child has wound through the sci-fi realm… how could I pick just one? Star Trek; Star Wars; everything Arthur C., Atwood, and Heinlein; Hunger Games; Red Rising; Wool; and how about Andy Weir? Yes, there are too many to list, but this is a good start.

  • I’ve never seen a Star Wars movie, nor a Star Trek movie or even a tv Episode, no Dune, no Avatar, not even E.T. You get the picture. As far as books go, my favorite sci-fi book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. It’s also the only sci-fi book I’ve ever read, so there’s that.

    But as sci-fi books go I know this book has an element that should appeal to knitters. Central to the story is – spoiler alert – a towel. Here is the author himself on the importance of having a towel if you go hitchhiking through the galaxy:

    “A towel, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

    Who wouldn’t want to knit yourself a towel for Towel Day, celebrated by Galaxian Hitchhikers everywhere each May 25th?

  • I just finished reading “Ready Player One”, so it’s my new favorite. Gotta love the 80s!

  • Firefly all the way and every day.

  • Dune by Frank Herbert

    • Cinder (novel)by Marissa Meyer

  • Stranger Things or Cloud Atlas

  • The Forever War by Joe Haldeman-honestly, a comment on war.

  • Star Wars- Return of the Jedi. Any of them but episode 1-3.

  • So I’ll really date myself by remembering watching from behind my mom, a “terrifying” cardboard carrot lurking dangerously toward the family on Lost in Space!

  • Speaking of Will Robinson…Lost in Space, of course! The original tv series. Only. My sisters and I used to act out the characters. I always got to be the Robot just so I got to say The Line. Ah the good old days, when warnings of imminent danger were so clearly delivered

    • As a library worker, all these comments have been great & mind-expanding to read! Thanks so much for the recommendations!

  • HUGE sci-fi fan. Favorite TV: anything in the Trek universe.
    Book: Way Station by Clifford Simak
    Movie: Arrival

  • Favorite book:Lathe of Heaven. I found it in the 70s and made my sisters-in-law (there are 5) book club read it last year. Still awesome.

  • Blade runner movie : the Harrison Ford one
    Thanks

  • Ooh, anything by Asimov still thrills me when I read it!

  • Dr. Who!

  • I’m a big Star Trek fan. I’ve watched from the beginning when I had to sneak a peak at the original series. I love them all. The corny movies, Next Generation, the newer series Picard and Discovery, Lower Decks and the not star trek but equally good Mandalorian. I’m not a convention person no dressing up for me. I just love the stories and imagination.

  • The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

  • The Outlander

  • Monsters inc!

  • I thought of several old favorites but have to go with something newer – Ken Liu’s The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. This book boggles the mind and heart.

    This is an amazing collection of short fiction. Usually these are categorized as speculative fiction, stories that take place beyond our known world, and I am fitting them into sci-fi here. I’ve read nothing else like them, they leave my head spinning, and I’m glad I found them.

  • The TV series “Stargate”

  • The book A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr., or maybe Neuromancer by William Gibson (not to be confused with The Matrix, but that’s a story of court cases …)

  • Red rising

  • Almost any of the Vorkosigan Saga, but especially the 1st, Shards of Honor

  • Wow, I have not felt so over the moon to know EXACTLY what everyone is talking about! I have read/enjoyed all but one book mentioned in the ~400 comments. My dad read me Asimov in lieu of fairy tales at a tender age, and I now realize I have not missed much since…all the way through to The Martian and Children of Time. If not for all that SciFi reading, I could gotten a LOT of knitting accomplished!
    Thanks DG, once again you reeled us in, lol!

  • Back to the Future

  • Firefly. Love the mix of Wild West and the future.

  • For me it’s a toss up between “Brave New World” and the super disco era film, “Logan’s Run”. Both are classic and with some relevant modern echos. This was a fun post, thanks for all of the “Terminator” references!

  • One of the most terrifying books for me that has stuck in my memory since the 70s, is Mutant 59: The Plastic Eaters. Plastic eating bacteria wreak havoc across the Earth. It doesn’t seem so far fetched when there are already bacteria that eat oil, and plastic, of course, is a petroleum product.
    That said, two of my favorite books are humorous ones: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and Borgel by Daniel Pinkwater (which I think is much better as an audio book read by the author.)

  • How about Lady Hawk, Logan’s Run, and Soldier … just to name a few that haven’t been mentioned.

  • I’ve never been a huge sci-fi fan but, I never missed an episode of the original Star Trek! And, who could not love E.T.!!!

  • Let’s go with Gattica today.

  • I really loved Martha Wells’ murderbot series… but Soylent Green and Connie Willis’ book All Clear is also fantastic. Good luck with the robots !

  • The Jetsons.

  • So many choices but my fave book would be Dune, world building on an epic scale (and hasn’t dated at all).
    Fave movie would be The Matrix – Morpheus’s monologue about reality is genius.

    PS – honorable mention should go to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, especially the bits about
    Vogon poetry and the whale& petunias.

  • Snowcrash be Neal Stephenson

  • Doctor Who. Hands down. I am writing this whilst sipping coffee from my TARDIS coffee mug.

  • And my favorite book as a child- a wrinkle in time

  • Have to mention early China Mieville since no one did. The Scar.

    • Perdido Street Station a superb one to statr with. Beautifully written dystopia. Great worlds creator.

  • My current favorite sci-fi series begins with the book, “We Are Legion (We Are Bob),” by Dennis E. Taylor — the whole series is known as “The Bobiverse.” (Don’t worry, DG…if this series is anything to go by, your new computer overlords are going to be entertaining as hell, not to mention super efficient and kind!)

  • I haven’t seen this one pop in the comments yet but think it deserves big love: WOOL by Hugh Howey. I mean, c’mon, it’s called WOOL! 🙂
    (And the rest of the series, too. I just checked and it’s set to release on Apple TV next year.)

  • The Handmaid’s Tale

  • Octavia Butler’s The Parable of the Sower.

  • Citron! I always want all the things citron. Yum.
    As for the dystopian robot future, well, I’ve been reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and it’s all I can think about. So, like, John Wayne and a screwball who would have been comic relief in some terrible 80s flick irritating an AI supertrain until it doesn’t kill them, quite… It’s hard to ‘splain in a soundbyte.

    • Oh, and let’s also give a shout-out to David Foster Wallace’s dystopia in Infinite Jest:
      -the years became sponsored, so it was no longer going to be “2023” but “The year of the Depends Adult Undergarment”
      -he nailed video calls, saying that as video phones became more common, people kept upping their cosmetic and wig game, and fake backgrounds until they finally put up mannequins of themselves and talked from off screen
      -the Infinite Jest is just a video, so gripping and engaging that you literally just sit and watch it and let your body systems end
      (Straps on Fitbit, steps away from computer…)

  • way too many to count. no way can i pick an all time favorite, but my current favorite, which i just discovered, is Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

  • My current favorite Science Fiction book is “Black Sun” by Rebecca Roanhorse.

  • The High Crusade by Poul Anderson! It’s as much satire as it is space opera, and it’s hysterical!

  • 2001: A space odyssey

  • I’m not going to claim “favorite” but one I’ve been liking is Altered Carbon (both the book and the TV series.)

  • My favorite science fiction book is “True Names” by Vernon Vinge. In 1981, Vinge imagined cyberspace and internet with spooky accuracy years before the World Wide Web came to be. Among TV series, Babylon 5, Firefly and The Expanse are my favorites.

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Despite its pandemic roots, the concepts it brings forward about living post-technology are fascinating.

  • My Favorite Martian.

  • All time favorite is “The Hitchhikers Guide” books. Recent love is Dennis E Taylor’s Bobiverse series.

  • Klara and the Sun is my current most favorite Sci-Fi. Love some well written dystopian fiction.

  • Star Trek. Still waiting for transporters

  • My favorite Sci-Fi movie is “Back to the Future”. Who doesn’t want to go either back or forward in time? This classic is still enjoyable no matter how many times you watch it, Sonja Myklebust

  • I like Neal Stephenson’s older books. Anathem is probably my favorite…

  • I enjoyed watching “The Hunger Games” trilogy.

  • There are so many but “The Expanse” tops my list.

  • The book The Jane Austen Project, by Kathleen Flynn. Perfect for those who enjoy Austen fan fiction, with a twist.

  • I’ve been a huge fan of Robert Heinlein since I was a teenager. I think my favorite book is “Time Enough for Love”, with “Stranger in a Strange Land” coming in second. This forward thinking writer was having his characters use personal computers and cel phones in books he wrote in the 1940’s.

  • I’m not much of a sci fi person, but Star Trek is always a good choice.

  • Wool. By Hugh Howey

  • Recently started watching The Expanse – totally sucked me in!

  • Mine would definitely have to be The Stand by Stephen King. I don’t have any interest in the movies or tv shows, but this one totally absorbed 2-3 days of my life the first time I read it. A close runner up would be The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (also the book!).

  • Recently, The Water Knife. By Paolo Bacigalupi.
    The Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy is memorable & all time favorite would have to be Fahrenheit 454 after childhood Wrinkle In Time

  • For surprising speculative short fiction: the LeVar Burton Reads podcast. Transporting!

  • Dune by frank herbert. The book more than the movie

  • Original Star Trek television series!!

  • My favourite sci-fi book of all times is Ken Macleod’s Learning the World, which is set in a future in which humans are colonizing new planets. It is a story of how the inhabitants of a planet and the humans who intend to colonize their solar system, discover and start to learn about each other. It shows both sides of a ‘first contact’ event, and also has interesting ideas about how humankind evolves, by integrating their minds with the collective mind of the internet.

  • My favourite sci-fi book series is Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars colonisation trilogy Red Mars, Blue Mars, Green Mars. Scientists lead the way, longevity medicine unbalances the world population, and an alternative system of government for Mars, base on global conferences (such as the contemporary climate conferences, or the UN Development Goals conferences).

  • My current favourite sci-fi series is ‘See’, with the always impressive Jason Momoa. Survivors of a pandemic emerge to build new ‘tribal’ communities and fight, or hide, for survival. The twist is that all survivors are blind (their offspring too).

  • Firefly

  • I’m going with Westworld (TV Series) and The Mandibles (book) by Lionel Shriver. Both are pretty bleak dystopia, if you’re into that kind of thing.

  • Hmmm. Don’t usually go for sci-fi so I’ll just say 1984. Is that futuristic now?

  • The Sparrow is a wonderful sci- fi book that I’ve reread several times – with a sequel Children of God. Highly recommend!

  • Soylent Green left me worried for all humanity when I saw it as a teenager.
    Super loyal disciple for Star Trek anything– I’d happily spend time with either James T. Kirk but I’d die in the name of duty for Jean Luc Picard!!
    And most recently — there are very real lessons to be learned from Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale!!!
    Sara

  • Trekkie here. Had a nearly life-size poster of Captain Picard in my office until I retired and then at home in my bedroom for years. Just barely cleared it out during lockdown cleaning/clearing.

  • It’s tough. The Oxford Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories (ed by Tom Shippey) or McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales for books, but also love the Day After Tomorrow and 2012 for movies. Do disaster movies count as Sci Fi? Edge of Tomorrow is also a favourite.

  • William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy vintage Star Trek, without a doubt. As children, we used to make phasers from Lego. I always had to be Lt Uhura because she was the only girl!

  • two bagel breakfast! LOL

  • My favorite series of all time was the Dune Series by Frank Herbert. I may be showing my age but I was ripe for it at the time.

  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

  • Ready Player One. The book is SO much better than the movie. I’m a huge VR fan. 🙂

  • Does Outlander count? I’ve become mildly, OK maybe more than that, obsessed. Especially when they feature hand made knits! Oh, to time travel…

  • In my college days I read lots of sci-fi and not sure I could pick out a best but I did love Philip K. Dick books.

  • My favorite SciFi books are The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.

  • I was never a big sci-fi fan, but I recall Fahrenheit 451 as excellent . And my dad introduced me to Fantastic Voyage when I was in high school… but my husband’s favorite is Time Machine. Guess I have to read that one now… Thanks DG!! Love your weekly ramblings and all the great responses. Hope I win one of these days 🙂

  • … and did anyone mention Men In Black? I love Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones together in that series.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey! Anything that Ray Bradbury or Isaac Asimov wrote. Star Trek and Stargate…..The X-Files, and the list goes on. Alternate realities are especially appealing during lockdown.

  • Back to the Future!

  • Dune!

  • Lost In Space, the original tv show. I was fascinated by that potato chip making device.

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – original BBC radio series.

  • Does Star Trek count? We’re talking from the 70’s Star Trek!!

  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

  • Battlestar Galactica, but the one which showed when I was a kid, not the reboot. I loved Twiki the robot, and their swish metallic jumpsuits!

    • And my goodness -V!!! They are showing the original series again on the Syfy channel, and dammit, it still holds up! That scene where the mouse was eaten… my eyes practically popped out of my head at that!

  • Gish Jen’s “The Resisters.”

  • Silence of the Lambs. I read the book and saw the movie but the book was better! It still creeps me out!

  • Anything at all by Ursula LeGuin.

  • Resident Alien

  • Oh, lordy, I came here with an answer to your question but now looking at the first few comments I realize that I like all those other things too! Let’s just say my favourite futuristic/sci-fi book, movie, or show is Terminator 2, but of course Star Wars, Cloud Atlas and that Stephen King novel are all great too.

  • The Martian!

  • Mary Doria Russell’s novel The Sparrow – a Jesuit priest in space. . .

  • Terminator always