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Sci-fi Crash Course – What movies to see, what books to read?

As I am currently immersing myself into the sci-fi genre (in both books and movies), I’m trying to compile a list of reading and watching materials that would provide the general knowledge that I would need on the subject matter. However, since I have no friends who are as nerdy as myself, I’d like to ask for the information from my fellow bloggers. Please know that I have limited knowledge on what to watch or what to read as my parents were not big on sci-fi (this is exhibited by the fact that I only saw Star Wars when I was already 16, on my own). I would love to get recommendations and suggestions on how to understand the genre more as I am a huge fan of the subject matter.

As of now, the movie list I’ve compiled consist of the following (this list excludes the movies that I’ve already seen):

  1. Brazil
  2. Metropolis
  3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  4. Star Trek: Wrath of Khan
  5. Solaris
  6. Alien
  7. Aliens
  8. The Road Warrior
  9. The Day the Earth Stood Still (I have not seen the original)
  10. Planet of the Apes (Same with the above, I have not seen the one with Heston, and the one with Marky Mark sucked)
  11. Moon
  12. The 5th Element
  13. Primer
  14. Forbidden Planet
  15. City of Lost Children
  16. Repo-Man
  17. Contact
  18. The Time Machine (I saw the one with Guy Pearce and it thought it was decent)
  19. The Man Who Fell to Earth
  20. Children of Men (I know this is a recent one but I have a slight aversion to Clive Owen, I don’t know why)
  21. A Scanner Darkly
  22. Dune
  23. THX 1138
  24. Tree of Life

In addition, the book list I’ve compiled are the following:

  1. Anything Asimov related (so far I am done with the robot and foundation series)
  2. Dune series
  3. Ender’s Game
  4. The Stars My Destination
  5. Philip Dick books
  6. Neuromancer
  7. The Forever War
  8. Rendezvous with Rama
  9. Brave New World
  10. The War of the Worlds
  11. Snow Crash
  12. Contact
  13. Eon
  14. The Andromeda Strain

I know this list is laughable since some basics are included, but when I started liking sci-fi, I didn’t have any idea which movies to see and what books to pick up. And as I was also a late bloomer in internet research, it’s only now that I’m definitely finding out that there are a lot of information I can use online. Unfortunately, I cannot understand which are good suggestions and which are bad from just merely reading what is available, so I trust personal recommendations would solve that. So, I am counting on those who also love the genre to comment and suggest on how to go about this immersion project and hope I can count on my fellow fans for support. Will be waiting for your suggestions. Thank you in advance! 🙂

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Isaac Asimov Challenge Update

Alright, it’s the end of April and I have gone nowhere reading the Asimov robot series. Please do forgive me for not following through with this one. I know I can cop out and say that I don’t have the time to read but in truth I know that when I love a book, I can easily find the time to read it.

 

The thing is I had fun reading about Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun. They really are a good reality for the future. I enjoyed understanding more about Asimov’s law of robotics and how robots come to the human lives. Not only that but I do enjoy the character of Lijeh Bailey and how he manages to get the answers, although I do feel that somehow, you think that he will get the answers not because he is smart enough to do it but because he is the protagonist and he is meant to get it. I really love the world Asimov created, on how humans changed socially because of technology, on how I feel so much like Lijeh and less like the people from the Outer Worlds. The books really do grow on you and you feel alienated from the Outer Worlds which I think is a good thing because it immerses you to a world foreign to you.

 

But I have to admit that I am stuck with Robots of Dawn for about 3 weeks now, and it’s not because I am too busy. But it’s because of Gladia, I hate her, she sucks. I know the ending of Robots and Empire (because I read the last chapter of every book I read first before I start the book) and the whole Jedi mind trick is intriguing to me but to harrow through Gladia’s sex life halfway through the book is just awful. I’m seriously annoyed that Gladia is again the center of attention and how she is like the princess you just want to see dead. She has no grace at being a person and so self centered that I just want her killed off. But because it wanted to get away from Gladia so much I read the first part of Robots and Empire and to my disappointment, she is the first character that opens it.

 

I want to finish the series, I really do. Because there are a gazillion references to current sci fi literature that is based on this and I want to know everything. But I have to skip Robots of Dawn in order to do that because I really can’t stand Gladia. But my OCD kicks in telling me that I have to read it before I move forward to Robots and Empire. But everytime I open Robots of Dawn and read about stupid Gladia I either get angry, lose interest or fall asleep.

 

I do hope that I can power through this book and move forward to the series because I’ve also read the first Foundation books and they are so cool. But now since I haven’t followed through with my schedule, I’m piling on books that I have to read. I recently discovered that Dune is a must read for sci fi fanatics and it’s now on my list. To add to that, I still have a movie list to study. Does anybody have any suggestions on how I can accomplish these? HELP!

 

But anyway, I can’t abandon my 2013 goals this early on, I have seen some movies that are not on my list and I’ll probably make some reviews for that. In addition, I have been meat free for almost 3 months now and at least I have accomplish that. Hopefully I can post more updates and more reviews soon for you guys. 🙂

Isaac Asimov Challenge – Robot and Foundation Series

Other than being a movie buff, I also have an affinity for books. This love is mostly because they provide you with an escape to the mind and reality of somebody else. In addition to that, it’s definitely a good method to exercise your vocabulary, grammar and spelling (since we are all spell check dependent now.) However, due to my busy schedule and my laziness, I’ve been a bit behind on my readings. To address that, I’ve included in my 2013 goals to read 52 books. So far, I’ve read only 4 which make me 8 books behind schedule.

So to jump start my reading habits again, I’m setting myself up for a challenge. During this holy week, I’ll be immersing myself in the world created by one of the most well-known atheists who’s ever lived, Isaac Asimov. I’m committing to read the Robot and Foundation Series in the order below (the order is based another blog). 

  1. Complete Robot (1982)
  2. Caves of Steel (1954)
  3. The Naked Sun (1957)
  4. The Robots of Dawn (1983)
  5. Robots and Empire (1985)
  6. The Currents of Space (1952)
  7. The Stars, Like Dust (1951)
  8. Pebble in the Sky (1950)
  9. Prelude to the Foundation (1988)
  10. Forward the Foundation (1993)
  11. Foundation (1951)
  12. Foundation and Empire (1952)
  13. Second Foundation (1953)
  14. Foundation’s Edge (1982)
  15. Foundation and Earth (1986)

 I’m targeting to finish this list in a month’s time to get me right back on track of my reading list. I’ve already finished the Foundation and have started reading Foundation and Empire. Unfortunately, based on some forums that I’ve read, it makes more sense to read the robot series first before diving into the foundation. So I’m abandoning Foundation and Empire and will be starting with the Complete Robot.

 I’ll be posting updates on my progress on this challenge weekly so that I can make sure that I don’t go off schedule. I’ll still be reviewing movies weekly so that I can take a break from reading. But please do wish me luck so that I can accomplish this!

 If you have any comments or suggestions on this topic, feel free to comment or send me an email. It would be nice to hear from the readers.