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  Science Fiction Favorites

Who doesn't love sci-fi? Well, maybe a lot of people, but for me it's the first category to browse on Netflix or at a bookstore. Here's a bit about my favorites:

Literature: As far as reading sci-fi, my interests stay pretty narrow on a few authors. I lean towards hard science fiction--discussions of the mechanics of time-travel, the intricacies of space travel, descriptions of planetary evolution.  I am particularly a big fan of Arthur C. Clarke (pretty much have read everything of his) and Stanislaw Lem (whose works have been a little bit harder to get a hold of easily). Of course, my anthropology background demands an interest in alien cultures and world-building but I've never liked most people's favorites (think Dune or Ursula LeGuin). Probably my favorite in this area is the wonderfully sociological The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I am generally not a fan of fantasy---the more you start to talk about dragons and witches the less interested I am. (But yes, I have of course read and enjoyed The Lord of the Rings.) I do particularly enjoy the historic sci-fi classics of Jules Vernes and particularly H.G. Wells whose War of the Worlds was one of the primary foundations of my scifi interest as kid. (Actually, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time series may have been an even earlier influence.)

Film: I am lot less discriminating in terms of film scifi. The biggest favorite that I can watch over and over is The Fifth Element! But just to orient everyone a bit, I am more Star Wars than Star Trek, much more MCU than DCEU, and neither Alien nor Predator.

My only scifi star close encounter--Paris 1998

TV: My main area of scifi geekiness comes with television series. There have been several shows I was a devoted regular too. At the moment, I'm hoping Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D continuesto make it. Speaking of Whedons, I was long a follower of Buffy, Angel, and of course Firefly and still enjoy them, but I was a bit too old to give them constant focus. Everybody knows a good scifi fan dedicates a lot of time online to their show. This was most evident in my college days with an obsession for The X-Files.  Yes, I probably spent way too many hours that I might have used for study on developing my little website about the show and its conspiracy arcs instead, but it was fun. Here is that very 90s website still as it once was: David's X-Files Page. (Maybe one day I'll update it and include the more reboot to the series but I rather was disappointed with it---though the second season seems to be better than the first). But by far, far, far---my main sci-fi television obsessions has been, is, and will always be the long-lived British programme Doctor Who. I am not sure what age I stumbled across it on PBS as a young child but I was hooked and have been for years. While I am a fan of the newly updated continuation of the series too, classic always wins. Of course, it's thanks to the new version that the old one became popular enough for it to be put on DVD for which I am thankful. I'm currently in the midst of a years long marathon of watching and blogging about twenty six years of classic episodes: Doctor Who View


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