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The beginning of last month, I talked about my favorites in Fantasy, and now it’s time for Sci-Fi.
1 Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
I know this is a controversial pick, because the author is a straight up asshat, but I would be lying if I left it off the list. I still think about this book. I knew the ending when I first read it and it was still a gut punch.
2 Kindred – Octavia E. Butler
I recently described Kindred to my husband and I started to get misted eyed. I didn’t realize how deeply the story got under my skin. Time travel isn’t my favorite genre but this story only works within that construct. Highly recommend.
3 The Martian – Andy Weir
My eyes tend to glaze over when the math and science gets too heavy in a book, but for some reason The Martian didn’t put me off. It’s hard to not automatically root for the protagonist with all the odds against him. Also a book with the opening line “I’m pretty much fucked” is alright in my book.
(The movie was really good too!!)
4 Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
This book was a fantastic surprise. Like some I’m kinda over dystopian books but I still want to re-read this one. This literary take on ‘the end of the world’ is both unique and lyrical. A true gem. ❤
Even though this movie is very recent, I really love it. I went in expecting beautiful and terrifying alien encounters and I got that. I also got meditations about the death of one’s current self along with the different ways people face upcoming annihilation.
Boy oh boy. What a treat!
The first five minutes I started to cry. I haven’t heard anyone else having such a visceral reaction to the beginning of Arrival, but I was with this movie from the first scene. Oh god.. And then the twist. I started to cry again.
Oh, also the aliens were pretty dope. Linguists rule!
7 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This is one of my all time favorite movies. Via future tech the audience takes a weird trip in Joel’s (Jim Carrey) mind, as memories of his ex-girlfriend are being erased. Memories and emotions are complex though and Joel realizes that he doesn’t want to lose ALL his memories of her. A movie that is both hopeful and bleak at the same time.
Let’s continue on the trippy Sci-Fi train with Inception, a visual feast for these eyeballs. Many have gushed over this film but it truly is a marvel to me and I think the story is solid too.
(But let’s be honest, The Prestige is still the best Nolan movie!)
I remember that for most of season one I was on the fence about Fringe, but once the crux of the show started to reveal itself I was onboard. I really want to rewatch the series again, as my memories are starting to fade, because I remember the heights the show reached. (Crossing my fingers it holds up next time I watch.)
10 Star Trek: The Next Generation
I’m not here to rank the Star Trek series, TNG just has a special place in my heart. I grew up watching TNG and still love the characters a lot. Though I love Riker’s outfits from season one the most. ❤