Regaining My Love of Sci-Fi after Hubbard's Scientology Killed It

Mick Wenlock

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to my prejudiced view the very best sci-fi TV series was (and remains) Babylon 5 written by JMS - J Michael Straczynski - I have never come across anything that comes close to it.

Farscape I enjoyed - not in the "must watch" like B5 but still it was good.

ST:TNG of course
 

TG1

Angelic Poster
Lucifer's Hammer

For all the folks out there who want to survive "the end of world as we know it," Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle is a brilliant instruction manual.

While being a terrific page-turner and employing every Pauline's Peril you could ask for, it is optimistic about the ability of human beings to overcome chaos, bad luck and evil.

Just my kind of book -- danger, villains, heroes, heroines, hope and salvation!

TG1
 

TG1

Angelic Poster
And now Hubby and I are talking about old science fiction books. We've just looked up some good old ones:

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Abides

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alas,_Babylon

... and, of course, The Lensman Series by E.E. Doc Smith. We've just discovered that the entire series can be downloaded for free at a number of sites, including http://www.gobookee.org/lensman-series/. We haven't done so yet, but now plan to do so.
 

Enthetan

Master of Disaster
to my prejudiced view the very best sci-fi TV series was (and remains) Babylon 5 written by JMS - J Michael Straczynski - I have never come across anything that comes close to it.

Farscape I enjoyed - not in the "must watch" like B5 but still it was good.

ST:TNG of course

I tended to prefer Star Trek : Deep Space Nine back when it was playing, over TNG.
 

Enthetan

Master of Disaster
And now Hubby and I are talking about old science fiction books. We've just looked up some good old ones:

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Abides

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alas,_Babylon

... and, of course, The Lensman Series by E.E. Doc Smith. We've just discovered that the entire series can be downloaded for free at a number of sites, including http://www.gobookee.org/lensman-series/. We haven't done so yet, but now plan to do so.

That gobookee link wants a credit card before it will let me download.

Some E.E. Doc Smith is available for free at Project Gutenberg
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/9515

along with a large number of classic authors whose copyrights have lapsed.
 
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That gobookee link wants a credit card before it will let me download.

Some E.E. Doc Smith is available for free at Project Gutenberg
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/9515

along with a large number of classic authors whose copyrights have lapsed.
If you go to some used book stores they have old SF books pretty cheap. I prefer reading them to reading kindle or computer monitor. When I was at Flag, before they got nuts on everybody spending every waking minute doing their basics, I would haunt some of the used book stores or the clearwater library for cheap SF. Being there was like taking a high stress vacation sprinkled with down time between sessions etc. In my normal life I mainly listen to audio books.

Mimsey
 
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