Name your source for these "facts". Or is it just some nebulous idea of the dark unknown savage lands out there...oakwood said:Anyway, kids kill each other for food everyday in the slums of Venezuela, Gambia and anywhere else where life or death is routine.
The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price actually stayed pretty close to the book. I'd still rather watch Omega Man, though.jb1111 said:For the life of me, I'm trying to finish the original "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson, but I suppose the movies (especially the Will Smith one) have made me jaded.
All that action.
The book is a bit more subtle, and I suppose that subtlety just isn't firing all eight cylinders for me.
oakwood said:With all due respect, I think its important to travel more, or seek out news from hard-life regions where life has almost no value, and see for ourselves. Reality is many times worse than fiction.
+1 for Eifelheim. Terrific book.German_Translator said:Even relatively recent novels can be quite thought-provoking:
Over the centuries, one small town in Germany has disappeared and never been resettled. Tom, a historian, and his theoretical physicist girlfriend Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived. What's so special about Eifelheim?
Father Dietrich is the village priest of Eifelheim, in the year 1348, when the Black Death is gathering strength but is still not nearby. Dietrich is an educated man, and to his astonishment becomes the first contact person between humanity and an alien race from a distant star, when their ship crashes in the nearby forest. It is a time of wonders, in the shadow of the plague. Flynn gives us the full richness and strangeness of medieval life, as well as some terrific aliens.
I read the first of the Foundation trilogy a while back. Correct me if I'm wrong, but were there ANY women at all in that book? I am far from PC, but still, y'know, if there are no women, then where did all the men come from?!KelliWolfe said:Asimov? I reread The Foundation Trilogy a couple of months back and was saddened by what those books could have been if they'd been written by someone with Heinlein's grasp of dialog and character. Asimov was very much an idea person, and his non-fiction is much better than his fiction. I feel much the same way about Clarke. If someone with different fiction skills had written Childhood's End or Rendezvous with Rama they'd probably be outselling Dune today.
Sex-bots.electricsheep said:I am far from PC, but still, y'know, if there are no women, then where did all the men come from?!
I don't believe there were any in the first book, but one of the main characters in Foundation and Empire was a woman, and a girl was the main character in Second Foundation.electricsheep said:I read the first of the Foundation trilogy a while back. Correct me if I'm wrong, but were there ANY women at all in that book? I am far from PC, but still, y'know, if there are no women, then where did all the men come from?!
The only other SF novel with no women I can think of off-hand is Spinrad's "The Iron Dream", but that was deliberate!
I think there's one female "character" in the first book, a wife of another character, who demands some jewellery or something. And there's a classy line about causing social unrest on another planet with a trade blockade because "women will nag their husbands about not being able to get a new washing machine". I'm paraphrasing, but seriously I'm not far off.KelliWolfe said:I don't believe there were any in the first book, but one of the main characters in Foundation and Empire was a woman, and a girl was the main character in Second Foundation.
Respectfully, I think that's an odd definition of sci-fi. There's plenty of sci-fi, both utopian and dystopian, which confines itself to earth, the near-future, etc.Felix R. Savage said:Under The Skin is great. man I loved that book! His other SF one about the priest was a major disappointment but I still remember some bits from it word for word, so it can't have been all bad. The same goes for Aurora actually. It certainly did grab my attention and make me think, and then hurl my Kindle across the room. I guess I don't see the role of SF as to "question and challenge our assumptions." I see it as literature that's supposed to inspire us about the future, with either optimistic or dystopian scenarios. But both types of scenario rest on the premise that space colonization will be *possible." Aurora systematically and purposefully cut the legs right out from under that premise. That's why I see it as anti-SF. It's a real shame as KSR is so good at depicting space travel. To give the book its due, that last extended scene of the ship slingshotting around the planets in the solar system was freaking awesome.