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Anyone interested in Sci-Fi?

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.................On the recommendation of my physics-nut-nephew
There is a basic "free" astrophysics course with a special interest in Exoplanets at https://www.edx.org/course/anux/anux-anu-astro2x-exoplanets-1443#.U8KTvfldVQE
One of the (2) lecturers is Brian Schmidt, 2011 Nobel prize winner for physics
It's week 3 of 10, I started yesterday, took me a day to catch-up the three weeks work, is pretty basic but holds my attention (so far)
The crux of the course is a mystery assignment to explain an invented 'universe' with some strange characteristics
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Yeh I'm into scifi on TV - stargate!
Stargate universe was the ultimate show but the pesky producers screwed it up and got it canned  Roll eyes
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It's life Jim but not as we know it  Tongue
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Best sc-ifi of recent years Lexx
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No, I think you'll find SGU was the finest SCIFI!
An abandoned space ship on an automated mission exploring the universe thousands of solar systems away, originally launched from earth millions of years ago by the ancients - the original version of humanity. The ship has a stargate onboard and naturally a team of our current day people end up making a connection to it and escaping to it when their base comes under attack. Unfortunately the ship (being millions of years old and having survived countless attacks from various species) is knackered, low on energy and shielding and has no way of sending our people back to earth.
It really was a fascinating plot but the producers messed it right up and a lot of fans lost interest.
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yeah i though that was a great addition to the stargate family, there have been many series that suffered a similar fate though and not necessarily due to viewer numbers Sad shame they never finished making firefly  Sad
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First Sci-Fi I remember reading was by "Eric Frank Russell - A little oil" that got me hooked.
Favorite SF characters must be the 'oil' in 'a little oil' , 'Mike' in 'Earth's a harsh Mistress' and 'Riddick'
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I got into Philip K Dick in the mid-seventees when I was reading the NME (as opposed to The Grauniad) and listening to plenty of new wave / punk music....the sort of stuff played by John Peel. His writing seemed to tap into the 'small man against the system' type of feeling also prevelant in the music. I still reread 'A Scanner Darkly' every now and then. 
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Unfortunately, I only discovered his work shortly before his death.  Cry
Apparently, it was only in his last few years that his work was "discovered" in his own country.
Unfortunately(?), copyright was allowed to lapse on about a dozen short stories.
One of my favourites...
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/28554/28554-h/28554-h.htm

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I liked stuff by Robert Heinlein Arthur C Clark and Isaac Asimov as a youngster and more recently have read a wide variety of other authors as well, I'm also keen to watch a lot of sci-fi films even the bargain basement stuff in the straight to TV category can be amusing if not captivating.
although I suppose my all time favourite novel has to be 20,000 leagues under the sea just because I really wanted that sub, probably the same reason why the tv series seaquest dsv interested me when it first got shown
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Asimov was very good.
Arthur C Clarke had some weird ideas - I wonder which side he was on in his Sri Lankan retreat?
Robert Heinlein had definite fascist leanings.