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    Avatar photoAngel Barracks

    What fires up your sci-fi love and gets you sci-high?

    Films, Video Games, Books etc.
    What do you like and what do you think is ‘required’?


    Here are some of my favourite sci-fi films:

    Ghosts of Mars
    28 days Later
    Resident Evil
    Pitch Black
    Chronicles of Riddick
    District 9
    I am Legend
    The Thing
    Dog Soldiers
    Reign of Fire
    Galaxy Quest
    Starship Troopers
    Fifth Element
    Battle Los Angeles
    Mad Max
    The Postman

    Avatar photoAnonymous

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    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    Your film list is spot on. For some books, I’ll add Forever War / Forever Peace. Not only two of my favourite books of all time, but fantastic military scifi and it’s a refreshing change of pace that the author isn’t obnoxiously gung ho about war.

    Avatar photoMrHarold

    Have you guys read the new Terms of Enlistment series? Really good military sci-fi.

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    Avatar photoMick Sayce

    Personally, I would take out The Thing from your list. Saw it with Kurt Russell when it first came out and thought the effects were so good that they scared the bejasus out of me. Never seen it since.

    But what about Star Wars?

    Apart from that your list says it all.

    Inspirational literature:

    The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. One of my all time favourites. Gutted when it fell apart.

    The Lensmen Series. I never tired of his repetitious use of the phrase ‘coruscating incandescence’  throughout the seven books. Doc Smith hit all the right notes for a youngling. Bit dated now, though.

    Robert Heinlein did some good stuff as well.


    Comical aside: In the film Reign of Fire, it’s mentioned that the survivors from London made their way to the mountains of Norfolk. When it came out a representative from the Norfolk Tourist Board was interviewed on the telly box. He was asked about that and he said that he had lived in Norfolk all his life but so far, had never seen a mountain in the county. However, if tourists wanted to try their luck at finding one they were very welcome.




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    Avatar photoTassie Wargamer

    While all the films you listed AB have had quite a strong influence on my interest in sci.fi., the greatest influences on me were (and still are) television serials like Dr Who, Blake’s Seven or Battlestar Galactica.

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    Avatar photoNeil Egerton

    Agree these are a nice series of books. Looking forward to next in series

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    Heavy Metal was probably the biggest influence on my ideas and inspirations. Moebius and Bilal and Druillet… those guys really took me places, kinda made up for not reading many superhero comics.

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    Hmmmm, interesting topic AB.  Lots of influences for me, and probably ones that show my age.

    Films: Alien/Aliens, Bladerunner, Serenity (haven’t seen the series), 2001, Star Wars (the original three films),  Aeon Flux, Metropolis, Solaris, The Matrix (1st movie), The Andromeda Strain,  Westworld,  Capricorn One,  Brazil, Robocop, Galaxy Quest, Total Recall, Men in Black trilogy, Hellboy.

    TV series: Dr Who, Blake’s Seven, Buck Rogers, Quatermass, X-Files, Quark, Hitchhikers Guide, Star Trek (mostly the original series), Space 1999, Thunderbirds (Are Go!).

    Authors:Ian Banks, William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Brian Stableford, Arthur C Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Michael Moorcock, Issac Asimov.

    Others: Traveller, the Apollo moonshots, Paranoia (the RPG, not the condition!).

    Lots of dystopia and complicated characters in that little list!

    Avatar photoCosmotiger

    Starship Troopers by Heinlein (and the Roughnecks TV series loosely based on the book and movie)


    Mobile Suit Gundam


    I don’t really play the HALO videogames, but the design and overall look is an influence



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    Most of the usual stuff shared by others. Love of the first three Star Wars movies still motivates my gaming interests. I still like the old 80’s and 90’s BattleTech novels. I actually came across them from the game. The only franchises I might work into a game would be Star Trek (Original), The Thing or Dr. Who (recent Doc’s). I would also slip an Alf figure into a game like I recently saw.

    I was also motivated by an obscure book “Criswell Predicts From Now to the Year 2000.” I wrote an RPG game in the early 90’s that was played as my buddies traveling in time to thwart agents of Criswell…who were trying to insure his predictions came true. If I could find regular looking unarmed figures in spandex unitards, I might game it again for fun.

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    Avatar photoAngel Barracks

    Hmmmm, interesting topic AB. Lots of influences for me,…… Serenity (haven’t seen the series)


    For shame!

    It has a good mix of emotions and humour.
    Definitely should see sir.

    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    A lot of anime can be good inspiration too, though military stuff is a bit rarer (unless it involves robots somehow).

    For urban and cyberpunk gun battles, the Ghost in the Shell movies and show are phenomenal and very clever.

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    The “hard” sci fi trio: Haldeman (Forever War and Forever Peace), Heinlein (Starship Troopers), and Drake (Hammers Slammers).


    From a purely narrative perspective, Dan Abnet’s Eisenhorn, Ravenor and Pariah. I find myself torn between hard and soft sci fi when it comes to wargaming. On one hand, I love the sheer opportunity soft/Gothic sci fi offers; daemons, Necrontyr, acro-flagellants, religious zealotry, et cetera. On the other hand, I really want the basics of the game to work as according to some semblance of logic; bullets hurt, heavy weapons tend to hurt all the more, troops to not stand by gormlessly while being charged by foot infantry, etc.


    That said, I really want a game some time that isn’t 40K. Because the 40K rules actually hurt my brain to play.

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    That ‘Criswell Predicts’ game sounds loads of fun… though probably more as an RPG for me… that way I get to do lots of goofy voices and loony monologues like, “Remember, my friends, future events such as these will affect <i>you</i> in the future!”

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    I like the lists and have read most of the older fiction.  I could never get into 40K as the fluff turned me off.

    Avatar photokid bananas

    I find inspiration in the background fluff and stories from a number of well written games as well as well done blogs and web sites. Angel Barracks, Dropship Horizons, Lead Adventures, and Matakishi’s Tea House are but some examples. Heavy Gear, Gruntz, Battletech, Tomorrow’s War and even 40K are some games that have fluff/stories that I find inspiration in.

    Avatar photoCount Belisarius

    Have you guys read the new Terms of Enlistment series? Really good military sci-fi.

    Thanks for the heads up. Just starting the second book. Enjoyed first.



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