Top Five – Science Fiction TV and Movies

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This week we head into the world of science fiction for our Top Five.

Your list this week can be from both TV and from the cinema.

For me, my favourite is a movie that was not successful  – Dune. I just loved the feel of the movie: the sets, the music, the acting. I admit that the story in the movie was disjointed but it must have been hard to fit in the full story.

So – what is your top five?

I am going to hold off on putting up my top five until later as I have a habit of forgetting something vital in my top five.

71 Responses

  1. * 2001: A Space Odyssey
    * Solaris (Tarkovsky)
    * The Day The Earth Stood Still (1950 version)
    * I, Robot
    * Galaxy Quest

    (Ordering hard, apart from 2001 being the definite #1)

  2. My top five (and the reasons for same):

    1. 2001. (What can I say? It was and remains the standard by which all Sci-Fi flicks are judged).

    2. Aliens (The sequel to that dark screamer Alien. Good story line with great special effects. This is the film that turned Sigourney Weaver into a Lesbian icon when she went hand to hand in a power suit with the Alien Queen. You go gurl.)

    3. Forbidden Planet (A ’50’s classic, way ahead of its time. Combines a cracking-good story line with sensational (for the time) special efffects. Stars Walter Pidgeon as a suitably angst-ridden (“Oh what have I done? What haaaaave I done?”) Dr Morpheus. Forget who the leading lady was, but she sure looked good in those gossamer mini-skirt thingies she got around in. The dudes on the starship thought so too).

    4. The Thing (The original, not that crappy Kurt Russell remake. Another ’50’s classic. Basically a homily on Communism with a “kill it befor it multiplies” theme and a bunch of dudes from the good ole US Airforce saving the day. Wooden acting and a lousy plot, but I still love it. Also features James Arness in his first Hollywood role as the Thing.)

    5. The Day The Earth Stood Still. (Again the original, not Keany Reeves’ recent remake. Another 50’s classic. Unusually, it wasn’t a homily on Communism as were so many other films of the time (like The Thing, The Blob, Invasion of the Body Snatchers etc). As in Forbidden Planet, the scary monster in the plot turned-out to be us, not some trembling bit of alien ectoplasm. That’s what sets it apart. Stars Michael Rennie as the benign alien who gets to utter the immortal line: “Klaatu verada nicto” to save the world from his killer pet Robot. This particular line was deemed so good it has since been used in several subsequent unrelated movies.)

  3. Joni..

    The Day The Earth Stood Still (the original with Michael Rennie) yet to see the one with Keanu Reeves, but I bet that TB is yet to watch Brokeback 😉
    Most of The Outer Limits and some of The Twilight Zone series
    The Picture of Dorian Gray (writer Oscar Wilde)
    The Truman Show
    And I like Arnie’s effort in Terminator. Disappointing that the theme wasn’t extended but fizzled after that.
    And likewise Jeff Bridges in Starman. Lots of promise, but a movie that failed to take it to a conclusion. Starman 2 would have been worth the effort.

  4. Gallaxy quest
    mars attacks
    Star wars
    the cube

  5. I should add in my 2 hanky job: City of Angels with Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan.
    When you fall to earth, you will be human…

  6. Metropolis
    Forbidden Planet
    Blade Runner

    Well articulated Evan…tho I’d disagree w/ you on the remake of ‘The Thing’. I like both versions.


  7. Agree with Min on Terminator, that concept has sooo far to go.

    I hope he gets booted out of office just so we can see an installment AFTER the war lol

    Outland with Sean Connery, a cop movie in space

    Star Wars (and the ensuing stories, but the original stands alone)

    Space 1999, although it may have dated over the years, but a great concept.

    serenity ( actually, the whole season of firefly which they made the movie from) makes you wonder about the industry when they can a series like this, and yet desperate Housewives thrives (sigh)

    And yes, Evan, the remake of the Thing was fantastic, and still rates high with me. Love those dogs 🙂

  8. The Day the Earth Stood Still (original)
    The Thing (remake)
    Forbidden Planet
    Duck Dodgers in the 21st and a Half Century

    Still contemplating the fifth.

  9. “makes you wonder about the industry when they can a series like this, and yet desperate Housewives thrives (sigh)”

    Tom R, I couldn’t agree more. The cancellation of Firefly was really irritating.

    Another we grew to love was Odyssey 5…got the chop before the completion of the first season.

    “Many of the show’s plotlines revolve around technologies like AI, nanotechnology and neuroimaging…

    A recurring idea is that the actions of the group may hasten the timetable to Earth’s destruction. A character who was supposed to live until 2007 ends up dead in the first episode after helping the group out. This is a recurring theme of the series, of the group realizing that defeating history isn’t as easy as it sounds.”

    And don’t even get me started on Farscape…that cancellation was a tragedy for Aussies employed in a superb Sci-Fi series.

  10. This is a tough one (to narrow it to 5).

    But yes I’m with Dave Bath on the Original version of Solaris:

    1. Solaris (original Russian version)
    2. Aliens
    3. Gattaca
    4. Existenz
    5. ?

  11. “Still contemplating the fifth.”

    perhaps Miglo:

    Howard the Duck (1986) … aka Howard: A New Breed of Hero.


  12. oh and I quite liked The Invasion (despite Fridge Face), oh and of course the original The Invasion of The Body Snatchers.

    And who could forget The Day of The Triffids!!

  13. My five top sci-fi films as a kid up to the age of 10:

    Quatermass & the Pit (aka Five Million Years to Earth)

    Planet of the Apes (original)

    The Andromeda Strain (original)

    Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

    Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

    w/ Forbidden Planet…and Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)…and Fantastic Voyage )1966)…and War of the Worlds (1953) and Mysterious Island (1961) making a kid’s top 10.


  14. 1. Dune
    2. Star Wars
    3. Blade Runner
    4. Lost in Space (original TV)
    5. Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Honourable mentions: Forbidden Planet, Rocky Horror (well they were from outer space), The Day the Earth Stood Still, Twelve Monkeys, Children of Men, Logans Run,.

  15. Thankyou joni, you reminded me of the fifth: Lost in Space. Never fear, Smith is here.

    And Nasking, I also like Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Two things bother me though: Why would James Mason wear a tie to the centre of the earth; and that sad bit when Gertrude the duck was eaten. So unnecessary.

  16. Whoa, Top 5 – too hard me thinks but here is my Top 5 and also rans (which are probably worthy of being in theTop 5 as well)

    The Top 5
    Serenity (and Firefly)
    Star Wars (episodes IV-VI)
    Fifth Element
    The Matrix

    Very close Also rans
    12 Monkeys
    Terminator (whole series)
    Blade Runner
    Pitch Black
    Futurama :mrgreen:
    Jurassic Park
    Iron Man
    The Abyss
    Ghost in the Shell (Anime)
    The Core
    Starship Troopers

  17. Im shocked that in a small space of comments serenity was enjoyed.
    I thought i was the only one who has watched it.

    Hope they read this, thats 4 people they should entertain again damn it.

    good movies and ones i have forgotten from comments above.

    The abyss ( i think that was the name of it)

  18. “Rocky Horror (well they were from outer space),”

    Good point joni…it is a blast. We used to go to the midnight show in TO and some of the audience brought all kinds of paraphernalia to enjoy themselves.

    “Why would James Mason wear a tie to the centre of the earth?”

    Wasn’t Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook living in Scotland before the journey…:) Remind you of anyone?

    Dear Gertrude…& friend:

    Apparently didn’t act again…damn that Count Saknussem.


  19. aquanut

    I was surprised you didn’t have the Abyss on your list.

    I prefer the Director’s cut ending to the original though – made more sense.

    Serenity was brilliant – I have the TV series DVDs for Firefly as well – I think I might even watch it tonight.

    I guess I should add Dark City to my list of good Sci-Fi movies as well.

  20. 1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    (THE classic)

    2. Dune
    (but you must read the book before watching – I have all the Dune books including the latest – by his son et al – The Road to Dune, I’m reading now) The Series is good too at your local Video shop.

    3. Cocoon
    (’cause I’m a grandad – luv it)

    4. Close Encounters of The Third Kind (also a classic)

    5. The Star Wars Trilogies
    (I grew up on Flash Gordon at the Saturday Matinee – check them out on Youtube – nothing is new!)

    Same old story (‘scuse the pun) too many to list

    N’ , the Quatermass TV series was a big hit in the 50’s in UK – everyone watched it!

  21. Aw C’mon people.

    Lost in Space? That was no more than Leave it to Beaver with a rocket-pack attached. With a bit of luck the Jupiter 2 will run into a bunch of Klingons, who will do us all a favour and BBQ the lot of them. (“Oh the pain, the paiiiiin”)

    And as for Starman, Jaaaaysus. What kind of a plot line was that? Alien comes to Earth; Alien bonks Earth Woman (knocking her-up); Alien then pisses-off back to the flying saucer to brag about his conquest to his tentacled mates. As Sci-Fi goes, it was soft-core porn, no more than a precursor to Earth Girls are Easy.

    While I’d agreee that films like Gattaca, Robo Cop, Jurassic Park, The Matrix and Pitch Black all had their moments, Starship Troopers was no more than Nazis in Space. (A future society under threat where only those who had served in the military were eligible to Vote? Its a US Republican’s wet dream. Even the uniforms matched the SS template).

    Serenity and Firefly were Cowboys in Space . I swear, the Captain’s gun looked like a 1867 Colt Peacemaker. Hell, the Ship even had a flying Old West bordello aboard. (“Now y’all just remember to remove yer spurs ‘afore ya mount-up, alright?”)

    As for Star Wars, while I admit it was visually stunning, in the end it amounted to no more than a meandering tale about some lost kid’s unresolved Mummy issues (Oedipus, tear your eyes out). I’s clear that George Lucas is in need of major therapy.

    The Fifth Element? Again, stunning visually, but it essentially amounts to a load of unintelligible Eurotrash mystical nonsense.

    Iron Man, X-Men and The Core? American exceptionalsim gone mad. In each of them they use good old American grit and know-how to supposedly Save-Us All. In the real world, of course, the poor bastards can’t even save themselves.(Which probably explains why these feel-good films were made in the first place).

  22. (”Now y’all just remember to remove yer spurs ‘afore ya mount-up, alright?”)

    Think I’ll mosey on down to the ol’ corral and kiss a horse or two.

    Musn’t forget ‘Brazil’.

    and Red Dwarf:


  23. Well articulated, Evan

    (hehe, couldn’t help myself, N’, he thinks you gave him carte blanche in sci-fi expertise!)

    While I reckon George “stole” a lot of earlier material – he even admitted as much…he produced a sci-fi masterpiece – that re-invigorated the genre…something we need again!

    As for your other comments I agree with most – but you leave my Starship Troopers alone – OK!

    Evan, I’d love to “engage” (hehe) but this keyboard is driving me up the wall…

    bacchus, I hear you, mate, but I’m running on two USB ports – will connect my 4 port hub next week – and keyboard etc. …with any luck the new power supply will arrive next week (and – that will be the problem????)

  24. TB, one of the few sci-fi shows my Dad & I watched together…bet you remember it:

    Space 1999 Intro


  25. Ok, ok, I’ll lay-off Starship Troopers.

    Nasking refers above to Quatermass & the Pit (aka Five Million Years to Earth), which I thought was a fine film for its time. It had a good solid plot-line but the special effects were a bit amateurish.

    Given that Hollywood is into remakes, perhaps they could do a remake of it? George Lucas? Are you listening? George, now don’t be sore………

    Another little low-bidget gem which no-one has mentioned yet is Dark Star, John Carpenter’s first opus.

    Its a 1974 film with a plot line that includes a sentient planet-busting bomb, a frozed dead captain (still able to communicate via electrodes into the brain with his live crew) and a bored crew that consists of a mix of spaced-out stoners, military nut-jobs and a lone surfer dude, pining for the Big Breaks in Hawaii, a couple of million light-years away, back home.

    Anyway, after exploring Cartesian philosophy, the bomb decides it’s God and detonates (“let there be light”), blowing the ship the Kingdom-come. Things look a bit grim for the crew, although in the closing scene we see the surfer dude in his space-suit riding a bit of debris from the hull like a surfboard into the atmosphere of a nearby planet.

    Maybe its just me, but I loved it.

  26. Other essential sci-fi movies IMO:

    Solaris (Tarkovsky version…good call Dave Bath & reb)

    Steamboy (dir: Katsuhiro Otomo)

    Fahrenheit 451 (dir: François Truffaut)

    Akira (dir: Katsuhiro Otomo)

    The City of Lost Children (dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet)


  27. Dark Star…good call Evan. Has a few chuckles.

    and as for George Lucas…I remember digging
    THX 1138. Pretty heavy for him.

    “but the special effects were a bit amateurish.”

    ahhh…but for a young lad it was very creepy. Same went for those episodes of Dr. Who w/ the Yeti in the underground.
    And those dastardly daleks. Chilling. Used to watch from behind the couch…:)

    Another fave as a youngun:


    cheesy…but I was hooked.

  28. nasking, on March 29th, 2009 at 7:42 pm Said:

    Space 1999

    Oh! Yes! Martin Landau!

  29. Yes TB…& remember Barbara Bain (married to Landau)…& the late, great Barry Morse?

    Morse has performed on Broadway in Hide and Seek, Salad Days, and the lead of Frederick William Rolfe in Hadrian the Seventh, which he also played in Australia, co-starring with Frank Thring.

    He directed the historic debut of Staircase starring Eli Wallach and Milo O’Shea, which stands as Broadway’s first depiction of homosexual men in a serious way. He also starred in the U.S. national tour of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker as The Derelict.

    The headline stars of Space: 1999 were American actors Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, who were married at the time and had previously appeared together in Mission: Impossible. In an effort to appeal to the huge U.S. television market, perhaps to sell the series to one of the major American networks, Landau and Bain were cast at the insistence of Lew Grade against the strong objections of Sylvia Anderson, who wanted British actors.


    The show featured many intricate scale models including the Eagle and the Moon Buggy. Dozens of models for the various alien spaceships, along with the Mark IX Hawk from the “War Games” episode, were built by model maker Martin Bower, who would later also work on Alien (1979), the 1980 production of Flash Gordon, and Outland (1981).

    Special effects director Brian Johnson and most of his team went on to work on Ridley Scott’s Alien, followed by Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Many of the spacecraft were designed around their prescribed functionality rather than being glistening starships, adding a sense of realism that would be replicated in future science-fiction features.

    The things we learn.


  30. Oh dear – how could i forget the original Thunderbirds TV show!

  31. And as for Starman, Jaaaaysus…quite right Evan. It was probably a nek’id Jeff Bridges what did it for me 🙂

    Loved Cocoon too TB and The Abyss too Aqua.

  32. Oh dear – how could i forget the original Thunderbirds TV show!

    Be careful joni, Evan might not like them.

  33. If he doesn’t like the Thunderbirds I will banish him to Thunderbird 5 – which is where the bad Tracy boys get sent!

  34. Min., I quite enjoyed Starman too. Even had a tear at one point from what I remember. Fill me up, throw a late movie at me & I can be quite an emotional lad. Nothing like pretending yer rubbing an itchy eye when in fact the corniest of films bring the water up the pipes…amazing the nostalgic element of films sometimes…& music does more than soothe.

    “Loved Cocoon too TB and The Abyss too Aqua.”

    Yea, me too. And Contact.


  35. No, Migs Thunderbirds are go, just pleeease don’t send me to TB5, I want TB1, that nifty rocket with wings.

    And I want Lady Penelope. (I’d tie her-up with her own strings and….and…, well I can’t say it here). She sure beats the Hell out of Brabara Bain, all of which just goes to show that Sylvia Anderson had some taste, after all, even if I don’t.

  36. Crikey, I was even a sucker for Roswell.


  37. I still get goosebumps when I hear this:

    Star Trek Original Series Intro

    One of the superb American series…& of course it was CANCELLED. Sigh.


  38. Another show my Dad & I used to enjoy watching together was ‘Prisoner’ w/ Patrick McGoohan. I used to dream about that big bloody bubble coming after me.

  39. “And I want Lady Penelope”

    lol…when I opened the driveway gate for M’lady the other day I greeted her w/ “Will that be all Lady Penelope?”

    Have a goodie all…was plenty of fun.
    Schlaf gut.
    Stimulating topic joni.

  40. N’

    It was your suggestion for this thread. I had the email at work from reb with your suggestions – just that over the weekend I could not remember who suggested it (and I did email reb to ask).

    And if any of the blogocrats have any suggestions for the top five, just let us know.

  41. N’

    I heard that they were considering doing a remake of the Prisoner. I only ever saw the first episode, which was VERY 60’s, but the concept was fantastic.

    Wonder if they will be using this for the opening 🙂

    And Evan, has issues with a ‘flying Old West bordello’, and yet fantazises over a piece of plastic???

    Need we say more 😉

  42. I was going to suggest Fire in the Sky, but then I realised it was based on a true story.

    Nasking, thanks for the Gertrude photo. By memory that scene was just before Gertrude’s demise, and that big blonde guy (who I swear is Dean Brogan from Port Adelaide) walked around calling hopelessly for “Gertwude, Gertwude”.

    So sad.

  43. I am now going to have to listen to Journey to the Centre of the Earth by my friend, Rick Wakeman (who I know from my time living on the Isle of Man).

  44. Joni, skip the scene where Gertwude gets eaten. It’s too tragic.

    It’s the sort of thing Dr Smith would have done.

    Just ask Evan.

  45. LOL

    And there is a big connection between my name and the actor who played Dr Smith – and yesterday I was quoting him perfectly with my back spasms.

    Oh the pain, the pain!

  46. Joni, I noticed that connection when you emailed me, you bumbling boobiehead.

  47. Migs..yoo hoo..I found it. It’s not strictly sci fi but it was 7 Faces of Dr Lao 1963.

  48. “had the email at work from reb with your suggestions”

    Nice one reb. Thnx for taking up the suggestion. I love trips down memory lane & discovering others’ recommendations.

    I noticed Min, aquanut, Evan, Tom R. & others mentioned James Cameron (Canadian-American) directed films incl. Terminator, The Abyss, Aliens…he also directed Terminator 2, True Lies & Titanic…and some diving docos.

    I’m looking forward to his first fictional feature in 12 years…it’s apparently a 3D sci-fi:

    The January 2007 press release described the film: “Avatar is also an emotional journey of redemption and revolution. It is the story of a wounded ex-marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in biodiversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival,” and “We’re creating an entire world, a complete ecosystem of phantasmagorical plants and creatures, and a native people with a rich culture and language.

    James Cameron’s Avatar Teaser Trailer

    Yep, just a teaser…


  49. ” thanks for the Gertrude photo”

    No probs Migs…anytime:

    “Rick Wakeman (who I know from my time living on the Isle of Man).”

    Very cool joni…I’m a YES addict…:) I must listen more to Wakeman’s solo works.

    Was it Live at Jongleurs where he used to introduce the Stand Up comedians? Quite a character.


  50. “I heard that they were considering doing a remake of the Prisoner.”

    Here’s the site Tom R.

    From the original Prisoner (1967)

    [Number 2 is describing the Village]
    Number Two: What in fact has been created? An international community. A perfect blueprint for world order. When the sides facing each other suddenly realize that they’re looking into a mirror, they’ll see that this is the pattern for the future.
    Number 6: The whole world as the Village?
    Number Two: That is my dream. What’s yours?
    Number 6: To be the first man on the moon.

    (memorable quotes on IMDb)

  51. Thanks for the link Nasking

    I’ll be able to watch all the originals before the new one comes out now 🙂


  52. Yer welcome Tom R.


    Sometimes it’s nice to take yourself out of present day & all the hurly burly. And also see how much the writers & other crew of past sci-fi shows got right regarding the shape of things to come.

    I’m watching recordings of Battlestar Galactica (recent series) & Outer Limits (also recent ) tonight.
    W/ a small plate of homemade chips & gravy. And chips in bread w/ hot sauce & lettuce. TV snack.

  53. N’

    I once went to warm up concert where Rick as me what I wanted him to play. When I said “Merlin” he then said “Piano or Synth”… and then he played Merlin for me on the piano.

    Very funny guy.

  54. Sounds it.

    For joni…hope that back is feeling better…I’ve had neck ache all day:

    Rick Wakeman – live


  55. Spend too long contemplating this newsy title and mayhaps end up recursing somebody from the science factions for science fictions Omphalos…Actor Dustin Hoffman lobbies for more reality in science-fiction movies.

  56. Not surprising Legion that the Murdoch media would use the Hoffman comments to put another knife into Al Gore whilst promoting ‘The Day After Tomorrow’.

    Betya can’t guess which company had a big hand in distributing the latter?:

    Whereas The Core is a Paramount/Viacom flick.

    Another reason news & movies shouldn’t mix.


  57. I noticed Dave 55 put Pitch Black & Screamers on his list. Good call. M’lady & I thoroughly enjoyed both.

    I didn’t see in anyone’s list Silent Running (those beloved wee robots named Huey, Dewey, and Louie)

    nor Primer (a thinking person’s sci-fi some say)

    nor Soylent Green

    or Westworld/Futureworld (look hilarious now)

    Noticed joni chose Logan’s Run…always remember the search for “Sanctuary” (symbolised by The ankh) from that film…& the sweet Jenny Agutter. And the “old man” played by Peter Ustinov.

  58. N’, Soylent Green and Westworld are worthy calls. Logan’s Run seems a bit dated. Jurassic Park is one I forgot to include in my Top 5. I like dinosaurs.

  59. “Jurassic Park is one I forgot to include in my Top 5. I like dinosaurs.”

    Cool Migs. Certainly some amazing, suspenseful scenes for its time. Tho a bit watered down for the kiddies as an adaptation. Missed the proper waterfall scene.

    Have you been watching Primeval…the recent UK series?

    Primeval Creatures – Deinonychus


  60. N’, here’s a scene from one of my favourite sci-fi movies. I’m surprised that more people didn’t have it in their top 5. Goes to show that most Blogocrats lack taste.

  61. Haven’t been watching Primeval. Blogging takes up too much of my time.

  62. “Haven’t been watching Primeval.”

    It’s grown on us.

    Hehe, ya sure luv that duck & Marvin. Must admit they crack me up…great cold war era stuff.

    I forgot about ‘Strange Days’ directed by Kathryn Bigelow of (Point Break, Blue Steel, Near Dark, K-19: The Widowmaker) fame. She’s a highly capable action director.

    I found ‘Strange Days’ quite compelling as a cyber-punk film back in the mid 90s.

    STRANGE DAYS – HQ Trailer ( 1995 )


  63. And how could I forget one of my fave ‘Individual vs the Corporation” film, Rollerball (1975)…speaks volumes about the cult of the celebrity, the rigging of GAMES…the bread and circus approach to governing:

    In the film, the world of 2018 is a global corporate state, containing entities such as the Energy Corporation, a global energy monopoly based in Houston which deals with nominally-peer corporations controlling access to all Transport, Luxury, Housing, Communication, and Food on a global basis.

    Rollerball teams, named after the cities in which they are based, are owned by the various global corporations. Energy Corporation sponsors the Houston team. The game is a substitute for all current team sports and for warfare. While its ostensible purpose is entertainment, Mr. Bartholomew, a high-level executive of the corporation, describes it as a sport designed to show the futility of individual effort.

    Rollerball ending

    Eerily close to present day situation…

    luv the use of Bach.

  64. N’, I’m watching this on my iPod at the moment.

  65. Superb Migs. I’m basically a believer in UFOs. Or should I say other beings having visited this planet. Whether it be us from the future…or others by way of wormholes/singularities and such.

    Used to read Von Daniken. And Whitley Streiber.

    Was it you who enjoyed ‘Fire in the Sky’. We both dug it too. Are fans of X-Files, 4400, Taken (the mini-series)…& many more.


  66. Aye N’, it was me who enjoyed Fire in the Sky, and also Incident at Roswell. Am also a HUGE X-Files fan.

    I’m also interest in UFOs (and aliens).

  67. Migs, did you see that doco recently on ABC2 that explored the theory that the NAZIs were working on some kind of magnetically propelled device. Weird stuff eh?

    Sometimes I wonder if Aliens/Visitors have the ability to camouflage themselves…I remember that Star Trek episode where they moved so quickly the crew of The Enterprise only heard them like buzzing bees.


  68. I sometimes wonder if we are getting false pictures & readings from the Galaxy/Universe. I know it sounds non-sensical…but I like to keep many posibilities open until proven otherwise.

    Have you ever read David Brin’s ‘The Crystal Spheres’ Migs?

    “The Crystal Spheres” is a science fiction short story by David Brin. It won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story 1985. In it David Brin presents an explanation for the Fermi Paradox. The Crystal Spheres appears in Brin’s anthology, The River of Time.

    Plot summary
    Humanity’s first few attempts at space travel meet with disaster as ships are unaccountably destroyed near the edge of the Solar System. They come to realize that Earth and many other habitable systems are surrounded by similar “crystal spheres”.


  69. Sorry N’. I didn’t mean to desert you, but I had an early night, wandering off to bed within moments of my last post.

  70. No problemo Migs…M’lady & I watched the 2nd episode of Threshold…it’s picking up. But alas, it seems to be another that got the chop before it could make it to the next season.


  71. I like science fiction movies
    Steamboy (dir: Katsuhiro Otomo)
    Fahrenheit 451 (dir: François Truffaut)
    Akira (dir: Katsuhiro Otomo), etc.

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