[book-filter] Need help tracking down a sci-fi novel(s) read in the late 80's or 90's containing special abilities provided by nanochips. [more inside]
posted by eloeth-starr
on Oct 7, 2012 -
I'm a huge fan of science fiction book cover art (especially the 50s through the 80s) and I like to use ideas from them to make posters for my band.
If you need examples: this
should explain what I'm looking for.
I'm wondering if there are existing resources for science fiction cover art or general science fiction art that mirrors this sort of style and substance? I especially need resources that are fair use, free to modify etc. etc.
We use these posters to advertise our shows at places which usually have a cover charge -- so I will need content that I can modify to use "commercially". [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee
on Oct 2, 2012 -
Looking for instances, whether fictional, religious or otherwise, of the idea of the "double". [more inside]
posted by Lorin
on Sep 30, 2012 -
I just finished Gone Girl
the other day and am looking for similar reads. Without spoiling anything this book features intelligent and unpredictable characters with twisty plotting, including a significant script flip halfway through. Would love similar page turners that keep you guessing without being too formulaic or lowest common denominator!
posted by yellowbinder
on Sep 24, 2012 -
I need suggestions of fictional or non-fictional books or films that deal with illness or dying in relation to humor/the absurd. [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke
on Sep 19, 2012 -
Speculative fiction about historical gradualism: I'm looking for SF stories which begin in the real historical world (past or present) and then gradually diverge from it, without
any single decisive turning point. [more inside]
posted by RogerB
on Sep 19, 2012 -
Looking for novels about or by authors from the Central Valley of California. [more inside]
posted by psoas
on Sep 13, 2012 -
William Faulkner famously said, "The best fiction is far more true than any journalism." But where the heck did he actually say this? Does anyone know the book or article or interview where this quote originated?
posted by Dr. Send
on Sep 8, 2012 -
Looking for recommendations for novels, short stories, or character-heavy nonfiction about life as an American adolescent boy or young man during the first half of the 20th century. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena
on Sep 1, 2012 -
Can you help me expand my “popular epidemiology” book collection by recommending books that are similar to The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett
and the following titles? [more inside]
posted by pupus
on Aug 29, 2012 -
I'm looking for novels where the protagonist loses weight / gets fit. This doesn't need to be the central thing in the book, but while the protagonist saves the world from the zombie apocalypse, finds true love or destroys the ring in the fires of Mordor, can s/he also get in shape? [more inside]
posted by uncreative
on Aug 27, 2012 -
Help, mefites! Y'all're amazingly great at tracking down obscure music and books with little info, so I hope you can help me.
Two YA books, both read in the late 1970s:
1 - urban kid gets involved with a gang called the Scorpions. Also, his family was so poor he had to eat cereal with water.
2 - fantasy novel - there were goblins who were destroyed/harmed by butter.
posted by Bourbonesque
on Aug 17, 2012 -
Please help me remember the name of a supernatural short story about a boy who buys a ship's figurehead at an auction. Plot summary inside. [more inside]
posted by homodachi
on Aug 14, 2012 -
What are the realistic odds of a movie studio buying rights to fiction? What steps could one take to even attempt this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 6, 2012 -
I'm intrigued by the notion that our civilization is not the first technological civilization to arise on Earth. After all, our ancestors several tens of thousands of years ago were as clever as we are.
I'm looking for SF treatments of this notion. Recommendations?
Non-fiction claiming to evaluate actual evidence of such a civilization is welcome, too.
posted by justcorbly
on Aug 2, 2012 -
Please help me find contemporary literary/fictional characters that make you want to love them, hate them, or -- even better -- both. [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky
on Aug 2, 2012 -
I'm trying to remember the name and author of a science fiction short-story. Description inside. [more inside]
posted by sauril
on Jul 28, 2012 -
After enjoying a 1920 screenwriting book
by the flapper humorist Anita Loos, I am wondering what other pre-WW2 writing advice books might be fun and interesting to read. Any suggestions?
posted by steinsaltz
on Jul 27, 2012 -
Help me find this bookfilter: An writer's guide 'interview' with your own fiction character to help uncover their traits and depths. Or, a similar list of interview questions to learn a lot about someone in a short time. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady
on Jul 13, 2012 -
I'm looking for a fiction novel I read in the early 90's. I think it was called something like 'Wire World'. Set in London, present day, about two opposing groups who got around via secret zip-lines attached to the buildings. It was written by an ex-screenplay writer. I remember it being a fun read and would like to find it again.
No such luck with the Google, you're all I've got to turn to, askMeFi'ers!
posted by drinkmaildave
on Jul 12, 2012 -
Looking for Author/Titles of a trilogy about genetically engineered twinned psychopathic warriors? It wasn't new in 2005 when I read it; I think it was published mid 90s or earlier. It's essentially a Frankenstein story with genetic engineering. [more inside]
posted by ysabet
on Jul 12, 2012 -
I am looking for a book. It's apparently about a boy who falls through a door / portal and travels through time - maybe forwards, maybe backwards - to Wales. It probably has a female author. Any help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Neale
on Jul 7, 2012 -
I have a week at my parent's cottage coming up, and I'd like to get some recommendations on some comprehensive introductions to the classics, mythology, psychology and a few other subjects. [more inside]
posted by chrillsicka
on Jul 4, 2012 -
My wife is just entering the second trimester and is having a new fiction craving.
The last time she was pregnant, she relaxed and read constantly.
I'm looking for book recommendations that are enjoyable page turners about nice things happening to positive happy people. [more inside]
posted by ben30
on Jul 2, 2012 -
Merlin amazed by a digital watch! Help me remember a book I read as a kid! Normal guy gets zapped to fantasy other world/past. [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX
on Jun 26, 2012 -
In the context of this fictional world, magic exists, but it abides by very strict scientific laws, similar to Equivalent Exchange
. I need some rational-sounding explanation for why a dragon might be able to fly. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01
on Jun 14, 2012 -
Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents
episodes [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart
on Jun 11, 2012 -
Seeking novels about scientists! All genres welcome; women protagonists, protagonists of color and non-Western protagonists preferred; weirdos also acceptable. [more inside]
posted by Frowner
on Jun 7, 2012 -
Are the books that Suzy reads in Moonrise Kingdom real and are they available at my local library? [more inside]
posted by juliaem
on Jun 3, 2012 -
There is no shortage of fantasy novels set in a fantasy world based on Europe. But what about fantasy worlds based on other cultures? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi
on Jun 2, 2012 -
I used to enjoy playing fantasy MUDs, particularly this
one, which involves a mostly solo adventurer, some gothic/supernatural elements, magic, dwarfs, ogres, and a dragon. I also like fantasy RPGs like Oblivion and Skyrim. However, I haven't read much fantasy fiction. Outside of Tolkien, what are some fantasy books I might enjoy on similar fantasy RPG themes?
posted by iamisaid
on May 30, 2012 -
I would like to experiment with writing historical fiction. Are there any resources that describe best practices for this genre? Do you have any experience/recommendations/advice? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long
on May 30, 2012 -