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Help me compile a list of locations from fantasy/sci fi series?

I am making a gift for a couple and I need your help! Part of the gift will contain a list of fantasy locations (i.e. LOTR - Mordor) from different sci-fi and fantasy franchises/worlds, with the overall theme being "Home is whereever I'm with you". My list only has three locations on it so far, and I'm struggling to come up with more. Don't constrain yourself--it doesn't matter if the locations are from movies, TV, books, anime, or something else. The couple is in their mid to late 20s, so contemporary-ish is probably best, but I'll take anything you've got! If it helps, I know they love Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Star Wars, and other shows/movies in that vein. Thanks!
posted by lucy.jakobs on Jun 5, 2016 - 24 answers

"Voodoo" is maybe not the right word

I'm presently reading a (post?)cyberpunk novel, Richard K Morgan's Broken Angels. Like William Gibson's Count Zero and others in the genre, voodoo, its practitioners, and its beliefs are an element of the plot and setting. I haven't got the faintest idea about the religion, not even what its proper name is. What should I read / watch to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by 4th number on May 20, 2016 - 10 answers

How do I avoid the troll picks in the Hugo nominees?

I want to separate the wheat from the chaff. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on May 20, 2016 - 12 answers

Gimme your favorite weird sci-fi/horror/etc samples for my radio show!

I've been using snippets and samples of sci-fi/horror/weird movies for station IDs on the weird late night radio show I do. I'm bored with the current crop... help me find some new stuff to sample! [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt on May 9, 2016 - 18 answers

Book Filter

Sometime this millennium I read a book. I think it was written recently and was supposed to be the first of a series. It was about a future where people somehow could enter into parallel universes and would be filmed for exciting television shows back on real earth. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero on Apr 24, 2016 - 2 answers

What was this SF short?

Trying to track down a short science fiction story involving compromised (in the infosec sense) wireless audio implants. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Apr 8, 2016 - 0 answers

Book identification: 80s-ish YA/teen novel about crossing dimensions

Trying to identify a book I read as a young teenager in the early 80s, prominently featuring people traveling across dimensions. The thing I remember most is the striking explanation of how, e.g., a 3-dimensional body would look like to someone who can see only 2 dimensions. [more inside]
posted by leticia on Mar 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Wizard World Comic Con tips?

I'm going to a Wizard World event this spring, and I've never been to any kind of con before. I'm really excited. I've read the FAQ on the Wizard World site, but I have a bunch of other questions for WW veterans. [more inside]
posted by trillian on Mar 16, 2016 - 5 answers

what would happen if cell phones could kill us?

(asking for an author pal!) This scifi writer wonders: If electromagnetic waves were linked to cancer, what systems (electronic/political/social) would be impacted, and how? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Mar 14, 2016 - 28 answers

Can I read THE ALGEBRAIST?

I have never read any of The Culture series- or anything else by Iain M Banks besides. I happen to have a copy of The Algrebaist in my possession somehow- will I be able to follow if I start from there? Will I miss out on a lot of the finer points if it is my introduction to The Culture?
posted by Philby on Mar 7, 2016 - 15 answers

Near future SciFi story dealing with "academic dishonesty" & algorithms

Following a recent conversation about the increasingly sophisticated ecosystem of outsourcing papers and homework assignments, I was reminded that sometime in the Spring or Summer of 2015 I read a science fiction story that now seems eerily prescient. Help me find it? [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing on Feb 29, 2016 - 1 answer

Help me figure this out, please.

I'm trying to locate a children's short story with an ending where this boy that lives in this town, illegally goes over a fence (maybe he was even shot) and the last thing he sees is a sign saying "Human Exhibit". [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Feb 23, 2016 - 2 answers

Small-scale Space Opera

Looking for space-opera-ish books that focus on small scale, personal stories. [more inside]
posted by signal on Feb 14, 2016 - 34 answers

Science-fiction books from India?

Hi guys, does anyone have recommendations for titles or authors to discover Indian "sci-fi" books or authors? [more inside]
posted by gmm on Feb 12, 2016 - 14 answers

Name that SciFi book: Fast and Slow

I'm looking for a scifi book where two alien species live on the same planet, with different speeds of living (it is not Fire Upon the Deep). [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Feb 7, 2016 - 16 answers

Books with time travel as a minor subplot?

I'm trying to find stories and/or novels which are mostly about something else but also include a bit of time travel, with that aspect of the story only made clear toward the end. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Jan 27, 2016 - 40 answers

Help me find my OTHER nominees for the Hugos and Retro Hugos

I'm looking for suggestions for potential nominations for the upcoming Hugos and Retro-Hugos. Difficulty level: NOT the categories for fiction, film, or television. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Jan 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Help a Space Pirate recreate a Venusian shoreleave in his apartment

I'm looking for plastic, "realistic" plants that nonetheless look like they came from the jungles of Venus. Not the boring, toxic, crushing atmosphere Venus of pedestrian reality — I'm talking Edgar Rice Burroughs/SM Stirling "Old Venus" stuff, the lush, tropical, alien world filled with exotic life-forms & swashbuckling adventure for intrepid rocket-troopers to explore, raygun and boarding cutlass in hand. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Jan 6, 2016 - 6 answers

namethatstoryfilter: girl with nuclear launch codes in her chest

Looking for a short story about a young girl with nuclear launch codes implanted in her chest who accompanies POTUS; the president will have to kill her and remove them if he wants to launch. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Dec 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Does anyone know where I can find the short story described below?

I'm trying to find a short story i read years ago. The plot revolves around a man who accidentally comes into knowledge of a magical word, and any time you say it, the person listening to you instead hears the best possible thing you could have said in that moment. In the story (and the title of the short story too, i believe) this word is stylistically written as gibberish characters overlaid on top of one another, the result looks something like "RAETHBO". [more inside]
posted by shovel_mage on Nov 29, 2015 - 3 answers

I want to read books and watch movies about Alternate Histories.

With The Man in the High Castle hitting Amazon Prime today, it got me thinking about other alternate histories that I have yet to read about or watch. Obviously this lends itself to dystopian lit, but I was wondering if there's more obscure things out there besides the mainstream/popular things like Inglorious Basterds. My favorites are sci-fi and horror, but I'm open to just about anything and will pretty much give everything a shot if it's highly recommended. Hope me, MeFites!
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Nov 20, 2015 - 35 answers

Help Me Teach Teens to Write Sci-Fi & Fantasy

I've been invited to give a series of workshops at a local high school on writing science fiction and fantasy. What should I do to make them awesome? [more inside]
posted by Prunesquallor on Nov 5, 2015 - 8 answers

I AM LIKE UNTO A GOD (of teevee)

I just got a one-week Nielsen TV diary in the mail for November 5-12 -- including a crisp $1 bill to help grease the wheels. Yay! Unfortunately most of the shows I watch regularly, like Silicon Valley, Louie, Key & Peele, and Rick and Morty are on hiatus (or over) right now. I'm already planning to catch Last Week Tonight and Colbert's Late Show, but what other worthy television (that doesn't require a lot of prior familiarity) should I give my coveted (if minuscule) 18-34 ratings boost to? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Nov 3, 2015 - 30 answers

"Trashy" sci-fi

I'm kicking around some ideas for a sci-fi story about trash. For inspiration, I'm looking for trash-related passages from sci-fi works (e.g. there have to be some in Neuromancer), fiction or non-fiction about electronic waste, articles about trash from different eras, and articles tracing the provenance of trash, analogous to the links within. [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Nov 1, 2015 - 42 answers

Looking for more "ambient sci-fi"

There are a couple of movies that I adore and keep thinking back on, and I'm looking for more that might scratch the same itch. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 26, 2015 - 35 answers

Looking for a SF story about network packets from the future

I'm looking for a story (short novel, perhaps?) I read online probably 5-10 years ago, about a team that invents network gear so good, it happens to pick up packets from the future. Other plot points inside. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Oct 20, 2015 - 0 answers

Character ID needed on this Threadless shirt

Is there a list of all the characters in the Threadless "Mini Pixels" shirt anywhere online? Google searching is not turning up anything, surprisingly. I can recognize a lot of (most?) of them, but definitely not all. You can zoom in on this image of it. I am thinking of giving it as a gift but wanted to satisfy my curiosity first! There must be a list somewhere...
posted by trillian on Oct 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me ID this sci-fi YA book series

I'm trying to remember a books series I read when I was a kid. It was a post-apocalyptic sci-fi YA series (at least four or five books I think) aimed at a Christian audience. [more inside]
posted by fryman on Oct 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Recommend a short science fiction story

I'm leading a session of a quirky academic discussion group. Each week is based on an eclectic set of readings. I'd like to assign: (1) the first chapter of The Sixth Extinction; (2) the third chapter of Elinor Ostrom's Governing the Commons; and (3) something lighter and more fun -- maybe an apocalyptic sci-fi short story about a tiny community trying to get along. What are good options for #3? [more inside]
posted by jhc on Oct 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Book recommendations for junior fantasy

Another book recommendations question! My son, aged 9, is devouring the Ranger's Apprentice series. What else is in a similar, perhaps a little older, reading ability range, that has strong plotting and imaginative worlds. Also sci-fi...
posted by wilful on Oct 4, 2015 - 14 answers

What was the last big quote from "The Martian"?

In the film version of The Martian, Mark Watney says something at the end about what you do when you know you're going to die. Anybody have the exact quote?
posted by circular on Oct 2, 2015 - 4 answers

Find me free fiction!

I really enjoy posts that solve bookmysteries with links to free, old science fiction. Where's the great and secret library of it? [more inside]
posted by Nyx on Sep 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Remembering a sci-fi book

Trying to remember a hard sci-fi book about FTL travel. [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Sep 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Can you recommend a sci-fi book I'll actually enjoy?

I was more in to sci fi as a kid, and now every time I try to get in to a book, I find it unbearable. I'd like some recommendations for books that are more like The Road and less like, say, Wool. Can you recommend books to me? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 22, 2015 - 67 answers

Seeking "Hyperbrain" Books/Films: Chiang's "Understand", Lucy, Limitless

If I greatly enjoyed Ted Chiang's "Understand", Lucy, Flowers for Algernon and Limitless, what other works along the same "superintelligence", "hyperbrain" or "gifted with superhuman intelligence amongst a world of normal people" theme would I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Sep 20, 2015 - 23 answers

novel about spacefaring octopus

Help me find this: a novel where they use an octopus to pilot a spaceship because something about how it can navigate in 3d space under the water. Some chapters are told from the point of view of the octopus, I think.
posted by signal on Aug 18, 2015 - 6 answers

SF Book Collection: Its value and to whom.

I'm moving. Many of my SF books can go away permanently. Who where how? [more inside]
posted by lothar on Jul 30, 2015 - 13 answers

now c here

I'm looking for a good anthology of time travel stories to give to someone. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Jul 8, 2015 - 6 answers

TV Show recommendations to watch with my daughter?

Looking for TV Show recommendations (sci-fi, adventure, mystery) to watch with my 9 year old daughter who is currently a big Dr. Who fan. [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Jun 17, 2015 - 49 answers

What is some good science fiction like this?

I'm interested in good science fiction in any format (book, film, comics, etc.) that explores that idea that we are not alone in the universe, but wildly mismatched with everybody or nearly every else in terms of civilization stages, kinds of technology, perception, etc. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jun 10, 2015 - 44 answers

What's this website with a crow in its header?

This may be a reach, but I'm looking for a half-remembered website. The main design elements that I can recall are that the page is mostly black and white with a header that has something like a splashed ink illustration of a crow on it. I think that it's a blog, either about metal (the music) or fantasy/sci-fi writing, but I could just be conflating other things together. The crow is the important thing.
posted by The Michael The on Jun 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Seasons and weather on a tidally locked planet (for a story)

I can't find any sources that really explain how they'd work to a science illiterate like me. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Even fiction will help, seeing as it's for a story of my own. [more inside]
posted by trollnystan on May 31, 2015 - 7 answers

What are some works of SFF that use extraordinarily beautiful language?

What are some works of SFF that showcase beautiful language on a par with All The King's Men, Gilead, and Raymond Chandler's detective novels? I've read plenty of SFF that has transported me, but little that's struck me as gorgeously written. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on May 24, 2015 - 32 answers

Post-Apocalyptic Sci Fi for My Hurt Guy

I am looking for post-apocalyptic sci fi books for my husband. He is currently convalescing from a back injury, and when Husband is bored, Wife suffers. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on May 17, 2015 - 55 answers

What question would you ask Neal Stephenson?

Later this month, I have a chance to have 10 minutes on the phone with Neal Stephenson. What question would you ask him if you had this opportunity? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 10, 2015 - 23 answers

Lazyweb: Greatest *consistent* scifi/fantasy series novels?

What are the best scifi and/or fantasy book series that are consistently great from novel to novel? For my purposes this would be a series of at least three books, and probably no more than... six? ish? (I might be cutting it short; this is a general estimate of about how long my interest tends to remain keen. Not a dealbreaker if a bit more). I'm looking for the sorts of books that really draw you into the fictional world and have a lot of character building, with few or no "weak links" from book to book. [more inside]
posted by taz on May 9, 2015 - 46 answers

How much gravitational force does the Death Star exert?

What would happen if Darth Vader parked his Death Star in our neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Apr 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Name that story

In the future, people trade social reputation (gained via upvotes on live-streams of their days) for goods and services. Drama ensues when a young woman meets a young man who has gone back to the horrid old way of life: cash! Name that sci-fi short story. [more inside]
posted by isnotchicago on Apr 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Hyperion -- Is there a FAQ?

Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion are really one story, split into two books. I enjoyed them, but I've never read any books that just left me with so many unanswered questions. If I had the time and inclination, I literally feel like I could sit down with a pen and notepad, re-reading the series and writing questions the whole time. If you've read and/or love the books (and I assume there are a lot of you), would you mind helping me out a bit? Questions below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Mar 31, 2015 - 13 answers

Batshitinsane conspiracy Sci Fi in the SyFy mold

Two of my favorite terrible TV shows are Zero Hour (so bad it was canceled less than halfway through its first and only season) and Ascension (SyFy miniseries). Plz help me find more. Spoilers for those shows below the fold. [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Mar 19, 2015 - 27 answers

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