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Fans are Slans?

Who was it that spoke out against works of fiction with characters and plots similar to 'Slan,' in which the sympathetic protagonist is innately, biologically, invisibly superior or special for some reason, and is persecuted or otherwise struggles because of it? [more inside]
posted by Verg on Jun 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for suggestions on what to watch.

I usually get suggestions from friends on things to watch, but they seem to have run out of things that appeal to me. I like crime drama, horror, SF, and intelligent comedy. Do you have any suggestions? Things that do/don't appeal to me beneath the fold. [more inside]
posted by Meep! Eek! on Jun 4, 2014 - 53 answers

Logistics problem with a single day in SF.

After a conference next week, my coworker and I have a day to kill in SF. We'll have a rental we're driving up from San Jose. And we need to be at SFO at 10pm. I'm making this MUCH harder than it needs to be. (snowflake details within) [more inside]
posted by DigDoug on May 28, 2014 - 10 answers

SF/Fantasy books with a 'big reveal'?

RecoFilter: I'm looking for recommendations of books, preferably in the sci-fi/fantasy genres, that have a 'big reveal' somewhere in there that changes the whole perspective of the book or protagonist. Examples would be The Inverted World, The Prestige, or Ender's Game, for example, or the first Star Trek film, or some Lovecraft stories — the whole thing, and all events narrated, appear in a different light after, you know? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Apr 18, 2014 - 43 answers

Things to buy for a San Francisco dinner party

Say I'm in the SF downtown area or thereabouts (I'm visiting, my geography is vague), what might be a nice local item to take to a dinner party as a gift (on a modest budget)? it could be dessert, it could be some kind of liquor, it could be some other snacks... thanks for any suggestions!
posted by zresearch on Feb 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Looking for dystopian short fiction and literary theory

Please help me find as much short (8,000 words or less) dystopian fiction and literary theory (any length) as possible! Anthologies are fine. It can be on the internet or in book/magazine/any purchasable form. It can be famous; it can be obscure. Anything goes, really! [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Dec 21, 2013 - 15 answers

New Year's Day in San Francisco

I'm spending New Year's in San Francisco so my partner and I can get married (no gay marriage allowed in Montana, so we're headed to the home state of both our families). We plan to be there with our parents and siblings for the event, but are not sure what to do with ourselves on the day of the 1st. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Nov 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Recent Entry-Level Science Fiction

In search of accessible contemporary SF—help! [more inside]
posted by xenization on Oct 22, 2013 - 24 answers

Help my partner find this SF story!

So I told my partner you guys were amazing at locating obscure SF stories. Can you help him find this one? About 1970-72 I read an SF anthology with a story I've lately been trying to find on the Google with no luck. Said story involved a protagonist asked by friends to accompany them on a night out playing a game/sport he'd never heard of called, if I remember right, "torming." He said yes though he was too embarrassed to admit he'd never heard of it. It turned out to involve (avoiding potential spoilers here) tech well beyond the 1970s. Ring any bells? Googling "torming" is less than helpful. I may have misremembered the sport's name. Thanks!
posted by Space Kitty on Oct 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Identify this reality-bending TV show episode

I once saw a show, which I remember as being from The Outer Limits, where two people discover that reality isn't as they thought. [more inside]
posted by jiawen on Aug 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Name that SF short story

Wracking my brain trying to think of a short sci-fi story I read recently, I think in an anthology from within the last couple years. The story was about the relationship arc between a man convinced that technocratic solutions could be found to eliminate the messiness of politics and a woman who was more skeptical. Early in the story the female protagonist rescues a relative of the man's from a near-drowning in California when a computer failure causes his smart-surfboard to fail or something like that. The bulk of the story is set in Washington DC where the woman leads a lobbying effort against broad introduction of further ubiquitous computer controlled systems. Whether or not a computer-controlled traffic system is immune from exploitation was a major feature of the plot. What was it called?!
posted by Wretch729 on Jun 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Woman Science Fiction writer helped by the CDC?

She did a lot of research on her own & needed an expert to bounce ideas off. She found a sympathetic receptionist who connected her with a scientist who over several calls, said "nope", "nope", "nope", "oh, uhmmm... yeah, that might work". [more inside]
posted by morganw on Jun 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Crowd-pleasing restaurant in SF-- with multiple axes of diet issues.

One of us can't eat gluten or nightshades (peppers, tomatoes.) One of us is a vegetarian and doesn't eat seafood, and one will eat meat but not seafood. None of us care about cocktails or wine lists. What are some reasonably-priced (aim for under $40/person, will consider more), no-reservations, sit-down, casual/smart casual restaurants that we all might enjoy? Bonus points for a menu also excluding peanuts/peanut oil, extra super bonus points for Richmond/Sunset area.
posted by blnkfrnk on Jun 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Cyrus!

Can you name yet another short story for me? This humorous SF story appeared in the National Lampoon decades ago; I found it in a Lampoon anthology where it was very out of place. The story was written as a transcription of a tape made by academics who had gone to a small town in Appalachia to take an oral history. The county was named Tempura County or Teriyaki County, or something else that was obviously a Japanese food. The main figure of the story was a friendly but powerful and unpredictable entity called Cyrus. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Apr 8, 2013 - 5 answers

All I got was his phone number-- how to thank him?

What generic thank-you gift (between $10-20) can I give to someone working in SF when the only contact information I have is their iPhone number? [more inside]
posted by samthemander on Feb 12, 2013 - 9 answers

What's this humorous SF mystery?

What's this humorous SF mystery? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Gene W. Banks

What interesting writing has been done on the overlaps between Gene Wolfes "Book of the new sun and Iain M. Banks Culture novels? [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Finding your people in SF

Just moved to SF. What can I do to meet like-minded people and make friends around here? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Oct 13, 2012 - 10 answers

MIRANDA

What's the best SF series broadcasting right now? [more inside]
posted by roboton666 on Oct 4, 2012 - 25 answers

give me your tired, your poor, your huddled Swamp Things yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore

Looking for your favorite works of environmentally conscious and ecologically focused science fiction and fantasy. Obscurities preferred! [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Sep 15, 2012 - 29 answers

Casual dinner near Bart in SF

What are your suggestions for a casual, inexpensive restaurant close to a Bart station in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by shesbookish on Aug 29, 2012 - 11 answers

What should I do in Palo Alto tomorrow?

I'm going to Palo Alto/Menlo Park tomorrow. I'm going to have an afternoon to kill by myself -- if I only have one afternoon, what should I do, and where should I eat in the South Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Aug 15, 2012 - 23 answers

Hospitals in San Francisco

What Hospital(s) would a tourist who had an accident in San Francisco likely be sent to? [more inside]
posted by Elmore on Aug 2, 2012 - 28 answers

What early to mid 70s (probably made for TV) sci-fi movie am I half-remembering?

What early to mid 70s (probably made for TV) sci-fi movie am I half-remembering? [more inside]
posted by kimota on Jun 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Dramatic (non-campy) science fiction musicals?

Are there any scifi musicals that aren't comedies? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on May 25, 2012 - 32 answers

Where should I have my SF wedding dinner?

In search of a moderately priced restaurant for a smallish (~40 guests) wedding dinner in San Francisco in late August. [more inside]
posted by makonan on May 8, 2012 - 11 answers

The hamsters go in this end and the cans of stew come out the other

What is this machine appearing in a 1950 space exploration movie? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Feb 24, 2012 - 5 answers

I figured out what it was, now where was it?

Where did I read Ursula K. LeGuin's short story "Solitude"? [more inside]
posted by endless_forms on Nov 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Time for some new reading material.

Hit me with some great, freely-available, science fiction short stories. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 4, 2011 - 31 answers

Help me consider Ted Chiang's distinction between SF and Fantasy

Ask whether the universe of the story recognizes the existence of persons. Is this distinction between SF and Fantasy original with Ted Chiang? Can you think of any counter-examples that don't fit? [more inside]
posted by straight on Sep 14, 2011 - 30 answers

A forgotten SF story about forgetting

SF plot filter. Looking for story (maybe from Larry Niven) about a mysterious machine people keep on bumping into and immediately forgetting. [more inside]
posted by Eltulipan on Sep 8, 2011 - 8 answers

RaceWIN! Native American Science Fiction

RaceWIN? Native American-written dystopian/fantasy/science/ speculative fiction. I am looking for the name of the text and author of a contemporary Native American novel that is satirical and dystopian. [more inside]
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on May 31, 2011 - 13 answers

Garden paradise in my apartment?!

Easy PlantIDFilter: Name this tree. [more inside]
posted by nosila on May 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Non-libertarian SF recommendations, anyone?

Help me find awesome SF books that aren't libertarian screeds, y'all. What are your favourite Science Fiction books that aren't just swimming in libertarian ideology? [more inside]
posted by LMGM on Apr 22, 2011 - 56 answers

Bimonthly San Francisco apartment question: Student Edition

Please help a new grad move to San Francisco. I will probably arrive on June 1 and start working June 10, and I have $1500 for the whole move in process. Where do I stay while I'm apartment hunting? A hotel is very expensive and a hostel is pretty cramped. I could probably stay on a friend's couch but are there any other reasonable options for 1 month stays? [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Apr 18, 2011 - 17 answers

Need help IDing a sci-fi novel about the building of an interstellar transport network, a mean ship AI, and first contact with an unknowable alien intelligence

Can you help me identify this SF novel? Female protagonist is employed overseeing the construction of a transportation network into deep space. She has to deal with the ship's AI who is trying to turn her son (also a crew member) against her. They run into a very strange intelligent creature and try to figure out how to keep from destroying it with their gateway network, while also carefully monitoring the amount of time that she spends outside of suspended animation. [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Apr 13, 2011 - 6 answers

I can already smell the bay air...

The wife and I are heading to San Francisco for a conference this weekend taking place at the Embarcadero Hyatt. My question is a two-parter: (a) Where in the vicinity should we go for breakfast, lunch etc. on our relatively-short breaks? and (b) After things wind down for the day, where should we explore? More criteria to follow. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Mar 30, 2011 - 36 answers

Can you name this 1970s sci-fi novel?

BookFilter: Help me find this formative (but possibly terrible) 1970s sci-fi book I read in my youth! [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Mar 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Lapsed sci-fi reader looking for a new literary love in all the wrong places.

I'm getting back into reading for pleasure after years of avoiding it during college. I've found fantasy books easy to get back into, but have no idea where to start with sci-fi! [more inside]
posted by Logic Sheep on Feb 20, 2011 - 40 answers

Help me AskMe, you're my only hope...

What alternatives are there to IO9? What are the cool review and news sites for science fiction and fantasy? For comic books? For sf&f tv and movies? [more inside]
posted by bonehead on Feb 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Where can I attain the Ballmer Peak in SF?

Is there such a thing as a laptop-friendly sports bar in SF? [more inside]
posted by knave on Jan 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Name that podcast

In which I try to recall the name of a SF podcast in which a "freelance librarian" in a totalitarian future broadcasts a radio signal to the past, in an effort to change history. [more inside]
posted by outlier on Jan 2, 2011 - 2 answers

Identify a science fiction/fantasy novel from the 1980s, possibly YA, where they lived in the trees and where talk of killing others was taboo?

Can you identify this book? I read it in the mid-1980s. It may or may not have been a YA (Young Adult) title. The protagonist was a young girl, and her society lived peacefully up in the trees. She was interested in seeing the world down on the surface. There may have been another society down there. At one point she lost her temper with someone (a pet?) and blurted out something like "I would like to dead you!" at which her family was shocked and horrified at her violent thoughts. I particularly remember being struck by that part, that she understood the concept of killing but didn't know the verb. [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Dec 27, 2010 - 2 answers

Fiction writing advice for the advanced amateur.

I seem to be teetering on the edge of getting somewhere with my writing, but I'm not there yet. How can I learn to get a handle on pacing and characterization in my novels and short stories? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Dec 8, 2010 - 17 answers

What's the best High Speed Internet deal for me in San Francisco?

What's the best High Speed Internet deal for me in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Nov 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Tiptree

Where should I start with James Tiptree, Jr.?
posted by OmieWise on Oct 28, 2010 - 8 answers

I've seen the Bridge.

Get Me Out Of My Travel Rut: My tour takes me to the beatific city of San Fransisco soon and while I visit about once a year, I usually end up going to same places/doing the same things. What's terribly new in SF? What are the fresh must-see shows, restaurants, nightspots, stores, or Things To Do. Ideally I'm looking for things/places that have opened within the year. Will have a car and able to make day trips out into the environs. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Revelatory Redemption

Can someone refresh my memory about Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds? I'm reading Redemption Ark and a few things I feel like I should remember aren't coming back. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Oct 7, 2010 - 4 answers

The Gravys go to SF!

2 Days in San Francisco for sightseeing, should we rent a car? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Aug 24, 2010 - 23 answers

Would-be colonists beaten by faster ship

Help me remember a science fiction story: colonists beaten to objective by faster earth ship. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Aug 18, 2010 - 19 answers

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