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Author:  man_of_foul_tofu [ Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:38 am ]
Post subject:  Speculative Science Fiction on the Web

Outsider is my favourite SSF webcomic, and I thought that I would share some of my others, in the hope that others will share this with me.

Space themed combat in a MMORPG :
#1 zerosumgames.net

Webcomics
#1 - Outsider
#2 - Crimson Dark
#3 - spacetrawler
#4 - Quantum Vibe
#5 - Moon Town

SF Books
#1 - Dune
#2 - Vatta's War (E Moon)
#3 - Culture novels (Ian M Banks)
#4 - Revelation Space (Alistair Reynolds)
#5 - Have Spacesuit Will Travel (Heinlein )

PC Games
#1 Dune2000
#2 Armageddon
#3 Facebook Scrabble
#4 Patience
#5 Minefield

SF Films
nah - not going there.
They change so often.
Can't be bothered
Bah - the effects are more important than the plot & that gets up my nose.

Looking forward to your replies folks.

Author:  sunphoenix [ Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:16 am ]
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Love {E. Moon's} "Vatta's War!" Great set of books! Nice consistent SciFi. Would really love to read more of 'Admiral' Vatta! :)

Strong-Willed, Intelligent, Independent, Capable, and yet still feminine woman are Dead Sexy! :)

Author:  BattleRaptor [ Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:08 am ]
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Sometimes the world needs a little evil.
http://www.villainsource.com/doomsday.html

Author:  Karst45 [ Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:23 am ]
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Moon town, nice though the story isn't that developed, but i do like the design of the ship. quite not what we are used to.

crimson dark, real nice one here, great CG graphic nice update rate but (yes there always a but) story kind of heavy (too many important detail that get throw around and you end up lost) that and the high cybernetic-ation that human follow... kind of enjoys less a story were a pure human is considered weird.


i would like to add Dead space. yeah it science FICTION but wow real nice and the ambiance too kind of creepy.

ill try you MMO games.

Author:  icekatze [ Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:27 am ]
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hi hi

Most anticipated space game that would crush me if it turns into vaporware:
Infinity: The Quest for Earth
Ever since I saw their procedural galaxy generator
Or their procedural cityscapes.
Or their seamless transition from space to planetside. (skip to about 5:45 for entry)
I never played freespace, but I hear the combat is kind of like that and thats supposedly a good thing.

I don't have a lot of sci-fi webcomics in my RSS feed, but I've got a couple that haven't been mentioned yet.
Outsider
Galaxion
Freefall

I'm really bad about getting around to reading books that are on my books to read list. Accelerando has been on my list for like a year now and I haven't had a chance to take a couple of days off and read it. So basically, my sample size isn't huge, but some memorable ones that come to mind:

Wasteland of Flint (Thomas Harlan) - Cant recommend this one enough. Read through it several years back and I've been meaning to read through it again to see if it holds up on second reading, but I think it is probably going to end up in my "favorites of all time," category.

The Outback Stars (Sandra McDonald) was pretty good. I still mostly remember it at least, which is usually a good sign for me. It had some interesting characters and a neat mystery to it.

Venus (Ben Bova) - The soap opera like characters were well nigh unbearable towards the end, but the tale of a descent into the atmosphere of Venus was quite memorable.

PC Games:
Star Control 2
Escape Velocity
Master of Or... I can't do it... It is just too obvious.

Author:  Karst45 [ Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:38 am ]
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icekatze wrote:
hi hi

Most anticipated space game that would crush me if it turns into vaporware:
Infinity: The Quest for Earth
Ever since I saw their procedural galaxy generator
Or their procedural cityscapes.
Or their seamless transition from space to planetside. (skip to about 5:45 for entry)
I never played freespace, but I hear the combat is kind of like that and thats supposedly a good thing.


droll all over the place!

Author:  Aygar [ Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:07 am ]
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for webcomics I like to add vexxarr to the list.

I liked the Tanya Huff's confederation series of books.

--Aygar

Author:  Arioch [ Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:54 pm ]
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If you haven't seen these yet, check out:

Our Intrepid Crew
Galaxion
Lilly MacKenzie and the Mines of Charybdis

Author:  Majincarne [ Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:35 am ]
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The comic I was gonna put are already up so going with games.

X3: TC. <--- space ship porn
Freespace1/2. Shinning golden moments of the space shooter genre. Freespace2 brought beam weapons to games in a way I have never quite seen since. (All hail the BFRed). Moar beams!
Sins of a solar empire. single player is good. with friends multiplayer is excellent.
Freelancer. Exelent game with so many mods to choose from now.

Author:  TheUnforsaken [ Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:48 am ]
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I've read a lot of the books listed already...I've read Elizabeth Moon, Iain M Banks, and Alistair Reynold's series multiple times. If for no other reason I'd love The Culture just for their ship names ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ships_(The_Culture)

I also read the Honor Harrington novels by David Weber and the Dread Empire's Fall series by Walter Jon Williams among a pile of others. Frankly I'm running out of room to stick my books in :shock:

Author:  BattleRaptor [ Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:24 am ]
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Freespace2 Beam weapon mechanics was genius.
It over came the problems beam weapons had of being overpowered due to instant hit and accurate.. or so weak or inaccurate they felt worse then projectile weapons, yet it never caught on.

Author:  Karst45 [ Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:09 pm ]
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Arioch wrote:



3 out of 3 yay!

but i did stop reading Charybdis because of a pretty long hiatus.

Majincarne wrote:
X3: TC. <--- space ship porn

in a metaphorical way i hope. or else i wonder if i had a defective game :P

Author:  Trantor [ Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:04 pm ]
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For those who love the style of the 70ies: Buck Godot, Zapgun for hire.

Author:  Karst45 [ Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:20 pm ]
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yeah that were i found out about girl genius. it kind of sad that the story ended.

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