Ok, we ALL know consumer capitalism is morally and spiritually bankrupt, and that the dark dystopian clouds are gathering on the New Year horizon.  But hell, we have more Xmas lists from those geeky boffins at CASE:

Rob Miller


Foundation – Isaac Asimov

The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut

The Disposessed – Ursula K Le Guin

Neuromancer – William Gibson

The Martian Chronicles – Brian Aldiss

The World of Null A – A E Van Vogt

Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

More Than Human – Theodore Sturgeon

The Door into Summer – Robert A Heinlein

The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams


Star Wars: A New Hope – George Lucas

Bladerunner – Ridley Scott

Aliens – James Cameron

Back to the Future – Robert Zemeckis

Contact – Robert Zemeckis

Silent Running – Douglas Trumbull

The Day the Earth Caught Fire – Val Guest

Forbidden Planet – Fred M. Wilcox

2010: Odyssey Two – Peter Hyams

Strange Days – Kathryn Bigelow 


Toby Murcott

Excession – Iain M Banks

Enders Game – Orson Scott Card

Neuromancer – William Gibson

Sundiver – David Brin

Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson

Player of Games – Iain M Banks

The Black Cloud – Fred Hoyle

The Time Machine – H G Wells

Vurt – Jeff Noon

The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson

2001 – A Space Odessy (Winner by such a long way that there is no real competition)

Blade Runner

Stars Wars the original 1977 one

The Shape of Things to Come


Galaxy Quest

Starship Troopers (for its total kitsch value, not its politics:-))


Thing (the original 1950’s version)

The Incredible Shrinking Man

Tom Thornton


The Malacia Tapestry – Brian Aldiss

The Smoke Ring – Larry Niven

Pegasus in Flight – Anne McAffery

The Mote in God’s Eye – Larry Niven & Jerry Pournell

Virtual Light – William Gibson

Consider Phlebas – Iain M. Bank

Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne

Killashandra – Anne McAffery

Jurrasic Park – Michael Crighton


Donnie Darko

The Butterfly Effect

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The Abyss

Event Horizon

The Fifth Element

Ghost in the Shell

Total Recall


Face Off

Neil Hook


Dune by Frank Herbert (1965)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818 edition)
Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson (1992)
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick (1962)
Open Prison by James White (1965)
The Galaxy Primes by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith (1965)
Ralph 124C41+ by Hugo Gernsback (1911)
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Well’s (1896)


Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) dir. George Lucas
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) dir. Jim Sharman
Alien (1979) dir. Ridley Scott
Predator (1987) dir. John McTiernan
Metropolis (1927) dir. by Fritz Lang
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983) dir. Lamont Johnson
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) dir. Stanley Kubrick
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) dir. Steven Spielberg
Terminator 2 – Judgement Day (1991) dir. James Cameron
This Island Earth (1955) dir. Joseph Newman

Martin Griffiths


Earth Abides – George R Stewart

Dune – Frank Herbert

Way Station – Clifford Simak

Blood Music – Greg Bear

Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Last and first men – Olaf Stapledon

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Robert  Heinlein

The Fountains of Paradise – Arthur C Clarke

The Sheep Look Up – John Brunner

Non Stop – Brian Aldiss

Silent Running
Blade Runner (of course)
Dark Star
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Forbidden Planet
The Terminator
Twelve Monkeys
Invasion of the Body Snatchers



    December 19, 2006

    Glad to see Silent Running in there, a vastly underrated film. Can I also put in a word for the science fiction books of Philip Jose Farmer and Cordwainer Smith?


    December 19, 2006

    Glad to see Silent Running in there, a vastly underrated film. Can I also put in a word for the science fiction books of Philip Jose Farmer and Cordwainer Smith?


    December 19, 2006

    John Morton!


    December 19, 2006

    Robert (creative writer)

    * Dune by Frank Herbert
    * The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner (urgently needs a reprint, too hard to get!)
    * Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    * Tik Tok by John Sladek (darkly funny)
    * Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    * Pavane by Keith Roberts
    * One of Us by Michael Marshall Smith (great novel let down by a rubbish final quarter)
    * Salt by Adam Roberts (few modern writers seem as dedicated to utopias these days as him, and the book stayed with me long after I’d read it)
    * Dangerous Visions by Harlan Ellison (not a novel, but worth mentioning nonetheless)
    * The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

    * Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    * Donnie Darko
    * Dark City
    * Jurassic Park
    * The Matrix (laugh! I dare you! It’s still a fantastic film, despite its popularity and sequels.)
    * Run Lola Run
    * Thoughtcrimes (unknown, perfect film for light entertainment)
    * Total Recall
    * Fifth Element (silly fun)
    * Back to the Future Trilogy (I have a weak spot for mad scientists, and Christopher Lloyd delivers the best mad scientist of a generation)

    Nick Roberts

    December 19, 2006

    Good to see The Thing from Another World getting a few mentions. It leaves out some of the great ideas from Campbell’s source short story “Who Goes There?” but its a great b&w film. Carpenter’s version is also good, but very gory. Also good to see Moore & Gibbons Watchmen getting a mention earlier in the week, the Absolute Edition that was released last year is an essential Christmas purchase.

    Got bad memories of Silent Running: “Dewey…Dewey didn’t make it…”. Cue a small boy in floods of tears.

    Peter Grehan

    December 19, 2006

    This is rather like going out for a meal with a large group. You make your choices and then you see what other people have picked and you think, “Yes, I’d have liked that as well.”
    My top ten can only be considered a snapshot as it seems to be enclosed in a kind of semi permeable membrane that allows book and film titles to continuously migrate in and out.


    December 19, 2006

    This is my first time visiting and i must say i like it alot.
    Your post was a good read.
    I will surely check back here more often!


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