Best science fiction novels by year

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Here’s an updated version of this list, including novels I read in the last 2 years.   Winner Runner Ups Year Author Title Author Title 2015 John Scalzi The End of All Things Thunderbird Jack McDevitt       Will McIntosh Defenders 2014 Emily St. John Mandel Station Eleven Stephen Baxter Ultima       […]

Best tie-in novels by year

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Here’s an updated list, including novels I read in the last 2 years. Legend: B5 Babylon 5 BSG Battlestar Galactica DS9 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ST Star Trek crossover TITAN Star Trek: Titan TNG Star Trek: The Next Generation TOS Star Trek: The Original Series VOY Star Trek: Voyager     Winner Runner Ups […]

Best fantasy & science fiction movies by year

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Here’s an updated version of this list, including movies I watched in 2016. Year Winner Runner Ups 2016 Arrival Captain America: Civil War   Kubo and the Two Strings Deadpool     Equals     Finding Dory     Star Trek Beyond     X-Men: Apocalypse     Zootopia  2015 Inside Out Advantageous   Mad […]

Author discovery of the year

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I discovered several terrific authors in 2016. The one that wins the prize is Ken Liu, for The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. Runner ups are Claire North for The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Erin Morgenstern for The Night Circus, and Hal Clement for Mission of Gravity. The next runner ups are Emily St. John […]

Best movies of the 2010s

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Here’s an updated version of this list, including movies I saw in 2016. Best of the best 50/50 About Time The Adjustment Bureau American Hustle Arrival Barney’s Version The Boxtrolls Brooklyn The Call Captain Fantastic Crazy, Stupid, Love. Deadpool The Descendants Despicable Me Detachment Edge of Tomorrow Ex Machina Gone Girl Gravity Her How to […]

SF & fantasy TV shows

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Here’s an updated version of this list, including seasons of TV shows I watched in 2016. 5/5 Agents of SHIELD 4.5 4.5 5               4.67 Angel 5 5 5 5 5           5 Babylon 5 4.5 5 5 5 4.5           […]

James Bond

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I’ve read one or two of the original James Bond books by Ian Fleming, and I’ve seen all the movies except one. I was a big fan of the movies many years ago. Now I think some of the more recent ones are great and most of the older ones don’t quite hold up. Here […]

Best fantasy novels by decade

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Here’s the fantasy list. As I read more books things might change, especially in the decade that’s not done yet. Winner Runner Ups Decade Author Title Author Title 2010s Claire North The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August Julie E. Czerneda A Turn of Light Will McIntosh Hitchers Carrie Vaughn After the Golden Age Jo […]

Best science fiction novels by decade

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Here are the best science fiction books by decade. I limited each author to 1 book per decade, but a few authors show up in multiple decades. Winner Runner Ups Decade Author Title Author Title 2010s Kim Stanley Robinson 2312 Stephen Baxter Proxima Will McIntosh Soft Apocalypse John Scalzi Redshirts Joan Slonzcewski The Highest Frontier […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 8

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This list continues from part 7. Jon Brion Brion is also a composer, producer, songwriter, and instrumentalist outside of movies. Upcoming work includes Wilson. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Peer Pressure Clint Eastwood You know Eastwood as an actor and director. He has also scored some of the films he’s directed. You may think […]