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  • Vernor Steffen Vinge (1944 - 2024)
    Steffen Vinge (born October 2, 1944) is an American science fiction author and retired professor. He taught mathematics and computer science at San Diego State University. He is the originator of the t...
  • Iain Banks (1954 - 2013)
  • Kir Bulychev (1934 - 2003)
  • Tony Daniel
    Tony Daniel is an American science fiction writer and was an editor at Baen Books and a senior editor at Regnery Publishing.
  • Neal Stephenson
    Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer known for his works of speculative fiction. His novels have been categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, cyberpunk, post...

(This is the Master Project for all things Science Fiction related. This is a work in progress. All help solicited and need).

Science fiction is difficult to define, as it includes a wide range of subgenres and themes. Author, Mark C. Glassy, argues that the definition of science fiction is like the definition of pornography: you don't know what it is, but you know it when you see it. ( Science fiction ).

Wikipedia continues: Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with the impact of imagined innovations in science or technology, often in a futuristic setting. Exploring the consequences of such innovations is the traditional purpose of science fiction, making it a literature of ideas.

Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possibilities. It is similar to, but differs from fantasy in that, within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature (though some elements in a story might still be pure imaginative speculation).

The settings for science fiction are often contrary to known reality but the majority of science fiction relies on a considerable degree of suspension of disbelief, which is facilitated in the reader's mind by potential scientific explanations or solutions to various fictional elements. These may include:

  • A setting in the future, in alternative timelines, or in an historical past that contradicts known facts of history or the archaeological record
  • A setting in outer space, on other worlds, or involving aliens.
  • Stories that involve technology or scientific principles that contradict known laws of nature.
  • Discovery or application of new scientific principles plots, such as time travel or psionics, or new technology, such as nanotechnology, faster-than-light travel or robots, or of new and different political or social systems (e.g., a dystopia, or a situation where organized society has collapsed)


Ridley Scott to Direct New Blade Runner

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe..." But would the infamous replicant leader in Blade Runner believe that director Ridley Scott is making a new version of the 1982 sci-fi classic? Sequel or prequel, nobody seems to know—and Harrison Ford's participation is a question mark (he reportedly hated Scott)—but The Blind Side producer Alcon Entertainment will begin development, reports. This on the heels of Scott's Prometheus, an upcoming 3D pic that loosely revisits the Alien franchise. ( Ridley Scott to Direct New Blade Runner ).

Actors and Actresses

Screen Sirens Scream!: Interviews With 20 Actresses from Science Fiction, Horror, Film Noir and Mystery Movies, 1930s to 1960s

Pulp Fiction Magazines

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  • Amazing Stories 1928
  • The Airlords of Han 1929
  • Planet Stories
  • Startling Stories
  • Amazing Stories
  • Super Science Stories
  • Fantastic Novels
  • Astonishing Stories
  • Astounding Science-Fiction
  • Wonder Stories
  • Unknown FantasyFict (S&S)
  • Dynamic Science Fiction

Other related magazines

  • Spicy Adventure Stories
  • Saucy Movie Tales
  • Horror Stories
  • Terror tales
  • Weird Tales
  • Eerie Stories
  • Mystery Stales

Comics and Comic Strips

  • Buck Rogers. The strip made its first newspaper appearance on January 7, 1929.
  • Shock SuspenStories, 1954
  • Planet Comics
  • Amazing Adventures
  • Silver Streak Comics
  • Out of This World
  • The Crypt of Terror
  • Marvel Mystery Comics
  • Atomic Comics
  • Mystery in Space
  • Intimate Confessions
  • Weird Comics
  • Weird Science
  • Weird Science - Fantasy Annual 1953
  • Tales From the Crypt



Film Directors

Sci Fi Classics (Pre-1970; chronological order)

Modern Sci Fi

Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980),
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999),
Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001),
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002),
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004),
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005),
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007),
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009),
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010), Part 2 (to be released July 15, 2011)

  • Bladerunner (1982, Color) - Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos
  • Tron (1982, Color) - Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan
  • The Dark Crystal (1982, Color) - Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards
  • Return to Oz (1985, Color) - Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie
  • Back to the Future trilogy, The first film was the highest-grossing film of 1985 and became an international phenomenon, leading to the second and third films which were filmed back-to-back and released in 1989 and 1990 respectively.
  • Slipstream (1989, Color) - Bob Peck, Mark Hamill, Kitty Aldridge, Bill Paxton
  • Total Recall (1990, Color) - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox
  • A Scanner Darkly - directed by Richard Linklater starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey, Jr., and Rory Cochrane.
  • Minority Report - directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, and Max von Sydow
  • The Matrix - written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Hugo Weaving
  • Ghosts of Mars (2001, Color) - Pam Grier (Commander Helena Braddock), Ice Cube, Robert Carradine, Jason Statham, Natasha Henstridge
  • Stargate (Movies and TV Series):

Stargate (Film) (1994), Stargate SG-1 (TV Series) (1997-2007), Stargate Atlantis (TV Series) (2004-2009), Stargate Universe (TV Series) (2009-2011), Stargate: The Ark of Truth (Direct-To-DVD Film) (2008), Stargate: Continuum (Direct-To-DVD Film) (2008)

X-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Prequels: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), Future: The Wolverine (2012), Potential sequels to X-Men: First Class: X-Men Origins: Deadpool, Potential sequels in the main film series; Unproduced prequel: X-Men Origins: Magneto.

Sci Fi Television Shows

Science fiction on television

  • Captain Video and His Video Rangers The children's adventure serial , which ran from June 1949 to April 1955.
  • Buck Rogers ABC's small screen version in 1950.
  • Flash Gordon Live-action space adventure series of the early 1950s.
  • Space Patrol
  • Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers
  • Tales of Tomorrow The first science fiction show for adults, was also its first fully science fictional anthology by ABC on August 3, 1951 lasting until 1953.
  • Out There Followed two months later on CBS only lasting twelve episodes.
  • Science Fiction Theatre was another early anthology series, running from 1955 and 1957.
  • Men Into Space, 1959–1960.
  • The Twilight Zone Began 1959.
  • The Outer Limits Began 1963.
  • Lost in Space a space opera which aired from 1965 to 1968, became popular with audiences.
  • The Time Tunnel a 1966–1967 U.S. color science fiction TV series.
  • The Bionic Woman
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Dr. Who
  • Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series)
  • Something is Out There 1988 American science fiction television miniseries that aired on NBC, and a short-lived weekly series that followed in the fall of 1988.
  • Quantum Leap (TV series), is an American television series that was broadcast on NBC from March 26, 1989 to May 5, 1993, for a total of five seasons.
  • Sliders, is an American science fiction television series. It was broadcast for five seasons, beginning in 1995 and ending in 2000. The series follows a group of travelers as they use a wormhole to "slide" between different parallel universes.
  • Firefly (2002 Josh Whedon sci-fi Western television series)
  • Eureka (TV series), is an American science fiction television series that premiered on Syfy on July 18, 2006.
  • Caprica (TV series), is a science fiction drama television series. It is a spin-off prequel of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, taking place about 58 years prior to the events of Battlestar Galactica. Caprica shows how humanity first created the robotic Cylons who would later plot to destroy humans in retaliation for their enslavement. Among Caprica's main characters are the father and uncle of Commander William Adama from the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. An extended version of the pilot premiered exclusively on DVD and digital download on April 21, 2009. The first season debuted on January 22, 2010 on Syfy in the U.S., Space in Canada, and Sky1 in the U.K.
  • Warehouse 13, is an American fantasy television series that premiered on July 7, 2009 on the Syfy network.
  • Falling Skies is an American dramatic television series created and produced by Robert Rodat and Steven Spielberg. The series picks up six months into a world devastated by an alien invasion.
  • Alphas, is an American science fiction dramatic television series created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow. The series follows a group of people with superhuman abilities, known as 'Alphas', as they work to prevent crimes committed by other 'Alphas'. The series is broadcast in the United States on the cable channel SyFy and is a co-production between BermanBraun and Universal Cable Productions. It premiered on July 11, 2011.
  • Torchwood, is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies. A spin-off from the 2005 revival of long-running science fiction programme Doctor Who, Torchwood aired four series between 2006 and 2011. The show shifted its broadcast channel each series to reflect its growing audience, moving from BBC Three to BBC Two to BBC One, and acquiring US financing in its fourth series when it became a co-production of BBC One and Starz. In contrast to Doctor Who, whose target audience includes both adults and children, Torchwood is aimed at an older audience. Over its run, the show explored a number of themes; prominent among these were existentialism, gay and bisexual relationships, and explorations of human corruptibility.
  • Alias (TV series), is an American spy-action television series created by J. J. Abrams, which was broadcast on ABC for five seasons, from September 30, 2001, to May 22, 2006. It stars Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a double-agent for the Central Intelligence Agency posing as an operative for SD-6, a worldwide criminal and espionage organization. The main theme of the series explores Sydney's obligation to conceal her true career from her friends and family, even as she assumes multiple aliases to carry out her missions. These themes are most prevalent in the first two seasons of the show. A major plotline of the series is the search for and recovery of artifacts created by Milo Rambaldi, a fictitious Renaissance-era figure with similarities to both Leonardo da Vinci and Nostradamus. This plot and some technologies used in the series place Alias into the genre of science fiction. The series was well received among critics and has been included in several "best of" lists. Alias was in the American Film Institute's top ten list for television programs in 2003.[1] The show also received numerous awards and nominations.


Famous Science Fiction/Fantasy Authors

Famous Science Fiction Books

Lists of Top 100 Science Fiction Books

  1. Top 100 Science Fiction Books
  2. The 100 Greatest SFF Novels of All Time by Alex Carnevale