I initially started with the Marvel / DC types, then moved on to the British comics such as 2000AD and Tiger whilst in secondary school, and returned to Marvel / DC after that when i studied in the UK.
I have a whole range of comic reading materials, but today had a bit of a nostalgia time googling the 80s British comics. I have not seen these comics for a long time now. And of the characters I remember reading, only Judge Dredd and Dan Dare remain in recent memory. So i decided to check out the titles i used to read. So here are some of them (i would be happy if others can jog my memory too)…
Rogue Trooper was a popular story amongst my friends at the time. This was a classic war story that kids my age then loved. The twist was that this was a story about a Genetically engineered soldier who was looking for his commanders who betrayed them.
one complaint that is often heard from newcomers to the award-winning series is that, after four years of intricate plotlines, it’s tough to jump in the middle of the story and follow along. Our first answer to that would be to spool up your FTL drives and jump in anyway, because you don’t want to miss this excellent series. But we’re also willing to acknowledge that Galactica has gotten pretty complex over the years, which is where our second answer comes in — in the form of this new feature, which we’ve dubbed Battlestar Galactica: The Timeline.
occassionally, i would need a refresher of the happenings and chronology of battlestar galactica. the above link is a good start.
The holiday movie season has come and gone without so much as a certified blockbuster. Thank goodness for 2009, which is chock-full of movies for every fanboy (or girl), whether you’re a Trekker or a John Connor wannabe. There’s even a movie about Fanboys. We’ve already given you our favorite F/X scenes of 2008—here are the geek-out-worthy flicks of 2009.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last four years, you know that the cheesy old sci-fi TV series known as Battlestar Galactica got picked up, dusted off, and given the all-time, grand champion, mother of all reboots. Solidly led by a couple of veteran movie actors (Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell), BSG has garnered a reputation as one of the best shows on TV. But don’t just call it a sci-fi show; its so much more than that. It’s about love and loss. It’s about what it means to be a soldier, and what it’s like to be a refugee. It’s about religion and fanaticism. It’s about government and corruption. But mostly it’s about our own humanity, and what it really means to be human. Since some of us here are at RT are huge BSG fans (and we’re betting some of you are too), in honor of the beginning of the end (starting next week), we thought we’d share a list of “thinking man’s” sci-fi films; sci-fi stories that aren’t about laser battles or rampaging mutants, but more thoughtful pieces on what it really means to be human.
i would like to have a list of sci-fi TV series – where i would put BSG, Firefly and X-Files amongst the best.
As we look forward to another new year, it is a good time to reflect on some of the many people who wrote about the future. Philip K. Dick was one of them:
Philip K. Dick was abducted by… his own mind, and wrote about it for as long as SF industry would publish it. Which is extremely lucky for millions of his fans, me included.
Unless you are a particle physicist (for whom nothing is as it seems anyway), you’re not likely to meet as many convoluted and unpredictable ideas and storylines as in Philip K. Dick’s science fiction (the requirement, of course, is that it all still has to make coherent sense, otherwise we could just switch on Douglas Adams’ Improbability Drive and publish the outcome).
PKD was a one-man factory of apocalyptic “What-ifs?”, staggering in their scope and suggested outcomes. His stories are often dark in tone, but intensely satisfying: crammed with concepts and ideas, tightly written and pretty much unforgettable.
i have not read many of philip k dick‘s novels. but i have seen a number of the titles made into films. in general, i find his ideas on science fiction and mind bending tales are very interesting and thought provoking. some of the interesting concepts introduced by PKD are the concepts of cyborg sentience in Bladerunner (Do androids dream of electric sheep?); the memory implants in Total Recall (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale); foresights in The Minority Report (The Minority Report); and a few others based on some of his short stories.