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  1. #1 RESEARCH - Sci-fi Futuristic Landscapes & Self Discovery 
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    I am currently writing a piece of Fiction.

    The work is based in the future initially in a surreal dream-like desert landscape and deals with issues of AI and self discovery. It also deals with the divide currently occurring between science and religion which is symbolized by the last two Cities left in the world which are at war with each other.

    I am researching other pieces of work which are similar. If you know of any literature or films which describe similar environments, or journeys of self discovery and futuristic Cities I would greatly appreciate any feedback.

    The suggestions I have so far have been:

    Bladerunner
    Dune
    Fading Suns (Role Playing Game)
    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Manga & Film)
    Robotech
    The Wheel of Time (Book by Robert Jordan)

    Can you think of any more I could take a look at?

    Thanks for your help :-D


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    That sounds really interesting. How about somehow finding something from Planet of the apes (the original I mean) and perhaps looking into The time machine by HG Wells (the book or the 1960's movie).

    These aren't neccesarily at war, but do have futuristic and post apocalyptic landscapes and two kinds of people.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Wolf
    That sounds really interesting. How about somehow finding something from Planet of the apes (the original I mean) and perhaps looking into The time machine by HG Wells (the book or the 1960's movie).

    These aren't neccesarily at war, but do have futuristic and post apocalyptic landscapes and two kinds of people.
    Thank you Bad Wolf I never thought of those two, and yes they are good examples I shall take a closer look at :-D
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    From Carthage Then I Came Douglas R. Mason
    The City and the Stars Sir Arthur C. Clarke
    City Clifford D. Simak
    Foundation Isaac Azimov (For its depiction of Trantor.)
    Cities in Flight James Blish (For an examination of the politics of a self contained city.)
    Green Mars and Blue Mars Kim Stanley Robinson
    Chasm City Alistair Reynolds (Or portions of most of his Revelation Space series)
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt
    From Carthage Then I Came Douglas R. Mason
    The City and the Stars Sir Arthur C. Clarke
    City Clifford D. Simak
    Foundation Isaac Azimov (For its depiction of Trantor.)
    Cities in Flight James Blish (For an examination of the politics of a self contained city.)
    Green Mars and Blue Mars Kim Stanley Robinson
    Chasm City Alistair Reynolds (Or portions of most of his Revelation Space series)
    Mmm...that's a good list

    I haven't heard of lots of these. I have obviously got some reading to catch up on!

    Thanks very much John, I have added them to my list :-D
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    The Ender's Game pre/sequels deal with AI issues, a war for Hegemony and religion in the future. There are also space monsters. I like space monsters.
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    Ringworld by Larry Niven.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absum!
    Thank you Bad Wolf I never thought of those two, and yes they are good examples I shall take a closer look at :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kukhri
    The Ender's Game pre/sequels deal with AI issues, a war for Hegemony and religion in the future. There are also space monsters. I like space monsters.
    by Orson Scott Card

    Haven't heard of that one either!

    I'm starting to amass quite an order on Amazon, I wonder if they give discounts for bulk orders?

    Thank you Kukhri, I will have a read of those as well

    I like space monsters too, but they have to look super realistic horrific and give me nightmares lol

    Haven't got any monsters in the story (yet!) it focuses around relationships between people and the environment. Still people can be monstrous sometimes, and some of the characters in the story give me nightmares already :@
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    Quote Originally Posted by drowsy turtle
    Ringworld by Larry Niven.
    Thank you drowsy turtle

    A couple of people have mentioned Ringworld and that looks interesting too.
    It's won lots of awards as well.

    I have got to get this piece of in as my end of course assignment for my diploma as part of my degree. I have only got 4000 words to write by the end of May, so for that I will be submitting the first two chapters, but I shall be continuing with the story until the end.
    I have got the basic story skeleton worked out, and feel confident about that, but I just needed more inspiration for the setting & environment, as well as the description of and relationship between the two conflicting Cities.

    After May I have got a break in my studies until October, so I am going to focus on this piece of writing and immerse myself in all the science fiction futuristic worlds i can get my hands on to......I know what I'm going to be doing this summer......in the garden with my head in a book dreaming of monsters......and watching a stack load of DVD's in the evenings.........great
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absum!
    I am currently writing a piece of Fiction.

    The work is based in the future initially in a surreal dream-like desert landscape and deals with issues of AI and self discovery. It also deals with the divide currently occurring between science and religion which is symbolized by the last two Cities left in the world which are at war with each other.

    I am researching other pieces of work which are similar. If you know of any literature or films which describe similar environments, or journeys of self discovery and futuristic Cities I would greatly appreciate any feedback.

    The suggestions I have so far have been:

    Bladerunner
    Dune
    Fading Suns (Role Playing Game)
    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Manga & Film)
    Robotech
    The Wheel of Time (Book by Robert Jordan)

    Can you think of any more I could take a look at?

    Thanks for your help :-D
    Take a look at the tag search feature on my website. Here is the URL:

    http://www.omphalosbookreviews.com/i...p/search/books

    You will be able to search for those tags, and many others. That should give you some ideas.
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    Thank you Omphalos

    Hey that's a good site you've got there, I will take a closer look later
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    Manifold Time - Stephen Baxter
    Maniflod Space - Stephen Baxter
    Manifold Origin - Stephen Baxter

    Very intriguing and it pulls at your thought process. It has a good image of the future and makes you think twice about time, space, and our species origin.
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    It's not a desert, but it's alien-like.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8BtAxUaoqs
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    For Religions

    How about the Short Story - "The Subject Is Closed" by Larry Niven

    This contains hints of a horrifying concept -

    The Alien talking to the Bartender on Earth described something from his people's ancient past.
    He was talking about the strange Religions his people had encountered in the expansion
    of their trading empire.

    There was one Planet they found where the people were all very obsessed with Religion -
    then some news came that there had been some kind of "breakthrough" in their religious research.
    All contact then ceased.

    The Survey Team found no-one left alive on the Planet - they had all commited suicide in some way
    or other. Whole droves seemed to have queued-up to enter millions of mass extermination machines,
    electrocution machines, billions had jumped off roofs, shot themselves, taken poison, and lots of other ways.

    The members of the Survey Team found Religious Texts. Those who read them - promptly committed suicide.
    The Records were returned to their home planet, but kept as sealed records.
    2,000 years later - Scholars investigating ancient Records came across these and read them -
    they also committed Suicide.
    He explained that the Message in these Texts must have been something quite simple -
    easily understood, self-consistent and virtually proven.
    The Records were eventually destroyed.

    There are questions we never ask - he said.
    Maybe there is a Heaven - and it is better for you, the sooner you get there.
    Maybe there is a Hell - and it gets worse for you, the longer you wait to go to it.
    The Subject is Closed.
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    I have also written a Story about the Origins of Life in this Galaxy and in Andromeda -
    for our Sci Fi Game.

    It is something which we wil soon discover -
    the Primes who created Life, and then fought over it's destiny.
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