@sbwest what other scifi shows do you like? i can recommend a starting point with trek because there is so much, it can be intimidating!


@ezrijadzia hm, you know now that I think about it, I haven't watched much sci-fi in a long time haha. I was never able to get into Dr. Who, but I started watching The Expanse and BSG and liked those. I've started watching TNG and enjoyed the first few episodes. I think the main issue for me is that it's tough for me to commit the time to watching a series with a lot of episodes.

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@sbwest i love the expanse and bsg! have you read the expanse books? they're incredibly good. yeah i feel you, i grew up watching trek week to week so i didn't go through the "there's hundreds of episodes in front of me that i've never seen!" sensation. all the treks except ds9 lend well to dropping in here or there on an episode that sounds interesting, especially tng. if you really like bsg, you will also really like ds9. really tackles intersection of science, faith, religion, politics, etc

@ezrijadzia awesome thank you for the tip! Only semi-related, but are you a Terry Pratchett fan? I get the impression that a lot of us geeky leftists like his stuff and he's definitely one of my favorite authors who helped push my worldview more to the left

@sbwest oddly i never got into pratchett! i love good omens, and then i tried to get into discworld but just couldn't really. ursula le guin was definitely most influential author for me politically. the dispossessed has problems but it really forced anarcho-socialism into my brain in a way nothing else had.

@ezrijadzia oh! totally understand not getting into his stuff if you started with the first discworld books (colour of magic & light fantastic), but there are some really great ones that center more on class conflict that are really, really fun (guards! guards!). There are some reading guides floating around online that you can check out that are really helpful.

Le Guin is someone who I really need to read, I think I'll pick up The Dispossessed next :)

@sbwest do you recommend guards as a good discworld book to start with? It was colour of magic that turned me off!

@ezrijadzia I've read more sci-fi than I've watched. Lately been reading Richard K Morgan's altered carbon trilogy (super problematic when it comes to how he treats female characters, but it has some really interesting anticapitalist themes that surface in later novels). Generally like dystopian sci-fi in the lines of Gibson, but would love to expand my palette!

@sbwest there are some dystopian elements to the expanse, especially a few books in (don't want to say more because huge, giant spoilers!). the only thing for me missing from them is more trans people--otherwise they are very diverse books across race and sexuality.

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