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callisto

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« on: 09-22-2005 16:56 »

Hey there!

I´m looking for science fiction books featuring stories compareable to Futurama: a crazy, inhuman future with glimpses of hope (like the beautiful story of Fry and Leela). Compareable to the movie "Equilibrium" for example. I´d really like to ready something like this and I´ve never really read science fiction books but Futurama really makes me wanna.

I know that there are "my favorite books" threads here but which of them are really compareable to Futurama?

And why do you like these books the most? (this question shall make this a thread that´s not just about my questions   roll eyes )
scumbagsteve976

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« Reply #1 on: 09-22-2005 17:01 »

Feed is a good book
although its not very happy.

There are glimpses of love and such like that, but its still a good futuristic book, along the lines of Farenhedit 451, cept more sciency.
JBERGES

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« Reply #2 on: 09-22-2005 17:10 »

Read "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams (actually, it is a 5 book series, but even the first one will do).

I'll go into more detail if you've never heard of it, but assuming you have, consider this an assertive recommendation. 
T-Veronica

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« Reply #3 on: 09-22-2005 21:26 »

 
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Originally posted by JBERGES:
Read "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams (actually, it is a 5 book series, but even the first one will do).

I'll go into more detail if you've never heard of it, but assuming you have, consider this an assertive recommendation. 

Uber-second. (I was about to recommend the very same thing! ^_^) But skip the movie. It's crap. Just watch the old TV series if you get the urge. And the original radio show rocks, too! In fact, that's where I'd start. Y'know, after reading the books, seeing as this thread is...about...books. *gradually realizes she's COMPLETELY off-topic* >_> Yeah, sorry, I'll just stop talking now. (I need to keep in mind what I'm supposed to be talking about. Jeez.)

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Professor Zoidy

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« Reply #4 on: 09-22-2005 22:03 »

Yeah, trust T-Veronica on this one, sjip the movie, seeing as how I was eother to go there or do lots of school work that day, I naturally picked the movie, which sucked out loud and frankly didn't need to be made...
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #5 on: 09-22-2005 22:23 »

Try Asimov. His books are good.
Professor Zoidy

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« Reply #6 on: 09-22-2005 22:38 »

Eoin Coler's book series is good, the one story with Cosmo in it seems sci-fi ish but it's not really in the Futurama side..
Kryten

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« Reply #7 on: 09-22-2005 22:45 »

Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan graphic novels are kinda like Futurama on crack.
callisto

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« Reply #8 on: 09-23-2005 02:27 »

You guys are great, awesome, thanks  smile

I saw the first half of the Hitchhiker’s Guide movie and it really sucked so I´ve got some predudices but I´ll try that and the other books mentioned!

Keep `em coming...  smile
Ralph Snart

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« Reply #9 on: 09-23-2005 03:06 »

The first three of the 'Hitchikers' series rule.  Forget about the last two.  There's some assclown on a site who compares Futurama to Hitchiker - there really is no comparison.  They are both brilliant with brilliant characters, but enough differences that you will know that they are not cpies of each other.

I saw part of the movie on PPV - it's garbage.  As Amy would say - Pukatronic!  The books rule.
Jicannon

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« Reply #10 on: 09-23-2005 16:15 »

Not anything by James Fenimore Cooper...
Al

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« Reply #11 on: 09-23-2005 16:49 »

Hi
 
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Originally posted by Jicannon:
Not anything by James Fenimore Cooper...
Not Cooper, per se, but Twain's commentary on Cooper ("Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses" ) is a MUST-READ!

Also a must-read (something I've just started, now that it's too LATE to get the FIRST books) is anything in the Diskworld series, by Terry Pratchett.  It's not Futurama, but it's Futuramesque!  Kind of.  Ok - yeah - not really.

Well... just... go READ some, Ok??

For the tight scripting, great dialog and downright plain old weirdness, check out John M. Ford's, "How Much for Just the Planet?"  Again, it's not Futurama, but it's a buttload of fun.  I think that Mr. Ford shows up in his  own story, too.  You can get the Microsoft Reader digital download for about $3, as well.
SORF

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« Reply #12 on: 09-23-2005 17:21 »

a peesonal a favorite of min (though not at all futuerama related) is Making History by Stephan Fry
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