Friday, January 12, 2007

Some of Andy's favorites

Besides many of those already mentioned, these are among my favorites -- though I'll think of dozens of others moments after I post this, I'm sure, and favorite short stories are a (lengthy) post for another day:

  • Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
  • Octavia E. Butler, Kindred
  • Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
  • John Crowley, Little, Big
  • Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle
  • Harlan Ellison, Deathbird Stories
  • Karen Joy Fowler, Sarah Canary
  • Ken Grimwood, Replay
  • Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
  • Judith Merril, Shadow on the Hearth
  • Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, The Space Merchants
  • Keith Roberts, Pavane
  • Peter Straub, Ghost Story
  • Manly Wade Wellman, Who Fears the Devil?
  • H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds
  • Gene Wolfe, The Fifth Head of Cerberus

  • Bedazzled (the Peter Cook-Dudley Moore original)
  • Brazil
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Ed Wood
  • Glen or Glenda?
  • Groundhog Day
  • The Invisible Man
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Pinocchio (the Disney version)
  • Planet of the Apes
  • The Shining (Kubrick's)

    Comic books
  • Jack Cole, Plastic Man
  • Will Eisner, The Spirit
  • Steve Gerber, Howard the Duck
  • Harvey Kurtzman, Mad

    TV series
  • The Prisoner
  • The Twilight Zone (the original series)
  • The X-Files

    I have no experience with computer games, but in my youth I loved the TSR board game Divine Right and the Lord of the Rings war game (a tie-in to the Ralph Bakshi animated movie, if I remember correctly), and I spent a lot of time in the late 1970s and early 1980s playing tabletop RPGs, mainly Dungeons & Dragons and Call of Cthulhu. More recently, Sydney and I have gone through a Magic: The Gathering phase and a Cheapass Games phase, especially The Great Brain Robbery. (A FSFS evening or weekend afternoon devoted to some game or other would be a fine thing.)

    I strongly ditto all these already mentioned:
  • Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, The October Country, Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  • Neil Gaiman, Sandman
  • Kelly Link, Magic for Beginners
  • Walter M. Miller Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz
  • Alan Moore, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Christopher Priest, The Prestige
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
  • Doctor Who
  • Life on Mars
  • Star Trek (especially Kirk and company)
  • Star Wars (the real first trilogy, a.k.a. Episodes IV-VI)
  • Twin Peaks
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

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