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Max The Magnificent
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re: What’s the best Generation Ship science fiction book / film / song?
Max The Magnificent   12/8/2011 7:42:21 PM
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I thought about "Silent Running" when I was writing this column, but I decided that it really didn't fall into the Generation Ship category... ...still it was a really GREAT (if sad) film...

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GlenEricM   12/8/2011 7:30:09 PM
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How about the movie "Silent Running"? Not "exactly" a generation ship, but darned close.

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garydpdx   12/8/2011 6:29:27 PM
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There was a late 70's Canadian TV series called 'Starlost' featuring Keir Dullea, from '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Personally, I found that it dragged but the show did get a loyal following. Maybe I'll feel differently about it now, no longer being 10 years old ... :) Starlost was significant in that its generation ship, which featured large dome-shaped botanical pods, is probably the most recycled image in TV and films!

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Max The Magnificent   12/8/2011 4:56:47 PM
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I love John Varley -- I think that "Steel Beach" is one of the best science fiction books ever... I'd never heard of the "Red Thunder" series but I just added all three to my Amazon "Wish List"...

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HankG   12/8/2011 2:24:54 PM
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One great series by John Varley that I read recently is Red Thunder (2nd and 3rd books are Red Lightening and Rolling Thunder), which involves a hollowed out asteroid turned into a Generation Ship. There's a lot of great stuff in this series. Another that comes to mind is the Ringworld series (Larry Niven). The Ringworld itself could be considered a Generation Ship, but the Puppeteers also added drives to planets, and used them to escape the collapsing center of the galaxy! Great books.

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Max The Magnificent   12/7/2011 9:42:31 PM
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There are also the four "Cities in Flight" novels by James Blish -- I remember reading these as a young lad, but I can;t really recall much about them... ...I seem to recall picking the firs tone up again about 10 years ago, but finding it not-so-interesting... but maybe I'm mistaken...

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