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Neuromancer by William Gibson coined the term ‘cyberspace’ and is one of the forerunners of cyberpunk. In the novel, Case is a cyberspace cowboy, someone able to interface with the matrix and carry data. When he cheats an employer, he is infected with a virus that keeps him from interfacing. He is recruited for a mysterious project and offered a chance to regain his ability.
Johnny Mnemonic DVD
Fahrenheit 451 is perhaps one of Ray Bradbury’s most widely read works. The title refers to the temperature at which paper burns. Guy Montaq is a fireman, a person responsible for burning books (all of which are banned in the future). His ideals are challenged when he meets his ‘abnormal’ neighbor.
Fahrenheit 451 DVD
The Postman by David Brin tells of a post apocalyptic world ruled by warlords. When a wanderer finds and wears the old uniform of a US postal carrier, people believe he really is one. The original was published in two parts, “The Postman”(1982) and “Cyclops”(1984). Both won the Hugo for Best Novella.
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A Clockwork Orange
In A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess young Alex already has a lengthy career of ‘ultraviolence’ and rape. When he is caught he undergoes a new aversion therapy, basically a harsh form of behavioral conditioning.
A Clockwork Orange DVD
The Running Man
Although Stephen King is well known as a horror writer, a few of his titles have a science fiction theme. In The Running Man, Ben Richards wants to compete on a violent game show to won money to help his sick daughter. He is chosen for The Running Man. To compete he is made an enemy of the state and must outwit hunters, earning money for each day he survives and a billion dollars if he lasts the month.
The Running Man DVD
The movie differes slightly from the book Make Room, Make Room by Harry Harrison (a digital download, this title may be out of print), but both deal with overpopulation and the associated shortages.
Soylent Green DVD
In the 23rd century no one is allowed to live past their 21st birthday. Logan's Run by William F Nolan follows the story of Logan, a Sandman, a cop who terminates ‘runners’ who try to live past 21.
Logan's Run DVD
This movie is very loosely based on Time Killer by Robert Sheckley, which was originally serialized in Galaxy magazine. Currently it is available in Dimensions of Sheckley In the novel, a 1958 car crash victim finds himself in an unfamiliar body in the year 2110. In the movie a large corporation wants a race car driver’s body, but not his mind.
The movie is based on a short story that originally appeared in Esquire magazine. In a super violent corporate sponsored sport of the future Jonathan E is a star. When asked to retire, he refuses and the corporations use severe tactits to get him to comply. Roller Ball Murders by William Harrison is out of print and only available used. The story is also included in Best SF of 1973 (also out of print).
Rollerball (1975) DVD
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