Hello everyone, my username as you can see is Caine_Black_Knife, in homage to one of my all-time favorite fictional characters. I'm making this page with the intent of providing all members with a place to post recommended and favorite science fiction content that they have enjoyed over the years, along with new stuff that has either just arrived or is recently coming down the pike. With all that said, I think I will start us off. Some of you may recognize some of the items here,but others I think will basically be entirely new. I will endeavor to not post things that are too well-known, lest this become a page of common clutter. I welcome anyone who knows more about web design and formatting to come in and edit/change the structure of this page to make it look better, as I know next to nothing about that sort of thing.

Movies:

Dark City: This movie makes good use of film noir and really makes you think that this movie is going to take a certain direction, but it really takes a very different one. To give you an idea, this was the original story that either the writer or director (can't remember which one right now.) of The Crow wanted to tell. It has an almost steampunk/gothic horror feel to it until near the end, where it transitions into full blown SF.Rated R.

District 9: This movie seems to start off like all classic alien invasion movies, but things quickly go in a very different direction. A film that finally makes an effective use of a documentary-style POV. Plenty of fun action, a little simpler than Dark City, and some hints of allegory about various social issues like immigration and social class. Rated PG-13.

Fist of the North Star: An older animated movie. Set in a future post-apocalyptic dystopian Earth where people fight over things like water, food, and remnants of technology, the main character starts changing the way things are done and the way the world is seen. The manga that this movie is based on is single-handedly responsible for starting the Shonen manga genre. Most likely Rated R, forget exactly.

Books:

Acts of Caine: I will be the first to admit I turn into one of those dirty gushing fanboys that everyone hates when I talk about this series. Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian Earth (sounds familiar) the main character is a man named Hari Michaelson, and he is an actor for a company known as the Studio. The Studio trains people to fight using weapons and magic via virtual reality simulators, and then by means of a device known as the Winston Transfer Unit, send them to a parallel world known as "Overworld." Here, the actors (who have cameras inside their heads) go on adventures, generally very dangerous and violent adventures, for the entertainment of the people of Earth. On Earth, there is no such thing as magic, or fate, or gods, but on Overworld, all of those myths are real, and the character that Hari plays, is also real. This story is an interesting examination of violence as entertainment and whether or not fantasy and reality are more blurred than one might think. Incredibly graphic in both violent and sexual content, if this was a movie it would be NC-17 easy. Avoid like the plague if you have a weak stomach. It makes A Song of Ice and Fire look tame by comparison.

Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor: By the same author as Acts of Caine, Mindor is a much more tame piece concerning graphic content, but still wrestles with a lot of the same issues that Caine does. Much of the expanded universe content for Star Wars is far below par, but this is one of those rare gems that actually measures up to the quality of the original trilogy. Like Caine, it is a story about stories, about violence, and what it can all mean.Luke features prominently, and one of his major concerns, is telling the right kind of story. Star Wars is generally known as a children's morality tale, or seen as simple, but Mindor completely dispells such illusions. Only read this if you're willing to think, otherwise you will miss a lot and wonder what it was all for. Rated PG-13ish.

Anything by Michael Moorcock: I know that is an author and not a book, but it's true. Particularly The Elric Saga is highly recommended. It is more of a mix of SF and Fantasy, moving it more into the sword-and-sorcery category, but with all of the inter-dimensional travel Elric gets up to, and in many of the worlds that he finds himself in, he is regularly exposed to many SF elements. Sometimes he even winds up in our world. Generally Moorcock likes to explore the value of the idea of being one's own master. Do not go here if you're looking for a good-vs-evil story, as this is perhaps the most morally gray (if you want to look at it in those terms) stories up here. Generally Rated R/NC-17.

Video Games:

Alan Wake: A little bit of dark horror and noir rolled into one. The main character is an author named Alan Wake, who is a successful and prolific writer. He hasn't put out a new book in quite a while and has decided to go vacationing with his wife so he can work in a peaceful, quiet place. Well, things that he wrote down quite some time ago begin to start manifesting in the real world. At first its inconsequential but shortly it turns disastrous. Alan finds himself living through the life of his protagonist and fighting something monstrous that wants to end this story on the worst kind of cliffhanger. Some semi-SF elements in this one, but its worth checking out for examining how stories interact with reality, and what that could mean for us. Rated R.

Assassin's Creed Series: I know I said I would avoid mentioning stuff that was too well known due to cluttering, but this is important. At first glance assassin's creed doesn't seem like science fiction. Well, it is, but it isn't just that. It's literally everything. Action, romance, science fiction, fantasy, dark horror, political drama, everything, and it actually pulls it off. There is a very strong speculative vibe in this series, the possibility of video games and other forms of media replacing movies entirely, genetic memory, collective unconsciousness, a whole slew of ideas. This game really takes the educational equivalent of a poli-science degree, literary arts degree, socio-economics degree, awareness and understanding of multiple mystic traditions like Sufism and Shamanism, and black belts from multiple martial arts to fully appreciate. The best description I could give to this is that it deals with a lot of the same ideas that Ghost in the Shell does. Even if you don't ever get around to playing this game, look up a speed-run with cut-scenes not skipped, and get the story for the series. It's that good. Rated R.

Webseries:

Forward Unto Dawn: This is a new one just recently released alongside the Halo 4 video game. It is an amazing visual tour of the Halo setting, and offers a little backstory for the main character of the series. Fantastic action and a few simple literary ideas, and a couple extremely complex ones. You can get some enjoyment out of this one regardless of how deep you're willing to dwell into it, but the deeper you go, the better it gets. Rated PG-13ish.

That's all I'm going to put down for now. I've got several others but I just want to get this up there.