Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 24 November, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 24 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: 10 Sci-Fi Books/Shows I Am Thankful For

Thanksgiving already passed for us Canadians, but this week’s TTT prompt is a good time to think about all the bookish (and not so bookish!) things I am thankful for. In a twist, I decided to make this list sci-fi related in conjunction with this month’s Sci-Fi Month event. Because I’m always thankful for the science fiction genre and what it opened up for me πŸ™‚

So the first five are 5 science fiction books I am thankful for πŸ™‚

  1. Frank Herbert’s Dune (review) — One of my, if not my most, favourite science fiction books of all time. Epic in scope, grand in vision, intriguing characters, intergalactic politics…what more could you ask for in a sci fi novel? Am very thankful for it introducing me to the larger expanse of science fiction πŸ™‚
  2. Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Oh man, this book. A perfect example of humour and sci-fi hijinks hand-in-hand. Not to mention it introduced the awesome character of Marvin, the depressed robot. Yes, I am very thankful for this novel (hmm, it’s been a few years since I’ve read it, I think I’m due for a re-read).
  3. Kevin J. Anderson’s Saga of the Seven Suns (see tag) — I only got around to reading this saga a few years ago but was blown away by the story; it’s more character driven and it’s firmly set in the space opera subgenre but boy was it expansive and just sheer amazing.
  4. James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series (see tag) — Okay, notice that these last three books on this half of the list are in the space opera subgenre of the science fiction cloud (because I love the subgenre so much; see the television shows below πŸ˜› ). Sure, I’m behind in reading this series right now but it’s utterly fantastic: fast-paced, great characters, a little more grittier and in-your-face, etc. And the television adaptation should be out soon/now? (so confused as I think the US and Canada have different premiere dates)
  5. Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy (see tag) — A trilogy I finished reading earlier this year, I am especially thankful for it for everything that it is: a rollicking space opera featuring a kick-ass female protagonist and a story whose pacing is relentless. Haven’t read it? It is imperative that you must (you’re welcome πŸ˜‰ ).


And for the latter half of this TTT, 5 science fiction television shows I am thankful for:

  1. Babylon 5 (see tag) — Hands down my favourite sci-fi television show of all time (surpassing the next television show on this list). I love everything about it: the structure of the narrative, the overarching story and character arcs, the characters, the science, the themes, etc. No matter how many times I rewatch the show, it just gets me every time πŸ™‚ I cannot recommend it enough, even outside of the sci-fi genre it’s an excellent television series.

    As an aside, it was so hard to choose a clip for this show without spoilers (because this show must be watched from series 1 to 5 in order), so I went with a funny clip instead:

  2. Star Trek (see tag for DS9) — I suppose I should say more specifically Deep Space Nine but it was The Next Generation that introduced me to the world of Star Trek. I will always be thankful for this series as it’s how I got into sci-fi at the wee age of seven (as well as fuelling other interests along the way). But special shout out to DS9 because it is rather different compared to the other Trek series: obviously less on the exploration aspect given the space station setting but similar to B5 focusing on diplomacy and politics amongst societies, war and peace, etc.; things aren’t so clear-cut in DS9. Did I mention that I love the narrative and the characters (not to mention my favourite opening theme song from the all five series)?

    Like B5, I was having a hard time choosing a clip so again I went for some humour:
  3. Doctor Who (see tag) — I only got around to watching the show a few years ago and ended up kicking myself for not watching it sooner. While I’ve had some gripes and disappointments with the more recent seasons (though series 8 and 9 have renewed most of my love for this show), I still love the show and its ability to show the wonders of the universe and human capacity. I also love Peter Capaldi’s run so far as the Doctor (but 10 is my first Doctor) πŸ™‚

    The following clip is hands down one of my favourite moments from new Who πŸ˜€
  4. Orphan Black (see tag) — Guh, this show. I’ve been watching it since I first saw the promotional posters in the subway and my brother and I were like “I wonder what this show is about.” Haven’t looked back since πŸ˜› Tatiana Maslany pulling off eight to ten different characters is beyond amazing. I am ever thankful for the show. Please check it out if you haven’t yet, it’s amazing.

    I was having a hard time thinking of what clip to use from the show featuring the awesome Tatiana Maslany but in teh end went with Felix’s best lines. Because he has a lot of great lines πŸ˜›

  5. Quantum Leap — Another television show that I watched growing up and am thankful for. The premise was pretty interesting, as is the way in which Sam Beckett travels through time; such fantastic storytelling. It’s been years since I’ve rewatched it, come to think of it…Could use a rewatch xD

    It was a bit harder to dig for a clip from this show but the opening does explain things a bit:

And that’s my list of sci-fi books and shows that I’m thankful! There’s many more I could’ve named, especially under the television shows, but I tried to keep it to ten this week πŸ˜‰ What sci-fi books and/or shows are you thankful for? (or things you are thankful for overall)

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24 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. I love your twist on this week’s topic. One of these days I really will read Dune. Maybe this next year I can make a point of it. I even downloaded the audio in case that motivated me more. My husband thinks I will really like it, so I have no good excuse. I love The Hitchhiker’s Guide the Galaxy. I need to check out Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy.

    I’m so behind on Dr. Who, but I love that show. And I think I’m a season or two behind in Orphan Black–which is probably one of my favorite shows. Quantum Leap was a family favorite when I was growing up. I haven’t thought of that one in awhile.

  2. Wonderful list! I was just thinking about Dune recently, because a) apparently someone absconded with my old paperback and b) I was wondering if my son’s old enough yet to get it. I loved those books, and should probably reread at some point. Ditto for the Hitchhiker’s Guide. Amazing. I do want to read the other sci-fi books you’ve listed, especially with the TV version of Expanse starting soon.

    For me, for TV, Battlestar Galactica would have to be at the top of my list! Although I”m a Who fan too (but slightly less so now… I love the current Doctor, but not crazy about the writing/plots these days). I always loved Torchwood too and wish they’d bring it back! I also thought Defiance was surprisingly good, and I’m sorry it’s ended.

    What a fun list!

    • I think if my list was solely on sci-fi shows, Battlestar Galactica would’ve made my list (though tbh I wasn’t so crazy on the final season despite some of the major revelations revealed–maybe if I didn’t listen to all of the interviews and insights leading up to it, I might’ve enjoyed that finale more). I never got around to watching Torchwood; I should check it out one of these days πŸ™‚

  3. I need to read Hitchhiker’s Guide, I’ve heard so many good things and somehow have never read it. And Orphsan Black I just started and need to get back to.

  4. The only one of these I’ve had personal experience with is Doctor Who, which I was totally thankful for before the latest doctor… Now I’m not so sure! And I absolutely adore the new Star Trek movies!! (Sorry if that’s blasphemy!)

    • Aww, sorry to hear about the latest Doctor–I’ve been having a blast watching Peter Capaldi’s doctor!

      Haha, I enjoyed the new Star Trek movies too xD

  5. I will read Dune one day. ONE DAY. I’ve tried three times now I think, and I just can’t get into it. I think I need to be in the right frame of mind… Also, I will once again take your recommendation for the Paradox series πŸ˜› Unfortunately my local library doesn’t have a copy.

    Yesssssss Orphan Black. I’m all caught up now and I can’t wait for season 4! So many exciting developments. πŸ™‚

    • Boo that your local library doesn’t have a copy of Rachel Bach’s books πŸ™ I hope you’re able to find a copy at some point, it’s such a fun read πŸ˜€

      Omg next year can’t come fast enough for season 4 of Orphan Black! I can’t even begin to speculate where the story is heading, haha.

  6. Great list! I used to love Quantum Leap too! I read Dune last year and really enjoyed it and one day, I hope, I will finally get around to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

  7. Great topic choice, and I love your list! Bab5 was awesome, and I loved most of the Star Trek incarnations as well (though for some reason I lost interest in DS9 midway through the second-to-last season, and about the same with Voyager. I haven’t watched Enterprise yet.)

    The only one of your books I’ve read is Dune, which is phenomenally good. If we’re going strict SF, I think I would add Spider and Jean Robinson’s Stardance, Asimov’s Foundation trilogy (though it could have done with a bit more character development), Ender’s Game, McCaffrey’s The Rowan, and some of Heinlein’s work — maybe The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

    • Thank you! πŸ˜€ It was a pity Enterprise didn’t go for 7 seasons like the others; it had potential but I would’ve preferred if the new series had gone forward after events of Voyager instead of going back to the 22nd century.

      Oooh, thanks for the other books you mentioned; from it the only other book I read was Ender’s Game. Been meaning to read Asimov’s Foundation–maybe next year? Fingers crossed?

  8. Isn’t “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” a movie too? If it’s the one I’m thinking of, the movie looks quite humorous. πŸ™‚ Rachel Bach’s book looks epic! That cover is amazing.

    The “Star Trek” movies are among my favorites and of course, I love 11 from “Doctor Who”! πŸ™‚ Fun topic/list, Lianne.

    • Yup, Hitchhiker’s was a movie too (with Martin Freeman and…Zooey Deschanel et al)!

      I can’t recommend Rachel Bach’s books enough, I’m always up for tough main characters and fast-paced novels πŸ˜€

  9. I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi… or rather, I haven’t had much experience with it. I absolutely love the Lunar Chronicles and it’s my favourite series of all time, but I haven’t read much else that’s in the sci-fi genre. I also haven’t seen a lot of the classic sci-fi films and TV shows… but I’ve been wanting to watch Doctor Who for a really long time. I just have no idea where I should start because it’s so big!

    • I recommend starting with series 1 of Doctor Who with the 9th Doctor if you want to start watching the show (at least from its reboot in 2010). I totally understand havin no idea where to start, I’ve been meaning to check out more from the classic episodes but to start from the 1st Doctor…hehe, there’s a lot of episodes, to say the least xD

  10. As a huge sci-fi fan, I think it’s a sin that I never watched Star Trek growing up – a fact that I plan on fixing soon by marathoning the Original Series and The Next Generation, to start! Orphan Black is one of the very next shows I plan on watching, can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about πŸ™‚ Oh and of course: HELL YES DOCTOR WHO β™₯ As far as books go, my greatest shame is that I have yet to read A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I WILL read it though, hopefully I’ll get my hands on a copy soon πŸ˜‰ I need to check out some of the other books you mentioned here^^ GREAT post! xx

    • Orphan Black is an excellent show to binge-watch, IMO πŸ˜€

      It’s interesting how we know of plenty of these popular/famous sci-fi shows or books but it takes us forever to get to them; there’s still a ton of sci-fi classics I have yet to get around to reading (Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, Dan Simmons’ Hyperion, etc.) xD One of these days, haha πŸ˜€

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