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2012-10-05 10:02:14 PM  
Since they had The Lord Humungous, Wez and his assless pants should have been included too.

/Humungous understands your pain
 
2012-10-05 10:03:08 PM  
www.fanpop.com
 
2012-10-05 10:05:47 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: [bedazzled.blogs.com image 375x565]

Too obscure?


Nope.
Just in case anyone needs to do some research (for educational purposes) some kind soul has put the entire series (dvd) on the spuorgswen, in a.b.mm.scifi. It has been there since july.
 
2012-10-05 10:07:05 PM  
Yes, Leeloo Dallas makes for a very sexy costume:

Link
(this was my costume from last Halloween)
 
2012-10-05 10:08:36 PM  
I am now inexplicably in the mood to watch cheesy sci-fi from the 70s. Most of which I've never actually seen or cared much about. How'd you guys do that?
 
2012-10-05 10:13:49 PM  
How about no outfit?
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2012-10-05 10:16:41 PM  
Let's all agree here that in the future clothing will be optional and unnecessary.
 
2012-10-05 10:17:11 PM  

Nem Wan: How about no outfit?
[farm9.staticflickr.com image 298x292]


Space Vampires FTW!
 
2012-10-05 10:18:12 PM  

Cyber_Junk: Yes, Leeloo Dallas makes for a very sexy costume:

Link
(this was my costume from last Halloween)


I'll be in my bunk.
 
2012-10-05 10:20:21 PM  

kroonermanblack: Annnddd most of those weren't scifi, or barely were.

300? Really? Three farking hundred? Fantasy, sure, but scifi? Where was the science in that movie, farktard?


The Sweet Science, otherwise known as Gay Hot Oil Wrestling.
 
2012-10-05 10:33:11 PM  

Happy Hours: [encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 144x286]


and, we're done
 
2012-10-05 10:44:14 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-05 10:47:19 PM  
I remember when science fiction actually required some imagination and thought. People like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Larry Niven wrote really interesting books about it.

When did science fiction become comic books, bad mythology and horror movies?
 
2012-10-05 10:52:52 PM  
I'd say those numbers are pretty good for a nation that's run out of resources and is outsourcing all of its manufacturing so people can get a 300" plasma TV for $999.
 
2012-10-05 10:53:50 PM  
Ooops, wrong thread.

Or maybe not.
 
2012-10-05 11:12:15 PM  

Ishkur: What a terrible farking list.

Practically everyone in every sci fi movie of the 60s and 70s was wearing stuff like this:

[www.thescifishow.com image 400x440]

And the list has farking 300 and Catwoman?!


And then there's LifeForce, in which the incredibly hot villainess (Mathilda May) walks around completely naked for half the movie.

www.morbidementia.com
 
2012-10-05 11:12:21 PM  
That author is an idiot

this is sci fi 

farm7.staticflickr.com
 
2012-10-05 11:25:14 PM  
I bet the author's favorite "sci-fi" film is Citizen Cane.
 
2012-10-05 11:28:54 PM  
Tinier than these outfits?

www.blogcdn.com
 
2012-10-05 11:33:22 PM  

Nem Wan: How about no outfit?
[farm9.staticflickr.com image 298x292]


What's that movie name again
 
2012-10-05 11:37:47 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Nem Wan: How about no outfit?
[farm9.staticflickr.com image 298x292]

What's that movie name again


Lifeforce
 
2012-10-05 11:43:57 PM  
www.badmovies.org
 
2012-10-05 11:46:42 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: [www.badmovies.org image 600x325]


My father took our family to the Winchester Drive-In to see Wizards and Phantom of The Paradise when we were kids. My mom was so pissed after that.
 
2012-10-06 12:07:11 AM  

whatshisname: I remember when science fiction actually required some imagination and thought. People like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Larry Niven wrote really interesting books about it.

When did science fiction become comic books, bad mythology and horror movies?


you're confusing the intent of science fiction novels with science fiction movies. movies are a visual medium, so they create sexy revealing outfits because it creates a reaction in the viewer and because sci-fi is meant to be speculative and different. novels aren't visual so there is no need to bother with that sort of thing. in many novels, science fiction and otherwise, they don't even mention half the time what the characters are wearing because it isn't important. for all you know, the characters in classic sci-fi novels are all walking around naked.

and you should read modern science fiction novels some time.
 
2012-10-06 12:09:02 AM  

AtlanticCoast63: [bedazzled.blogs.com image 375x565]

Too obscure?


Not in the least. Lots of Gerry Anderson fans around.
 
2012-10-06 12:28:17 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: [www.badmovies.org image 600x325]


I saw that movie when I was like 11, told my friends about that movie so they went to the video store to rent it during a sleep over. They got the wrong movie, ended up with that Fred Savage movie where the little boy plays Mario 3.
 
2012-10-06 12:36:46 AM  

ChrisDe: [img.gawkerassets.com image 300x169]

Gay movie....or gayest movie?


img.terra.com.br
Not even close.
 
2012-10-06 12:42:36 AM  

enderthexenocide: and you should read modern science fiction novels some time.


I've tried some but find them a bit shallow, except for Iain Banks, maybe Robert Sawyer. Any recommendations? I like the hard science type, not the cowboys in space stuff.
 
2012-10-06 01:02:02 AM  

Cyber_Junk: Yes, Leeloo Dallas makes for a very sexy costume:

Link
(this was my costume from last Halloween)


I hate you.
 
2012-10-06 01:02:20 AM  

Nem Wan: How about no outfit?
[farm9.staticflickr.com image 298x292]


She was17-18 at that time...
 
2012-10-06 01:26:04 AM  

OgreMagi: Cyber_Junk: Yes, Leeloo Dallas makes for a very sexy costume:

Link
(this was my costume from last Halloween)

I hate you.



It was fun getting the same reaction from the other guys at the party :D
 
2012-10-06 01:28:04 AM  

Great Janitor: Smeggy Smurf: [www.badmovies.org image 600x325]

I saw that movie when I was like 11, told my friends about that movie so they went to the video store to rent it during a sleep over. They got the wrong movie, ended up with that Fred Savage movie where the little boy plays Mario 3.


The Wizard? HAH!
 
2012-10-06 01:29:27 AM  

One Bad Apple: [www.bmovienation.com image 500x336]


"Logan's Run"


Logan's Run's outfits were not inexplicable. They were half the draw for the damn film.
 
2012-10-06 01:33:19 AM  

Tsar_Bomba1: Nem Wan: How about no outfit?
[farm9.staticflickr.com image 298x292]

She was17-18 at that time...



Mathilda May (born Karima Mathilda Haïm; 8 February 1965)

Lifeforce is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Tobe Hooper. Filming began on February 2, 1984.

She was 19 unless they filmed those scenes between February 2 and 7, in which case she was 18.98
 
2012-10-06 01:37:32 AM  

muck4doo: Smeggy Smurf: [www.badmovies.org image 600x325]

My father took our family to the Winchester Drive-In to see Wizards and Phantom of The Paradise when we were kids. My mom was so pissed after that.


Damn, there hasn't been a Winchester Drive-In for years. There's a small park surrounded by an office park now.
 
2012-10-06 01:40:52 AM  
Because any discussion of ladies in science fiction absolutely must include this:

www.film.com


Is it bad that I sometimes think of Battlestar and get misty eyed?
 
2012-10-06 01:54:39 AM  
Another "300? Really" here.

While the movie was a sometimes homoerotic interpretation of Thermopylae, it was still based on a historical event. It's not mythology, or science fiction. At worst it's historical fiction, but more closely resembles theatrical epic poetry. Like it or not, 300 spartans killed a shiatload of Persian empire soldiers and mercenaries. It happened in the past, not the future.

/one of the most important moments in history and the author thinks it's goddamn sci-fi
 
2012-10-06 02:03:08 AM  

whatshisname: enderthexenocide: and you should read modern science fiction novels some time.

I've tried some but find them a bit shallow, except for Iain Banks, maybe Robert Sawyer. Any recommendations? I like the hard science type, not the cowboys in space stuff.


robert sawyer is good, i've never read iain banks though. i just started re-reading the mars trilogy by kim stanley robinson (red mars, green mars, blue mars) which is excellent. some of my other favorites are alastair reynolds (revelation space), vernor vinge (a fire upon the deep), and neal asher (gridlinked). stephen baxter is good but his books are almost too hard sci-fi for me, his concepts are way over my head and his characters are kinda flat. i also like charles sheffield, but his books are kind of dumbed-down and juvenile sometimes (maybe that's what you meant by "shallow"). jack mcdevitt tells a cracking good story. i also like richard morgan but he's not really hard sci-fi, its more like action cyberpunk. neal asher also falls into this category a bit. some others i like are metaplanetary by anthony daniel (it has a ridiculous setup though), spin state by chris moriarty (more like cyberpunk again) and the hyperion series by dan simmons (but that's like an epic space opera).
 
2012-10-06 02:04:10 AM  

DreamyAltarBoy: muck4doo: Smeggy Smurf: [www.badmovies.org image 600x325]

My father took our family to the Winchester Drive-In to see Wizards and Phantom of The Paradise when we were kids. My mom was so pissed after that.

Damn, there hasn't been a Winchester Drive-In for years. There's a small park surrounded by an office park now.


The Capitol Drive-In is still going strong, though. Just a few miles down the road.
 
2012-10-06 02:54:24 AM  

enderthexenocide: whatshisname: enderthexenocide: and you should read modern science fiction novels some time.

I've tried some but find them a bit shallow, except for Iain Banks, maybe Robert Sawyer. Any recommendations? I like the hard science type, not the cowboys in space stuff.

robert sawyer is good, i've never read iain banks though. i just started re-reading the mars trilogy by kim stanley robinson (red mars, green mars, blue mars) which is excellent. some of my other favorites are alastair reynolds (revelation space), vernor vinge (a fire upon the deep), and neal asher (gridlinked). stephen baxter is good but his books are almost too hard sci-fi for me, his concepts are way over my head and his characters are kinda flat. i also like charles sheffield, but his books are kind of dumbed-down and juvenile sometimes (maybe that's what you meant by "shallow"). jack mcdevitt tells a cracking good story. i also like richard morgan but he's not really hard sci-fi, its more like action cyberpunk. neal asher also falls into this category a bit. some others i like are metaplanetary by anthony daniel (it has a ridiculous setup though), spin state by chris moriarty (more like cyberpunk again) and the hyperion series by dan simmons (but that's like an epic space opera).


Oh if you haven't read Ian Banks you're in for a treat. I suggest 'Consider Phlebas' as your first book. Banks really knows how to build a universe. It might be hard slogging every now and then but the payoff is immense.

Cory Doctorow is also a good sci-fi writer and bases most of his work in the near future, exploring the implications of technology. I also recommend Charles Stross.
 
2012-10-06 03:12:21 AM  
enderthexenocide: for all you know, the characters in classic sci-fi novels are all walking around naked.

If it's Heinlein, you can take it as a given.
 
2012-10-06 03:40:38 AM  

lordargent: Almost all of these characters have one thing in common

crazy badassery

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Or, if you prefer

[www.eurotv.us image 850x637]



Came here to say THIS. Aeon Flux (the original animated version)... abso-f*cking-lutely!
 
2012-10-06 03:50:46 AM  

AtlanticCoast63: [bedazzled.blogs.com image 375x565]

Too obscure?


No. I admit to be old enough to have seen this show when it first made it across the pond to the US. It was funny how far into the future 1980 seemed when the series UFO came out. SHADO certainly had an eye for the women on its payroll. I guess Straker probably took advantage of his casting couch a few times...

/the purple haired chicks...
//carpet matched the drapes...
///SHADO service regulation...
////little-known secret
 
2012-10-06 03:53:08 AM  

maniacbastard: That author is an idiot

this is sci fi 

[farm7.staticflickr.com image 340x500]


And she's far more covered up in that picture than she was in the movie. Not bad for a skin-job!
 
2012-10-06 04:35:15 AM  

zimbach: DreamyAltarBoy: muck4doo: Smeggy Smurf: [www.badmovies.org image 600x325]

My father took our family to the Winchester Drive-In to see Wizards and Phantom of The Paradise when we were kids. My mom was so pissed after that.

Damn, there hasn't been a Winchester Drive-In for years. There's a small park surrounded by an office park now.

The Capitol Drive-In is still going strong, though. Just a few miles down the road.


Capitol Drive-In will always be epic to me for how many times i got laid there. It's sleazy as hell, but you can bet half the cars there weren't watching the movie.
 
2012-10-06 04:54:33 AM  
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2012-10-06 06:47:35 AM  
Inexplicable how, exactly? Beyond the obvious references to the pulp roots of the genre, predicting that society will become more sexually permissive in the future doesn't exactly require Nostradamus or a supercomputer, it just requires being basically literate and having seen at least one newspaper a decade for the past few decades or more.
 
2012-10-06 06:58:53 AM  
IO9 link with 'list' in the headline is pretty much standard formula around here at this point, much like the sun the point of the article is to make fun of its' absurdities and chastise the author for their sheer ineptitude.

This one I must admit was a doozy, 300 in a scifi list? Really? hand in both your man and your geek card. Oh 'Meredith Woerner', just your geek card then.
 
2012-10-06 07:00:19 AM  

dr-shotgun: Because any discussion of ladies in science fiction absolutely must include this:




Is it bad that I sometimes think of Battlestar and get misty eyed?


No, I'm with you there.

I don't think we'll ever see any science fiction as mature, visionary, chock full of major talent, beautifully-scored, and well-written as that series ever again. Knowing just how *wrong* some things are made, it was refreshing to see something done right and risky for a change.
 
2012-10-06 07:04:09 AM  
Warrior chicks in metal bikinis are to sci-fi / fantasy nerds what cheerleaders are to sports nerds.

'Cept that sci-fi / fantasy nerds have much lower mating privileges in American culture than sports nerds do. Maybe it's that we're not as rapey, I guess. Point is, we need our fantasy a little more, and we're willing to pay a premium for it.

Anyway, you can get rid of our nearly-naked chicks that kill orcs, zombies, and robots after you get rid of their Laker Girls.
 
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