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Fandom recruitment post

  • Feb. 6th, 2017 at 12:39 AM
Apologies for the delay, some rather unexpected travel happened to me. (I'm safe and sound on the way home now!)

Anyway, here's the fandom pimping post. Tell us why your canon is the best! Here's a nice format you can use to make it easier for people to find stuff: (copypasteable below)

The canon: The canon's name
What: The medium – TV, book, anime, RPF, 5-minute (posters/music video/etc), ... – some idea of the length would also be good, is it one book/season/movie, or is it longer?
Where: where it can be found – is there a legal free download, is it on Netflix, an Amazon link, etc
Quick pitch: Give us a brief tagline! "Sentient ants get a space program", "Space Opera detectives chasing a priceless alien artwork", "Gritty asteroid mining RPG", ...
In-depth: Tell us all the reasons why it's awesome! (If you don't know where to start: Some indication on subgenre, outlook on the universe, scale of the plot, personality of the main characters, your favorite feature, or some interesting worldbuilding detail.)

Now, go forth and advertise and read the most space-y recs list this side of the galactic core!


extrapenguin: Photo of horse's head (Default)
[personal profile] extrapenguin wrote:
Feb. 5th, 2017 10:45 pm (UTC)
The canon: Uplift saga by David Brin
What: 6-book series
Where: On Amazon, perhaps in your local library
Quick pitch: Space Opera galore with 5 different FTL technologies and a bucketload of aliens plus a cool central concept
In-depth: In a universe where other races have all been uplifted into sentiece by prior races, humans achieved sentience themselves. This means they aren't terribly popular with the elder races. They and their own uplifts – chimps and dolphins – discover a thing that is apparently Very Significant to the elder races. The significance is figured out from the fact that discovering it made a galactic civil war break out, with everyone against Earthclan. Oops.
The first book is a slow start to the series, but the second, Startide Rising, more than makes up, with the exciting hijinks and daring escapes of a crew full of dolphins.

Edited 2017-02-06 09:39 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) wrote:
Feb. 6th, 2017 05:12 pm (UTC)
I love the Uplift series, although I've only read Startide Rising and The Uplift War. (I prefer dolphins to chimps.) David Brin has such an amazing imagination.
extrapenguin: Photo of horse's head (Default)
[personal profile] extrapenguin wrote:
Feb. 6th, 2017 08:11 pm (UTC)
I, too, prefer dolphins to chimps. You're not missing much with Sundiver, but the trilogy (Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore, Heaven's Reach) contains dolphins! Brightness Reef is another slow start, and I believe mostly to entirely skippable if it bores you. The Streaker's crew reappears in Infinity's Shore.
glinda: a radio floating in space surrounded by junk with a star in the background (wolf 359)
[personal profile] glinda wrote:
Feb. 5th, 2017 11:09 pm (UTC)
The canon: Wolf 359
What: Podcast - Audio Drama (3 Seasons. Episodes are between 30 and 40 minutes long.)
Where: or in whatever podcast application you prefer.
Quick pitch: Take one part space-faring adventure, one part character drama, and one part absurdist sitcom. Shake well.
In-depth: 7.8 lightyears from Earth, on the USS Hephaestus Research Station, Communication Officer Doug Eiffel is supposed to be listening to the stars, but mostly he spends his time winding up his uptight Commander, avoiding their creepy Science Officer and accidentally befriending the most sarcastic AI in the galaxy. The stars, against all expectation have something to tell him, and that's only the start of his problems.
Wacky hijinks, unsuccessful coups, dubious corporate policies and debates about the nature of reality and personhood ensue.
It's very funny a lot of the time, and that only makes the times when its scary or sad all the more effective.

Edited 2017-02-06 09:15 am (UTC)
glinda: thunder rolled a six (weather)
[personal profile] glinda wrote:
Feb. 5th, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
The canon: EOS 10
What: Podcast - Audio Drama (Two Seasons, Episodes normally about 20 mins long)
Where: or in whatever podcast application you prefer.
Quick pitch: The stories of two maladjusted doctors and their medical team aboard an intergalactic travel hub on the edges of deep space.
In-depth: They say you should never meet your heroes, Ryan Dallias has been assigned to be essentially the AA sponsor of his, and mostly wonders what he did to deserve this (well, apart from all that stuff). Their Senior Staff Nurse may have gone a little mad to cope (or maybe she came that way). There's a diposed prince working in the food court and a wanted terrorist laying low in the cargo bay, oh and there may be a massive conspiracy in the Federation.
It's really very silly, except when its not.

Edited 2017-02-06 09:16 am (UTC)
pantsoffdanceoff: The words *censored* over a silhouette of pants (Default)
[personal profile] pantsoffdanceoff wrote:
Feb. 6th, 2017 10:44 pm (UTC)
The canon: The Expanse
What: A TV series, based on an ongoing book series by James S.A. Corey.
Where: Season 1 of the show can be found on Amazon, Syfy, Space, and Netflix; Season 2 is currently airing on Amazon, Syfy and Space; and the books and novellas can be found on Amazon (note: novellas are e-book only).
If you just want a taste, the short story Drive can be found for free on Syfy's website.
Quick pitch: Space opera meets political drama meets neo noir.
The Expanse is set far enough in the future that humanity has colonized Mars and the Asteroid Belt, but not so far that they have escaped the machinations of Earth. In this primed powder keg, a single spark could ignite an interplanetary war--which comes in the form of a torpedoed water-hauler. Meanwhile, a business tycoon's daughter goes missing, and a detective is assigned the case. Things are never what they seem in this world, but as survivors of the water-hauler and the gumshoe find out, peeling back the layers reveals more truths than they know what to do with.
Including that we might not be alone out there.
dirty_diana: dutch from killjoys (dutch)
[personal profile] dirty_diana wrote:
Feb. 8th, 2017 11:27 pm (UTC)
The canon: Killjoys
What: television series of two 10 episode seasons
Where: it's on dvd/blu ray but I'm not sure about streaming? Season 3 to air later this year on Syfy/Space
Quick pitch: snarky space bounty hunter team led by deadly gorgeous lady ex-assassin. All the found family feels.
In-depth: It's a spiritual successor to Firefly, in the sense that it's heavily influenced by the narratives found in cowboy westerns. Our heroes are basically freelancers/bounty hunters, and the law in the star system (called The Quad) is set by those who own the wealth - basically The Quad is a 1800s-style company town, and the commoners suffer a lot of indignities related to who can own land, earn land, travel in and out freely, and so on. With a bit of a 21st century twist, as the damage to the environment caused by wealth extraction is also a theme. The main team is a dangerous lady with a mysterious past (Hannah John-Kamen), her bff pilot/engineer (Aaron Ashmore), and his brother who has been in the army/missing for almost 10 years, who has dangerous secrets of his own (Luke McFarlane). Has great side characters. Bad things happen in the show, but the tone is essentially hopeful imo. Each episode has entertaining sci-fi action, but there is an overarching plot of galactic danger as well.
zaluzianskya: shion tsuchiya looking like a nerd (10-4!)
[personal profile] zaluzianskya wrote:
Feb. 19th, 2017 03:30 am (UTC)
Sorry I'm just going to slide right into yet another exchange with some tokusatsu, sorry

The canon: Kamen Rider Fourze
What: 48-episode live-action TV series
Where: I can't recommend a legal way to watch it, sorry, unless you are fluent in Japanese and can afford to import the DVD or Blu-Ray sets on Amazon or PlayAsia or somewhere like that. If you have Dish Network, TV Japan I hear shows Kamen Rider sometimes, but there are no subtitles and you probably wouldn't be able to catch it from the beginning unless you got lucky. It would be wrong for me to say "PM me if you want to know where to find it", so I won't say that sentence.
Quick pitch: High school drama + friendship + superheroes IN SPACE
In-depth: An upbeat, high-school-and-space-themed installment of the popular Kamen Rider franchise. Happy-go-lucky pompadoured protagonist Gentaro Kisaragi wants to make friends with everyone at Amanogawa (Milky Way) High School. He's also a superhero, Kamen Rider Fourze, who fights astrology-themed rubber-suit monsters. Fourze has probably the best supporting cast of any modern Kamen Rider series, and they all hang out in a secret base on the moon.

Amanogawa is heavily based on American high school tropes, so you've got your preps, your jocks, your goths, and your inter-clique rivalry. There's an entire episode parodying The Breakfast Club. And like I said, it has a really great supporting cast that some other series in the franchise could stand to look to for inspiration, *cough cough*.

The canon: Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
What: 51-episode live-action TV series
Where: Again, I am not going to tell you that you should PM me for information.
Quick pitch: Japanese Power Rangers who are pirates fighting an evil space empire!
In-depth: This is the series that was adapted into Power Rangers Super Megaforce. Five space pirates come to Earth looking for "the greatest treasure in the universe", only to find that the real treasure is the friendships they made along the way, awww. It also serves as a good introduction to the Super Sentai franchise in general, with plenty of cameos and guest stars from previous series. The pirate Sentai's gimmick is that they can actually transform into past Sentai. They literally pirated their powers.

And one that's likely to get a few more bites:

The canon: Animorphs
What: A book series that's almost 20 years old
Where: Amazon, or check your local library.
Quick pitch: Kids turn into animals and fight brain-stealing aliens
In-depth: Five teenagers walk home through an abandoned construction site, because that's a smart thing to do, and meet a dying alien who gives them the power to morph into any animal they can touch. They use this power to fight the Yeerk Empire, which consists of slugs that can enter the brain through the ear canal (because that's how biology works) and control their hosts. Fifty books later, everyone is traumatized because war is hell.

Edited 2017-02-19 03:31 am (UTC)