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#xkcd-sciencefiction is a place to discuss your interest, your love, your passion for science fiction and modern fantasy media. It is a place created on the excellent foonetic IRC network for fans of science fiction and modern fantasy to get their geek on, together. Whether discussing the new 10 part series "Electric Dreams" produced in the UK based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick, or sharing childhood experiences and opinions formed from watching Aliens, Predator, or the disturbing and compelling imagery of Event Horizon, this channel is your welcoming home.

We're living in a new age, a golden age, of science fiction and modern fantasy. With movies such as The Martian, Interstellar, and TV series such as The Expanse, season 02 of The Expanse, brilliant Canadian productions such as Killjoys, Travelers, Helix, and Dark Matter, and modern fantasy such as The Magicians; writers, producers, and directors are breaking deep new ground for us in popular media. There's never been a better time to be a fan of science fiction, and a fan of modern fantasy. There's never been a better place to discuss, debate, and disagree about the things you love with people who love it too than the channel #xkcd-sciencefiction on the foonetic IRC network.

By design, this is a place for fans to share their views, ask their questions, and call those with whom they disagree butthats, to be treated like equals, and to be heard.

It won't always be pretty, but dammit it'll be entertaining(TM)

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Don't be a dick! I think that one rule says it all.

One more thing: Offtopic discussion is fine here, but be aware that scifi is the predominant topic of conversation here. So if you're having an offtopic talk and someone wants to discuss scifi, please take the offtopic talk elsewhere.

About this channel[edit]

This is a generic scifi channel. Feel free to discuss all kinds of scifi media: novels, comics, audio plays, television, movies, interactive web pages, games, even real life when it feels like scifi. Things such as modern fantasy are fine as well.

We purposefully do not have any specific spoiler policy. Rules like that tend to stifle discussion. When you want to talk about a new cool thing - when in doubt just ask the channel if they're okay with it.

Science fiction recommendations[edit]

To quote our favourite free encyclopedia that anyone can edit: "This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it".

Opinions differ, and everyone will have different things they like best. This section could not possibly be 'complete'. Feel free to add your own recommendations. Just don't go removing stuff because you don't like it, though.

I made a bunch of subgenre categories. When adding a new recommendation, try to pick the most appropriate one, or create a new subgenre. Oh, and no links to illegal downloads, obviously.

Television series[edit]

Note: some of these series have their own movie spin-offs. Consider those an automatic recommendation, so we don't need to list them under 'movies' again.

Space opera[edit]

  • Star Trek (let's not have the debate here which of the series is best)
  • The Orville
  • Babylon 5
  • Farscape

Military sci-fi[edit]

  • Stargate

Sci-fi western[edit]

  • Firefly
  • Westworld

Time travel[edit]

  • Doctor Who
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Travelers

Parallel realities[edit]

  • Sliders

Strange events on a 'normal' earth[edit]

  • Fringe (warning, gets a bit gory at times)
  • Warehouse 13 (for a very loose definition of science)
  • Eureka


  • Red Dwarf
  • Futurama
  • Galaxy Quest


  • The Lost Room (Vaguely comparable to Warehouse 13)



  • The Matrix (obviously)
  • Dark City
  • The Thirteenth Floor

Space Fantasy[edit]

  • Star Wars
  • La Voyage dans la Lune (The Trip to the Moon), 1902. The oldest science-fiction movie and the first movie ever to contain multiple scenes. It is surprisingly good. Version with English narration

Hard (realistic) sci-fi[edit]

  • The Martian
  • Gravity
  • Interstellar (yes, yes, I know. It's more realistic than most, though)

Time travel[edit]

  • Back to the Future

Computers are the future, I swear![edit]

  • Tron
  • Wargames

Alien visitors[edit]

  • Close encounters of the Third Kind
  • Contact
  • The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy


  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

Video Games[edit]

Most of these refer entire series, not just single entries. Note: There are many, many, many, many, did I say many, video games with scifi elements. Please don't add them to this list unless their main story fits in the science fiction genre.


  • FTL: Faster than Light
  • Duskers


  • Metroid (duh)

First person shooters[edit]

  • Halo
  • Half-Life
  • Singularity (you get time manipulation powers)
  • Timeshift (also time manipulation powers)
  • Inversion (gravity manipulation powers) (Special shoutout to 'Your Evil Twin', who did high-quality Let's Plays of these three games.)

3D puzzle games[edit]

  • Portal
  • The Talos Principle

Real-time strategy[edit]

  • Creeper World (this series is somewhere halfway between real-time strategy and tower defense)

Space flight simulation[edit]

  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Elite: Dangerous



Far future civilisation[edit]

  • The Player of Games (Iain M. Banks)
  • Ringworld (Larry Niven)


  • Everyone in Silico (Jim Munroe) (free, legal download) (Tom Scott's short YouTube video 'Welcome to Life' was based on this)
  • Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

Parallel realities[edit]

  • The Long Earth (Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter)

Space Opera[edit]

  • Commonwealth Universe (Peter F. Hamilton) (Hard-ish sci-fi, browncoat's reading order guide)
  • Night's Dawn Trilogy (Peter F. Hamilton) (Horror, zombies, Clarke's 3rd law "magic")

Personal stories[edit]

  • A Closed and Common Orbit (Becky Chambers)

Short stories[edit]

  • A Pail of Air (Fritz Leiber) (download)
  • Nightfall (Isaac Asimov)
  • The Last Question (Isaac Asimov)
  • The majority of Isaac Asimov's short stories. (List here.)
  • Learning to be me (Greg Egan)
  • The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect (read online) - Trigger warning: contains strong language and extreme depictions of acts of sex and violence. (not kidding about this one!)

Multi-media experiences[edit]


  • 17776: an American Football Story (Jon Bois) [1] (In the year 17776, when people have become immortal, Americans have nothing better to do than play the most extreme games of Football you've never imagined. Sounds boring, but it's glorious, even if you dislike American Football).