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I really enjoy well-crafted fiction of any variety. One thing that
is a huge turn-off is when a person only enjoys "true stories." I
think there is great value in creating a story, rather than only
telling something that actually happened.
I've read a *lot* of SF. I love harder stuff like Ben Bova, Greg
Bear, Larry Niven (even if he is a right wing nutjob), as well as
the classics like Aasimov. Ursula K. LeGuin has a special place in
my heart. Don't get me started on Heinlein, he's only ever written
two good books. I also dabble in fantasy, Game of Thrones, Lord of
the Rings, etc. I can be overly-pedantic at times about the
differences between fantasy and science fiction :D
I also enjoy a lot of 20th-century literature like Kurt Vonnegut
Jr., Tom Robbins, and Joseph Heller.
Catch 22 is my favorite novel of all time.
As far as movies go, I grew up in the '80s and '90s, so I have a
penchant for bad action movies with lots of one liners and
explosions. Alien, Aliens, and Total Recall are probably my
favorite movies. I also have a huge thing for the Coen Brothers
though. I've enjoyed every one of their movies, from The Big
Lebowski to Barton Fink. Their meticulous attention to detail in
film-making is amazing.
Sherlock, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Parks and Recreation, It's
Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Adventure Time
Amanda Palmer, Edward Sharpe, Amon Amarth, Jurassic 5,
Blackalicious, At the Gates, Murder by Death, Muse, Wolfmother, and