What's the best sci-fi universe?

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Star Wars, Dune, Warhammer 40k, Foundation, Avatar, Aliens, Halo, Star Trek, The Expanse, Doctor Who, Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Stargate, Babylon 5, Mass Effect, Cyberpunk 2077, Ghost in the Shell, The Matrix, Ender's Game, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Orville, Dark Matter, Altered Carbon, The X-Files, Westworld, Pacific Rim

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    We're heading into the Capitalist hellscape of Cyberpunk

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You wish, it's all a stale white sterile panel looking outdoors filled with rainbow colored cubicles to reflect mandated sexual diversity orders from 20 different contractors all owned by another big proxy Company owned by Amazon.
      It's more CorpoPunk and GloboHomoPunk tbh

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Bring on Bai Ling's nipples, my body is ready

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      How the frick does dumb communist trash like you continue to exist?
      Oh, right, it's because capitalism is the only economic system that makes it possible for you to not starve to death like nature intended.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      the outside world is actually a lot more drab and blue collar than one would expect sitting inside staring at a computer all day

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Without the fun

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Showa Godzilla/Toho Kaiju.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Mobile Suit Gundam

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I liked the first one from 79. Most of the rest is crap. Including zeta that horribly paced mess.
      The environmentalist stuff is also really ham fisted and doesnt really work with what we see of the earth or why its all that important to people who can live in space. Should have stayed more in its lane about war and the various complex feeling around it.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If I told you I'd have to kill you.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Doctor Who, simply for the autistic detail their wiki goes into

    https://tardis.wiki/wiki/Penis
    https://tardis.wiki/wiki/Breast
    https://tardis.wiki/wiki/Masturbation

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >tards.wiki
      lmao

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        They forked from Fandom a month ago. tardis.wiki is controlled by trannies who are now planning to add shit like content warnings and removing "deadnames" from trans character pages that they couldn't do on Fandom. Meanwhile Fandom is now getting heavily vandalised and only has one regular supersperg editor who is heavily rewriting articles to suit his own headcanon and is trying to make himself admin there.
        Sad times for people who just want simple info on magic police box children's show

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Sad. Especially if you think that all sci-fi franchises are in the same condition

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's not the best, but Orville's universe is pretty darn comfy

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Yes, I bet you find the idea of your wife fricking a man of another species really, really comfy
      It's comfy!

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If it has a "universe", it is trash sci-fi made to advertise useless plastic """collectibles""" to consoomers.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You're why the Chud meme was made

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        How many funkos do you have now, James? It was like 1400 before Amanda left you.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >If you enjoy science-fiction, you're automatically a basedboy
          Sad

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    https://www.goodreads.com/series/41134-the-uplift-saga

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    For me, it's Bungie Halo

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    None of them really seem like realistic futures when you think about it, there really isn't much difference between SciFi and fantasy

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Luckily star wars takes place in the past so it doesn't need to look like the future

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The Expanse is the most realistic of them all. Humans are still contained to Sol system until they find some alien tech and even then there's limits. They only take liberties with a few technologies like Epstein drive and that's only to be able to fly between planets in weeks instead of years

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >They only take liberties with a few technologies like Epstein drive and that's only to be able to fly between planets in weeks instead of years
        yeah if you ignore the ayys that can open wormholes and stop fusion and communicate faster than light and ignore inertia and suck energy from alternate dimensions and whatnot.
        the epstein drive itself is already pretty fricking soft in it's outrageous efficiency

        not that i don't like the expanse, but lacking artificial gravity and flying around with rockets doesn't change that the setting is extremely soft.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          the epstein drive is not that outrageous for sci-fi and downright modest for televised sci-fi. As for the aliens, what do you want, for the aliens not to be super advanced? Get outta here

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >say its not hard scifi
            >autist thinks that means i'm bashing the show
            many such cases

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dune (novels).

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Pre-Disney Star Wars mogs all.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      in my heart I know this to be true

      >For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times, before the Empire.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      HAHAHAHAH

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Culture.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Frick that

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Came here to mention it. Quite entertaining to see a sci-fi universe made by a liberal. Idirans did nothing wrong!

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    of that list, the only one that hasn't really shit the bed in terms of quality at some point is probably blade runner.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >point is probably blade runner.
      It's not a univers, it's only one movie made in 85

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It's not really great in terms of worldbuilding either even in the confines of that movie. You have nearly human-like androids but people still use clunky 70s style computers and pay phones. Neuromancer was slightly better with this stuff (although IIRC it also had a scene with pay phones lol)
        The sequel tried to explain that stuff away with people being paranoid about EMP's and the androids being "biological" enough they'd be EMP-proof.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I don't like applying retroactive awareness to these things.
          And the sequel sucks and doesn't exist

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I'm willing to forgive a lot of that too but I wouldn't blame someone for preferring something more modern like GitS.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              GitS can be considered surpassed too.
              Can't understand how people unable to contextualize stories can watch anything that isn't news or documentaries.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                This thread as I understand it is not really about enjoyment of stories. The more you dig you'll realize the best and most popular SF stories aren't that way because of exceptionally good worldbuilding.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Yeah, and my point is that worldbuilding doesn't retroactively gets bad just because the real world went forward or in another direction, or some scientific truths debunked past consensus.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                IMO Bladerunner didn't really work even in the era it was made for. These guys built supercomputers able to mimic human behavior in real-time and fit them inside human-size skulls but Harrison Ford uses an Atari 2600 to do detective work.
                You better not think too hard about it.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >These guys built supercomputers able to mimic human behavior in real-time and fit them inside human-size skulls
                REPLICANTS ARE NOT MACHINES
                you literally have to like not pay attention to the film even a little bit to not get this. like the whole theme of the movie is built around this.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Why not make computers that are not machines?

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                absolutely. the worldbuilding of LOTR and ASOIAF isnt up to snuff (t. roleplayer) but they feature compelling narrative and characters along its trajectory

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Cyberpunk 2013/20/77 is literally just copy paste of William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy, just with stupid additions like "cyber psychosis". You only mentioned it because of the recent shitty video game didn't you?
    Anyway, out of the non-space opera settings Sprawl is probably the best, nearly everything in the cyberpunk genre is derivative of that and Blade Runner.
    Space opera is tougher, since you have to find a balance between scientific plausibility and fun. The Expanse probably does it the best, most of the others just outright throw science out of the window.
    Although it has to be stressed the best stories aren't necessarily told in the best settings.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy
      I swear this is the pseuds choice. Neuromancer is mostly incomprehensible nonsense

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        If you lack reading comprehension maybe.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >It's good because it's le difficult
          Wrong. Explain what that novel did that' so groundbreaking.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >It's good because it's le difficult
            That's not what I said. It was meant to come off more as "you're bad because you're stupid"

            >Explain what that novel did that' so groundbreaking.
            Predicted the internet and virtual worlds.
            But more importantly, unlike 99% of the other "universes" listed by the OP it has very little stupid shit in it.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You’re really stupid if you think that book is difficult just because you can’t use context clues to understand the sci-fi terms and tech.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              I probably shouldn't have used the word incomprehensible, but the book still doesn't read well. And I don't understand what's so great about its worldbuilding. Everything is described vaguely with excessive tech jargon

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Before this book, cyberpunk as we know it practically didn't exist. The worldbuilding in it spawned an entire genre.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                i would credit cyberpunk 2020 (and then shadowrun) as well. it took elements from various IPs and explicitly defined the genre setting

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Water World

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Stargate

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The collective one that fits into a canon in my head.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Babylon 5.
    In fact I think I might watch some Babylon 5 right now.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      But anon it's lunch time

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        if you say so. lemme just finish this corn beef sandwich real quick

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    As for stuff not in OP, the Atomic Rockets Seal of Approval is a good shortlist.
    Tabletop RPG's tend to have the best worldbuilding as that medium, more than others, incentivizes internal consistency.
    >"Mass Driver" in Fate Space Toolkit
    >Orbital 2100
    >Shadows Over Sol
    >Seven Worlds

    Personally, I've always been partial for Traveller 2300. It's not as autistically hard as most of the stuff recommended by the atomic rocket guy, but it definitely leans hard SF. The only "impossible" tech is the FTL drives, which have detailed rules. The alien races are genuinely weird and alien while somewhat plausible, and human inhabited space is divided to English, French and Chinese speaking arms as a nice touch of naturalism.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My favourite universe is Hyperion. I'd love in that setting

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Same. I was hoping someone would mention it. It’s super underrated, and it’d be sick to see the world on the big screen or in a video game.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This is pretty awesome fan art. The shrike always looks moronic in my down-syndrome mind's eye.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        maybe i missed a line in the book, but the shrike never looked humanoid in my mind.
        i imagined it as some combo of a velociraptor and a big flightless bird made of large raked/streamlined metal spikes, and like 2-3 times as tall as a human

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      ...you'd live in a setting where an immortal monster could travel forward and backwards in time and hunt random humans, impaling them on his machine tree where they'd be tormented for all eternity?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        If I had the consuls ship and wristband along with a comfy farcaster house, then yes

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I love this homie
      The shit

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Seriously I love spiky homies

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    her

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Halo

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Take Dune and Star Wars for example. They're both a complete mess if you're looking for any kind of internal consistency but most people don't care. Herbert and Lucas are both good at throwing around cool-sounding made-up words and names.

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Foundation (books) is a good setting. In the time period the books take place in the galaxy is full of thousands of little independent kingdoms of varying size and tech level, it's tons of fun.
    Asimov was basically bullied by fans into writing the last 2 books 20 years after the previous one but I imagine there would be a million stories to tell about things happening in the galactic dark age if someone cared to write them.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Sad about the Apple series, but based on how it fricked up, probably for the best.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Foundation was a fun read, but after that I'd rather just learn more about the european dark ages than suffer through Asimov's atrocious original plots. Already made that mistake with Rendezvous 2, a black lady getting tag teamed for decades in space

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >a black lady getting tag teamed for decades in space
        based

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    For me it's Halo
    Particularly the concept of an array of superweapons built to destroy all life in the galaxy in order to starve a parasitic species, that the main enemy believe to be religious artefacts and want to set off to reach some kind of heaven, unknowingly killing themselves in the process, leading to a civil war in the enemy faction where some become your allies

  28. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    1970s Battlestar Galactica

  29. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I know no one wants to hear this cause this is Cinemaphile, but no sci fi television or film ever comes close to the level of quality available in any mid tier novel. I'm compelled to say this because if you really want to get into *sci fi*, you really have to pick up a book, because no one in Hollywood has ever even come close to translating any of the concepts, imagination, or philosophy of science fiction into anything more than lowest common denominator "but what if today's social problem-" dreck.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      2001 was pretty good thanks to Clarke's close involvement. But there's not much worldbuilding in it.

  30. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >The X-Files
    >sci-fi
    You can just call it irl.

  31. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Starcraft pre-2010

  32. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dune is the coolest.

  33. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    There aren't many universes left, the problem with continuity is that eventually a moron gets in and you're stuck with his ideas. Star Wars had a great setting in the 90s, but that's gone now. There was a lot of thought put into Star Trek once upon a time, right down to the design necessities of warp travel, but that's gone now too.

    Maybe CP2077, simply because there isn't a lot there, and because the constant encroachment of current year horseshit can seamlessly blend into the other dystopian parts of the setting.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >CP2077
      Is utopia. Blade runner on steroids.

  34. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I like the Halo Universe because military sci-fi is the best sci-fi, the covenant is a cool concept, and when the aliens first showed up their tech was so advanced that they weren't expecting kinetic weapons so the humans blew one of their ships in half with a giant railgun

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Colonial marines are my favorite sci-fi concept. It seems the most grounded and realistic idea of what future humanity will look like. Halo is cheesy but ti doesn't seem that far off. Same with Avatar and Aliens

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Halo is kino. The word you were looking for was kino

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah, "was", is no longer

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Anything after 3 isn’t real. Maybe odst and reach if you want to be generous

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              ODST and Reach were both excellent.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                I think reach is pretty good and odst was fun but weaker than the other bungie halos

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >and when the aliens first showed up their tech was so advanced that they weren't expecting kinetic weapons so the humans blew one of their ships in half with a giant railgun
      this is such a goofy trope, its totally nonsensible. like there's never a point where shit flying at you an incredible speeds is never not a tremendous threat, except the point at which your technology can mindlessly stop that or otherwise handwave it away
      and since it worked in halo or stargate or whatever, they obviously havent gotten that far.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        there's a million things you could correct about the halo universe, and if you did, there wouldn't be a story anymore. If you want hard dry sci fi, take calculus + physics + statics + dynamics + vibrations + differrntial equations + linear algebra

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          then read galactic marines

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            plot sounds like Tom Clancy in space, not really my style

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >If you want hard dry sci fi
          i think it's weird that was your takeaway from my post

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It’s a kino trope.

  35. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I think Halo ODST is my favorite sci fi medium of all time. The first 3 Halo games really flesh out a concrete, great story with a super cool idea. But it was fun to have a more local story.

  36. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    sans necromorphs obviously Dead Space universe is probably the chillest to live in. neither bright nor pessimistic view of the future, just gritty and civilian with cool near future tech

  37. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Riddick or Firefly

  38. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    40k is the coolest and most extensive one, so by default it is the best one. Don't @ me.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      40kgays are so gay

  39. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Aliens and blade runner are same universe.

  40. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Firefly's universe would be an interesting one to explore in movies not involving the original cast or ship.

  41. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Star Wars and 40k have the biggest potential as containers for fun stories. Doctor Who for full shlock. Most others are too much in service of one specific story, or message.

  42. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Shadowrun or CP 2020

  43. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    stop using chatgpt to generate your posts

  44. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Star Trek

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