Bibliography and Filmography for 2300AD


I'm finalizing 2300AD, and I'm looking for books, movies, comics and TV shows that capture that sort of hard (ish) SF. The following list is what I have so far. Any other suggestions?

Clarke County, Space, Alan Steele
Lunar Descent, Alan Steele
Orbital Decay, Alan Steele

Downbelow Station, CJ Cherryh
Rimrunners, CJ Cherryh
Heavy Time, CJ Cherryh
Hellburner, CJ Cherryh

Revelation Space, Alistair Reynolds
Absolution Gap, Alistair Reynolds
Redemption Ark, Alistair Reynolds
Chasm City, Alistair Reynolds

Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson (for a nanotech future)

Cold As Ice, Charles Sheffield
Summertide, Charles Sheffield

When Gravity Fails, Alex George Effinger
A Fire in the Sun, Alex George Effinger

Hammer’s Slammers series, David Drake

Aristoi, Walter John Williams (for a very nano-tech, virtual reality world)
Hardwired, Walter John Williams
Voice of the Whirlwind, Walter John Williams
Angel Station, Walter John Williams

Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C. Clarke
Imperial Earth, Arthur C. Clarke
Songs of Distant Earth, Arthur C. Clarke

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert A. Heinlein
Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein

The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict, Stephen R. Donaldson
Forbidden Knowledge: The Gap into Vision, Stephen R. Donaldson
Dark and Hungry God Arises: The Gap into Power, Stephen R. Donaldson
Chaos and Order: The Gap into Madness, Stephen R. Donaldson
This Day All Gods Die: The Gap into Ruin, Stephen R. Donaldson

Space Doctor, Lee Corey

The Legacy of Heorot, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, and Stephen Barnes
The Dragons of Heorot, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, and Stephen Barnes
Beowulf’s Children, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, and Stephen Barnes

A Mote in God’s Eye, Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven
The Gripping Hand, Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven

West of Honor, Jerry Pournelle
The Mercenary, Jerry Pournelle
Prince of Mercenaries, Jerry Pournelle
Falkenberg's Legion, Jerry Pournelle
Go Tell the Spartans, Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling
Prince of Sparta, Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling

Little Fuzzy, H. Beam Piper
Fuzzy Sapiens, H. Beam Piper
Four Day Planet, H. Beam Piper
Naudsonce, H. Beam Piper

The Wild World of the Future, Claire Pye

Oxford Concise Science Dictionary
Collins French-English/English-French Dictionary
CIA World Fact Book

Enemy Mine
Gunhed (if you ignore the giant robot toys)
Supernova (Really just the ship…)
Moon 44
Pitch Black
Blade Runner
Silent Running
Starship Troopers
Wing Commander
Solaris (original Russian version)
Mission to Mars (Ignore the end, and the rest was OK)
Red Planet (The look, the pressure suits. Not the story)
Total Recall

Firefly (If you ignore the artificial gravity bits, this is very 2300AD)
Babylon 5
Earth 2
Space: Above and Beyond (Chigs = Kafers)
Battlestar Galactica (New Series)
Alien Planet

Ghost in the Shell (1 and 2)
Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex
Wings of Honneimaise
Cowboy Bebop
Gundam (more for the life-in-habitats ideas than the giant robot toys)
Appleseed (the new one)

Comics and Manga
2001 Nights
Ghost in the Shell
Aliens vs. Predator (the comic, not the movie)
Erma Felna, EDF (from Albedo Anthropomorphics) (Hard SF war story, with fuzzy animals…)
Colin said:
Erma Felna, EDF (from Albedo Anthropomorphics) (Hard SF war story, with fuzzy animals…)

Let's be honest now. It's all about the landing craft, isn't it?

Can you even get this series anymore?
I can buy most of the movie and TV references, and even some of the anime and manga stuff like part of "Cowboy Bebop", "Planetes", and such, but somehow "Ghost in the Shell" and "Appleseed" just seems to me to be alot more different than some of the core 2300 stuff. Specifically the extents of cyberization, and the androids, gynoids, and bioroids, all seem to be too different from the 2300AD stuff that I'm familiar with, to me (some of the imagery though might still be applicable).


How about the movie Moon (2009)
Event Horizon (definitly the kit and look)

Perhaps the Jack McDevitt books ?

Just watching ALIEN again...
Dead Space, its a computer game but is a growing franchise with tie-in anime and novels. It was a big visual inspiration for Cstars and I use it with a bit of Ron Cobb's work on ALIEN (Nostromo designs) for my Traveller games.

Very nice you've been looking at 2001 Nights, I love that manga. :D
Hammer's Slammers books? For the gritty military aspect and the hover vehicles.

Edit: Oops nevermind, found it in your list missed it the first time.


Earth 2 television series, but that is pretty obscure (only one season).
"2001 Nights"


"Maschinen Krieger"
How about Joe Haldemans Forever War ?

At a push, some elements of the Halo series?..... UNSC Gear, Convenant = Kafers...
Don't recall it not going a full season. Wiki says cancelled after one season of 20 episodes. Also the final season episode 1 show was aired, so that puts an end to season 1. Two other shows were later released after the series was cancelled, but they weren't planned for season 1 anyhow. Either way, 20+2 episodes is double the number of episodes for some shows per season anymore.

Earth 2 has the technology feel of 2300AD in my opinion. Guns more common over lasers, rugged equipment, not much higher tech then modern times. All the main characters are human. Add in enigmatic aliens and it feels 2300AD.
Yeah, i liked Earth 2. Appleseed and GITS are more about flavour for the Core Worlds,and the look of the tech.
Halo and its sequels, yes. I'm not sure about Deadspace, myself. Erma Felna, EDF was all about the landing craft, vehicles, and spacecraft. The "furry" bits, not so much.
Colin said:
Halo and its sequels, yes. .
Definitly ODST ! Just playing Halo: CE again. Alas I'll have to get some pennies to get Halo 3/ODST/Reach.

Bit off topic: I've the Guide to Halo - I think whoever is behind it has come up with some of the best Starship name for along time.
I'd add:

Computer Games
Alien Legacy
Alien vs. Predator 1+2
Elite 2: Frontier
(Elite 3) Frontier: First Encounters
Halo Series
System Shock 1+2

In some ways the computer game "Mission Critical" reminded me a little of 2300AD.

It had a ship without artificial gravity (though it used constant 1G acceleration - if I am remembering correctly - to give the crew the feel of normal gravity) and the initial main threat was from another human faction. also, there was some sort of advanced bio-tech type medications.

Combat wise though, instead of missiles, the ships used drones that could be remotely piloted.


Some cool sources here!

I am increasingly being tempted to buy the book, if only to have a look at alternative SF universes (I have no experience of earlier versions of 2300AD etc).

Egil Skallagrimsson said:
Some cool sources here!

I am increasingly being tempted to buy the book, if only to have a look at alternative SF universes (I have no experience of earlier versions of 2300AD etc).


It's a good setting, with some great ideas. I played a lot of this 20 years ago. Personally I feel it's very much of it's time: 80s military sci fi. I feel the same way about cyberpunk, another genre I devoted a lot of time to, but which now seems as dated as a pair of stonewashed jeans.

The Kafer War was exciting, although ultimately the focus on it eclipsed other aspects of the setting. But perhaps it could be broadened out a bit in the reboot.
Silent Running
Logan's Run
Star Cops
Space 1999
Total Recall 2025
Blade Runner
Capricorn One (if the science was right and it was not a fake as it was better than any recent Mars movie)
Race to the Moon
Mad Max trilogy
Black & White episodes of Lost in Space
Twilight Zone
Parts of the Outer Limits
X Files for investigation
East German SF movies

Any Soviet SF esp Half a Life by Krill Brulev
Hive Tim Curran
Dead Planets, Unhallowed Stars, by Tim Curran

Blue Planet
Transhuman Space (minus the Transhumanist aspect just focus on space exploration)
Olympus Mons & Stellar Wind