Monday, April 3, 2017

After GHOST IN THE SHELL, try...

Did you see the live-action remake of GHOST IN THE SHELL, starring Scarlett Johansson, this weekend? Here are some movies and books to try after seeing the newest sci-fi blockbuster.


  • Ghost in the Shell: While the franchise originally started as a manga, this classic anime is a must-see for both science-fiction and anime fans alike! 
  • The Matrix: Urban legend has it that when the Wachowskis pitched their groundbreaking sci-fi action movie to producers, they showed them the Ghost in the Shell anime as their primary inspiration. 
  • Appleseed: Another science fiction anime, Appleseed follows a newly recruited female soldier as she begins to see cracks in the "utopia" she lives in. 
  • Lucy: Ghost in the Shell isn't Scarlett Johansson's first sci-fi blockbuster! In Lucy, she unlocks the full capacity of her brain power, making this a kinetic and crazy action movie.
  • Robocop: More than just another 80's action movie, the original Robocop explores human identity as it becomes fused with advanced technology - just like Ghost in the Shell. 
  • Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan: In the first novel of the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy, we're introduced to a world where your consciousness can be downloaded into a new body...making death all but obsolete. Good for mystery fans who want some sci-fi bite to their hard-boiled detective. Soon to be a Netflix series. 
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick: Famously adapted into Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner, Dick's novel takes place in a grim science fiction world where androids look just humans, but are hunted down by the police. 
  • Neuromancer, by William Gibson: Often credited with single-handedly creating the "cyberpunk" sub-genre of science fiction, Neuromancer follows a cutting-edge cyber heist. 
  • Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami: Prefer your science fiction a little more literary, a little less science-y? Try Murakami's acclaimed exploration of identity as one man delves into a strange vision of Tokyo's underworld. 

Looking for even more? Stop by the Reader Services or Audiovisual desk and talk to a librarian today! 

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