Maybe it’s just me and how old I am, but over the decades I’ve grown tired of reading things like “Standing 6 feet tall as he gently caresses her and bla bla bla.” Add to that the constant warring factions of planet XY&Z with soldiers left right and centre. It really has become ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz for me. Of course if that rocks your boat ... more's that power to you. ; ) Now I understand the need for conflict and a bit of cheek to create the drama that sells so well on Netflix. Sadly, I feel most of that sci-fi only serves to make me sick bar a few exceptions. BEST SCI-FI? Not sure what the standard are here, but I can outline what is important to me and perhaps one or two of you could refer me to a good read. I prefer stories that contain alien ideologies. That is to say concepts and philosophies far removed from what we know of today. I don’t mean just extra-terrestrials either. I’m talking like earthlings far in the future living lives completely different life styles with values and economy nothing like that of today. Not your atypical X and Y faction with the main characters all hot and sweaty. I know there are bugger all stories without military might and hot and sweaty scenes. It’s more about the way it’s done and how much is lathered throughout the story I am more meaning. Like the story; ‘Contact’ by Carl Segan. Sci-fi’s with deeper meaning. Some with spiritual origins yet ‘different’ from an atypical earthling’s perspective. Sure throw in a little neurotypical mindsets to help earthling readers have some kind of grasp via familiarity to their sub culture – I just thought of a genre called teenybopper Sci-fi. The latter reminds me that the term BEST is rather subjective. I wonder if there are any older folk out there that may get where I am coming from with regards to what I consider trash. If so … Can you recommend any tittles that deal more on philosophy, spirituality, alien ideologies far removed from those on earth; where it’s not all about alpha males or good looking gals. Thanking you for your time. Much appreciated.