Sunnyvale, CA, USA
"The Edukators" Interesting and completely non-Hollywood look at the complete alienation of young people with (apparently) no future. It's also a romance, drama, and adventure. This probably rings more true in the USA today, than when it was made. Lots of ideas to think about.
I would rate it higher but the sound and production can make it difficult. Streaming sound reported horrible, use DVD
One of the greatest jazz musicians. Often overlooked today because his influence is so pervasive people think he's old-fashioned, which is like saying Shakespeare has too many trite phrases. Also he grew and changed his whole career, so try various decades.
The reason the internet was invented. Lots and lots of music: independent artists, oldies, jazz, classical, world. Still the best deal out there. It also has a good recommending algorithm. Most importantly it has a great group of editors who spend time making lists and writing well about why they like what they like.
Cons: some tracks appear, then disappear, especially if from other countries.
Not just great science fiction (space opera is new term) but he also writes regular fiction, mostly set in Scotland. These books are equally great. To distinguish, the Iain M. Banks books are sci-fi, the Iain Banks books (no M) are fiction. There are a few crossover novels (Transition in particular).
Definitely one of the best writers working today (not just sci-fi).
There's a reason they keep remaking her books into movies. Austen is the expert at complicated plotting that looks simple. Her language is extraordinarily tuned, each character has his or her own 'voice'. Although she wrote about a limited social group (mostly 'middle-class' women getting married) her writing transcends the genre and still rings true today.