The Best Genre-Related Books/Films/Shows Consumed in 2009

Sf Signal has been asking luminaries in the SF field what they considered the best Genre Related books, films and shows they consumed in 2009. Note that the material does not necessarily need to have come out in 2009, they just have had to consume it.
Unlike Gaul, the Sfsignal article is divided into four parts:

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Behind the cut, my own choices!


Books:
I read over 50 books this year, many of them in the genre. The ones I liked best were:
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance
There was no way that this tribute anthology to Vance’s work would miss being on this list. A real treasure.
Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1). I’ve come late to the Calderon party. I listened to the first book and a half of the Codex Alera series on vacation, read the remainder of the second book, and now am going to tackle book three. Epic Fantasy done right, and with more than a little Roman flavor.
Three Unbroken (Novel of Celestial Empire). I really like Chris Roberson’s work, and this is the latest novel in his Celestial Empire universe, where China and the Aztecs duel over the planet Mars…
Films
It was a good year for SF films:
Star Trek (Single-Disc Edition). Star Trek is a reboot done right. Even with that darned overuse of lens flare, Star Trek lives again!
Back to the Future – The Complete Trilogy (Widescreen Edition). I picked this up this year. I recall being less than enthused, back in the day, with the third film. On this watch through, though, I have come around to its charms. And the first movie is a classic, period, full stop.
Up. I should be shot if I didn’t include what might be the best Pixar movie yet.
Avatar: Sure, the story is weak, but the technical aspects of Avatar put it on this list. You must see this film and see what Cameron’s use of technology has wrought. You simply must.
Shows:
Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series. The last fourth season of the Doctor, and how! From Pompeii to the Medusa Cascade, another trip of a lifetime, with a heartrending ending to boot.
Sanctuary: The Complete First Season. Although I didn’t really like it at first, watching episodes at my friends house has warmed me to this series. And certainly, on cable, it has less of the tsuris that, say, Dollhouse has gotten itself into.
Doctor Who: The War Games (Story 50). This classic episode, the last of the Troughton era, was recently re-released on DVD. A perfect swan song for the Second Doctor, Zoe and Jamie.

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