Science Fiction...

As Long As I Can Remember... I Could Read. This is What I Read.

I've been reading SF (science fiction and fantasy) since I was 2 (remember Where the Wild Things Are, and the little monsters books?). My mother had a collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs books she kept in a box under her bed; I would stare at the covers of Pelucidar and the Princess of Mars and wonder what lay within their crumbling protection. A signed print of the cover of The Past Through Tomorrow hangs on my wall. The covers draw us in, but the words speak for themselves.

What I've read recently


I have to admit to having a favorite, Robert A. Heinlein, despite all the criticism he's taken over the years.

I also bear affection for some live authors. In the top list:

Elizabeth Bear, blogger extraordinaire and a pretty damn fine sf writer, too.

Steven Brust, author and musician.

Orson Scott Card, especially Ender's Game, Wyrms, and the short story collection Unaccompanied Sonata and Other Stories.
Note: I'm frustrated with Orson's recent politics, but I still have to recommend his books.

Neil Gaiman, an author with his hands in many pots, with an imagination to match his versatility. I've assisted Neil at enough events that I wrote a page about how to do it.

Robin McKinley. Read The Blue Sword. Then grow up some. Then read Sunshine. At least, that's what I did, and you can tell Robin did some growing up in between them as well. But they're both marvelous.

Elizabeth Moon, an author who has found her own voice. I especially recommend Remnant Population.

John Scalzi. Oft-compared to RA Heinlein, Scalzi is funnier and wittier if not yet as insightful. Give him some time.

Connie Willis -keep an eye out for her stuff. It's all good.


See also:
Fan groups
The New England Science Fiction Association
The Minnesota Science Fiction Society
The Stilyagi Air Corps
Dawn Treader Book Shop
DreamHaven Books
Emerald City
Locus Online


last updated August 17, 2007
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