Thursday, June 18, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Science Fiction

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One of my favorite sci-fi authors (Sharon Lee) has declared June 23rd Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day.

As she puts it:

So! In my Official Capacity as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, I hereby proclaim June 23 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day! A day of celebration and wonder! A day for all of us readers of science fiction and fantasy to reach out and say thank you to our favorite writers. A day, perhaps, to blog about our favorite sf/f writers. A day to reflect upon how written science fiction and fantasy has changed your life.

So … what might you do on the 23rd to celebrate? Do you even read fantasy/sci-fi? Why? Why not?

I rarely read science fiction or fantasy; as a kid it didn't appeal to me and I never really got into it as an adult. I did read The Chronicles of Narnia series but then when I tried to read The Hobbit around age 12 I just thought it was boring and never finished it or moved on to Lord of the Rings. But I watch a lot of science fiction TV, and as a kid collected and read the V tie-in novels. In the past couple of years though, I read A Wrinkle in Time and just loved it, and this past winter I read The City and The City by British scifi writer China Mieville and thought that was pretty good, too.

I have enjoyed some of what I'd call literary science fiction and fantasy- dystopia especially, for example Zamyatin's We, Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, and Kelly Link's short story collection Magic for Beginners. Even Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita could qualify. With my huge TBR and all of the other interests I have, it's unlikely that I'll get into any more scifi any time soon, but I'm ready to admit that it's not all schlock!

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