You may not know this about me but I am a major geek. Growing up, I got hooked on fantasy books and movies pretty early but in high school, thanks to the influence of my friends and the Star Wars-obsessed, comic book-reading, Douglas Adams-quoting, D&D playing, card-carrying geek who would one day become my husband, I developed a real fondness for science fiction and spent the better part of my college years helping to run a rather sizable sci-fi convention. Even today, years later, I love gaming- mostly board games but also certain RPG’s (Role Playing Games) and I can (frequently) get into (long) passionate conversations about my favorite sci-fi shows, including: Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Firefly, and Farscape. This is why I am very excited that today is National Science Fiction Day.
In honor of the day, I spent most of my afternoon curled up with a cup of English Breakfast tea, a scone from my favorite tea room, and a copy of The Time Machine by H. G. Wells.
I love the Victorian Steampunk genre and reading about time travel seemed like a more than perfect way to observe the day. This evening, I plan to continue my time travel theme for the day and finally get around to watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special that I have stored on my DVR.
Today is also Issac Asimov’s birthday and that got me thinking about what books I want to read in the upcoming months. Although I loved Asimov’s book of short stories, I, Robot, and my sister, Chriss, swears that I should read the Norby the Robot series of children’s books that Issac Asimov wrote with his wife, Janet, I haven’t read too much of Asimov’s work. The truth is that I tend to take my sci-fi with a healthy does of another genre, (usually fantasy, humor, or young adult), and my favorite science fiction writers are authors like Madeline L’Engle and Anne McCaffrey, whose Dragonriders of Pern series has been a life-long obsession of mine.
Lately, I have been trying to broaden my literary horizons and check out books that I usually overlook and so over the past few months, I have been reading books by some of the founding fathers (and mother) of the science fiction genre, including Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (although admittedly, I could have picked a more sci-fi-ish Verne book to start with). Now that 2015 is here, I am looking to add some more sci-fi titles to my to-read list and would love any suggestions you may have.
Leave a comment with your favorite science fiction books and authors and have a very happy National Science Fiction Day!