Science Fiction
Last updated: 29 March 2004
I'm far from the most devoted fan of science fiction on the net, I'm sorry to say. A big reason for this is that as a child my reading matter of choice was comic books. This is not to knock comics, which I still read in large quantities; the problem in part is that I do read them in large quantities, and they take up a lot of my reading time. I also subscribe to or buy about ten "mundane" magazines and newspapers, which further cuts into my time to read novels or SF magazines.

Most of all, though, I'm a very slow reader. My top speed, as far as I can tell, is about 80 pages/hour, but most of the time I read closer to 50 pages/hour of your average SF paperback. It's been observed that I have very good retention of what I read, while faster readers apparently do not retain books as well. I'm not sure how much stock I put in that, but who knows.

I grew up on media science fiction, such as Star Trek and Space: 1999. It wasn't 'til sometime in high school that I really started in on the books. I was originally sucked in by H. Beam Piper, especially his Empire collection. I've read nearly every Piper book, and other favorites include George R. R. Martin, Dan Simmons' Hyperion duet, and Vernor Vinge, among others.

I am not much into fantasy, although I did very much enjoy The Lord Of The Rings. The closest I usually get to fantasy is horror, including Lovecraft. I also am not into media-based novels; the few Star Trek novels I've read have not done much for me (except for Peter David's Imzadi, which is better than almost any Next Generation episode, in my opinion).

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