Saturday, March 23, 2013

It's been a long time, and I've been meming to meme...

John DeNardo posted a meme over at the SF Signal.  It asks questions about scifi, fantasy, and horror, so I'm going to break it down into three parts.  Part I, the Scifi Book Meme:

The last science fiction book I read was:
The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain Banks.  I read a lot of Banks and Scalzi.  I read Redshirts while I was recovering my card accident last year.

The science fiction book I am reading right now is:
Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson

The next science fiction book I will read is:
I'm not sure.  I'm not currently queued up and I want to finish Law 101 and getting ready for my PMP, so it'll be a short gap, even with my 50 pages a day (average) rule for 2013.

The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was:
Subterranean Scalzi Super Bundle

I didn’t finish it because:
It's a mix of scifi and nonfiction about writing, so I'm reading it in chunks over a very very long period of time.  Like one chunk between each other book I read, and there are a lot of chunks.

The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was:
Banks to my wife.  The Expanse series (James S.A. Corey) to Erik.  Soft Apocalypse (Will McIntosh) to Ming.  I don't think Ming read it, although he liked 2030 when I recommended that book.

The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?)
Larry recommended Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson.  I am enjoying it.  I like the quote (among many excellent pieces of writing), "You are employed by a suspicious number of douchebags!"

My favorite science fiction novel is:
Probably Orwell's 1984, although I don't usually classify it as science fiction.  But I always pair it with Zamyatin's We, and that's definitely science fiction.  I rave about War With the Newts by Karel Capek all the time.

An underrated science fiction author is:
Terry Pratchett.  He gets props for his fantasy, but The Long Earth (with Stephen Baxter) was underrated.  It was a good book and I particularly liked that my family liked it, both my wife and daughter.  Eryn liked it enough that she used it for a school project.  I'd say the same about A. Lee Martinez and Emperor Mollusk versus the Sinister Brain (also a favorite of Eryn after I recommended it).

My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is:
Hard science fiction.  I like it technical.  Technical enough to bother other casual scifi readers.  I also like historical.  Not a sub-genre as in books about the past, but rather I like reading older scifi like War With the Newts, Wells and Verne, Sturgatskys' Roadside Picnic (another candidate for favorite), and dystopias that span history and were perhaps thought of as scifi in their time.

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