In Which I Ramble About Science Fiction

All right. Next up I’m stepping slightly out of my usual “zone” and reading some science fiction. I’m reading Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. According to Goodreads, this book has been advertised as “the most famous science fiction novel ever written.” I am not sure if this is true or not, because I hadn’t heard of it until now. Of course, I’m not really a science fiction expert.

Growing up, I wasn’t a huge science fiction fan. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that I’ve never felt especially compelled to read it or watch much sci-fi. I mean, I definitely watched the Star Wars movies a lot growing up. When they were first coming out, my mom was obsessed with the movies (read: Harrison Ford) and she couldn’t imagine having kids that didn’t like Star Wars. So, my brother, sister, and I grew up on the films. We even had toy lightsabers and played with them.

But really, Star Wars was my only experience with outer spacey stuff when I was a kid. I preferred my Harry Potter and fantasy stuff with knights and kings and wizards and mages (magi?). In college, though, I had the wonderful luck of striking up a best friendship with a girl who loves science fiction and space. Through her (and several other friends) I was introduced to Doctor Who and, subsequently, to Star Trek. Say what you want, but that show is amazing. I’m especially in love with the old-school, campy science fiction shows. You know, the original Doctor Who and Star Trek. But my friend Katie has gotten me into Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (that show is SERIOUSLY good, guys) and Firefly (WHERE WAS THIS all my life??) as well as Doctor Who. I’m definitely on board with science fiction and outer space stuff now.

I still haven’t read a whole lot of this genre, however. I read Ender’s Game a few years back and remember liking it. I read The Time Machine in like fifth grade. Katie’s given me some suggestions, but I haven’t actually gotten around to reading them. I guess I’m still not entirely sure about science fiction. I like watching it, but, I don’t know, somehow reading sounds different. I did read (or try to read) Dune last summer. I should have been really into it, but I wasn’t. The whole time I was kind of like, “I want to read the next Game of Thrones book,” because I’d started the series in June. So, I just don’t know if I’m sold on the whole reading science fiction thing.

I’m still hopeful for Stranger in a Strange Land. I like the biblical reference and it’s cool that (I think) Earth is the strange land. I like looking at my world through different eyes. It makes everything weird and awesome. Anyway, here’s diving in!


Oh, right. I should mention. There is a science fiction series I like. I adore the entire Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy-in-five-parts. But that could very well be because it’s Douglas Adams, and, well…Douglas Adams.


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