Follow Friday

Friday, February 18, 2011

This is Follow Friday, hosted by Parajunkee's View

This week's question:

If you are a fan of Science Fiction what is your favorite book? If you haven't read Science Fiction before...any inkling to? Anything catch your eye?

That's a stumper. I love Science Fiction, and I read a LOT of it, although I have to admit, more of my recent favorite books are fantasy than sci-fi. Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series is an obvious choice for sci-fi that I absolutely love. I've enjoyed a lot of Andre Norton, and a lot of Asimov over the years. I, Robot is pretty brilliant, and The Cyberiad (by Stanislaw Lem) is fantastic. I really liked Starship Troopers by Heinlein, and Spin by Robert Charles Wilson.

Plus, I know it's not a book, but I'm really into Star Trek right now. I watched all of the Original Series last summer, and I've been working my way through the movies. I have a lot of Star Trek stuff, too.

Also, this weekend only, in honor of Watson's win on Jeopardy, the Science Fiction novel which I edited is on SALE at Smashwords!  Enter code RR76H here.


This Week is Fantasy Flashback Week here at The Blue Fairy's Bookshelf!

All week I've been posting about Middle Grade novels (all but one of them Fantasy) that I'm re-reading now, having not opened them in years.

Mon Feb 14: The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander
Tues Feb 15: The Farthest-Away Mountain, by Lynne Reid Banks
Wed Feb 16: Swept Away, by Josepha Sherman
Thurs Feb 17: Dealing With Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede
Fri Feb 18: Sun Blind, by Gwen Hansen
Sat Feb 19: (Non Fantasy) The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
Sun Feb 20: The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster


Jennifer said...

I loved the movie I, Robot. I know it's quite different from the collection I, Robot, but I've been meaning to read it ever since. I remember loving The Phantom Tollbooth. What a great set of books you are revisiting! Happy Friday!

I Eat Words said...

I've been wanting to read Across the Universe, but I don't know much about sci-fi--haha. New follower, btw! Great blog :)

Anonymous said...

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BLHmistress said...

Hi Hopping on thru to wish you a Happy Weekend!

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Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. I hated Star Trek when I was young, but grew to respect it when my best friend was obsessed with it - he even went to conventions. He showed me how much depth it had and I was quite impressed (even though I still didn't watch it).
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Aaron Pound said...

Thanks for coming over for Follow Friday, and now I'm following you back!

I love The Cyberiad! I remember the story when they made the machine that could make anything starting with the letter N, and then asked it to make nothing. When it informed them it was unmaking the universe, I got chills! Such a great book.

Aaron (Dreaming About Other Worlds).

Lindsay said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone!

@Delphyne, I haven't seen the movie titled I, Robot. I really like the book because it's almost an intellectual puzzle. In each story a different wrinkle to the Laws of Robotics is explored.

@I Eat Words, I've heard both good and bad things about Across the Universe, but I'm not really into any contemporary YA right now, so it's a wash, I suppose. My instinctive hesitation might be because it has the same title as that terribly boring Julie Taymor movie with the Beatles music.

@Alison, I came to Star Trek pretty late. I liked Next Gen growing up, but not as much as I loved Babylon 5. I'd seen occasional episodes of other series and liked them, but wasn't really that into it. I took a "class" in high school that was an optional Saturday thing taught by grad students at a nearby college that explored the philosophical and moral questions that were so entwined in the original series. I loved that, but still didn't call myself a huge fan. Later I got into reading military science fiction, and then I adored the 2009 movie, and then I went back to watch the original series I'm a huge fan.

Lindsay said...


I actually saw this fantastic play at the NY Fringe a couple years ago that was three short pieces based on sci-fi stories. One of the ones they did was that story from the Cyberiad. It was beautiful. Trurl and Klapaucius were puppets, and the cast had dancers representing the machine with... it's hard to describe. There were lots of practical lightbulbs in all different lamps, scattered about the stage like stars, and when the machine started to make nothing, the dancers began to quietly move around the space, turning out the lights.

It was a really cool piece. They also did There Will Come Soft Rains, reciting the story while they created the images with just themselves, a few simple props and the lights.

Tishia Mackey said...

Just hoppin' through - I am now a follower :)

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