Monday, September 7, 2009

My foray into Science Fiction

Posted by Simcha 6:26 AM, under | 1 comment

In order to justify my calling this blog SFFChat, when I really have only talked about fantasy so far, I have decided to attempt to read a science fiction book.

I'll admit that I am not a big science fiction fan. I hated A Wrinkle in Time, 1984, and Brave New World, books that I had to read for school and which led me to decide that scifi was not for me (admittedly, the fact that I had to read them for school might have had to do with my dislike for the books but I have no intention of rereading them in order to find out).

But I recently read a few different YA dystopian novels that I highly enjoyed, such as The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (see review below) and The Host, by Stephenie Meyer, and they got me thinking that perhaps there might be some scifi books out there that I might actually like. Though it has to be something light on the technical science stuff. When I read Connie Willis's Doomsday Book I kept thinking 'this would be great if they would only leave out all the detailed scientific explanations.' I don't care how time travel works, just that it does; which is probably why I generally prefer fantasy.

So for my first serious foray into SF I have decided to try Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. I heard someone recommend this book as a "science fiction book for people that don't like science fiction," which seems like a good endorsement to me. Plus Heinlein is one of the major writer of the genre and the book is a classic, so this should be a literary enriching experience as well.
All-in-all, it seems like a good starting point.

I'm really quite excited about this. Really. (no, I'm not trying to convince myself of anything here)

So off I go, into the wonderful world of science fiction...


It is a really deep book. We all read it at the same time in high school and discussed it in the halls between classes.

You might want to try Wandering Stars, a collection of Jewish sci-fi stories. If you don't like one, you can always move on to another story.

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