Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of one blogger Shannon, who has had a life-long relationship with the science fiction genre and wishes to spread the love to others. My one month mission? To review as many titles as I possibly can for Rinn Reads and her wonderful event~
I can remember the days sitting on a couch in one of the many old houses I lived in as a child, watching the original Star Trek and The Next Generation with my family, absolutely mesmerized by different planets, different aliens, the space vessels… Though somehow I never realized that LeVar Burton talked about books to preschool me watching PBS every day. Go figure.
Above all, however, the one television show that made the greatest impact on child me was Babylon 5. Not as universally known, perhaps, but I watched the reruns on the Sci-Fi Channel as an elementary school student, oblivious to the more risqué bits, but absolutely enthralled. It was to the point of obsession, as I attempted to convert my schoolmates so they could talk with me about the series, too. Though that never occurred, unfortunately, I still was mesmerized. Why that show grabbed me so strongly out of all the series I could have watched, I’m uncertain. Perhaps the complex relationships between the characters, the UN-like atmosphere of the space station, or maybe unique story concepts that I never saw appear in more mainstream television? Regardless, as testament to how much I enjoyed the show, the Christmas I most vividly remember when I was a child had to be the year I got several action figures of the characters, Londo and Delenn being my favorites. It was also the first science fiction television series I read novelizations for, which began my affair with the genre. This is one series I wish to go back and watch completely through now that I’m much older, and even just seeing the some episodes from the first season did not distill the magic. In fact, my appreciation has grown.
Throughout high school I read a few novels of the genre here and there, most notably Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein. It wasn’t until college that the genre took me by the reins. And I can thank a professor of mine for instilling that love into me. Now a Nebula Award winner for his novella “Close Encounters”, I will discuss my gratitude fully at the end of the month when I review Andy Duncan’s story. Without him, I would never have been introduced to so many different authors, books, points of view… I can’t believe how ignorant of science fiction and fantasy literature I was before that class.
But I digress. I present to you my schedule for the month, which I will attempt to follow as closely as possible. No midterms or other craziness to worry about this month, my readers — things should be a bit more regular from here on out.
November 6th: Review of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
November 9th: Blade Runner vs. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Comparison
November 11th: Review of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
November 16th: Discussion: The Longevity of the Science Fiction Genre
November 20th: Review of Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
November 27th: Review of Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
November 30th: Review of “Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan + A Huge Thank You
As always, this schedule is subject to change due to medical doctor visits and other conflicting factors. I may be a bit too ambitious, haha.
Maybe I should take the month to finally watch through Battlestar Galactica as well~? Or perhaps catching up on Doctor Who? I give myself too many things to do, it seems.