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I had something of a strange childhood, like many other kids who grew up in my situation, I was not very well off financially, hyper-active imagination, possible mild autism, smarter than the average bear and socially awkward. Unlike many kids, I loved school, I loved PBS (especially Saturday nights when they showed British stuff like Monty Python, Faulty Towers, and my all time favorite Dr. Who) and most of all I loved the Library and BOOKS. I would go to the Library every chance I got, several times I pestered the school Principle to unlock the school library for me during summer (which he was happy to do) and there were times in High School when I skipped school and went to the Library instead…it seems funny now.  I became permanently warped  one day when I was about twelve years old and I picked up a book called “The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams

The book was nothing like I expected, it was an adventure, it was FUNNY, it was wickedly clever, and it made me happy. It made me break out in hysterical laughter, I read it all in one day, and went back to the Library on the first bus the next day to get the others, I read them all except for “Mostly Harmless” which they didn’t have, but have now decided to save that one for when I am an old man, to preserve a little of that happiness and wonder in my older self.

This book was not only the book that got me hooked on reading, but because of it I was hooked on Science Fiction forever after.

Of course eventually I read many other books from many other branches of the literary tree, but nothing ever brings me joy like a good Sci-Fi. If I have cold, I am on the couch, with a blanket, cup of tea, and re-reading Dune, or A Canticle for Leibowitz, Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles,  Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, anything by Stanislaw Lem and, well… the list just goes on and on.

Hence this blog!!!

I have three reviews backed up for the dangerously fun giant monsters in the “Daikaiju” collections of short stories volumes 1,2 and 3. Soon to be followed by my reviews of my all time favorite Sci-Fi Saga Dune, both the originals by Frank Herbert and the follow ups by his son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, but first comes a series I call “The Science Fiction Alphabet”, and yes, “A is for Asimov” 🙂


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