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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2014 at 9:51pm

Count me among the non-sci-fi enthusiasts. Fiction just holds no interest for me. I very much liked To Kill A Mockingbird, and some biographies and histories. James Mitchner held my attention because he included so many elements, including geology, history, politics, and stuff like that. 

I love the writing of Carl Sagan, Brian Greene, Jared Diamond, Brian Cox, David Suzuki. Well, it is obvious that I like science. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 18, 2014 at 8:26pm

@Nick - Back in the day, I thought Harlan Ellison was one of the finer writers in the genre. William Gibson's Neuromancer upped the ante for its time as well.

Comment by Nick Bottom on September 18, 2014 at 7:59pm

Hard-core entusiasts will sometimes call it "SF" for "speculative fiction" rather than "sci-fi." And yes, count me among the enthusiasts. It has to be well-written, though. There's too much SF junk out there, but the same can be said of any genre. I like pretty much all literary genres except romance trash. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 1:00pm

Yes, A Fall of Moondust was by Arthur C. Clarke.  I just looked-it-up on Wikipedia, Read the very condensed story, and didn't remember one bit of it.  I should read it again one day.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 18, 2014 at 12:42pm

"sci-fi" (pronounced "sigh-fie" or "skiffy") usually means "cheap Japanese monster movies."  The good stuff, beginning with Robert A. Heinlein's 1939 short story "Life-Line," is always people stories.

Lately I've been feasting on the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey...she's one of the few writers who uses humor to flesh out her characters...as did Heinlein.

I still haven't made up my mind about Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover novels; they start out as SF, but have a great deal of what I classify as fantasy (mind-reading, psi, etc.)

Anyway, SF and Fantasy (and mysteries) have been my choice of reading for entertainment since I was a teenager.  I also like biographies of famous, or interesting, atheists.  And Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series.

I haven't read any new books in about 5 years because I can't afford them, and I have no way to get to any of the local libraries.  There used to be a small branch a few blocks from my house, but they enlarged and moved it over by the airport....and didn't make the parking lot big enough.

So...I just re-read my (enormous) collection every few years.

PS: I think A Fall of Moondust was by Arthur C. Clarke.  I read a condensed Readers Digest version of that one years and years ago.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 18, 2014 at 11:08am

@ KH - Yes, Mockingbird is a wonderful book, and one of the few where the film actually did it justice.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 18, 2014 at 10:53am

Comment by k.h. ky on September 18, 2014 at 10:46am
I don't care for sci-fi either. One of my favorite books is To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it when it first came out and have reread it through the years. I'm like Spud.I can't remember anything.
Comment by booklover on September 18, 2014 at 9:05am

I don't enjoy Sci-Fi at all, and I don't know why.  My husband and kids go to those movies without me.  I read everything else, but I don't know why I just don't like Sci-Fi or Fantasy-Fiction.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 8:57am

My poor memory doesn't recall many of the books I've read, but I do remember the name "A Fall of Moondust".  It must have impressed me.

 

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