June 8, 2012
Probably closest to hard sci-fi - not a fantasy fan at all. As soon as a book starts to stray into fantasy territory my eyes glaze over and I start reading ahead. And since I define my own reality, the "Dragonriders of Pern" series IS hard science - except for the newest books. I'm not sure WHAT they are...
As would be expected, most of the usual suspects - I had a list here, but figure everyone already knows it. Particular favorites - Douglas Adams (natch!), Alan Dean Foster, Bradbury (RIP), Clarke, Heinlein, and Larry Niven. Since I read whatever interest me, I tend to skip around and often overlook things. Which is really sorta cool, cuz I'm always discovering new authors that everybody else has known for a long time. Just got into John Scalzi a year or so ago, and also Orson Scott Card around the same time (although I find his personal views offensive).
Hmm. Tough call. I don't have cable, so I don't know what's current. I've also found that I have a hard time with newer programs as they tend to be less episodic and more about sweeping story arcs. I have a hard enough time remembering to feed the cat, much less keep track of all those details. The perils of getting old(er). Perennial favorites are "Star Trek", of course, in all its permutations, "Space: 1999", "Firefly" - which was another recent discovery for me, and MST3K. Movies - All the classics, of course. Really just about anything, but any with large horror elements also cause a quick lunge to the fast-forward button - just not my thing. I'm hoping someday they get "Dune" right.
Yes. Although I do seem to lack whatever gene causes obsession with either. This, despite the appearance of being a huge fan due to voluminous the yet capricious nature of the disordered warehouse I consider my memory.
Sorta wandered in here by accident...see what happens when you leave the door open?!? Sci-fi fan from way back, and a computer geek who doesn't like computers all that much - it just pays the bills (barely).