Thanks to a fellow book blogger, I discovered that November is SciFi Month hosted by Rinn Reads. If you’ve got a few moments, surf over and marvel at the incredible wealth of events and activities set up for the coming month.
I’m a big fan of sci-fi and I hope to participate with the month-long event. Of course, I’ll be geeking out on November 23 when the greatest television show in the history of the universe celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.
First up is a recommended getting to know you post. So, here we go.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Michael. I’m a 40 year old bibliophile who adds more books to his to be read pile than he subtracts. I’ve always enjoyed a wide variety of books and popular entertainment, including the sci-fi and fantasy genre. I’m a college grade who regrets that I never took an overview of sci-fi and fantasy while in school (none was offered, but I wish it had been). I’m married with no kids and two cats. We’re both bibliophiles though we do try and keep each other from overloading the bookshelves and to be read piles. So far, it’s only a minor success.
2. How long have you been a fan of sci-fi?
Since about 1977 when this little movie called Star Wars hit theaters. I remember my grandfather and mother taking me to see it during its initial theatrical run and I loved it. It got me hooked on science-fiction and I’ve slowly discovered the great range that is available since that time. I will say my interest in published science-fiction has picked up a bit in the last twenty or so years. Part of that is due to joining various real-world science-fiction and fantasy book groups and part of it is the Internet and on-line groups for fans. When I first came to the genre, the sheer number of choices could make it a bit overwhelming and it seemed as if every cover blurb declared this novel the greatest ever written. Hard to filer out what I might like or prefer based on that. Thankfully, meeting others and interacting with those with similar and different tastes has helped me target certain authors, try new ones and learn others that I might want to avoid or knock down a few steps in the infamous TBR pile.
3. Why do you like sci-fi, and what is your favourite thing about it?
On the pop culture side, I love anything that capture that feeling I had at a young age of discovering Star Wars and all the awe and wonder that goes with it. The other thing I like about sci-fi is that it can offer up things to ponder, different ideas and social commentary in a way that might seem heavy-handed if done in any other genre. I enjoy things that make me think…but I also enjoy bubble-gum stuff with lots of explosions, space battles and little socially redeeming value other than–hey, at least I’m reading.
4. Favourite books/games/films/TV shows in the genre?
Books — Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card, Issac Asimov’s early output, Ian M. Banks, John Scalzi, George R.R. Martin, Lois McMaster Bujold, Robert J. Sawyer and Richard Matheson just to name a few.
Films — Blade Runner, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Gattica, Inception, Planet of the Apes (the original), Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, The Black Hole.
TV Shows — Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Blake’s Seven, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Farscape, Babylon Five, The X-Files.
5. What are your plans for Sci-Fi Month?
I hope to read a couple of genre novels and watch a whole bunch of genre shows and movie. I may even post about them here. I’ve got a broken toe right now and that’s limited my movement so I’ve had time the past few weeks to catch up with some old friends like The X-Files. Of course, I plan to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who. SciFi Month may be the impetus I need to do a series of posts on the previous anniversary celebrations for the good Doctor. I also plan to visit some of Renn’s celebrations and hopefully meet some fellow fans and get some new recommendations. I’m looking forward to it!