Books for Reading and Enjoying
I've read a lot of Science Fiction books in my
time, ever since I was a kid. I read all the classics from HG
Wells to Jules Verne from my school libraries, and probably a
few hundred paperbacks after those. Of course, this was during
the 1970's, and paperbooks were maybe only $ 1.50 each. I also
had a lot of friends who read books all the time as well, and
swapping books between us was very common.
remember one kid I didnt even know that well in high school, but
we had a lot of classes together, and we swapped Scifi and fantasy
books all the time. Some of the first books I remember reading,
around the fourth grade (outside of the classics), was the Danny
Dunn series books, and one book called The
Shy Stegosarus of Cricket Creek. I think my favorite Danny
Dunn book was the time travel one which involved
Benjamin Franklin. To this day, if I went back in time, I
think I would like to meet him the most.
Pan was a good one too, with the intrduction of the first curse
word I saw in a book (for those of you that have never actually
Pan, Tinkerbell calls him a "silly ass" a couple of times).
Later in high school it was the Dragons
of Pern, Macroscope,
and probably all of Arthur
C Clarke's books along with many other popular Scifi writers.
I remember around when I was in the 4th grade, begging my mother
to buy me a book at a department store. The book? A Gerry Anderson
UFO series paperback.
Fantasy books covered various series, which of course,
I had to read and own all of them. Series such as Conan
(Conan meets an alien in the first book! You probably didn't that),
(unlike the movies, Tarzan was quite intelligent and could read
and write, and visited civilization often), John
Carter of Mars, to name but a few. Scifi series I read
covered standards like all the original James Blish Star Trek Books
and later on, other Star Trek paperbacks, which I read on and off
through the late 1980s. Sometimes in my life there have been big
gaps when I didn't read much science fiction for one reason or another.
Not enough time I suppose. I work a lot.
Anyways, lately I've been reading a few books again, Science Fiction
of course. And I recommend these books if you to are a reader,
and interested. The first one is really a series. I stumbled across
the second book, which I read right away. It was a good book,
so I went back and read the first book. That was just as good,
so I wrapped them all up with the third book in the series. It
may seem weird to do it that way, but the books were very connected,
and well written. The first book is The
Atlantis Gene, volume two is The
Atlantis Plague, and the third and last book is The
Atlantis World. After reading three good books in a row, I
wanted to read others, and then I found myself back in the saddle
again and enjoying reading Science Fiction.
I wanted to read some new Star Trek books, and I settled on a
few that turned out very well. I probably enjoy the time travel
ones more than others, so that brings us to Star
Trek: The Original Series: No Time Like the Past. It features
Seven of Nine travelling back to work with James Kirk. I liked
the story. Next up is Assignment:
Eternity (Star Trek: The Original Series). I especially like
this one, because once again, we are introduced to Gary Seven.
Originally he would have been featured in his own TV series, which
never happened, but what if it did? An episode of that show probably
would have been like this book. Great read. Clever story. Another
good book, which actually features Gary Sevens partner, Roberta
Lincoln, is Star
Trek: The Original Series: From History's Shadow. It takes
place with Kirk, but has several story lines (Project Blue Book,
the Majestic 12, aliens on earth...) to keep you busy. I loved
it. It's a fun read.
So that's where I am at this point. There is little tie-in with
building models, except that I enjoy building Scifi kits. Though
I have plenty of Scifi reading under my belt, and I enjoy the
genre. If you like Science Fiction, you may enjoy these books
I mentioned. Despite my book reading history at the start of this