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Scifi 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.

I 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.

Peter 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 read Peter 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), Tarzan (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 post.

Check'em out!


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