I think I’m a fraud…

Today is the day my fellow bloggers kick me off this blog.  Today is the day I indelibly prove I’m a fluffy bunny sci-fi aficionado.  I’m taking inspiration from Robert’s post about four classic sci-fi books to talk about my four favourite sci-fi books (and as usual, I‘m cheating because two of them are series).

Let’s start with the first sci-fi book I recall reading.  Now, I was a Star Wars kid, and was fed a steady diet of Star Trek (re-runs) and Doctor Who (the Tom Baker years) while growing up, so there was no shortage of sci-fi influences.  But in novel format, not so much.  Not until I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle — kids my age, saving the planet — so much fun.  Strangely though, despite how much I loved that book, and the sequel (A Swiftly Tilting Planet), it didn’t lead me into more sci-fi.  Not right away, anyway.

Several years later, I picked up another sci-fi book… but I’m leaving that one until last, because in my opinion, it’s the best.  EVER.  But, reading it led me to Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Grant Naylor.  Essentially, Lister, a blue collar worker joins the Space Corps to get back to Earth and ends up in stasis for 3 million years, after which his only companions are a sentient descendent of his cat and a hologram of his nemesis.  OMG.  Lister made me laugh with his dry humour and sarcasm, but my hands-down favourite was his nemesis, Rimmer.  A more classic description of a self-loathing, stuck-up prick I’ve never read, but he becomes a sympathetic character nonetheless.  Apparently, the book was based on a TV series, which I later saw and enjoyed.

In a completely different vein are Simon R. Green’s Deathstalker books.  This is a series that combines the appeal of a sweeping fantasy epic with a sci-fi setting.  Owen Deathstalker is a historian who ends up leading a rebellion against the galactic empire.  The story is quite violent, but fun and fast-paced, combining cyborgs, vicious gladiator games and psionic warriors all in one.  Very space opera and I love it.

Finally, the Hitch Hikers Guide to The Galaxy.  I’m a total geeky fan girl of this series.  Well, the first five books in the “increasingly inaccurately named Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy.”  There’s a sixth (I have it) but it’s written by someone else, and I’m afraid to read it.  Several parts of those books made me laugh out loud by myself on a public bus, and I still remember those bits quite clearly (e.g. “Beware of the Leopard”, “one day there will be lemon-soaked paper napkins”).  And if someone mentions the meaning of life, it’s 42, right?

I own the original BBC televised version on VHS and DVD, as well as having the books and a sparkly special edition hardcover.  I saw the recent remake and although the actors did a great job, the script missed all the best lines!  I haven’t been able to bring myself to purchase it.  I’ve also been to a bar that served a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster shot, and although it was not “like having your brain smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick,” I was still amused.

So, this is evidence of my guilty secret — I am not a hard-core sci-fi fan, just a fluffy bunny.  Let the lynching begin!

KC Burn

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10 comments

  1. […] blogging about my favourite sci-fi books… none of which bear any resemblance to my upcoming sci-fi release (Spice ‘n’ […]

  2. KC, your list is way more fun, and it’s not lightweight at all. I really enjoyed Red Dwarf (TV show), and Star Wars/ Star Trek/ Dr Who are pure classics. Deathstalker sounds like one I should check out ASAP.

    1. Thanks Robert! I sometimes feel like I’m pretending because I read very few of the heavy-hitters in sci-fi, and honestly, I might never do so… depends on my mood 🙂

  3. I think your place is secure. I’m the one who admitted in my very first post to wearing a Starfleet uniform to school. 😉

    And I had a bunch of the Star Trek novels growing up. Like, scary numbers.

    1. Star Trek novels… also something I haven’t read, but perhaps should. But I think the Starfleet uniform indicates a certain die-hard fandom, which I’m not sure I have — except maybe for HHGTTG… I could wander around in a bathrobe like Arthur Dent but probably no one would get it!

  4. I don’t think I know you anymore, KC. I could never be friends with such a lightweight!
    🙂
    I’m with Robert. I’m not so sure those are lightweight. Would you believe I still haven’t read Hitch Hikers Guide to The Galaxy? I mean, all of the males in my house–who can read–have read it. I need to figure out which one of them has it now & steal it so I can finally read it!

    1. Oh no! Say it isn’t so — both to your shunning of me and the lack of Douglas Adams 🙂 Seriously I think everyone should read Douglas Adams, whether you’re into sci-fi or not.

  5. Nah, if you’re a lightweight I’m in trouble. I’ve read all those books and loved them! Of course I have read many more, some good, some bad, and I bet you have to. I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time when I was in school. Now my daughter has read it and all the other sci-fi I deem okay for her little 11 year old mind. 🙂 And now the 7 year old bugs me to read with her. But I had to draw the line somewhat after she got scared watching Dr. Who. 🙂 Sci-fi begins for each of us in a different place.

    1. Hi Lilly! Oh, your poor daughter… I remember Dr. Who being a bit scary when I was a kid, too… or even now! Did you see that one with the little boy wearing the gas mask? “Are you my mummy?” Totally creepy!

      1. Oh yeah, even I was creeped out by that one. I find, and I don’t know if it is because I am a mom or what, but when children get involved in sci-fi or horror it is so much more difficult to view, and to forget!

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