Sci-fi, the genre of what ifs, bold theories and epic journies has always fascinated me. Kaleena @Reader Voaracious now tagged me to talk about it some more.
Well, don’t mind if I do.
This tag was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek.
What is your favourite genre?
I do enjoy a wide range of books, but I always find myself drawn to speculative fiction and the many sub-genres of sci-fi.
Who is your favourite author from this genre?
John Scalzi for his dry humour, deadpan writing voice and sarcasm, followed closely by Blake Crouch who has the ability to turn me into a neurotic ball of worry.
What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?
The endless possibilities, the alien yet so familiar worlds, super high-tech gadgets, epic discoveries, insightful commentary on society. It never fails to amaze me.
What is the book that started your love for the genre?
I think it was actually a movie. My grandpa was a hardcore sci-fi fan, and I remember one summer evening in particular, when he was more antsy-pants than usual. That evening we watched Krull, and I was lost. That shit is epic! Even though it came out in 1983, it’s still enjoyable.
The first sci-fi book I actually remember reading, The Ring by Daniel Keys Moran, was also from my grandpa’s library. Not so long ago I managed to track down a copy and order it from the US, and now I’m just keeping my fingers and toes crossed that it’s as good as I remembered.
If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?
Well, I’m glad you said “at least”… I don’t think it’s possible to find the ultimate sci-fi book that will appeal to everyone even among the science-geekily inclined, so I would definitely need to know more about the person before I opened my mouth. Two weeks ago I picked 7 books that I think are a great start. Need more inspo? How about these?
Why do you read?
Because I can?
I also find it entertaining, often eye-opening, and it certainly doesn’t hurt my vocabulary. I love how books stimulate my brain, and my imagination can run free.
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