Book 9: Fahrenheit 451

I’ve written about Bradbury before. When I have to name an author that has influenced my writing, he’s always the first that comes to mind, but until this year, I had never read his first novel and most famous work, Fahrenheit 451. There are a couple things I know about this book. Bradbury got the title by calling a fire … Read More

Book 5: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

When I first set up this reading challenge, I wasn't sure whether I should aim to read the best 52 sci fi books, or just 52 classics. Obviously, "best" is a subjective word, but I think I could pull together a solid list based on cross sections of popular opinion. The thing is, that would exclude a lot of classics. ... Read More

Book One: Dreamweaver’s Dilemma

When I was searching for books to include on this list, I came across Lois McMaster Bujold's name over and over again, and kept wondering why it sounded familiar. Turns out I have a quote from her saved at the top of a notebook I check almost daily: "If the truth doesn't save us, what does that say about us?" ... Read More

2016 Reading Challenge: 52 Sci Fi Classics

Much as I love the genre, I often feel like a poser (is that still a word people use?) when I tell people I write science fiction because I’m not that well-read in the genre. I grew up on literary fiction—Dickens, Poe, Austen, and Shakespeare in particular—because that was what we had around the house. I read fantasy whenever I … Read More