January 01, 2010

Happy New Year -- 3 2 1 We have lift off!

 

We have lift off!

Are you ready to immerse yourself in science fiction.  Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings is leading the way with Sci Fi Experience 2010.   The reading experience runs from January 1st through February 28th.



“More than any other genre of fiction, science fiction reading is to me an experience– not only does it transport me to another time and place in the future but it also transports me to my past and as such creates an aura of reading that is wonderful to experience but difficult to describe. I can only hope that you fellow readers are nodding your heads in agreement right now, recalling similar experiences that you have with various novels and/or genres of fiction.”  Carl

Embrace your inner Spock or Kirk or Picard or Janeway and enjoy discovering new worlds or rediscovering old ones. Along with the Sci Fi Experience, is the 42 Challenge hosted by Becky of Becky's Book Reviews.


Your mission--if you choose to accept it--is to read, watch, listen, and (possibly) review 42 sci-fi related items.   What counts? Short stories, novellas, novels, radio show episodes, television show episodes, movies, graphic novels, comic books, audio books, essays about science fiction, biographies about sci-fi authors, etc. Adapted or abridged works are okay as well.

Why 42?  If you've ever read Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then you'll know why. 



You're really not going to like it," observed Deep Thought.
"Tell us!"
"All right," said Deep Thought. "The Answer to the Great Question..."
"Yes...!"
"Of Life, the Universe, and Everything..." said Deep Thought.
"Yes...!"
"Is..." said Deep Thought, and paused.
"Yes...!"
"Is..."
"Yes...!!!...?"
"Forty-two," said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.

-The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

I am on the way to filling in that list of 42 because of Heather's Take a Dare Challenge  which I have until April 4th to complete. She dared me to

1. Watch The Princess Bride
2. Watch Willow
3. Watch The Last Unicorn
4. Watch Labyrinth
5. Watch at least 3 episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess
6. Read Dune by Frank Herbert
7. Read The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
8. Read The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
9. Read Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
10. Do a video blog about at least one of these items

So far I have read Dragonsong and I just finished rereading Dune on my nook. Yeah me!  I first read Dune back in the 80's and all I remembered of the story was the blue eyes and the huge worms.  Sometimes getting older and forgetting things has its benefits.  I enjoyed reading the story, for what seemed like the first time, and will be reviewing soon.  2 down, 8 to go.  Next up - The Mists of Avalon.

Hugo books added to my TBR pile over Christmas:   Spin by Robert Charles Wilson, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.

What stories are you immersing yourself in this week?

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