When I started writing science fiction, I realized how dated my reading in the genre was. It was time to get reading. I started with the Hugo Award winners and nominees. I didn’t read all of them. I didn’t even like some, which emphasizes how reading is such a personal thing and a book one person loves, another might hate. For me, I’ll take a good plot and straightforward writing.
This reading quest led me to John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, Vernor Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep, and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game among others. I also read some classics that somehow I missed, like Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. Currently I’m the fantasy/science fiction world of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light, which I first read years ago.
Over the next weeks, author by author I’ll explore my experiences on this reader’s quest.