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It's On My To-Read List
If I had to describe myself as a reader, I would say I'm a science-fiction fan. I try to be well balanced in my reading but the science-fiction (and fantasy) genre is the one I get excited about. When I walk into a Barnes and Noble, or any book store, the first place I go is to the science-fiction/ fantasy section. I get excited to see all the classics still selling, and all of the new books that have just come out. It's great, and I could sit all day, staring at the shelves, wondering which one I should read next.
But, if I had to describe myself a second time, I would say I'm woefully under-read. As a self-proclaimed fan of the genre, I haven't even touched the stuff that gets the real acclaim. I have made some progress, I've read Dune, Ender's Game , Starship Troopers , and some Asimov, but, in all honesty, I'm still very new to the genre.
And so, this now becomes its own adventure. I will read the great (and not so great) books I missed growing up and become one of those who can claim to be well-read in the world of science-fiction and fantasy. Of course, I won't just log the progress, being an opinionated graduate; I'll be reviewing and critiquing the books along the way. But that's what I love about the genre, there's so much to talk about. I could spend all day just discussing the terra-forming in Red Mars, but then I'd miss the great society that it built.
It should also be said that what I consider great and important, others might not agree. While I think most people will say Neuromancer is an important contribution to the world of science-fiction (and one I haven't read), I hear little about the Mars trilogy or Michael Crichton. And that's just science-fiction. If I'm a toddler of sci-fi, than I'm still a newborn in the world of fantasy, barely able to recognize the shapes in front of me. I've read some important stuff that I'll talk about, but I haven't even touched the genres true potential.
I hope others can find this adventure worth following. I hope others can suggest books to me. I hope, someday, I can be in a room talking to experts of the genre and hold my own. I would love to discuss the power of The Forever War. But until then, it's on my to-read list.