Tell Me Something Tuesday #TMST ~~ Sci-Fi Confessions

I’ve reblogged a wonderful post from Louise Hallett’s book blog, Life in the Book Lane.

Her focus on the transformative, eye-opening element of science fiction is exactly why I read (and write) sci-fi and fantasy – because thinking about alternate worlds, the “what if” of endless possibilities – expands and delights my mind.

I came into sci-fi with Frank Herbert and he remains one of my favorite authors, not just “Dune” but also the amazing (and shockingly steamy) Pandora Sequence. I hope the recent movie brings a new generation of readers to Herbert, because his books are masterpieces.

From Herbert and Asimov, I found the amazing women who were writing speculative romantic fiction in the 1980s and 90s: Jo Clayton, Tanith Lee, Mercedes Lackey, Octavia Butler, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Storm Constantine, Joan D. Vinge. I re-read these authors often. Their books can be hard to find now, but they’re worth seeking out, because they’re treasures.

A bunch of “new kids on the block” are currently blowing my mind as well. R. Lee Smith is firmly at the front of the pack with her epic “Last Hour of Gann.” I haven’t read world-building as meticulously detailed since Herbert and Clayton. Smith’s books are phenomenal. Amanda Milo is writing some truly challenging speculative fiction with her “Pet Project” books. They aren’t to be missed. And I want to give a huge nod to sometimes overlooked Omegaverse authors like L.V. Lane, Isoellen, V.T. Bonds, Merel Pierce, Alison Aimes, and Kathryn Moon. They’re on the bleeding (and knotting) edge of speculative fiction, a place that’s often uncomfortable for both reader and writer. They keep challenging our notions of self and other, of what makes someone monstrous, and what makes us human.

My hat is off to all of them.

Life in the Book Lane

Tell Me Something Tuesdayis a weekly discussion post hosted by Jen @That’s What I’m Talking About, where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the questions from Jen’s blog and answer it on your own.


Sci-Fi Stories: do you read them?
Futuristic?
Machine?
Space Opera?
Sci-Fi Romances?

TL;DR – Why yes I do!

I always have, and always will, love both Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I love the “no-rules” aspect of them, the ability to take us to places unknown. One of my favourite childhood stories was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which with all it’s strange machines and inventions definitely gives off a Sci-Fi feel.

As a teenager I fell in love with both John Wyndam’s Day of…

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4 comments

  1. I need my books,and love to read. The only time i couldn’t,i felt totally lost….Picking up a book in that period? It hurt! Going to my local library? Even more…It was during a time of grieving because a very personal loss,and i used to think books could help me through anything i went through. Now i know better…..and the fact that i dó enjoy reading again like i used to,is something i cherish very much!

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