Posts Tagged: science fiction

Back where I belong: Reading!

There is a “problem” with being both retired and dull. Sometimes, I can have too much time and too little to do. After too long streaming and gaming, I’m happy to find myself back where I belong: Reading! Generally, I have “go-to” places among the media for my moods. When I’m morose, it’s Blazing Saddles…. Read more »

Paperback memories

Now that I’m back in the reading saddle, I can see the end in the trail ahead.  Soon, all too soon, I’ll run out of “real” books and have to switch over to my Kindle. That’s okay, actually, since I need to catch up on the enormous backlog from my review group (sorry, gang!), but… Read more »

Am I unlucky or just a dope?

The evidence seems to be clear, but maybe you can help make up my mind. The third and final giveaway completed Sunday night and I’ve spent the last couple of days packing the books for mailing.  The three giveaways have been an adventure.  I could say they’ve been a learning experience, but we use so… Read more »

Reading deficiency

One of the things I wanted to do when I started writing the first book in my Jeremy Shuttle Adventures series was to temporarily stop reading similar genre books so as not to be unduly influenced in my story ideas and writing style. Recently, I joined Goodreads, a home for recommending and reviewing books as… Read more »

Jack Vance 1916-2013

I just found out my favorite author of all-time, Jack Vance, passed away May 26th (the day I was throwing my big birthday BBQ). There is little honor I can bestow upon Mr. Vance that other, more talented people are not already writing.  It is the most common and perfidious tragedy of life that we… Read more »

3D or no 3D…that is the headache

<Humble apologies to the Bard, for mangled paraphrasing> Tuesday is usually “Niece Day”, where my older niece visits and we spend the day hanging out.  That’s routinely some activity (tennis or walking), some lunch and a movie (theater or my 60″ flat screen). We didn’t get to see Oblivion, as originally planned so she chose… Read more »

Jack Vance

After a brief respite, we bring to a close our travels through my creative influences, primarily in the world of Science Fiction and Fantasy, with my favorite author, the great Jack Vance. It’s humbling to use my bumbling words to try to describe Mr. Vance’s exquisite prose, but I’m all you have to introduce you to one… Read more »

Philip K. Dick

We’re nearing the end of this “long play” version of my creative influences (still celebrating the release of my second book, “What Next?”).  Today’s creator is the phantasmagorical Philip K. Dick. If you remember that childhood buddy I told you about a few blogs ago, the one that got me to read Larry Niven, well,… Read more »

Larry Niven

In my middle youth, I had a best friend that fit all the requirements you would want in a best friend:  lived close, liked the things I did and liked me.  That’s important, since I could not easily talk with people (as opposed to now, where many people think I talk too easily). We did the… Read more »

Clifford D. Simak

I wrestled with how to start this series of blogs on my creative influences.  Should I do it chronologically, starting with my earliest?  Maybe begin with the one that most closely relates to my current writing endeavor?  Perhaps I should do a ranking, like those irritating “Top Ten” lists? In the end, I simply decided… Read more »