We always remember our first. (Yes, I’m talking about reading!) We asked this week’s panelists:
Check below to see their responses. And tell us what book got you started!
Back when I was 9 or 10 years old, I was reading one of the EC horror comics, and my mother chanced to look over my shoulder, and it must have been a typically gruesome EC panel that she saw, because she ripped it out of my hands and took it away from me.
I argued that this was censorship, which she had always told me she was against, and she, dancing on the head of a pin, explained that it wasn’t censorship because the pictures would give me nightmares, and that she would never think of censoring my reading, just my looking (which, she pointed out, Hollywood’s code did all the time and no adults objected, or at least not any she knew of), and I could buy any horror book I wanted, just no more horror comics.
I went right out to the bookstore with a quarter clutched in my outraged little hand. I’m sure she thought I’d pick up something like Frankenstein, which is all but unreadable to the average ten-year- old…but instead I bought the first “horror” title I came across, which was the Groff Conklin anthology, Science Fiction Terror Tales. I still remember the first three stories: Ray Bradbury’s “Punishment Without Crime”; Fred Brown’s “Arena”; and Bob Sheckley’s “The Leech”. By the time I had read them, I was hooked on science fiction — and I remain hooked to this very day.
So I am now 58 novels, 14 collections, 236 stories, 2 screenplays, 1 comic book, 163 articles and essays, and 47 edited anthologies into my science fiction career, all thanks an unread horror comic and a read-again-and-again-and-again science fiction anthology.
- Frederik Pohl receives his honorary high school diploma. [via Locus Online]
- Interviews & Profiles:
- For the writers: the website for The Science fiction Writers of America, Monica Valentinelli talks about The Pros and Cons of Having Your Own Website.
- Here’s a great Flickr gallery of Penguin book covers illustrated by cartoonists. [via Irene Gallo]
- Some more great artwork at Gorilla Artfare…this time by Dave Rapoza.
- Nnedi Okorafor was not impressed with District 9.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring comes to life at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall for two performances only, on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th.
- Real Science: Space.com looks at The Enduring Mystery of Saturn’s Rings
- @Tor.com: Mindblowing SF by Women and People of Color.
- @Strange Horizons” James Schellenberg’s Top 12 SF&F Books.
- @MovieFill: A Chart Showing the History of Time Travel in Film. [via Look At This]
- @Screenhead: Top 10 forgotten and underrated Sci-fi movies.
- @SciFi Wire: 10 ways District 9 will change sci-fi moviemaking forever.
- @Movie Moron: Top 10 Best Zombie Movies (With Clips).
- AMC has acquired the rights to Robert Kirkman’s popular comic book The Walking Dead for a potential series. [via Tor.com]
- @Omnivoracious: Kage Baker, author of The Hotel Under the Sand.
- Patrick at Stomping on Yeti continues his profiles of Tomorrow’s Big Genre Stars, this time with Cory Doctorow.
- Angry Robot Books has video of Dan Abnett discussing reading and writing>
- Nnedi Okorafor asks: Is Africa Ready for Science Fiction?
- L. Jagi Lamplighter continues her discussion on the oirgins of her first novel, Prospero Lost.
- Jeff Somers says the Singularity is NOT the end of sf.
- Jason Sanford dubs the current sf trend “SciFi Strange“. I like it.
- Video treat: Neil Gaiman reads Cory Doctorow “The Right Book”.
- Tor books announces Halo: Evolutions a collection featuring original tales by Eric Nylund, Karen Traviss, Tobias Buckell and more — coming November 24, 2009.
- Suvudu’s Free Library is a temporary condition! Get yours before they’re gone.
- Forbidden Planet announces a signing by Kim Stanley Robinson (Galileo’s Dream) at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, on Thursday 17th September 6 – 7pm.
- Real (Weird) Science: Giant new planet orbits wrong way! Astronomers have discovered a planet (dubbed WASP-17) twice the size of Jupiter (the largest planet ever discovered) that orbits opposite to its star’s direction of rotation. [via Neatorama]
- Real Weird: Hewlett-Packard employees in Palo Alto, Califormia, were greeted with a phone message from William Shatner, a tele-bullying tactic by eco-activists in retaliation for HP backing off a eco-friendly promise. Oh, and then there was the vandalism.
- I’ll never get tired of pictures like this Death Star concept art.
- I’m not the only one who loved From Dusk Till Dawn. It’s two…two…two movies in one.
- Polish TV station TVN has released a teaser (in Polish) and trailer (with English subs) of a series titled Naznaczony (Marked). Looks cool. [Thanks, Pawel!]
- ScifiSquad tells us why Torchwood and Doctor Who should merge on the big screen. Sound great to me! Green light it.
- SpoutBlog lists 9 Greatest Human-Alien Sex Scenes.
- Not to be outdone, SciFi Scanner lists The Top Ten Close Encounters of the Scintillating Kind. What? No orgasmatron from Woody Allen’s Sleeper? What is the world coming to?
- Karen Burnham lists Non-Fiction for SF Fans.
- @retroCRUSH: The 20 Best Zombie Movies Of All Time.