Over at Suvudu, Shawn Speakman wrote an interesting post about his top 5 nostalgic books. At then end, we see that the question being answered is really “what books brought you to fantasy?”
Well, sounds like we need some equal time for science fiction! As a kid, I was interested in space and astronomy from a very early age. I’d read all kinds of books about the space program, astronomy, basically anything to do with everything above the Earth, but I didn’t read a lot of science fiction. It wasn’t until a little film called Star Wars came out that I became a rabid fan of the film (it’s okay to be rabid when you’re 9). Probably one of the very first books I ever bought myself was the novelization of Star Wars. It was the one with the gold cover and I read that sucker till the pages fell out. I also had the original, awesome The Art of Star Wars book which I again read to death. I really wish I had that book still….
From there I picked up Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, which really shows that Lucas hadn’t though through Luke and Leia’s relationship much as there is a budding romance between them in the book. I think we can all agree on the ‘ewww’ factor today. I also loved the Han Solo novels by Brian Daley: Han Solo At Star’s End, Han Solo’s Revenge, and Han Solo And The Lost Legacy. All were great stuff for a kid and lead me onto the science fictional path to today.
Even though my Star Wars rabidness has greatly diminished, my interest in SF has not and it’s through the movie and the following books that lead me to read Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke and then to the newer authors popping up in the mid-1980’s.
What books brought you to science fiction? I’d expect a wide range of answers to that question as there are a lot of books out there!