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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Finally... A Resolution I Can Keep

I'm not usually one to make resolutions, because I don't like to fool myself into thinking I will actually keep them. This year, though, I stumbled upon a resolution that will be hard to screw up.

In January and February of this year, I'm joining the Sci-Fi Experience 2008 and committing to read some science fiction in January and February. My goals are to read the Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars series and also tackle more Philip K. Dick stories. His short stories were the basis for a number of movies, including Minority Report and Paycheck, both of which are personal favorites. I'll post reviews of the books I read on this blog.

As a middle schooler, I used to scour the library shelves for the books marked with the blue rocket ship label. I loved imagining the big "what if". I still browse through the sci fi section at the library. There's nothing better than the feeling of turning the last page in an Asimov or Heinlein yarn, your head buzzing with all sorts of new ideas of what the world would be like if we have robots who became sentient or space ships that could shrink to the size of a molecule. I'm looking forward to this resolution. Want to join? Click here.


Andrew said...

I just think of the science fiction museum in Seattle and of all the different books that they had on display. This resolution should be easy to keep - its like making a resolution to eat more candy; who wouldn't appreciate that!

Aaron said...

The John Carter books are very good. Lots of fun in that old fashioned sci-fi sort of way. Lots of swashbuckling action, overly-courageous characters, and implausible situations.

My grandparents are some of the foremost Burroughs collectors in the country, so I figured I should read some of the books! I'm working through the series rather slowly, with many other literary interruptions, but I am enjoying it so far.

Carl V. said...

Great choices. I really enjoy the John Carter books that I've read thus far (the first 3) and hope to get to more during this experience. I too need to read some Philip K. Dick. I think I've seen every movie based on his stories multiple times but have never read any of his books.