The first draft of The Edge of Eternity (The Wizard of Time – Book 3) is finally done. Now I will hopefully have more time for blogging inbetween revisions. I hope to have it revised, edited, proofed and beta read by sometime in early 2014. I had hoped to have it done by the end of the year, but my day job schedule is going to be too busy for that.
I was thinking that it since I’ve been writing YA fantasy and sci-fi it might be fun to post the books I most remember from my own youth. So here they are:
Lucifer’s Hammer (Larry Niven Jerry Pournell)
This is a great end of the world novel. At least I remember it as such. It captivated my 12 year old brain like nothing before.
Mote in God’s Eye (Larry Niven Jerry Pournell)
I think this was my first real space opera. I read it right after Lucifer’s Hammer. I’ve been meaning to reread them, but I haven’t had the time.
Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein)
I Reread this about two years ago. Not nearly as good as I had remembered it. Very preachy in a Libertarian way. And I was no longer in the choir.
Read this again recently as well. Also not as good as I remembered it. I see why it has a place in history, but it could lose about 20,000 words to pick of the pace.
Brave New World (Aldus Huxley)
What I remember most about reading this is my dad wondering aloud if I should be reading it because I was only 13 and he hadn’t read it until he was in his twenties. I think I must have said something like “It’s not my fault you’re slow.” Very smart ass. I remember being so bummed when I wasn’t able to watch the 1980 NBC TV mini-series based on the book. It stuck with me so long that two years ago I found a copy on DVD bootlegged on line and bought it for $10. It doesn’t hold up so well. But interesting. I can see why I was so attracted to it. I’ve always been attracted to utopian and dystopian stories.
I remember reading it when I was 13 and being very conscious that it was a novel that adults read and thought about. Always liked the mystical character Simon the most. I identified with him in a strange way.
Wizard, Titan, and Demon (John Varley)
I remember them as a wild adventure. I couldn’t stop reading them. I have the first of the series I bought last year to reread, but haven’t gotten around to it.
A Matter for Men (David Gerrold)
I think I read this the summer I was 17 just before college. It has always been my favorite alien invasion story. Still waiting faithfully for the 5th book after 15 years. Guess I shouldn’t beat myself up for taking time with projects.
I remember loving the novel and being soooo disappointed with the movie. My friend and I dragged our families to see it and they all so hated it and gave us grief for days.