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June 7: Ten Reasons I Love X — could be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre. Honestly anything you want to gush about.
I’m picking two genres and two decades–where most of my serious love of reading was born–1960s and 70s science fiction and fantasy. Because the classics are wonderful.
1. A Spell for Chameleon; Piers Anthony. These books tend to be pretty child friendly, which is good, because I read them as a kid–the Xanth series, for example, has some truly terrible puns, a great magic system, and a varied cast of characters.
2. The Last Unicorn; Peter Beagle. And okay, they can have more than a bit of a heartbreak, but it’s usually a beautiful one, and that makes it better.
3. The Princess Bride; William Goldman. Nothing can’t be fixed with some sword fighting, witty banter, and maybe a princess, right?
4. A Stainless Steel Rat is Born; Harry Harrison. I found more than my share of clever rogues–and even better, rogues who work for the greater good (sometimes voluntarily, sometimes they need some help.)
5. Stranger in a Strange Land; Robert Heinlein. Some of the science fiction is heavier on the science, and much of it is really thought-provoking, so you get something out of it even after years of re-reads.
6. A Wrinkle in Time; Madeline L’Engle. “Wild nights are my glory.” Who wouldn’t love the great atmosphere you get by mixing the real world with some fictional dangers? And it’s fun to see some abilities you wish you had.
7. Dragonsong, Ship Who Sang; Anne McCaffrey. And sometimes scifi and fantasy blur, like a colony world forgotten by technology–with dragons! Dragons are a great part of fantasy for sure. And on the scifi side, the idea that with technology, we can do things we’ve only dreamed of…
8. Beauty; Robin McKinley. I’m more than a little obsessed with the way you can take an old story and tilt it just a little into the weird, which both genres embrace.
9. Witch World; Andre Norton. And nothing does worlds full of magic, heroes, and villains better!
10. Slaughter-House Five; Kurt Vonnegut. Sometimes it’s dark, sometimes it’s funny… often it’s both.
There’s such a flexibility to scifi/fantasy, a way to embrace old stories with new facades, to focus on characters by putting them in unfamiliar settings, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want magic/robots, unicorns/aliens, and far-flung and exciting worlds?