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    I'm sure Heinlein enjoyed his Heineken when the occasion warranted.
     
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    I like the idea of a bed full of beer.....I'm off to the patent office!

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    Use Molson to fill the bed, and keep the Heineken for drinking. The Canadians here will understand what I mean.

    To keep it on topic, no-one has mentioned Asimov yet.

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    How could I forget, I love Asimov!

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    I wouldn't bother, I invented it one Christmas after consuming around 36 cans of Fosters!!
     
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    Interesting visual.

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    I was first exposed to Asimov in grade 9 when
    a science teacher recommended reading the Foundation series. At that time, it was only a trilogy. Later I read the Galactic Empire series.

    I have a hardback copy, 1st edition, of a speculative book Asimov wrote in 1979 called
    Extraterrestrial Civilizations.

    He theorizes on the probability of technological civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy.

    In the end Asimov concludes there are more than half a million Earth like planets with technological civilizations, in just our galaxy alone.

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    The first science fiction novel I ever read was Marion Zimmerman Bradley's The Colors of Space. I still have that copy to this day.
     
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    Mine was EE Doc Smith's "The Skylark of Space". I later found and read the other three books in the series. This was followed by the Lensman series and his standalone novels.

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    Irwin Allen has been referenced in this thread.
    I was a big fan of "Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea."

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    I also own and have read all the Skylark series. Here are some of the prizes of my Doc Smith collection.

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    image-4212027987.jpgThe last 2 photos are of the first edition hardcover of The Skylark of Valeron.
     
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    The first SF I ever read was a story by Asimov "The Ugly Little Boy." Found it in a paperback anthology in the mid-1960s, but it was written in 1959. The story is about a Neanderthal boy brought into the present to be studied as an experiment only to be sent back when something more interesting was found. The dilemma faced by his caregiver, who had come to love the boy, was very haunting. I still remember how I felt when I read it for the first time. The pb has long since fallen to pieces, but the story lives on for me. The start of a life-long fascination with SF.
     
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    I didn't know of this work until now. I intend to read it. Thank you.

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    My mother was an avid Scifan fan so my brother and I were brought up on some of the most amazing stories, Asimov was my favourite. We had a second hand bookstore that we would take the books we had read and he would give us money for them and we could then buy more - that place was my second home lol

    What saddens me today is the number of books being written now under the "scifi" banner but are just plain horror, even the tv channels cannot seem to understand what scifi is, nearly every program is a horror story (I hate horror).

    Just finished reading a free book called Strange Future by Josh Smith and seriously enjoyed a fantastic read, traditional scifi, just my cup of tea :)

    Dark Angelwitch (Surrey)
     
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    As always, I'm late to a party (and I loves me some Science Fiction - how'd I miss this thread?).

    Darkangelwitch: Have you read "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi? Its a very good (IMHO) science fiction book. A very enjoyable read, and humorous. The rest of Scalzi's stuff is very good, also, including his latest "Redshirts."

    I, too, love the 'old" stuff: Asimov, Heinlein (my fave), Bradbury. In the interest of stirring it up, one of my favorite authors is Anne McCaffery with her Dragonriders of Pern series. I know there is much controversy as to whether it's Science Fiction or not - but it's still good nonetheless.

    I just got finished watching the [new] Battlestar Galactica series. I missed it while it was on TV, so I bought the boxed set. I really liked it and recommend it to anyone who hasn't watched it. Although Firefly is my number one favorite, this series ranks rank up there.

    But, I'm more into reading [Science Fiction] than watching movies or TV. So, I'm taking notes in this thread. Lots of good reminders...

    Marilyn

    P.S. And I don't think the iPad's auto-correct likes Science Fiction! This was a hard post to write, what with all the "corrections"! :D
     
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