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    Found it!
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    Why? Because it's there.

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    How odd and fun. I wonder what happened to the cookie molds. Collector's item!
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    I've read a few of these books. I've got several by Ray Cummings.
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    Going down this list a couple of things stand out.

    Titles that I've read but at the time, didn't consider were science fiction - in the conventional sense.

    How many science fiction authors who's works I've yet to read.

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    I look at lists like these and I'm horrified! I don't have enough of a lifetime to read everything!!! :D

    With new technology (the iPad, e-ink readers), I've gone from not having enough books to read (can only check so many out of the library - and I read fast!) - to having such a huge selection to choose from that I have too much to read.

    My - but I am so thrilled to have this problem. :)

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    A fabulous problem. I know so many people who consider reading ( or the time expended to read ) a luxury. I'm sad for them.

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    I agree, there are too many people who never experience the joy of reading for pleasure. To them, reading is a chore to be undertaken only when unavoidable.
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    On march 31st, 1951, the first commercial computer, Univac 1,was delivered to the US census bureau.
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    I love to read, so can't imagine losing that pleasure. But I'm not a sporty or outdoorsy person, and I'm sure there are people who couldn't imagine their lives without sports or outdoors pursuits, either. I figure we all love different things and there's no need to feel sorry for people who like something else.
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    I enjoy the outdoors and like how my mind moves with, and sometimes without me, on those sojourns.

    When I read - another compartment of my mind is opened and takes me places that I know I'll never experience in real life. Yet it feels real because the story being told comes to life in my imagination.

    Two very different experiences.

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    I seriously do not know what it would be like not to read, I am addicted to reading books and letting my mind disappear into the imagination of the writer, it's how I wind down from stress days at work and completely relax :)

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    ATTENTION:SPOILER ALERT.
    I remember this movie. Especially chilling was the discovery that the soviets had their own computer run defence system,then the two computers got together and decided among themselves how mankind should live.
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    I read mostly nonfiction, and I'm hoping that the writers of my books aren't using their imaginations, lol.

    Even when I read fiction, I prefer to learn stuff, so I tend to read classics or historical fiction.
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    My work is soaked in reality - more than I'd like some days so fiction - science, fantasy, action thrillers etc., - is a tonic.

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    Have always thought that good scifi happens when ordinary reality is taken as read but something is tweaked...

    Whoops, sent but not done yet:)

    ...as in The Triffids, Death of Grass.

    And that goes for stories where the "ordinary reality" of the time / place isn't one we are familiar with but is for the story. If that makes sense?:)

    I am just starting again on the Azimov Elijah trilogy, the first being "Caves of Steel". Must have read all the Azimovs 20 times but they never pall or date.

    And he, like AC Clarke, often got his predictions spot on, didn't he? The robotic news now feels like déjà vue! Amazing.
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    That too. Time travel is one of my favourite tweaks.

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    Oh, time travel! One of my favorite tropes! I always like to see how authors treat time travel. If they do it well, I like following the twisted paths. I also like alternate universe stories, for the same reasons.

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    I abandoned Stephen King a long time ago because he always skirted sci fi but never hit the nail on the head.

    But he got my money with the recent 11/22/63.
    Time travel is key in this yarn,

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