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I thought I'd start another thread within this one. "What did you know and when did you know it?"
When did all of you start reading science fiction, at what age and not necessarily the year?
In my case, I broke my lower leg at the beginning of the summer between grade school and high school (1953). I couldn't do any of the normal things, so I walked to the bus stop on my crutches, transferred to another bus to get to the library, and started reading juvenile SF. I would get 6 or 8 books and take them home under my arms (between my arms and the crutches). I started out taking three days to read the books, but later was finishing them by the next day. I soon read the entire lot on the shelves and graduated to the hard core of SF. I read all of that as well. I then took to bringing several books to the librarian at the desk and showed her the lists of "other books by Doubleday" and asked her if she could order these books from some other library. She did. She did this many times. One day (toward the end of the summer), she started quizing me about the plot and characters of several of the books I had just returned, thinking that I was not really reading them. I knew the plots and main characters. She kept ordering more books until the end of the summer and my starting high school. Let me tell you, the ability to read fast and retain the information for extended amount of time sure helped me in my education career. Wish I could read that fast now, or even retain it for half of the old time.
Wish I could read that fast now, or even retain it for half of the old time.
Me too. I started reading "real books" when I was 3 1/2, adventure stories mostly, and then graduated to science fiction at 5 - my dad made sure I started with Asimov of course, I skipped all the juvenile stuff, the first book was "I, Robot" which I read around 1964ish. I then rapidly consumed all his robot books and the the Foundation stuff and just about everything he had written by then. Heinlein and deCamp followed. I first met the Stainless steel rat by Harry Harrison around the mid eighties when they came out in paperback - and I've never looked back.
I wrote my first [fiction] book in 1975ish but it was never published, 35 years later I tried to give it another go but haven't got past basic plot planning, and re-planning, and re-planning, and.... ho hum, one day maybe.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
My Dad had shelves full of the original SF pulps - and I started reading them almost as soon as I could read at all.
My problem is that I can never remember which authors wrote what (which is great if I want to re-read a story!)
Best Authors? I loved Asimov's robot series most of all (mainly because Dad was a Cybernetic Engineer I think) I adored Stanislaw Lem's short stories. Iain M Banks probably tops my list - I shed a tear when he died.
these days I go to the library, and just grab SF books I don't recognise off the shelf (they are kind enough to stick a 'planet' sticker on them in my local library) and read 'em.
I also listen to audio books in the car while commuting - but the choice is severely limited (indeed the one I am listening to now has a narrator with a speech impediment (or really bad false teeth))
Not Quite a Programming Question, so I'm asking in the forum that has the most eyes. If I should move it elsewhere, please let me know kindly.
I have an article I'd like to write out and post, about a database toolkit. I haven't done so because I still use Visual Studio 2008: our codebase is exclusively in VS 2008, it works well, and my company has seen no need to spend thousands of dollars to upgrade. Worth doing, or is VS 2008 too outdated for such an article to be taken seriously?