In addition to my blog bender, I’m on a bit of sci-fi bender of late. I’ve always liked sci-fi. For the longest time Star Wars was my favorite movie and it was only dethroned by another sci-fi flick (Serenity). But I’m a casual sci-fi fan. While I’ve watched Star Trek, I’m hardly a Trekkie. And my reading list of sci-fi is fairly short. Until this weekend I had never read Orson Scott Card, and I’ve read nothing but short stories by some of the masters like Isaac Asimov.
But I do enjoy the genre. Specifically, I love space stories (Star Wars, Serenity, etc.) and post-apocalyptic fiction (Mad Max: The Road Warrior). I find something tremendously captivating about these stories, both the realism of a future in space and the harsh reality of a world gone wrong in a post-apocalyptic era. I can’t put my finger on it, but I love those stories.
So during my trip I dove in and picked up the recent Pulitzer prize-winning The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It’s a bit surprising to see a post-apocalyptic novel win a Pulitzer, and even more surprising to see Oprah give it her stamp of approval. I picked it up at the airport in Minneapolis and finished it in less than a day. I also picked up Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game while hanging out at Downtown Disney trying to kill an afternoon. After a late night of reading I finished that one before even leaving Los Angeles.
Two sci-fi books in a weekend, and I feel like I’m just whetting my appetite. I’m not sure if this means my next novel is going to be sci-fi (a grand departure, for sure), of if I’m just exploring something for fun.