Daily Thoughts 127: Star Trek Continues

Author's selfie Okay, some things are starting to make more sense as I learn more. That’s good!

Cover art for NeuroTribesI finished listening to NeuroTribes! Wow, great book. Life-changing. Heart-breaking at times. I’ve had this book on my radar for quite a while (like so many books) and finally took the time to listen to it. I’m glad I did. I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time. I’m planning to read some other books referenced by Silberman. This is a book everyone could benefit from reading.

Cover art for ConvergenceThere’s a deeper issue in this book too. It is the whole question of how people deal with other people. The xenophobia that apparently runs through so many people is baffling to me. One of my favorite science fiction series is C. J. Cherryh’s Foreigner series. Although it could be called Downton Abbey in space with assassins, it deals with these sorts of fundamental questions about relationships between people who are biologically wired to think and feel differently. It looks at the efforts of people on each side to cross the divide and at least try to understand and get along. Plus they’re just fun books! The new one, Convergence, just came out. I’m reading Visitor now because I hadn’t gotten to it yet. Cherryh approaches similar issues in other books. I also enjoyed CyteenThe Faded Sun series, and many others.

The future of the Federation in Star Trek seems very distant these days with the awful rise in intolerance, hostility, ignorance, and violence that people seem so eager to embrace.

Star Trek Continues

Speaking of Star Trek, I’ve enjoyed Star Trek Continues, the fan made series continuing TOS. The new episode came out recently. I haven’t had time to watch it—but I’m looking forward to finding time to settle in and watch!

It should be fun!

Daily Thoughts 118: Favorite Authors

Cover art for VisitorWho are your favorite authors? Why are they your favorite authors? What is it about their work that you enjoy? When did you start reading books by that author? How has their work changed over the years? Which authors were a favorite but no longer are? Why not?

To reread, or not to reread?

That is the question. With a finite lifespan, as hard as it is to admit it, there is a limit to the number of books you’ll have time to read. Apparently, I can expect to read somewhere in the ballpark of 1,850 books if I live to a ripe old age. Not so many, is it? I easily have more books than that in my house (even more when you count e-books).

Given the facts (limits on how many books I’ll read each year and the number of years I might live), do you spend those limited book dollars on books that you’ve already read before? How many books do you read multiple times?

If I’m going to reread a book, it’ll likely be a favorite book, but not necessarily a favorite author (though often that is the case). Rereading, for me, means reexperiencing the book. Few books are enjoyable solely because of the surprise of the outcome.

Favorite vs. Bestseller

What would you rather have on your book cover, New York Times Bestselling Author or Tom Hiddleston’s Favorite Author?

via GIPHY

If you’re going to ask questions, ask the hard questions!

I don’t much care about the bestseller lists. As I’ve posted before, I’m writing for my own reasons. I’d be far happier hearing that I’m someone’s favorite author (just not a creepy Misery sort of way). It doesn’t have to be Tom Hiddleston, it could be anyone and I’d be just as happy.

Favorite Authors

Who are some of my favorite authors?

  • Kevin J. Anderson
  • Clive Barker
  • Stephen Baxter
  • Terry Brooks
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Octavia Butler
  • C.J. Cherryh
  • Julie E. Czerneda
  • Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Alan Dean Foster
  • Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Peter F. Hamilton
  • Frank Herbert
  • Stephen King
  • Anne McCaffrey
  • Frederik Pohl
  • Tim Powers
  • J. K. Rowling
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Dan Simmons
  • Dean Wesley Smith
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Karen Traviss
  • Sarah Zettel

That’s just looking around at books on my shelves. It’s a fairly small group, and not at all including everyone that I really enjoy. I may have missed some favorites. Even among my favorites, there are different degrees. Some authors, I’ll preorder the hardcover, might end up with paperbacks, e-books, and different editions (e.g., now collecting the illustrated editions of Rowling’s Potter series). Like classic Nintendo games, I find myself buying favorites more than once. I’ll buy copies to give as gifts. I’ll suggest them to other people.

I’d rather write books that people keep close and reread. Popular or not.

Daily Thoughts

Author's self-portrait The day started out dark and stormy. Xander and I went out to take a walk this morning and quickly turned back. Later, after the weather improved, we went out again and took a walk when it wasn’t so stormy and wasn’t raining.

Rest Day

Cover art for Suicide SquadI took today as a rest day. I played StarCraft II with Xander watching. I actually took a nap at one point. And Kate and I finally took some time to watch Suicide Squad, the extended edition. We hadn’t been able to find the time until now. It follows on the heels of Batman vs. Superman and sets up another link to the upcoming Justice League movie. I enjoyed the movie. This new line of DC movies is dark (I still prefer the CW TV series), but I’m enjoying this take on the characters too. The movie had a slower pace than I’d expected, and I haven’t enjoyed this series as much as the Marvel movies.

Cover art for Chanur's HomecomingI also finished The Kif Strike Back by C.J. Cherryh (one of my favorite series in her universe), and plan to start Chanur’s Homecoming next. The cover on this one is by Michael Whelan, known for many science fiction and fantasy covers, and one of my favorite illustrators. So many terrific books have Whelan covers! Yet another example of the sort of covers that I’d like to see on my own books (except I want to do my own illustrations). I don’t know if I’ll ever be that good, but just as with my writing, I plan to keep trying.

Writing/Art Progress

I posted my story The Light of Another Star earlier and wrote this post. Other than that I didn’t practice writing or drawing. I spent some time working on my Trello board for next semester, adding the details from the syllabi. That was the most productive thing I did today. It was apparently a day when I needed to rest.

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