Visions of Paradise

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

SF Signal Meme:

I don’t usually play along with these things, but this one is irresistible.

Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
Science Fiction

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
Trade paperback

Heinlein or Asimov?

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Brick and Mortar

Barnes & Noble or Borders?

Hitchhiker or Discworld?
Never read either (I’m not big on humorous sf)

Bookmark or Dogear?
Bookmark! Dogear is blasphemous

Magazine: Asimov's Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?

Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?
By author

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
Keep (unless I did not like it, then give away)

Year's Best Science Fiction series (edited by Gardner Dozois) or Years Best SF series (edited by David G. Hartwell)?

Keep dustjacket or toss it?

Read with dustjacket or remove it?
Remove it

Short story or novel?

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter by default; never read Lemony Snicket

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Chapter breaks

"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
“It was a dark and stormy night”

Buy or Borrow?

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
Book Reviews

Lewis or Tolkien?

Hard SF or Space Opera?
Space opera (the modern definition; NOT the Tucker definition)

Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?

Hugo or Nebula?

Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?
New Wave; I’m a child of the 60s

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Tidy ending

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
Nighttime reading primarily

Standalone or Series?

Urban fantasy or high fantasy?
Historical fantasy

New or used?

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
A Dream of Scipio

Top X favorite genre books read last year? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. Resplendent, by Stephen Baxter
2. Seeker, by Jack McDevitt
3. Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson
4. Revelation Space / Redemption Ark / Absolution Gap, by Alastair Reynolds

Top X favorite genre books of all time? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. Brittle Innings, by Michael Bishop
2. The Fall of Hyperion, by Dan Simmons
3. Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny
4. Gateway, by Clifford D. Simak
5. The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester

X favorite genre series? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. Darkover, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
2. Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
3. Polesotechnic League, by Poul Anderson
4. Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Top X favorite genre short stories? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. Her Habiline Husband, by Michael Bishop
2. The Girl Who Was Plugged In, by James Tiptree, Jr.
3. Lines of Power, by Samuel R. Delany
4. The Last Castle, by Jack Vance
5. A Rose for Ecclesiastes, by Roger Zelazny


  • I love reading people's responses to the "Top X" questions. Looks like I need to read some Michael Bishop. And Dream of Scipio sounds cool, too.

    John D.
    SF Signal

    By Blogger John, At 9:00 PM  

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