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Science fiction is, perhaps, the most important part of myself. The very first genre of literature I ever read and the one occupying the most space in my bookcase!
Science fiction

Of time, space and the boy...

Science fiction has always meant a lot to me. One of my first books, as a little boy was Jules Verne's "Mysterious Island". That was my initiation to the world of science fiction. After another 30 of his books, it was time to move on.

The next stop in my way in the science fiction paths was H.G. Wells, and his classic work, "The Time Machine". I borrowed that book from the local library without knowing anything about it! After two months, five reads, three renewals and numerous calls from the librarians, I had to return it! At the same time, my father, seeing how much I had liked the book, remembered seeing a movie with the same title, and managed to find it in the local video club! Needless to mention, the videotape followed the paths of the book, and was returned long overdue.

At the same time, my affection also included Star Trek movies taped on video. These tapes really must have reached the end of their mechanical life, as they have been played for over 200 times each! Having nothing else to watch in science-fiction-illiterate Greece of the late 80s, these tapes were my only escape. Now, I know every dialogue and every scene of the first six theatrical episodes of Star Trek by heart. Concurrently, I was scarcely reading short novels at my favorite home computer magazine, Pixel.

As time went by, science fiction was, very slowly, getting into Greece of the early 90s. Then it was the time of "Next Generation" episodes shown on TV, along with "Babylon 5". That was one of my best times, in matters of science fiction fulfillment! Just about then, I started reading some anthologies, which initiated me to the world of "serious" science fiction. Then it was that I was introduced to the works of some of the most prominent writers: Isaac Asimov, Arthur Clarke, James Bliss, John Ballard, Philip Dick, Norman Spinrad, Keith Lawmer, Robert Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Murray Leinster, James Tiptree, to name but a few.

The road had been paved, and it was time to move to the classic works of the genre. The first to go was Asimov's "Foundation" series, which I again found in an old book review, in my favorite magazine, Pixel, at a time when I was indexing old issues. The whole six books went in ten days.

After that, the process has been more of instinctive. I read science fiction regularly, and my bookcase gets more crowded with each passing day!

Here are some of the best works I have read:

The eternal now Murray Leinster
Timetrap Keith Lawmer
By his bootstraps Robert Heinlein
Surface tension James Blish
Target generation Clifford D. Simak
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur Clarke
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes
Schroedinger's kitten George Alec Effinger
Journals of the plague years Norman Spinrad
Nightfall Isaac Asimov
The windows of heaven John Brunner
All you zombies Robert Heinlein
For a breath I tarry Roger Zelazny
Songs of distant Earth Arthur Clarke
The man who loved the Faioli Roger Zelazny



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