Hey everyone, here’s my weekly (sort of) update yet again. Nothing so game related or general update related. Just a little explanation of some of my thoughts upon what exactly some of my favorite literary works are.
First up is a classic Spider Robinson novel based off of the manuscript of some classic Robert Heinlein notes for one Variable Star. The book, while receiving some good, some great, some bad reviews from 2006 until now, is in my mind a fitting tribute to Robert Heinlein and also a fitting addition to the ranks of Spider Robinson’s own novels. It is a modern classic on its own, a healthy mix of space-time continuum and fun filled sojourns across the universe.
Next up is a favorite series of mine dubbed the Incarnations of Immortality series. It was written by Piers Anthony, also writer of the long-running Xanth series of convoluted and odd topics. The books in the series 1-7 are excellent and although an eighth was written back in ’07, nearly two decades after the previous title’s publishing, I do not honestly consider it as a mainstay in the series as quality goes. The series, as with many Anthony novels, is filled with provocative content at times, however it has several interesting concepts and whatnot as well. My particular favorites are books 1-3 and 6- On a Pale Horse, Bearing an Hourglass, With a Tangled Skein, and For Love of Evil. The first deals with the Incarnation of Death, the second Time, third Fate’s three aspects, and the sixth Evil. The mere concept of there being offices of these Aspects is intriguing enough.
Going back to Robert Heinlein, I’ve got several other books (actually his) that are enjoyable reads as well. Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and Assignment in Eternity. And how could one forget the novel that spawned a movie series as well? Starship Troopers was written by the sci-fi master as well, and fared much better than the movie counterparts.
Isaac Asimov also has written several excellent titles over the years as well. Some of the more notable are in fact series that have even had modern feature films created from some of their concepts. The Foundations series has excellent concepts and writing beyond its time, the Robot series- including the titular I, Robot as well as other novels such as The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, The Robots of Dawn, and my favorite Robots and Empire. Other excellent novels and works include The Gods Themselves– another especially favorite title of mine.
Arthur C. Clarke is another favorite of mine and many others, and also of Stanley Kubrick and many movie industry goers- as he is credited with crafting the wonderful tale of a certain space odyssey… He has also written other excellent works I have thoroughly enjoyed such as Rendezvous with Rama, Childhood’s End, 2001-3001: A Space Odyssey, The Garden of Rama, Rama II, The Sands of Mars, The Food of the Gods, and Dog Star.
Along with these titles, I also enjoy pretty much every book and work by Stephen King, Harlan Coben, George RR Martin, Orson Scott Card, Robert Jordan, Ray Bradbury, and much of the (until now) recognized Star Wars expanded universe. Now, here are a few more titles I’ve always enjoyed as well. Might I also mention that HG Wells, Tom Clancy, and pretty much every fictional writer of some sort have written fanciful and realistic writings that I have heartily enjoyed.
The Woods by Harlan Coben, Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster, The Planet that Wasn’t by Isaac Asimov, The Once and Future King by TH White, Mindkiller by Spider Robinson, The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell, The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy, and Ted Dekker’s Circle series.