can all y’all believe it? it’s that time of the year again!

NaBloPoMo timeNational Blog Posting Month.   !yay!

a theme is not necessary, but it has helped me hustle the muse the last couple of years; so a theme it will be again.  I will revisit my nerdly formative years, when I was but a fledging nerdling.  much of what came to pass in those times is encased between these boards:

 

so much nerdery!

read 'em all. some twice.

behold ye my science-fiction bookcases.  the first bookcases I ever owned (we agree that milk crates don’t count, right?).   made of salvaged wood by my-then-not-yet-SO, teh LK.

I grew up reading science-fiction from my dad’s library and continued on my own through the college years – most of these books are from the “golden era” of sci-fi, from the 1930s to the 1960s. in addition  here are the proto-feminists (Joanna Russ, James Tiptree Jr.),  the sublime Ursula K. LeGuin, the is-it-paranoia-if-they-are-actually-out-to-get-you of Philip K. Dick*, the psychedelic visions of Samuel Delaney and Roger Zelazny, and much more.

what there isn’t much of is fantasy; I’m more drawn towards the science part of science-fiction. at least I expect the fictional worlds to be consistent.  there aren’t hardly any books past 1985 or so, about the time I lost interest in sci-fi (or any other fiction, really) and turned almost exclusively to non-fiction.

so my plan for National Blog Posting Month is to stand in front of these dusty shelves and pick up a book each for the next thirty days and write about it – I can’t promise it’d be a random book, but I hope to have some serendipity at play.

* used to have many more books by Philip K. Dick – most are now gracing the bookcases of my nephew M.

NOTE: if you’d like to join in the festivities, all you need to do is post everyday for the month of November.  that’s it.  it is not required, but you are welcome to signup at the official site, NaBloPoMo.  there is a very nifty community there dedicated to daily blogging and there are prizes!

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6 thoughts on “can all y’all believe it? it’s that time of the year again!

  1. Oooooh, I can hardly wait to see what you have!

    My own collection is puny, but I gave up most of my paperbacks when I sold my house and realized there wasn’t enough room in my apartment for all of them. ;_; Philip K. Dick was a must-have however, as were the other writers you mentioned above.

  2. Looks like our bookcases. We merged our two collections in 1981 and have kept adding since. I bought some books from the 50’s and 60’s redonkulously cheap earlier this year.

    SF and mystery are really the only fiction I read — “literary” fiction is sooooo dull.

    I don’t have the oomph to do Nablo this year, I’m afraid. Unless the badges are totally amazingly cute. Maybe.

  3. Mr. sKz still weeps when he remembers how he unintentionally left most of his Asimov collection on the curb in a box. It had been in the trunk of his car for some time during moving and such. For some reason, he thought it was a box of garbage and chunked it on the ground without ever opening it.

    Farewell, Dr. A. Definitely NOT trash.

  4. Yay for NaBloPoMo, and double-yay for NaBloPoMo about Sci-Fi! I burnt myself out on NaBloPoMo a couple years ago and think I better stay away from it this year, with just getting back into the whole blogging thing again after my last giant hiatus. But I’ll be eagerly awaiting your posts about books! :-)

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