Interview with Erik Zidowecki

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Robert Heinlein and Alan Dean Foster. Heinlein fills his worlds with strong, unique characters that are always challenging the normal ideas of society while challenging the reader with new ideas as well. Alan Dean Foster fill his worlds with fascinating characters that explore worlds that have very vivid and unique animals and plants. Both authors entertain, inspire, and engage the reader in their own powerful ways.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite book is "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Robert Heinlein. It is about a rebellion of the moon, which has become a cross between a penal colony and mining corporation. The rebellion gives a brilliant look at the politics of revolution, teaching the reader as it entertains. Plus, it has an awesome character named "Mike", who is a sentient, joke loving computer that makes the rebellion possible. What else could a computer geek want in a book?
What do you read for pleasure?
I read science fiction and fantasy mainly, because they provide endless possibilities for ideas, situations and realities while also being able to teach us about our own society. They entertain, inspire, and make us think.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I actually use a small ipaq pocket PC, from 2002, which I got off ebay for around $35 dollars. It can handle text and mobi books easily, while also allowing me to play some basic games, edit documents and take notes. It is very portable and makes me feel like Nathan Spring in Star Cops with his Box.
Describe your desk
I am mainly a programmer. I love gadgets and I am always shifting what I am thinking about, so my desk is littered with little items, like polyhedral dice, miniatures, sonic screwdrivers (plural) and lots of paper, full sized and small squares, with various notes and numbers for whatever I am working on at the moment. When I really need to concentrate, I light a tea light in a miniature chiminea that sits on an external hard drive.
Published 2014-05-24.
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Books by This Author

Finding Your Way to Languages
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,820. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Language experience approach
A look at six methods used in learning new foreign languages: Audio, Books, Classes, Software, Internet and Immersion. Material includes basic overviews, pros and cons, examples and anecdotes.