Greg has read scifi since he was a kid including Asimov, Herbert, Saberhagen, and Del Rey. Years ago, the idea of a futuristic world reduced to a medieval existence began to bounce around in his head. He also loves slinging code as a software geek, and has written several non-fiction books. He lives in middle Tennessee with his wife and family.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Maybe not the first, but I remember reading The Runaway Robot by Lester Del Rey. I couldn't put it down! When I had to create a book report with a backdrop and everything, I worked HARD to share this with my class. That probably started my hunger for SciFi. And the book wasn't cheap. I can clearly remember the tension, the scenes where I was sad the boy's robot would get lost. And the "hurrahs" when the robot's broken vision was fixed with a "color" bulb (it had B&W at first).
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's tough, but then again, there's only a handful I've read over and over.
* The Foundation Trilogy (okay, that's three, but I'm sticking with it!) * Dune * Dante's Inferno (I'm weird in enjoying this literary classic that had a rhyming translation + notes on exactly who Dante meets in the various circles of Hell) * I, Robot * The Robots of Dawn
These stories not only carry twists, turns, tension, and the other goodies "good" stories need, they're flat out fun to read. And that's the most important thing, right?