Three days into the New Year, and I have managed 5.5 pages. The thing tripping me up with writing is the layout of the Bazaar the character is walking through. Instead of writing, a hour or so was spent drawing the main city layout to see where the main pathways cut through the market. But, once that is clarified, I am finally at the point where the story can flow on easily.
The rest of this post is digressive, but please indulge me =)
As mentioned in my previous post, I am trying to get some different genres in my reading. When it comes to science fiction, it seems that I am highly biased towards Philip K Dick. I was fascinated by the ‘Total Recall’ movie when I was younger, and that moved to ‘Blade Runner’ and my later buying a five volume collection of his short stories. That also influenced my picking up a three-book series by Joel Shepherd, focused on a character named Cassandra Kresnov. The three books in their order are ‘Crossover’, ‘Breakaway’ and ‘Killswitch’. If you are a fan of the Blade Runner dystopian feel, the series keeps it well as well as mixing in an Asian feel.
I searched the international network for some suggestions. I found some stories by authors previously read, new authors who have won numerous awards, some well-known authors, and some that sound interesting.
As I am allowed to buy one book a month (once I have a job), below is the current list of 12 books I plan to procure and read:
‘He Walked Among Us’ by Norman Spinrad (I read another book of his called ‘The Druid King’, which followed the life of Vercingetorix. All who have read the ‘Asterix’ series would know who that is.)
‘Cosmonaut Keep’ by Ken MacLeod
‘Dark Light’ by Ken MacLeod
‘Engine City’ by Ken MacLeod
‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline (the 2012 Prometheus Award winning novel)
‘Glasshouse’ by Charles Stross (the 2007 Prometheus Award winning novel)
‘Cybernetic Samurai’ by Victor Milan (The 1986 Prometheus Award winning novel. As the Tokugawa Shogunate played a supporting role in my ‘Mune and Mura’ short story, this tickled my fancy.)
‘Cybernetic Shogun’ by Victor Milan (The sequel to the above.)
The books below are separate stories, but they are paired up in books called ‘Fractions’ and ‘Divisions’. So, I can cheat and get 2 books for the price of 1. Huzzah!
‘The Star Fraction’ by Ken MacLeod
‘The Stone Canal’ by Ken MacLeod
‘The Cassini Division’ by Ken MacLeod
‘The Sky Road’ by Ken MacLeod
Any person who reads my blogs who are well-read in the sci-fi genre, I would love some suggestions for any titles they’ve read that were written in the last 10-25 years. When 7 of 12 books are by one author, a bit more variety may be needed =)