Borrowed Bookmeme, Part Two

Since the Borrowed Bookmeme is all about Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, I’d like us all to imagine that Majel Barrett, voice of the Computer on Star Trek, has just said, “Last time on The Electronic Replicant…” Then imagine that there were scenes of aliens making threats, scenes of Data, Beverly and Troi looking perplexed, some explosions, a clip of Worf and Riker each getting punched in the face, scenes of Jean Luc Picard grimly giving commands, many more explosions, and then the words, “And now, the conclusion.”

Hard SF or Space Opera?
Both have their merits. On one hand, I enjoy the way that Hard SF will present an idea and then explore it to its end, or at least ask what effects the idea may have on the future of humanity. On the other hand, it often lacks the space fleets and grandiose heroics which are the hallmarks of Space Opera. On the other, other hand, Space Opera overlaps with something that I call “Space Fantasy,” which is basically High Fantasy costumed in technology.
Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Each is like a box of chocolates. An anthology is like a sampler. You’ve got nutty, chewy, crunchy, plain, and what have you. You’ve also got a good chance of finding something that tastes like soap or maybe toothpaste. But the important thing is that you’ve got a variety of flavors and textures. A collection is like a box of truffles, or caramels, or bonbons, or what have you. If you happen to like that sort of candy, it’s great. On the other hand, if you get a box of soap nuggets, that’s not so great. Then again, if you already knew you didn’t like soap nuggets, why would you buy a box of them in the first place?
Hugo or Nebula?
Sure. They’re both good.
Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?
I find the Golden Age stuff fun to read.
Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Tidy ending. There’s nothing worse than drudging through a mediocre novel only to reach a cliffhanger.
Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
I do most of my reading in the afternoon on my lunch break.
Standalone or Series?
I’ve nothing against a good series as long as it’s a good series, and as long as the author doesn’t get bored halfway through and begin to mechanically churn out content because he’s under contract for five more books.
Urban fantasy or high fantasy?
To be honest, I’ve never heard of Urban Fantasy before. It’s apparently any sort of fantasy that takes place in an urban setting that is important to the story. Something like Perdido Street Station would fit this definition. Or possibly even the manga Big O with its City of Amnesia. However, I think I prefer High Fantasy’s boundless adventure over politics and intrigue in thieves’ dens.
New or used?
There’s nothing wrong with a gently used book. In fact, older editions often have a certain charm about themselves, whether it’s from the cheesy cover art, or the dated typefaces inside. (Futura? Really?)
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
My most favorite obscure SF book is The Ring of Charon, a story about a scientist who builds a black hole and awakens an ancient race of cybernetic aliens.
Top X favorite genre books read last year? (Where X is 5 or less)
Is it true that I’ve read less than five genre books this year? Apparently! Here they are, sorted by likelihood that I’d read them again:

  1. Magic Kingdom For Sale– Sold!
  2. Mona Lisa Overdrive
  3. Snow Crash
  4. Spook Country
  5. Perdido Street Station
Top X favorite genre books of all time? (Where X is 5 or less)
Since I see that the next question is about series, I’ll change my usual answers just a bit.

  • The Diamond Age or A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer
  • Neuromancer
  • Ringworld
  • Diaspora
  • The Complete Robot (Asimov collection)
X favorite genre series? (Where X is 5 or less)
In randomized order, they are:

  • Middle Earth (Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion)
  • Night’s Dawn (Reality Dysfunction, Neutronium Alchemist, Naked God)
  • Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion
  • Greatwinter
Top X favorite genre short stories? (Where X is 5 or less)
Gosh, I’ve read so many that I can’t remember them all, much less their titles. Do you mind if I save this one for another time?

Phew, that was a long one!

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