I spent the last month of 2010 reading….wait for it….keep waiting…..ok, I’ll tell ya — science fiction. *gasp* I know, right?? Not exactly the words you would ever expect to hear come out of the mouth of this romance/mystery/chick lit/food writing/travel memoir lover. But as I’ve mentioned before, sometimes certain books just find their way to you when you need them most. I needed something different. Refreshing. Unique. Enter the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre.
Let me say, in the interest of full disclosure, that some may not consider these books “sci-fi”. But they take place on foreign planets, in space itself, and in spacecrafts. Wars rage. Jax (a heroine who kicks much ass, I might add) literally jumps through space, navigating from beacon to beacon, while linked in with her pilot March (the dark, brooding hero that you can’t help but love.) And I’ve gotta say….if these aren’t sci-fi, with a healthy dollop of romance thrown in, of course, then I’m not quite certain what is.
Which is exactly why I’ve decided to participate in the newest experience (Isn’t that word lovely? Induces much less pressure than ‘challenge’, I believe) being hosted by the fantastic Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings. All you have to do is sign up, read some sci-fi, and talk about if you’d like. No need to read a certain amount of books — just between now and the end of the February, treat yourself to some good books. That’s my kind of deal.
I adored Grimspace, Wanderlust and Doubleblind, and will be delving into the fourth Jax novel just as soon as I get my hot little hands on it. And I have no doubt that I’ll enjoy it enormously. But what I want to know is – will I enjoy titles that may be considered more mainstream sci-fi? When you take away the lusty bits (as my friend Lusty Reader so aptly calls them), will I still enjoy the essence of the science fiction experience? That’s the big question. And if, as I hope it is, the answer is a resounding yes, then I’m looking forward to having a vast new selection of books to partake in!
So, fellow Sci-Fi Experience readers, do you have any suggestions as to which direction I should take? Any particular titles or authors that might be good beginning efforts for a self-proclaimed sci-fi virgin like myself? 🙂