jb wrote:I can't bear to read anything by Orson Scott Card, since I found out he's a raving lunatic asshole.
How the hell did I miss this thread! I would have been posting the hell out of it. Well, all the better for y'all that I didn't.
Anyway, I just finished "Ender's Game" because everyone has said it's the greatest science fiction novel EVER or some such nonsense. It WASN'T. In fact, it wasn't even very good. Kind of compelling, but great? Come on! Plus I also read he's a Mormon fanatic, so that put me off, and made me question throughout if he had some homophobic allegorical meaning to the evil aliens being called "buggers". Big disappointment.
FINALLY reading Iasimov's "Foundation". Dense as dark chocolate, but fascinating.
Has anyone ever heard of Fredric Brown? He was a b-level science fiction writer, most famous for a Star Trek episode called "Arena" (Kirk makes a cannon out of native materials in a fight with a lizard man), but his best work is a series of quirky, funny O Henry-like short stories and novels, my favorite being a comic novel called "Martians Go Home" which I'm currently re-reading. Any Fredric Brown fans out there and you're my instant best friend.