Science Fiction & Godlessness

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The first love of my life was Ray Bradbury. Prior to that I had spent years (of childhood) reading the classics, including HG Wells, Huxley, Orwell. Then I stumbled onto "The Illustrated Man" and I was lost. I roamed The Veldt, I lived the Martian Chronicles, I drank Dandelion Wine while reveling in my new tennis shoes and avoiding the firemen. I skipped from young love to my tween years where I grokked Heinlein and hunted with Zimmerman Bradley. I roamed Sanctuary and rode the Dragons of Pern. When I became old enough to have a lasting relationship, it was with Isaac Asimov and Kurt Vonnegut.

There has never been a time that I have not opened a book and not voraciously consumed it...but some vintages are better than others.

Kymmacg 7 Apr 13
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When I was very young I always spent my library time looking for more advanced non fiction books than I had access to in class - anatomy and archeology were my obsessions. Then a kind and insightful librarian insisted that I try some fiction - A Wrinkle in Time and Island of the Blue Dolphins. This changed my life for the better - I started in on Lovecraft, Asimov, Bradbury, and LeGuin. I got closer to my dad through discussing the Dune novels - they took the place that the Bible had in my friends houses, we would open and read a page at random to gain insight to a problem, we would read passages to each other at the dinner table and argue philosophical points or questions of culture or ethics. As a teen, Vonnegut and Burgess and Lem gave us arenas in which we could debate and disagree but still relate and know we shared common values. Douglas Adams and Terry Prachert kept me going through depression, alienation, and heartbreak. I would be lost without Science Fiction, it’s been one of the greatest joys of my life. Now I love to listen to audio books with my child - Margret Atwood, David Wong, Robert Asprin, and John Scalzi keep us laughing & talking & connected through ups & downs. Excited to have you new secular friends to share this with. ?