Friday, February 26, 2016

Follow Friday - The Youngest Sole Roman Emperor Gordian II Was Killed in 244 A.D.

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the Featured Blogger of the week - Read All the Things.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: Ten Reasons You Read Your Favorite Genre.

My favorite genre is definitely science fiction, with fantasy sitting in position as a close second.
  1. Spaceships. I love spaceships and everything about stories about sapceships. From massive generation ships that take thousands of years to travel the vast distances between the stars to faster-than-light battleships of the sky, if you have a spaceship in your book, that's a good way to get me hooked on it.
  2. The sense of wonder engendered by characters trying to figure out big dumb objects. There are so many stories like Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama where the characters are confronted by the unknown, and have to try to understand it.
  3. Space. I also love space. I almost feel cold when I am reading a story set in space. Unless the story takes place near a star, then the story feels hot.
  4. Science fiction allows authors to take on social and political topics that would normally be almost too controversial to address by using genre tropes as a metaphor.
  5. Science fiction explores what might have happened if the past had been just a little bit different. What if Babbage's difference engine had been built? What if dinosaurs had had an advanced technological society that sent astronauts into space millions of years ago? What if there was a parallel universe in which Neanderthals became the dominant hominid?
  6. Science fiction explores the effects that technology might have on human society. What would happen if there were people who actually were telepaths? What would happen if humans could teleport? How would banking work if humans had colonies scattered across star systems?
  7. Aliens. Science fiction often asks how an alien intelligence would regard humanity. Suppose aliens found humans to be incredibly foolhardy in the way we develop technology? Suppose aliens found humans to be unacceptably violent? Suppose, as in James Blish's novel A Case of Conscience, aliens had no concept of God or anything relating to beliefs like the afterlife?
  8. Cyberpunk. All the way back to books like Samuel R. Delany's Nova (and before then), science fiction authors have been examining what will happen to humanity as society becomes increasingly affected by mechanization and computerization.
  9. Ursula K. Le Guin. Even if I didn't have any other reasons to like science fiction, I would read the genre simply because of her writing.
  10. Jetpacks.

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