The last time I updated you on my reading, I was trying to find 2001: A Space Odyssey, the novelization written by Arthur C. Clarke of the movie written by Clarke and Stanley Kubrick, that I had misplaced either in our car or at the library where I work. I also was planning on starting The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows and How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown. Since then, I haven’t found 2001 in either of those places, so tonight I checked out a copy of the book from the library, interestingly (well, at least to me) the same edition as I had.
I didn’t get a chance to start the Shaffer and Barrows book, so for now I’m going to put that on hold and return to it another time. However, I’m about halfway through the book about the death of Pluto, which means I’m now reading two books about the final frontier. I didn’t plan it that way, but it just sort of happened.
It made me think of two questions to ask you all out there: first, has that ever happened to you where things you’re reading collide unexpectedly? I’m not talking about reading for a class or planning on reading books on the same subject. I’m talking about when you suddenly realize that what you’re reading or maybe what you’re watching on TV coincide and you didn’t plan it?
Second, what are your favorite books about space, either fiction or nonfiction? Immediately, what came to mind was The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov. On the nonfiction front, I think of A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. I also remember reading several collections of short stories by Asimov as a teenager. Besides Asimov and Hawking, I think of Orson Scott Card, especially Ender’s Game. I’m sure if I sat and thought about it a little more, I could come up with a list of 20 or so, but I really want to get back to reading the Clarke and Brown books tonight. I’ll leave you to making your own lists here in the comments.