Ok, I confess, I am still exhibiting avoidance behavior and not finishing the onerous task that I have been procrastinating about for months (yes, I have not finished my taxes!). I did manage to finish my review books although my moderator very kindly extended the deadline on one of them since I was really set back by the migraines this week...can you say psychosomatic influences? I did manage to finish reading about the latest adventures of Midnight Louie and get the review finished but it ruined my almost perfect record of on-time submissions. Enough about that, the latest Mike Shepherd tale of Kris Longknife: Daring was another example of rollicking good space opera. Kris is up to her usual exploits, exploring space and turning preconceived notions on their heads but this time she has a far greater mix of factions openly involved rather than delivering her information second or third-hand through the spy network. There is a bit too much carnage for me in this tale (a frequent problem with space operas) but I enjoyed the self-deprecating humor and the repartee that is characteristic of the princess and her shipmates. I am not quite sure I think that the budding romance is believable but I will withhold judgement right now. My Night Owl Review is at: http://nightowlreviews.com/nor/Reviews/ELF-reviews-Daring-by-Mike-Shepherd.aspx
I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with another excellent sci-fi author, Linnea Sinclair, when she came to town for the Romantic Times Reader's Conference this year and she dismayed me with the statement that females tend not to read science-fiction because they don't think they will understand it. Aaarggh! How do we expect to get ahead in science and technology if half of our population thinks like that? I thought we had made great advances when authors no longer had to pretend they were male (e.g. Andre or Andrew Norton) to get published in the sci-fi field. I began reading Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke in junior high (that will date me since it is an outdated term) and never quit. I admit that I skip over the sections in current novels that are devoted to describing the armament and how much of what was required to blow up what quantity of beings/ships/buildings, etc. but I do that whether I am reading sci-fi or an action adventure tale. It saddens me to think about that vicious cycle...fewer readers means a smaller audience for really good authors which means fewer minds are stimulated to think outside of the box...where will we go from there?