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25 Random Things

I put this list together for Facebook, but thought I’d bring it here as well.  These are 25 random things about me.  Feel free to respond with 25 random things about yourself.

1.  I like the color blue.
2. I have shaken hands with Blaine Yorgason, Russell M. Nelson, Orson Scott Card, Slade Gorton, Vladimir Jan Kohanski, Tim Bachman, George “Pinky” Nelson, and Janis Ian.
3. I once blockaded my door and hid when a jealous husband had left his house with guns on his way to my house. (It was a misunderstanding. I never did or said anything inappropriate to/with his wife.)
4.  I have successfully predicted my last two recorded A1C levels. 
5.  I read the Book of Mormon in two days once (Alma one Thursday, everything else the following Thursday).
6.  I once slid down a snow drift in the Beartooths in Montana in August because I tried to walk across it in flip-flops. 
7.  My great-great grandfather was a founding member of the James-Younger Gang (as in Jesse James).  Google “Arthur C. McCoy”
8.  My grandfather sat in the Montana State Legislature, and was suggested as a candidate for governor.
9. His brother was the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota and was appointed to the United States Senate from Minnesota — the last Republican in that seat until the Reagan Revolution. His name was also Arthur.
10. I’m a Republican in the field of Human Services.  It can be lonely sometimes.
11. I once ran a kid on a bike of the road with my car on purpose as part of my job. 
12. I have never received a speeding ticket.
13. I was a candidate for the Washington State Legislature.  I dropped out before the election.
14. I had a pony tail and goatee for seven years. 
15. I learned how to type on a typewriter (IBM Selectric II).
16. I share a birthday with Marie Osmond, Paul Simon, Sammy Hagar, Chris Carter, Maria Cantwell (one of my U.S. Senators), Mario Bonilla (the younger), Kerry Bloxham, and my cousin’s daughter.
17. I have run a 5k, a 10k and a half-marathon.
18. I once received an email from Douglas Adams.  I also had a link-exchange in our blogs with Orson Scott Card.
19. I didn’t start playing Sudoku until the trip to be with my mother when she died.
20. I like Barry Manilow’s music.  Especially “Weekend in New England.”
21. I have seen the Cassini division from a personal telescope (that didn’t belong to me).
22. I’ve been hit by a car.
23. I have autographed pictures from Heather Locklear and Carmen Thomas.
24. I enjoy building computer systems, especially if I’m installing Linux on them.
25. My domestic abuse website has won several awards over the years, and has seen most of those award sites go down (excepting those built by Dr. John Grohol).

Significant Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels 1953-2002

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club.
Bold the ones you’ve read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

I’ve also added commentary, at no extra charge.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
Liked it.  Read it twice.  Maybe again before I die.  Maybe not.
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
It was okay, but I got bored part-way through.
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
Started it a second time, and just couldn’t do it.  Most complex storyline I can remember.
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
Seriously over-rated. 
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Leguin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
Read to the end of the first section.  Felt betrayed.  Never went back.  Don’t plan to.  Clarke’s not my guy.
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
Dick’s not my guy either.
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury*
Love my Bradbury. 
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
One of my history teachers LOVES this one.  I thought it was okay.  Might be more offended if I was Catholic.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov*
Most of my favorite fiction work by Asimov is his robot series, including the Lije Bailey and R. Daneel Olivaw series.
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
Didn’t hate it.  Won’t ever read it again.  Blish really isn’t my guy.
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
Not sure I finished it.  Don’t get the big deal about Ellison. 
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey*
Loved these at the time.  Don’t think I could do it again. 
22. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card*
Loved this, and the rest of the Enderverse stories. 
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
Dear, God, this was the reading equivalent of crawling over broken glass.  I tried, but I hated the character’s voice.  Never.
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling*
On my third (fourth) time through the earlier books in the series. 
27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams*
Liked this much more the first time than later.  Have I mentioned I got an email from DA after his daughter’s birth?
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
Waited to stop hating the characters.  Didn’t.  Quit.
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
Might have finished it.  Didn’t care about it. 
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein*
One of his better works.  Possibly the best.
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
I like my Tolkein rip-offs a little less flagrant.
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

My honorable mention (use or ignore as you wish, all count as read and loved):
Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, Robert A. Heinlein (My first of his.  Teaches the value of a good education.)
Earth Abides, George R. Stewart (One of the best after-the-disaster novels ever.)
Maps in a Mirror, Orson Scott Card (OSC’s short fiction is amazing.  And, increasingly, rare.  I like almost everything he’s written.)
Alas, Babylon, Pat Frank (Another of the best after-the-nukes novels ever.)
The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury (Bradbury’s short fiction is amazing also, and the connective tissue of the Illustrated Man was the coolest.)
The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury (More Bradbury shorts.)
The Golden Apples of the Sun, Ray Bradbury (Still more Bradbury shorts.)
Tunnel in the Sky, Robert A. Heinlein (Beware the stobor!)
The Cold Equations, Tom Godwin (Hard, hard, hard, powerful story.)
The Puppet Masters, Robert A. Heinlein (early-adult Heinlein, before he got smutty — one of his strongest periods.)
Moscow 2042, Vladimir Voinovich  (not really science fiction, any more than 1984 was, but an excellent satire.)

I’m sure I’m forgetting something important.

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