[LMB] Re: Poll
Paula S. Sanch
tygerbryght at myrealbox.com
Mon, 16 Dec 2002 00:44:49 -0600
> ... I think I
>finally read a few pages and got sucked in by the
>quality of the writing. Then I had to have them all.
>One of the benefits of coming late to a series is that
>I was able to buy all the books that had been
>published and settle down for a weekend of serious
Like most of the 'old-timers' here, I've posted on this topic
zillions of times; this is a perennially favorite thread. I
happened across my first SF in the 7th grade, reading my
way through the H.S. library (I was a Student Librarian
Assistant for five of six years through jr. high & H.S.).
I was instantly enthralled. That year, while my mother
was sick, it was a great escape. The next school year,
which started off with a bang with my mother dying on
Sept 13th, SF was my refuge.
I first encountered Lois in Analog. To the best of my
recollection, I wasn't aware of the novels until after
Falling Free was serialized. However, it didn't take me
long then to get what was then in print. I also recommended
the books *immediately* to my SF-reading friends, all
(3) of whom had exactly the same reaction as mine.
I found the list by doing a web search, which led me to
Mike's webpage, where I read about it and promptly
joined. That was, I'm reasonably sure, in November
of 1995. It may seem uncharacteristic, but I waited
several months before posting. Of course, it was my
first (real) maillist. My only previous experience had
been with the SF Lovers Digest, back in the 1980s.
I didn't post much there - maybe 3 or 4 posts per year,
so it was something of a habit. :)
> ... To Non-SF readers I say, "This is just a
>great book. Don't even worry about what category it's
>in. If you don't like it after 2 chapters, I'll never
>bring it up again". They are sometimes willing to
>consider more SF recommendations after reading LMB,
>but since there are a very limited number of authors
>of her caliber, they drift back to their regular
>genres. I've never personally converted anyone to a
>love of SF based on LMB alone.
I usually recommend Mary Doria Russell in (almost) the
same breath as Lois. They are both excellent writers, with
characterization their strongest points (and both light years
ahead of everyone else in the genre of whom I'm aware),
and highly visual. They got there from different starting
points, however. As we all know, Lois learned from Sayers,
Heyer, etc. Mary learned from Dorothy Dunnett, and still
worships at that shrine. :)
My most recent "Try 'em, you'll like 'em" was directed at
the radiology tech last month who did my mammogram.