Friday, June 19, 2009

Pebble in the Sky

With the excruciating commute to Rhode Island every day, I have once again taken up listening to books on tape to make those 3-4 hours a day more tolerable. This week I "read" Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov. I loved it. This is not really a surprise. I have loved every Asimov book I have ever read and I have read many of them. The Foundation series were some of the first science fiction books I ever read and because of their brilliant introduction into the genre I have been a fan ever since. Books, movies, television series … I love them all. Star Trek is one of the only shows I remember watching with any regularity growing up and even now, if I am channel surfing and notice any of its iterations I stop and watch. Don't get me wrong, I am not one of those people that know all the workings of the Enterprise or can speak Klingon but I am a fan. Always have been, always will be. My love of science fiction is perhaps why I harbored the dream of becoming an astronaut until the age of 19 when I realized that, while I was good at math, I was not skilled enough to get through my aerodynamics classes. It was a sad, dream crushing day. Though all that dreaming was not without its benefits … I had the opportunity to intern at the National Air and Space Museum and go into their archives and see the collection that is not on display to the public, I have flown a plane, and I have met Gene Cernan (the last man on the moon). Alas, I ramble. The purpose of this post was to tell you of my adventure in the Hingham Public Library and my excitement that they had the first book of Asimov's Galactic Empire series on CD. Brilliant! It turned the commute into a little slice of science fiction heaven this week. I'm headed back to the library to find something new for next week … what will it be, oh what will it be? A side note on the library experience: I wish that they would organize their audiobook collection by genre and then by author within that genre. It would be easier to navigate. Just sayin'.

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