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Born in Japan to parents stationed there with the U.S. Air Force, I traveled quite a bit early on in life, seeing much of the world. I became a fan of science fiction early on in life when, in gradeschool, the class was given a copy of Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles. As I'm over 50 years old now, this would have been around the time when the Mercury and Apollo space programs were active in the U.S., so an interest in science fiction at that time, even in schools, was just a natural part of the way things were. In one way or another I have been interested in science fiction and, to a lesser extent fantasy, ever since.

My first encounter with science fiction movies, at least the one that made the biggest impression on me, was the original Planet Of The Apes. It remains a favorite of mine to this day. In books, I started out by reading everything I could find by Roger Zelazny, Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert and others. Since then my favorite authors list continues to grow, and these days it is getting to the point where I can barely keep up with them all. Most recnely I am drawn to some of what is passing as "new space opera" as well as many of the currently popular British writers such as Iain M. Banks, Ken MacLeod, Paul McAuley, Alastair Reynolds and others. But there are equally many fine writers from the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere whose work I am fascinated by. I'm of the opinion that there is so much good science fiction being written these days that there is simply no way to read it all.

I currently live in Wisconsin, where it is at times wonderful and at other times painful to be a fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Mike's Reviews:
Robert J. Sawyer's Hominids
Warren Ellis' Orbiter (graphic novel illus. by Colleen Doran)


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