What I'm Reading on my eReader

What I'm reading on my Nook...the next in one of my favorite series, Dies the Fire from S.M. Stirling.

Of course, the only problem was that I was supposed to have a 30% discount on that book purchase but I don't think it took! I'll have to streamline my online purchases. Maybe it will be an opportunity for a ebook return?

Anyways, I also have a selection of Baen FREE Sci-Fi ebooks downloaded. I've already re-read all the Andre Norton books--a colleague didn't know that the famous Andre Norton was actually "Alice Andre Norton" so it was a surprise for him to discover that bit of trivia.
Andre Alice Norton, née Alice Mary Norton (b. February 17, 1912 in Cleveland, Ohio – d. March 17, 2005) was an American science fictionand fantasy author (with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction) under the noms de plume Andre Norton, Andrew Northand Allen Weston. Norton published her first novel in 1934, and was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from theWorld Science Fiction Society in 1977, and won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the SFWA in 1983. Often called the Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy by biographers such as J.M Cornwell[3] and organizations such as Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America[4],Publishers Weekly[5], and Time, Andre Norton wrote novels for over 70 years.

Safe to say that Alice Mary Norton spent a lot of time as a librarian in Cleveland, as well as an author. It's inspiring to read her story and share that story with my daughter, who is a budding fiction writer. I hope that I will be able to find at least half of her novels in eBook format, since reading her work is like taking a trip down memory lane. It's hard to imagine someone writing gritty, hard-hitting fiction that transports you to another world, galaxy or universe, but Andre Norton did it again and again. Though I have many favorites, the adventures of Ross Murdock (The Time Traders, Defiant Agents) always caught my eye...also Star Man's Son, The Beastmaster are some others that I'd love to see again.
Alice "Andre" Norton

 One of the ones I remember that clued me in--when I was young--was Janus. I had no idea about the etymological origins of Janus (January), and all that, so it piqued my curiosity and got me looking. I remember thinking, "What a weird book!" It may have been my first Andre Norton book, first introduction to her writing style.

What's so much fun to think about is that if she wrote for 70 years, I've only read a fraction of her books! Most were out of print before and old before I ever got out of high school (1986)...or at least, I like to think so!

Another favorite author of mine from long ago is James P. Hogan, though to be honest, I have only read ONE--and have it in my print library--of his books, The Genesis Machine. This book, like another favorite by Thomas Ryan, The Adolescence of P1 (1977) caught my attention. Both involve making technology do things. It's a book I haven't read for many years, or even seen a copy of, but I'm hoping to purchase it in ebook format.
It features a hacker who creates an artificial intelligence named P-1, which goes rogue and takes over computers in its desire to survive and seek out its creator. The book questions the value of human life, and what it means to be human. (Source)

Great stuff.

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blognoxious said…
First off... great reading! Second off... what do you mean you've only read ONE James P. Hogan book?!? You are missing out on some really great reads! He truly is someone who put science back into SF. Try the Giants trilogy (which is now up to five books I think, so that makes it a pentology I guess!). It's mystery, SF, debates of origins of human life, and just plain fun to read!

Last off... glad to know people still read books, even if they are on e-readers! :-D

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