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Astounding World of Science Fiction

There have been a few comments on the site the past couple of weeks that reminded me of something that I wanted to post about when I started this weekend gig–science fiction. I know that we have had our share of Star Wars vs Star Trek debates, and I am sure there will be more such entertainment to come. And sci-fi is of course not just movies and television, but also the written word, science fiction books and stories from days gone by.

As an enjoyer of the genre, in pretty much all forms, one of the post topics I had considered was to occasionally pick a book from my semi-extensive collection and do a little write-up on it. A sort of book report, the likes of which I haven’t really done since grade school, although many of those books were much less pleasant to wade through. There are some sci-fi books out there I think are outstanding, and I’d like to share them with you, as well as hopefully stimulate some discussion and discover some new books myself!

The question then I found myself asking, as a new contributor here to AT, was that of relevance. Toasters has a personality, a theme, a purpose for existence if you will, and as someone coming in to add to it I want to maintain that focus on celebrating obsolete technology, on discovering and expanding our knowledge of some of the roads less traveled along our journey’s of technological development. So does sci-fi literature fit into this, does it have a place here?

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