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Rereading “Dune,” the Book That Made Me Love Science Fiction

When I was in middle school, I visited a tiny library in a very tiny town near where I lived with the intention of finding a new book to read. I visited a lot of libraries growing up. As an avid reader, I was always looking for some new book to devour, but I didn’t have a lot of recommendations other than whatever my teachers had me reading at school.

So on this occasion, I chose a book based on a few important factors: a.) how big it was, b.) how it felt when I picked it up, and c.) how it smelled. I liked long novels in crinkly covers that smelled like old musty parchment paper. I was a weird kid like that, though I have faith the rest of you who were also nerdy children can relate!

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My Current Sci-Fi Reading

After spending a couple of months obsessively listening to audiobooks of Nora Roberts’ future mystery romance series In Death, I decided to switch it up with a couple of other science fiction picks. Here’s what I’ve been “reading” lately. =)

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The Future is Weird in J.D. Robb’s “In Death” Series

Lately I’ve been listening to the audiobooks of J.D. Robb’s In Death series. (That’s Nora Roberts, in fact.) It’s a science fiction romance series that’s actually more murder mystery than anything. The main character is Eve Dallas, a homicide detective who falls in love with a billionaire industrialist (or something like that) named Roarke. He also happens to be Irish.

While I wouldn’t recommend this series to just anyone — you need to enjoy romance, and expect entertainment rather than a windstorm of stellar writing — there are quite a few things that are keeping me hooked on it. It’s the perfect series to keep my mind occupied (yet unburdened!) while I’m on my commute every day. And I finish about a book a week; the last one I listened to was the fourth in the series.

The most charming aspect of the series is its depiction of the near future: the 2050’s. These books were written back in the 1990’s, so we’re already a lot closer to this future. But the author’s predictions can sometimes be fascinating — or totally off-the-mark. It makes for an interesting world, anyway!

Here are a few of the author’s predictions…

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