I'm a middle aged woman who has been reading scifi since I was a kid. At the time, it was somehow weird, because girls weren't supposed to be into this. At first I must have been watching Thunderbirds, and I remember sneaking in to my elder brother's bedroom and finding a copy of one of the Asimov Foundation books.
The picture on the front must have attracted me - I think I was probably about 8 or 9, and I nicked it and read it. For sure it was one of the second two, because it took me at least ten or so years to get hold of Foundation. Then I snuck back and nicked the next - Second Foundation. Then I got started on the short stories. Then I found the tiny, tiny sci fi section in WHSmiths - tucked away next to the Religion and Poetry.
The first book I actually bought was AE Van Vogts' War against the Rull. Then I found James Blish (I think) and by that point it was too late. I was buying two or three a week. I learnt fairly quickly to keep quiet about my habit!
At some point in all this I watched Star Trek which was rather stunning since I'd never seen anything that was that close to what was going on in my head when I read, and I will still sit down and watch the original.
I've had down times since then, when I read other things - but I always end up coming back.
So what are my faves? Well I was late into Dune, but it has to rank very very high. I actually think my top of the list would be The Gods Themselves by Asimov, and Breakthrough by Richard Cowper. It's rather dated now (very 60's!) but I still love it. But then I'd have to consider the Null A novels. And the Saga of the Exiles. There's just too many and I love too many of them to be able to say what's the absolute favourite.
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