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Glitchster
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

Great to see this forum!

 

I'm a 58 year old, disabled vet and retired NASA contractor who worked with real-time launch operations. I spent 4 years in the navy 2 & a half years at sea on a destroyer escort/ fast frigate as a plotting systems specialist. Before that, I spent 3 years in college as an English/psych major. I started reading SCIFI starting at about 10 years of age and never stopped. From Ray Bradbury, Azimov, Edgar Allen Poe to Peter Hamilton, William Dietz, Campbell & McDevitt. Not to mention an affinity for historical fiction.

 

I suffered from two major auto accidents that messed up my back & neck. So, I'm able to spent a lot of time reading and pursuing my other hobby of HAM radio ( http://nw3n.webhop.net/ )

 

I'd like to believe my undying interest in science-fiction led me into a career in electronics & rocketry.

 

To wind up things, I also have a strong faith. Paraphrasing Albert Einstein, " The more I learn about the universe, the more I believe in God..."

 

So that sums it up.... Live long and prosper!

 

 

 

"Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy... so, take it easy..." the Eagles

... If knowledge is power, why do I have to keep recharging my ereader ?
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Ashenshugar
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

hi there! i'm new here, but have been a rabid sci-fi/fantasy reader since grade school:smileyhappy: i read practically anything thats in front of me, but given a choice i certainly have a few select authors who i've followed down the years.                                                                                                                                                 

 

these authors i've read practically every novel and novella that they have ever published:

 

raymond e feist, simon r green, anne rice, laurell k hamilton, stephen king, michael cricton( i think i mispelled his name), weis & hickman, poe, conan doyle, christopher golden, mario acevedo, terry pratchett, neil gaiman, tolkien, elisabeth moon, to name a few...

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Fricka
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Hi, I'm Fricka, and I am technologically challenged a lot of the time. Sorry, I just wrote a post that should be in this thread, in the off-topic one, so if you want to know what books I like to read in Sci-fi/Fantasy, check out my post in that thread.

About me--I'm an adjunct English professor/tutor at a community college, hence my love of reading. I hate to say this, but I think our country is producing a lot of non-readers. I like to ask my students in my Intro to Lit class what their favorite book or who their favorite author is, and it's like pulling teeth to get some of them to answer.  Many of them could only name magazine articles they had read. One time,  I even  got the response that the person did not read, and was only taking the class because she needed an elective and my class fit into her schedule. Waaaaaaaah!followed by *%*#&@! I'd best stop here now, as I feel more of a rant coming on. Anyway, it's nice to find this particular club, and I hope to get to know all of you better in the future.

" A murder mystery is the normal recreation of the noble mind."--Sister Carol Anne O' Marie
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TiggerBear
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

 


Fricka wrote:

Hi, I'm Fricka, and I am technologically challenged a lot of the time. Sorry, I just wrote a post that should be in this thread, in the off-topic one, so if you want to know what books I like to read in Sci-fi/Fantasy, check out my post in that thread.

About me--I'm an adjunct English professor/tutor at a community college, hence my love of reading. I hate to say this, but I think our country is producing a lot of non-readers. I like to ask my students in my Intro to Lit class what their favorite book or who their favorite author is, and it's like pulling teeth to get some of them to answer.  Many of them could only name magazine articles they had read. One time,  I even  got the response that the person did not read, and was only taking the class because she needed an elective and my class fit into her schedule. Waaaaaaaah!followed by *%*#&@! I'd best stop here now, as I feel more of a rant coming on. Anyway, it's nice to find this particular club, and I hope to get to know all of you better in the future.


Hello Frika, you're branching out!

 

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Fricka
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

 


TiggerBear wrote:

 


Fricka wrote:

Hi, I'm Fricka, and I am technologically challenged a lot of the time. Sorry, I just wrote a post that should be in this thread, in the off-topic one, so if you want to know what books I like to read in Sci-fi/Fantasy, check out my post in that thread.

About me--I'm an adjunct English professor/tutor at a community college, hence my love of reading. I hate to say this, but I think our country is producing a lot of non-readers. I like to ask my students in my Intro to Lit class what their favorite book or who their favorite author is, and it's like pulling teeth to get some of them to answer.  Many of them could only name magazine articles they had read. One time,  I even  got the response that the person did not read, and was only taking the class because she needed an elective and my class fit into her schedule. Waaaaaaaah!followed by *%*#&@! I'd best stop here now, as I feel more of a rant coming on. Anyway, it's nice to find this particular club, and I hope to get to know all of you better in the future.


Hello Frika, you're branching out!

 


Either that, or I am just following you about, Tigger Bear! I admit I saw your name on some of the threads here, so thought I would check it out.

 

" A murder mystery is the normal recreation of the noble mind."--Sister Carol Anne O' Marie
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TiggerBear
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

 


Fricka wrote:

 


TiggerBear wrote:

 


Fricka wrote:

Hi, I'm Fricka, and I am technologically challenged a lot of the time. Sorry, I just wrote a post that should be in this thread, in the off-topic one, so if you want to know what books I like to read in Sci-fi/Fantasy, check out my post in that thread.

About me--I'm an adjunct English professor/tutor at a community college, hence my love of reading. I hate to say this, but I think our country is producing a lot of non-readers. I like to ask my students in my Intro to Lit class what their favorite book or who their favorite author is, and it's like pulling teeth to get some of them to answer.  Many of them could only name magazine articles they had read. One time,  I even  got the response that the person did not read, and was only taking the class because she needed an elective and my class fit into her schedule. Waaaaaaaah!followed by *%*#&@! I'd best stop here now, as I feel more of a rant coming on. Anyway, it's nice to find this particular club, and I hope to get to know all of you better in the future.


Hello Frika, you're branching out!

 


Either that, or I am just following you about, Tigger Bear! I admit I saw your name on some of the threads here, so thought I would check it out.

 


:smileyvery-happy: Oh goodie, tempted a few to journey into the paranormal board. I think you're the first I've lured here. It's a fun place! You'll enjoy yourself.:smileywink:

 

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Angela_79
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Hi to all,

 

                 I'm sorry to say I just started reading again. To say that I hadn't really read a book that I wanted to scents collage. I'm 31 working mother of 1, in a non-profit corporation helping out low income family's stick out form the office staff due to my reviews on life and other topics. Plus my looks I guess too, so I've been told. LOL ... My days are full of sad storys and people asking for help. So I read to get away from all the sadness that comes to me. I've been reading series books in Fantasy& SF, lately such as Snookie Stack house, Twilight( to high school for me), and just finishing the Black Dagger Brotherhood ( which I loved). Can't make up my mind and which books to start now, I would like some thing along the lines of the BDB, but threes so many to chose from. Any one what to suggest which ones would be good to read, I would be glad for the help.

Angela.M.H
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lilithesque
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Look on the Paranormal Fantasy thread.  Full of that type books.  Have fun.  I work in nonprofit, working with families who have/or are at risk of loosing thier children.  Fantasy plays the same role in my life you mention. 

Dude, Where's my book!
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pagemaven
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Re: Introduce Yourself!


Fricka wrote:

Hi, I'm Fricka, and I am technologically challenged a lot of the time. Sorry, I just wrote a post that should be in this thread, in the off-topic one, so if you want to know what books I like to read in Sci-fi/Fantasy, check out my post in that thread.

About me--I'm an adjunct English professor/tutor at a community college, hence my love of reading. I hate to say this, but I think our country is producing a lot of non-readers. I like to ask my students in my Intro to Lit class what their favorite book or who their favorite author is, and it's like pulling teeth to get some of them to answer.  Many of them could only name magazine articles they had read. One time,  I even  got the response that the person did not read, and was only taking the class because she needed an elective and my class fit into her schedule. Waaaaaaaah!followed by *%*#&@! I'd best stop here now, as I feel more of a rant coming on. Anyway, it's nice to find this particular club, and I hope to get to know all of you better in the future.


Hello Frika, you're branching out!

 


Either that, or I am just following you about, Tigger Bear! I admit I saw your name on some of the threads here, so thought I would check it out.

 


Fair warning, Fricka!!! If you are going to follow Tig around, you should wear bells and carry pepper spray.

There are more of us than you think.
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paulgoatallen
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Registered: ‎08-16-2007

Re: Introduce Yourself!

 


pagemaven wrote:
Fair warning, Fricka!!! If you are going to follow Tig around, you should wear bells and carry pepper spray.

 

...and be okay with "brutal honesty!"   :smileywink:

 

Paul

"There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save..." – Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky
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TiggerBear
Posts: 9,489
Registered: ‎02-12-2008

Re: Introduce Yourself!

 


paulgoatallen wrote:

 


pagemaven wrote:
Fair warning, Fricka!!! If you are going to follow Tig around, you should wear bells and carry pepper spray.

 

...and be okay with "brutal honesty!"   :smileywink:

 

Paul


(laughs) Ooh ouch! True though:smileywink:

 

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RaphyelMJordan
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

Wow. And I think you people are awesome already. :smileyvery-happy:

 

Anywho, hello! I'm a newb that was trying to find some people interested in sci fi, and well, here I am!

 

Nothing too interesting about me actually beyond what many of you people have probably done as well, I'm sure. I'm 25, I love to draw (hence the avatar) obviously into sci-genre stuff, I just recently published my first novel, like hanging with my friends during whatever free time I can find, annnnnnnnd there you go.

 

And I'm not too surprised by Fricka's comment. I'm 25, and as much as I LOVE what technology does for us (VID GAMES!), even I can see how some of the more "refined" elements of childhood, such as goining outside to play or losing yourself into a good book, has gone by the wayside to other things like facebook and video games. So yeah, I'll cut it short too so I don't start rambling either.

 

Oh! If anyone is interested in my book, it's called Prossia. Just type it in the search engine (yes it's sci fi.) Anyway, a pleasure to meet all of you! ^_^

 

 

Prossia

  

 

 

 

-Raphyel

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

In brief:
Born at a very early age. Went places, did stuff, and survived.

Now I write and publish SF and semi-fiction, run around the country on a motorcycle, and hang glide on good weekends in central Florida.

BN is currently selling 30 of my titles.

If interested, there's a more comprehensive bio on my website.

Ed
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My titles at Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/knzgzs
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RaphyelMJordan
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Your story sounds pretty interesting. Is it more of a sci-fi opera or sci-fi war novel? Mine leans more towards the latter. And you have 30 titles of it?! Wow! How long have you been writing and who do you publish through? Like I said, I'm pretty much a newb and just getting myself out there. ^_^

 

-Raphyel

 

 

Prossia

  

 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
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Raphyel,

All your questions are answered on my website.

Ed
Ed Howdershelt - Abintra Press
Science Fiction & Semi-Fiction
http://www.AbintraPress.com

Ed
Ed Howdershelt - Abintra Press
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Sparguy
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I'm a 28 year old restaurant manager and have been reading sci/fi and fantasy since I discovered Lloyd Alexanders "Chronicles of Prydain." around age 5 or 6. My staff gives me a dragon calendar each year where it proudly schedules their time off! (I doubt to read about dragons, their loss!)

 

My tastes are pretty simple, I like to read about good guys beating up bad guys and have the hero/heroine get the damsel/dude in distress.

 

My current favorite series are:

 

S.M. Stirling: Emberverse

Brent Weeks: Night Angel & Black Prism

Andy Remic: Combat K

Peter V. Brett: Warded Man Books

 

No Sci Fi in there, but just picked up the Starfist novels as well and have been enjoying them as quick one off's.

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Thanks! I'm heading over there now to look into it! ^_^

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
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Hi I'm James , i'm 58 and have a library of over 1,500 books. Like to read across many genre but currently into the Eric Flint Ring of Fire stories. Also picked up Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia, hoping to pick up the first book in this series but local library no good.

 

I spend 4 hours a day travelling to work by train so tend to read between 3 and 4 books a week. Trying to work my wat through some of the Stephen Baxter series.

 

Have to go now, back to work.

 

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Winterjack
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Hello, folks. My name's Geoff Thorne. I write stuff. I read stuff too. probably more stuff than I write, now that I think of it.

 

Just found these boards and I'm looking around. 

 

"Hello World?"

I would gaze at your face the whole night through. I'd go out of my mind but for you. -Sting
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Winterjack wrote:

Hello, folks. My name's Geoff Thorne. I write stuff. I read stuff too. probably more stuff than I write, now that I think of it.

 

Just found these boards and I'm looking around. 

 

"Hello World?"


 

Hey Geoff, welcome to the forums – hope you enjoy checking out the threads!

 

Paul

"There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save..." – Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky