Science Fictionhas been my favourite literature and movie genre for many years. Much of my recreational reading when I was a teenager included books by Asimov, Ballard, Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein, Verne, Wells and Wyndham. I also read comics of the Superman, Batman, Flash and Green Lantern kind. In the early '70s I watched early night TV for Dr. Who and Star Trek, and late night TV which often featured science fiction movies. It was during the mid and late '70s that I subscribed to Analog, a science fiction (and fact) monthly from the U.S.A. Analog featured superlative writers and stories and I always looked forward to getting each issue. I also subscribed to Science Fiction Monthly a poster size magazine published by New English Library from England which not only offered progressive science fiction stories but also featured fantastic science fiction art by the best artists of the time, including Roger Dean.
In the '80s I discovered Frank Herbert's Dune series and Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Robot series and these are still my favourites, although Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee's Rama series is also impressive. Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle's The Mote in God's Eye is my favourite single book. I saw 2001 A Space Odyssey when I was 15 and it is still my favourite film, although Blade Runner, THX 1138 and Slaughterhouse Five come close. 12.01 is a great short film. More recently the new Dr. Who series has impressed me with its clever and well written scripts, the increased focus on human (and alien) emotions and interactions, and the attention to detail.
Isobelle has collaborated with illustrators and has produced picture story books of great vision and quality. More recently she has illustrated her own books, notably the The Legend Of Little Fur series and The Kingdom Of The Lost series.
Fans of Isobelle should check out Carmody Online, it's pretty comprehensive.
|Science Fiction links (checked February 2011)|