In the future…
My granddaughter hops onto my lap, and once again I say a silent prayer of thanks for the medical technology which let me live long enough to know her.
I pick up a paperback book from the table beside my chair. “Would you like to see something from back when Grandpa was a young man?”
She giggles. “You’ve always been Grandpa. You weren’t young.”
“Yes, yes, I was. Here, this was one of my books.” I hand it to her.
She holds it in front of her with both hands and speaks, “table of contents.” When nothing happens, she shakes it and addresses it again, “T…O…C”. She passes it back to me. “It’s broken.”
I flip it open and show her the pages. “The words are ink printed on paper.”
She runs her fingers over the paper. “How do you put a new story on it?”
I made a decision a few years ago to reduce my library of paper books, using audiobooks and kindle ebooks to reduce clutter. However, I recently purchased two paper books which weren’t available electronically, and found a third sitting on a shelf.
I’m planning a lengthy post (or two or more smaller posts) about galactic empires, and this sparked my interest in Asimov’s Intergalactic Empires. However, I wonder if the empires in the book are really inter-galactic, meaning they span multiple galaxies.
I’ve always been interested in underwater science fiction, but haven’t found many good stories out there, so I’d like to give Blueheart a try. However, it could be a year or more before I have time to tackle this 500+ page novel.
Let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts about my reading choices, their cover art, or why I’m taking so darn long to finish my magazine quest.