Our fifth reader is my grandfather. He has been an avid science fiction reader since high school and has held a subscription to Analog: Science Fiction and Fact since 1970. Countless copies of the magazine reside upon bowed shelves in his basement, and I am regularly asked if I have any leads on a loving adoptive home for his extensive collection. Although he couldn’t remember a specific text that impacted him significantly, he had plenty to say about the appeal of science fiction and the importance of the genre in his reading life.
“I think it’s because it broadens your understanding and appreciation of the change which is occurring in our current world, which is moving very very fast in terms of new technologies, new understandings, and I think that science fiction prepares someone to follow what’s happening today in science.”