Genric Holiday Post (a Bit of Best of, a bit of Christmas Books)

Sally Odgers sodgers at tassie.net.au
Fri Jan 2 07:59:23 EST 2004


Hi, Monika;

Nice to hear from you. You and I are the same age give or take a couple of
years and you're yet another person putting me to shame by being bi-(at
least) lingual.

Jon, would you say we're one of the worse peoples for speaking one language
only?
Sallyo.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Monika Huebner" <mo.hue at web.de>
To: <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Friday, January 02, 2004 10:21 PM
Subject: Re: Genric Holiday Post (a Bit of Best of, a bit of Christmas
Books)


> Hello,
>
> I am new to this list (well, I have been lurking for about three
> months now, but I have never posted anything so far). I thought the
> new year would be a good occasion to introduce myself. My name is
> Monika, I am 44 years old and I am German (I live in southwestern
> Germany, just north of the Black Forest). I have started reading
> fantasy about 4 years ago when I discovered Harry Potter, and I like
> the DWJ's books I have read so far a lot, too. (My favourite is "Deep
> Secret"). I read lots of other books too, mainly non-fiction (my
> favourite subjects being evolution and palaeontology), and also a lot
> of SF.
>
> On Thu,  1 Jan 2004 00:35:55 -0500, meparks at mtholyoke.edu wrote:
>
> > I'm really glad that she's doing
> >something new; I've also been really interested in sf with theological
> >overtones lately (any reccomendations?)
>
> I don't know what you are looking for (I am not really a religious
> person), but two authors who immediately spring to mind here are Mary
> Doria Russell and Robert J. Sawyer. I don't know if you already know
> Russell's "The Sparrow" and "Children of God", but those are among my
> all time favourites. They are about a failed mission to Alpha Centauri
> organized by the Jesuits, and they feature a whole cast of really
> great, three-dimensional characters. The protagonist is a young Jesuit
> who is the sole survivor of the mission (it's not a spoiler, you learn
> it on the first three pages or so of "The Sparrow"). The book relates
> the story of him struggling with his faith because of what happened to
> him and what (he thinks) he has done.
>
> There are theological overtones in a couple of Robert Sawyer's SF
> books, too, mainly in "Calculating God" and his "Neanderthal Parallax"
> trilogy. They are all really good reads, but then, Sawyer is one of my
> favourite authors, except perhaps "Starplex" I can recommend any of
> his books. Most of them are mystery/SF crossovers.
>
> Monika
>
>
>
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