I don’t write much SF. I’ve sold about 50 pieces in the last few years. I think about writing it and I read a lot. I get angry when a writer produces a bad novel when he should have known better and I very often throw things at the TV set when a Sci-fi show is running. I decided to make a page that educates potential writers to my personal taste in Science Fiction.
I originally purchased the domain CThreePO.com for investment, but over the years I’ve added pages to it. Since there have been no takers on the domain name, I expect that I’ll just keep it and keep adding pages now and then.
I don’t expect you to agree with all of what I say. I hope that at least some things that I say will influence the way you write. Then when I read your book or watch your movie I can say to myself that at least you got that part right.
I am Keith P. Graham.
I’ve been reading Science Fiction for a very long time. My first contact was with a very kindly Librarian who steered me towards Robert Heinlein’s Juveniles around 1959. I know it broke her heart to do it, but I had asked for “Space Stories” and it was much better that I read Heinlein’s “trash” than not read anything at all.
I soon discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs and worked my way through the Tarzan Series just about the time that the Mars novels starting appearing in paperback. My Uncle Robert Hunt had cases of Astounding Magazine in his attic that I found one day. It turns out he loved Science Fiction but, as a prominent member of the community, it was something that he kept quiet. I spent many hours in that hot dusty attic reading crumbling yellow magazines from the 1930s and 40s. (Unfortunately these treasures didn’t survive a spring cleaning while I was away at college.)
When I turned twelve I got a paper route. My profits were about $5 per week. I spent 10 cents per day on cream soda, 10 cents per week on Comics and about $2.50 on paperbacks. This was when SF books cost 35 cents. The summer of my 13th year I read over one hundred books. Three quarters of them were Science Fiction.
I’ve read a lot of books. 90% were crap – but 90% of everything is crap. Bad Science Fiction is better than the best movie, TV show, or sporting event. It wasn’t until the the 1960s when I discovered sex, drugs, and rock & roll that that I lost my book a day habit.
Now in my 50s I am back up to 1 or 2 books a week – with the bonus that I can reread a book I read 20 years ago and not remember how it ends. I also buy a book-on-tape almost every week. My Grandfather, an insatiable reader up to his death at 92, told me that the only advantage of getting old is that you can pick up a book that you know you read last month and enjoy as though you were reading it for the first time.
I am a computer programmer with more than 30 years experience. In addition to ranting about SF I have many other strange and interesting websites including the oldest and largest site on the internet dedicated to playing Blues Harmonica.