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Today is the 2nd day of the 1st week, the 2nd day of the 1st month, the 2nd day of  2023, and it is National Sience Fiction Day.  Why this day of the year?  It commerates the birth of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov - American author and Boston University professor of biochemistry, he was born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov on this day in 1920

Now mind you, even though I had read and enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time at a farily young age, and stumbled across a couple of stories as I devoured every book I could, science fiction as a genre was not on my radar screen unti 8th grade.  

                  [ side note:  ever notice how many of us still tick off the passing years of our childhood by what grade we were in school?]

Anyway, I was about 13 years old, very bookish, and the family had pretty much given up on giving me books for Christmas because although I was always delighted to get them, when asked, I would confirm that yes, I had read that particular book.  My relatives never did quite grasp that one of the advantages of being able to read quickly was that I had no hesitation in re-reading a book that I really liked.  But that year, my mother bought me a paperback copy of 20,000 Under the Sea by Jules Verne

I picked it up the next day - and read it straight through.  Then went to the forward, read that, and read the story straight through again.  I must've read that book almost a dozen times before my mother noticed that I was still reading it.  She asked rather patronizingly if it was too hard for me since I was obviously having such a hard time finishing it, and for some reason I never understood, was infuriated when I told her I was re-reading it again.  She took it away from me.  it didn't do any good, and to her expressed horror, I had discovered a new world - and realized there was an entire section of our little community library that I had not explored called "science fiction"..  I not only read the rest of Verne's works, but I found Bradbury and HG Wells and Robert Heinlein and Assimov and Blish.  I threw aside the historical fictions, the classical tomes, refused to read the murder mysteries my mother dearly loved, ignored the cowboy fictions my father liked, and headed off for the final frontier with nary a glance behind me....
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