Something about summer makes me crave speculative fiction.
Let me tell you a boring story:
6 years ago, I took a road trip down the coast from Vancouver to Los Angeles. My brain, with its myriad of crossed wires and penchant for being deceived by nostalgia, has assigned a great deal of meaning to this trip. It was the beginning of the end of a relationship from which I still don't feel I've gotten closure (fun fact: 6 years later and he still won't be my Facebook friend). It was also the backdrop for the strangest, most intense dream I've ever had in my life.
I got sick around day 3 of the trip, so I'm sure that was a contributing factor. We were staying in the guest house (don't read anything fancy into that) of a farm in northern California. It was beautiful and surreal. We slept on the floor in sleeping bags. This dream lasted all night long; it even continued in a linear fashion after being interrupted by a midnight pee break. It was intense and real and frightening; sort of "another Earth" scenario, where this planet was dead, and people were being selected to travel to the new Earth based on their breeding capabilities.
Call me ridiculous (I am) but this dream has stayed with me ever since. And even though we took that trip in February, there's (sadly) not that much difference between February in California and July in Fort Frances. So, there you have it. I guess?
Lots of people seem to think they aren't into sci fi/speculative fiction. While I've had some difficulty getting into the super genre-y sci fi stuff, I'm a really big fan of "literary" sci fi, for which our Mother of Can Lit, Margaret Atwood, has given us a name. I certainly don't think it's better or worse than traditional sci fi; I just find it personally more accessible. Here's my reading list for this summer:
Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
Red Doc> by Anne Carson
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
The Children of Men by P.D. James
I'm already half done Into the Forest, and it's wonderful. I discovered it while perusing Apple Trailers one day, as it's been made into a movie starring Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page, which is pretty danged exciting in terms of celebrity crush-factor.
Next time you see me, please feel free to hurl your sci fi book recommendations at me with abandon.