Back in December, Sylvia and I met Bruce and Leslie at Joey's for dinner. During our conversation, Bruce asked me if I thought I read 100 books a year - a goal Leslie was shooting for. Without really thinking about it, I shrugged and said, "Sure."
But since then, I've wondered. 100 books a year is about two books per week, roughly. And I don't have time to read as much as I used to. So for fun, I decided to track my reading in 2011. Here's what I've read so far:
A Disturbance of Fate (Mitchell J. Freedman, 2003): Alternate history novel about the presidency of Robert Kennedy.
Exegesis (Astro Teller, 1997): Epistolary by email between an emergent computer intelligence and the PhD student who accidentally designed it.
Geodesic Dreams (Gardner Dozois, 1992): Excellent short story collection from the accomplished SF editor.
Hell Can Wait (Theodore Judson, 2010): See my review here.
The Martian General's Daughter (Theodore Judson, 2008): Moving narrative describing the long, painful decline of technological civilization.
Player One (Douglas Coupland, 2010): The first fiction offering in the CBC's Massey Lecture Series. Interesting character study set during the chaos following a peak oil crisis.
Starbound (Joe Haldeman, 2010): Sequel to Haldeman's first-contact novel Marsbound.
Star Trek 365 (Paula Block, 2010): Given the number of books I've read about Star Trek, I was surprised that this thick, colourful behind-the-scenes tome still had some new stories and photographs to offer.
U.S.S. Enterprise Haynes Owners' Workshop Manual (Ben Robinson and Marcus Riley, 2010): Parodying the popular Haynes workshop manuals by creating one for the various Starships Enterprise should have produced a fascinating cultural oddity, but the lightweight execution leaves a lot to be desired. Fails to live up to its potential.
The World in 2050 (Laurence C. Smith, 2010): Study of the "four forces shaping civilization's northern future:" climate change, demographics, demand on natural resources, and globalization. Interesting for Albertans in that the book opens with a trip to Fort McMurray and a tour of the oil sands.
That's ten so far, about six weeks into the year. Looks like I'm on track to reach 100!