Ever since I can remember, I’ve been surrounded by fantasy and science-fiction of some sort. Whether it was books, games, or movies, it was always there. My parents had a games shop when I was younger, so spending an afternoon watching people play Magic or computer games was a normal thing for me. When I got my first “grown-up” book, The Hobbit, it never occurred to me that dragons and wizards might be strange things. I mean, how could a world without magic be interesting anyway?
My love for these genres has only grown since then. Tolkien’s influence was and will always be present when it comes to fantasy, but now authors like C. S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey, and Susanna Clarke have joined him on my bookshelves. Harry Potter will always have a special place in my heart. Outside fantasy, I have to point out Douglas Adams, Robert Heinlein, David Brin, Ray Bradbury, and the rich steampunk worlds of Cherie Priest, and so, so many others. I was never good at choosing favourites.
But that’s books. I won’t deny they’re a huge part of my life, but they were also a starting point for my adventures through the world of cinema and television. I will never refuse some Star Wars, whatever form it’s in, or even The Matrix, Back to the Future, Bladerunner, District 9, Indiana Jones (well, most of them)… and I’m just throwing names out there! I could go on and on.
I live in a perpetual state of wanting to rewatch Firefly (she says, clinging to her browncoat), Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, or just waiting for more episodes of Doctor Who, Falling Skies, Continuum, Orphan Black, Warehouse 13, The Walking Dead… I feel like I’m giving you the most boring list of names and words, but this is only a small sample of my love for all science-fiction and fantasy. Some people have sports, I have pop culture references. And the occasional need to infodump, it seems.
Interestingly enough, I watch more sci-fi than fantasy, which I read more. Huh. I wonder what that says about the genre distribution in media nowadays. I’ll get back to you on this.
When I’m not avidly consuming more TV shows than I should, I will probably be
procrastinating writing fiction (or attempting to, anyway), playing games like Starcraft 2, Dishonored, some MMORPGs, pretending that I know how to draw, or making my way through college. Just give me some internet, a proper computer, chocolate, and I’ll be happy.
I’m really looking forward to contributing to Lytherus. Fantasy, science-fiction, and horror don’t get nearly the attention they deserve, and we need to change that. I hope to share lots of exciting news with you, as well as interesting articles and editorials. I’m always open to suggestions, so if you want to see anything in particular, throw those ideas at me!
Here’s hoping for a future full of fantastical creatures, epic journeys through time and space, and some blood curdling mysteries.
And as always, may the force be with you.