Which sci.fi. book do you like?

Alephi is going to celebrate the December month as the month of Sci.Fi. writers. We ask one small question to the Sci.Fi. writers worldwide…

Ken Scholes is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of five novels and over fifty short stories.  His work has appeared in print for over sixteen years.  His series, The Psalms of Isaak, is published by Tor Books and his short fiction has been collected in three volumes published by Fairwood Press. Ken is a winner of the Writers of the Future Award, France’s Prix Imaginales, the Endeavour Award and a scattering of others.  His work is published internationally in eight languages.  Ken’s also a public advocate for people living with C-PTSD and speaks openly about his experiences with it. Ken’s eclectic background includes time spent as a label gun repairman, a sailor who never sailed, a soldier who commanded a desk, a preacher (he got better), a nonprofit executive, a musician and a government procurement analyst.  He has a degree in History from Western Washington University.  His nickname is Trailer Boy in homage to his childhood home on the outskirts of a small logging town. Ken is a native of the Pacific Northwest and makes his home in Saint Helens, Oregon, where he lives with his twin daughters.


Alephi : Which sci.fi. book do you like?

Ken Scholes : It’s a tough decision, naming one science fiction book out of so many and I find that I must break the rules right away and announce a tie in my case. 
Initially, I wanted to list Dune by Frank Herbert because of its depth, the richness of its world and it’s impact on the genre.  But then I also wanted to list George Orwell’s 1984 – a dark, powerful cautionary tale warning us of a possible future in a book that transcended genre to become a classic.

I first read Dune when I was around fourteen years old and much of its complexity was lost on me at the time. It took a re-reading in my twenties for me to fall in love with the story – helped along with a deep love of David Lynch’s film version.  I came to 1984 just a year or so later, in high school, and found myself instantly drawn into the world of Winston Smith.
I think my later explorations of humanity’s darker side across a variety of worlds was fueled from an early age by these two books and others like them that followed.





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