What was the first science fiction or fantasy book did you ever read and how did it change you?


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Werewolf SS: a book about literal werewolf SS officers. I think it left me with the idea that fantasy didn't have to be tolkien.

Wheel of time. Probably one of the reason I like functional magic with constrained rules that let you build the story around it rather than magic that just does whatever you want. While i was waiting in between books 2 and 3 I picked up dragonlance , loved those books and started playing dungeons and dragons soon after wards

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Corathonv2 wrote:
One concerned a boy who lived in a sea floor base, a kind of mole monster that lived beneath the sea bed, and a spy named "Mr Lilibulero" or something like that.

Not at all what you're thinking of, but the reference to a boy living on the sea floor triggered a fond memory of this book. Between it and several National Geographic/Jacques Cousteau TV specials in the 60's and the Sealab 2020 cartoon, I was determined to be a marine biologist for several years as a kid.

The Hobbit. Dunno what effect it had, I was only 6 years old and I don't remember myself from before that.

Tim Emrick wrote:

I read both the Chronicles of Narnia and Hobbit/Lord of the Rings all the way through at least once by 3rd-4th grade, and reread them a LOT until middle school, when I discovered the F&SF section. But I still reread Narnia and LOTR at least once a decade or so. (I'm 47 now.)

That school library included Dune and a lot of Asimov and Bradbury. I tried to read the Foundation Trilogy then, but couldn't get through it until I tried again in college (when it was a breeze compared to some of my textbooks). I also read A Wrinkle in Time in middle school, as part of my school's first efforts towards a gifted program.

And since this thread has been necro'd, I realize now that I completely forgot to count Lewis Carroll's Alice books, which my sister and I received as a Christmas present when I was 5. I promptly read them, then reread them, and reread them some more, and within a year or two finally traded some now long-forgotten toy to my sister so that I could claim them as all mine. I still have them, too, though they're a little bit fragile 44 years later.

I read the >Elric of Melnibone< books first.

From them I learned other dimensions of existence can exist. Then, in 2005 we found it >was real<.

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I ordered The Elf Queen of Shannara from a Scholastic Book Club order form in 7th grade. I didn't realize it was the third in a 4 book series, and part of the second series of Shannara books. I was completely drawn in, bought the rest, and couldn't stop. A couple of years later when I was 15, my parents allowed me to play Dungeons and Dragons. My first character was Yuric Sunrider, a half-elf bard inspired by Par Ohmsford from the Heritage of Shannara series. I have been playing roleplaying games ever since.

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