Most of us heard of the Tudors, the House of York, even the Lancasters (thank you, Shakespeare), and learning that a German family ruled Britain for the last 300 years, was, at least for me, a surprise.
I’ve been always fascinated by pianos; when we were kids, my cousin Lucy had one, and I remember listening her play in total admiration, but never believed I’ll ever have one. Until yesterday.
In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe, I was able to travel and soon moved to Salzburg Austria, working for a high tech firm.
Douglas Adams, or when science fiction meets British humour:
Long time ago, in a far, far away place in the galaxy, a group of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings decide to build the most powerful supercomputer, that can answer any question.
It took me two attempts to read this The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. The first time it was among some Asimov titles. Asimov’s accessible style made Ursula’s elaborate writing quite a challenge, and I could not go past the few chapters.
After the robot stories and the reference ‘foundation’ series, I decided to also take a look at other Asimov titles, usually mentioned in ‘Best of Asimov’ lists.