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.
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.