Here's the prompt:
Sharon Lee, a sci fi author, has declared June 23rd Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day. As she puts it: So! In my Official Capacity as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, I hereby proclaim June 23 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day! A day of celebration and wonder! A day for all of us readers of science fiction and fantasy to reach out and say thank you to our favorite writers. A day, perhaps, to blog about our favorite sf/f writers. A day to reflect upon how written science fiction and fantasy has changed your life. So … what might you do on the 23rd to celebrate? Do you even read fantasy/sci-fi? Why? Why not?
This one's pretty easy. I would say my sci fi/fantasy taste runs not broad but deep.
In the fantasy department, I've read Tolkein's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings about 15 times. After that, I figured no other fantasy literature could compare. However, I wasn't sure what the definition of "fantasy" was. A little research revealed that it involves magic, wizards, quests, and the rest of the stuff you'd expect. Based on that definition, the Odyssey counts. And Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. And Watership Down (even though the main characters are rabbits, the plot is all questy and heroic when you get down to it). I number those among my favorites, having read and enjoyed them multiple times each.
(I can't resist saying here, if you're interested in Tolkein's masterwork, here's a fresh list of reasons to appreciate or re-appreciate him. I think Tolkein's professorial knowledge of ancient cultures and languages gives his work incredible depth and resonance, even when he isn't explicitly including that background in his writing. His languages are actually working languages. His mythology is a whole system. And as Hemingway said, sometimes what you leave out of the story is just as important as what you put in. The fact that it's there seems very obvious to me, and I like it. Okay, lecture over.)
Science fiction is definitely a weak area in my reading experience. I'm still making my way through the obvious classics, with Fahrenheit 451 and Stranger in a Strange Land still on my TBR list. But I really enjoyed 1984, and This Perfect Day, and the sci fi section (not to mention all the other sections) of Cloud Atlas, so at least I'm working on it.