I got into science fiction when I was in middle school. The "Goosebumps" books series was out and I was inhaling them as fast as they were being released. They're a bit scary for a kid.
That was my first foray into science fiction, though. Those silly, slightly scary, fantastical horror books. After that, I started to consume bigger books with bigger and broader ideas. I was always such a smart kid and a very avid reader, so I went to the library once a week to check out a few books to read.
Towards the end of middle school, I was reading George Orwell's "1984" which is scarily similar to today's political culture. I read most of his books and enjoyed them a lot. I didn't have any friends that were into these books, so I would stay after school and talk to my English teachers about them.
They always had some great recommendations, like Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" or "Dune" by Frank Herbert. Those books and the science fiction genre really opened my mind.
They allowed me a different sense of creativity that other books hadn't opened up for me. I read them still to this day!
1984 by George Orwell
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Dune by Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Night of the Living Dummy, RL Stine
Neuromancer by William Gibson
“... I was inhaling them as fast as they were being released.”
The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine
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