m a miller
m a miller discovered science fiction at an early age – hiding behind
the couch when watching Doctor Who (those Daleks were pretty damn scary!) and watching
Star Trek (the original series) with her brother. It was her brother who also introduced her to
the great SF authors – Robert A. Heinlein (Stranger
in a Strange Land, The Puppet Masters),
Isaac Asimov (I Robot, Robot Dreams), James Blish (They
Shall Have Stars, Star Trek – collections
of adaptations of the scripts from the TV series), Phillip K Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – aka
Blade Runner) and Frank Herbert (Dune series). To name but a few.
As well, she discovered (all on her own) Arthur C. Clarke (2001 a space odyssey), Harry Harrison (The Stainless Steel Rat series, Death World series), Andre Norton (Witch World series), Pierre Boulle (Monkey Planet – aka Planet of the Apes), George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire series), Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials trilogy) and J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter series). Oh, and of course, Stephenie Meyers (the Twilight series – ain’t love grand! She’s more a pale and pasty Edward fan… but really, it’s hard to go past a good shape shifter, especially when they’re a wolf… )
Her all-time, absolutely can read again and again books are (in no particular order):
· Anthem, Ayn Rand
· All the Green Year, D. E. Charlwood
· The Door into Summer, Robert A. Heinlein
· To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
· The Borrowers, Mary Norton
· A Traveller in Time, Alison Uttley
You will note that not all are Science Fiction and not all were written for grownups – but they are all classics! And highly recommended if you enjoy a great story told by great story tellers.
m a miller has written since she was a kid – her first effort was a fully (self) illustrated book about a mouse for a grade 3 assignment. It was deemed good enough to be placed out the front of class for parent-teacher night as an example of the work students were doing. Talk about a happy camper! No idea where that first effort ended up but she’s been writing ever since – with published short stories and awards. Plus her first YA novel Mis’ka: Rite of Ascension.