Despite my strong public advocacy of Lab Lit fiction, I have always been a huge science fiction fan too. As a family, we spent the 1970s clustered around the TV watching (the original versions of) Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Space: 1999 and many others in the genre. Being taken to see the first Star Wars movie at the age of nine was akin to a religious experience for me.
I devoured the genre in print, too. My father subscribed to Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, which I read cover to cover religiously from about the age of seven until I left home to attend university. Not satiated, I used to go to the library every week and check out a stack of Sf so high that the librarian had to crane her neck to make eye contact with the child behind it: Herbert,