The first Sci-Fi book I ever read!
Growing up in a small town with only the school library as a source of entertainment, finding content wasn’t always easy. In elementary school, I read lots of books about dinosaurs. Like, EVERY book the library had about dinosaurs. Maybe this is why I associate with Calvin so well. Hmmm.
At any rate, when I got to 7th grade, I was permitted access to the rest of the school library. Yes, McGregor had one school with K-12 all in one school.
Over there, I discovered so many books I couldn’t read. I had severe dyslexia and that made reading difficult for me. Longer works I could never get through because I believe I had ADD as well (Jay! Have you got ants in your pants? Sit down!). That meant I was on the hunt for shorter books all the time.
The book I discovered and read multiple times was Mirror Friend Mirror Foe.
Now, for the record, I don’t remember the plot of this book at all. All I remember is a sword fighting robot. And that it was written by George Takei. At the time, I hadn’t seen Star Trek so I had no idea who he was. It was co-written by Robert Asprin. I had no idea who he was at the time, but Robert would be in my library with so many books.
Being that this was the first book I remember reading that was sci-fi, I’ve been on a LONG journey to track down a copy. Like many books from that era, unless you remember the title and/or author, it’s probably forgotten to the sands of time. Thankfully, I did remember. I’ve wanted this on ebook forever, but it’s been long out of print. Copies that showed up on Amazon would disappear quickly.
So, I decided to look again a couple of weeks ago because, that’s what the internet is for.
And I found a copy for $5.
I now have a copy of the book and I’m itching to read it. I really am. But I can’t bring myself to crack the book open. You know, like what happens with new books? Yeah. This books spine hasn’t been “cracked” yet. Printed in 1979, this book is in mint condition. No creases. No dog ears. Yes, yellowed with age, but it’s still got the gloss on the cover. Whoever has owned this book over the years either never read it, or did so very carefully.
That’s my intent, to read this book carefully and take great care of it. I’m going to keep this one in my library for a long time. Who knows. I might one day track down George and have him sign it. 🙂
Until Next Time!
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Posted on March 24, 2021, in Blog Post and tagged george takei, mirror foe, mirror friend, old book, playboy books, robert asprin, scifi. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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