When I started college, I found myself surrounded by people….like me! We were all nerds. I met my great friend Rudy, with whom I started my first company. He then married my sister and we become not only great friends but also family.
He went to a german school, and through him, I got immersed in the german culture. I studied German for a few years and got quite fluent in it. Es ist Schade, dass Ich es sehr selten üben kann.
Through him, I met new people, and one of them (Sebastian Goelitz) introduced me to the world of science fiction. I discovered Isaac Asimov, Philip Dick, Frederik Pohl, Brian Aldiss, Fredric Brown, Theodore Sturgeon, among many many others. With their books, I rediscovered the wonders of imagination. I read so many of these books.
The ones that pop to mind and have been very impactful:
- All of Foundation and all R. Daneel Olivaw (Asimov)
- The Helliconia trilogy and Galaxies as grains of sand (Aldiss)
- Gateway (Phol)
- More than Human and The Dreaming Jewels (Sturgeon)
I wished I had their imagination, and I am grateful I discovered them.