I was born in Colonial Africa, and grew up during a time of great social, economic and political change.

I was privileged to have a childhood which allowed me to explore my environment with little or no adult supervision. Happy are the memories of lying in grassy, sunlit meadows, chewing on a stalk of sweet grass, imagining what lay beyond the arc of blue and white above my head.

Added to that, a youth spent rummaging in the library for dusty, dog-eared paper- and hard-backs of Asimov, Clarke, Tolkien and Lewis, has ensured that I will always believe there is a lot more “out there” than mere cosmic dust.

My “modern” day heroes of Tepper, Silverberg, McCaffrey, Moddesit, Pratchett, Cherryh, Brooks and Bear (to name a few) have created an insatiable appetite for “otherness”. Their creativity and masterful writing have inspired and challenged me to dream and explore for myself.

Some themes are timeless. The beauty of Science and Fantasy Fiction is that the variables become endless. The same situation could have any number of outcomes, especially when the “ground rules” change. Hence this site.

So join me in some social experiments, across time and space.

Kim Magennis January 2015


15 thoughts on “Me…

  1. I really enjoyed ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card. But first dozen and a half pages of XENOCIDE have not held my interest. Put the book aside for now and back to William Dietrich for now. I liked THE HOSTAGE by W.E.B. Griffin a lot.

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    1. I also loved Ender’s Game. I also have Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide. They were very different to the first book. I was also disappointed at first, but persisted. I have read them all a few times.


  2. Have been reading Jack Whyte and William Dietrich. As a history teacher I had a disdain for historical fiction but these guys and others do very impressive research and the fiction story fits in well with the history. I am fascinated with the way they include the simple mundane routines and implements used in daily living of the people. Understanding the hardships and joys and disappointments creates a sense of partnership with ancient people.

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  3. I endorse this blog. I am honored to provide its first endorsement. Enjoy your newfound fame and fortune, as surely it will begin to pour in now that I have provided my stamp of approval.

    But seriously, your description of growing up in Colonial Africa was beautiful. After spending so many years of my life fighting yetis, werewolves, and sasquatches, I didn’t think it was possible for me to be moved, yet kudos to you, as you found a way.

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