My favorite science fiction books

 

I used to pick one or two science fiction books in my teenage years, just to keep my mind going and train it just the same I train my muscles at the gym, but I have to admit that it was my girlfriend, Pam, who got me into reading more serious sci-fi books. In this post, I want to talk about a few that I really enjoyed, and I still do whenever I get the chance to re-read them.

Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

I should say that I loved all the books in the series, but it is this one in particular that sparked my imagination and made me fall in love with the whole concept. I know that they will be many who would say that Speaker for the Dead is the better book in the series, but I personally prefer all the novelty and excitement of the adventures of a very young Andrew Wiggin who, without being whole conscious of his actions, exterminates an entire race threatening the planet.

For those who have not yet read the book, and are quite new to the genre, there is hardly a better recommendation. It is an excellent read for younger readers, too, because it offers them the possibility to live all these adventures through the eyes of a young boy, who they can relate to.

Foundation – Isaac Asimov

When it comes to the consecration of the sci-fi genre, I think everyone will agree with me that there is no better promoter and creator of new concepts and dead serious storylines than Isaac Asimov. The writer’s magnum opus, the entire Foundation series takes the reader through a dramatic uncovering of a new mystery, the Earth, forgotten, through the extension of the human conquering of the space.

Would that be something that could happen? Would all the knowledge in the Universe become so loose, while climbing the gravity well, that we would get disconnected with our beginnings on a small blue planet that no one remembers? I do not recommend just the book that gives the name of the series, but all of them. I admit that it would be a titanic endeavor, but it is one that will leave you feeling enriched, and also entertained.

Dune – Frank Herbert

Another important series that made the sci-fi genre what it is today is Dune, created by Frank Herbert. The saga is well worth the read, lighter, perhaps, than the convoluted Foundation written by Asimov, but it is probably more entertaining for most.

I loved the first book in the series the most, probably because they introduced me to the universe. I could not recommend it more than I do; accompanied by movie and series adaptations, and considered the best selling sci-fi novel of all times, Dune is a must-read, and not only for lovers of the genre.

 

 

My favorite sports press sites

 

When I was growing up, I used to be a sports buff. I loved talking about football with my friends in high school. Nowadays, I’m more of a loner especially as I live in a remote area. Nevertheless, I still like to keep tabs on what’s going on in the world and with sports, in general. I also like to check out some European websites now and again, so here are my two cents of the best sports news I was able to come across while doing my research.

Something I want to add is that I am no fan of TV. I prefer to listen to radio broadcasts. The commercials and fake news get to me, so I honestly don’t think that television plays any part in my life right now.

 

Sports Illustrated has one of the best-known websites in the world. It has a variety of categories I like to keep tabs on. It even has one dealing with food safety and college meals, so there’s nothing not to like about it. From what I noticed, it is mostly focused on American football, but the editors publish other news, as well. The coolest thing about SI is that it even has a mobile app, one of which works with Android devices and the other being designed for Apple smartphones and tablets.

ESPN is another site I like to check out once in a while. In a sense, it’s a bit more generous than Sports Illustrated, which is to say that the publication’s editors tackle a broader variety of topics and sports. You can find out about anything related to horse racing, NASCAR, Olympic Sports, Rugby, and even Cricket. I personally like the way they report on tennis events, including the US Open.

 

 

FoxSports.com is a bit more limited, in that it mostly publishes articles dealing with anything from NASCAR to motor racing. The cool thing about it is that it also tackles the matter of boxing. I didn’t notice any posts about personal training, however, so it lacks a bit of content in this sense.

SportingNews and FanSided are two other sites I check out from time to time. They’re both user-friendly and contain loads of info about the sports I’m passionate about. FanSided even publishes articles about popular TV shows. Check out this one about twenty-five questions for the 8th season of Game of Thrones.

So, there you have it. These are my favorite sports websites. Let me know if you have any others you personally prefer because I’m always looking for new ones. It’s too bad that I don’t have a TV anymore, in a way, but otherwise, I’m not feeling too sorry for myself.

How to get an amazing Valentine’s Day gift for your girlfriend

 

 

Do you think your lady deserves better than just the usual candy and roses for Valentine’s Day? I am not talking here about run-of-the-mill presents that are advertised as being the norm everywhere you look. Of course, if you are just at the beginning of a relationship, and you don’t know much about your girl, candy and roses will be just the right chance.

However, if you truly want to make an impression, you should consider some cool Valentine’s Day gifts for her. I have some ideas that I want to share with you since I can tell, hand on heart, that I am quite the veteran at the moment, as I have managed to surprise my girlfriend a few times so far and quite pleasantly, if I may add.

Nothing says ‘I love you’ better than a cool device

Is your girlfriend into drinking iced coffee? Then get her a super-duper dripper that will serve her coffee just the way she likes it. Coffee drinkers are quite fond of their favorite beverage, so you are bound to make a lasting impression that counts if you pick this one.

Of course, the options are not limited to coffee making machines. Anything that spells cool will work. Girls today are as much into tech as guys, so you cannot go wrong with you choose a wearable or a new tablet to offer her as a gift.

 

Offer her an experience

When it comes to offering cool gifts on Valentine’s Day, you should learn to expand your horizons. For instance, if you are not overly excited about offering her flowers that will wilt in a few days or candy that she would rather skip because she’s on a diet, a good idea would be to offer her an experience.

Whether you opt for bath care products or splurge a little and offer her a day at the spa, you will show that you care about her well-being. While she pampers herself, she will know you’re the reason why she’s enjoying her time so much at the moment.

 

Jewelry and perfume never grow old

Some guys do not care about being so adventurous, and they want to stick with the tried and tested. There is nothing wrong with that. If you fall into this category, then you should know that you cannot fail if you opt for perfume and some jewelry. Something shaped like a heart will surely do the trick.

As far as perfume is concerned, don’t hesitate to go for something that is considered timeless and elegant. Even if you don’t know her tastes, you will not be off the mark if you do this.