disgruntledpeony wrote:My first experiences with science fiction that I can remember are watching Star Trek: TNG with my father as a child. Every week, I'd get scared (or feign being scared) and end up sitting on Dad's lap.
I was also a devourer of books, when I was young. I got given the complete Chronicles of Narnia for Christmas when I was eight years old.
Then I read Ender's Game for the first time when I was fourteen. I'd read a lot of other sci-fi and fantasy by then, but that was the book that really drove home my love for sci-fi and fantasy so thoroughly that, when I started writing, I leaned in that direction.
I'm a blasphemer, I never got into the books of Narnia, but I adored the BBC miniseries that showed on PBS.
I can't believe I neglected the influence of film and television. My earliest memory is watching Star Trek TOS with my family on a huge old box television. Watching Star Trek was a bi-weekly event in my house until I moved out - and then I showed it to my now-husband. Our dog who passed away in May was named Spock. It's amazing how influential these things are in my writing, but I can see the threads of all of my favorites when I step back and look at my stories.
Sounds like having parents love the genre was at least one path!