Traveller fans may be interested in what I read over the years, and speculate over what may have influenced me in writing the portions of the game I was responsible for. My SF and fantasy background influenced both Traveller and other games as well, but exactly how I leave up to the readers to decide.
Like every other page on this site, this one is in a state of flux and incomplete. Some of the buttons to the left lead to pages still under construction . . . please have patience, I'll finish them eventually. See the bottom of this page for the date of the last time I added to them.
As a child, I was a voracious reader, but I got off to a late start where science fiction was concerned: I think I was 10 before I read my first SF story. I don't remember what it was, but I think it was by Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein or Andre Norton (which doesn't narrow it down much, I'm afraid). This was in the early days after sputnik, and my peers and I were encouraged to read science fiction in the hope that it would somehow enable us to catch up with the Soviet space program – or at least ready us for life in the high-tech future that was coming up. Whatever the reason, the local library (Randolph Township Library, Heyworth Illinois – special kudos to librarians Mabel Delano and Vivian Mouser) had an extensive collection of both hardback and paperback science fiction (due, I believe, to the efforts of local SF author Wilson Tucker – hit his button to the left), with the occasional fantasy novel scattered here and there. I would go to the local library on Saturday (it was a five-minute walk from my house if I dawdled), and often spend the entire day there reading.
I remember reading only a few stories by authors like Robert E. Howard and the like (they would be labeled "sword and sorcery" nowadays. I didn't read the Conan novels or Tolkein's "Ring" trilogy until I went to college, but I found them both very enjoyable.