As many of you long-time followers know, each April I take a break from all my other reading and spend the month re-reading Isaac Asimov’s 3 volume autobiography. I typically start with the retrospective, I. Asimov, and then go back and read the two-volume In Memory Yet Green and In Joy Still Felt. I’ve done this every April for 14 or 15 years. Despite having read the books more than a dozen times each, I always look forward to this time of the year.
But not this year.
Given everything I have going on in my life: the day job, parenting, blogging, fiction-writing, and my Vacation in the Golden Age, I simply don’t have time for any other reading, even Asimov’s autobiographies. So I’m skipping them this year.
Now it might be suggested that I take a vacation from my Vacation so that I can read Asimov’s books, but the truth of the matter is I’m having too much fun reading and writing about these old issues of Astounding. And besides, it won’t be an entirely Asimov-free month. In the upcoming issues, are the first of Asimov’s Robot stories, and later, his Foundation stories, and I’ll finally have the opportunity to write about them in detail, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
Still, I wonder if April will feel like April without my annual ritual reading? I guess I will find out soon.