It’s Thanksgiving, a purely US holiday. I was talking with a friend of mine, an immigrant, who told me that he really didn’t get the whole idea of Thanksgiving, so he mostly just ignored it. I’ll say this, everyone has their own take on it, but for me, it’s a time to reflect on all the good things in life, to appreciate what I have. As a writer, I’m appreciative of all the books and authors that have inspired me. I wouldn’t be the person I am if I couldn’t curl up around a good book on a chill fall day.
I’m very thankful that we’ve had the great authors who inspired so much. I’m grateful that those pioneers dared to think about the possibilities. I’m grateful for Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs who wrote the first fantastical fiction. I’m grateful for the writers they inspired such as Robert Howard, Doc Smith, and Robert A. Heinlein, and Issac Asimov. And I’m grateful for the science fiction writers who followed, who continued to think big, and to dream of what lay beyond the horizon.
As a writer, the important part of Thanksgiving for me is the reflection, the time spent looking at where we are and where we’re going. Take the time today, as a reader or a writer, to think about the stories you love, and to be grateful for the people who wrote them.