If you enjoy the content here at Examining the Odd, we probably have fairly similar tastes in books. This is great; it means you’re open to all sorts of genres and to discovering new authors. It’s also a curse; how on earth do you choose what to read next?
This quiz will give you a helping hand. It’s an old-fashioned magazine style quiz which will lead you to one of five authors to try next (so no peeking at the results before you answer the questions!). If you’re lucky, you might get a tie and then you have two authors to pursue…
Ready? Let’s go!
Which era do most of your favourite authors hail from?
A: They’re all dead. 1800s
B: They’re alive! Alive!
C: The era of revolution! 1960s
D: Turn of the century. Yes, I’m still using that to refer to 1890s-1910s…
E: because we also have writers of the milennium! 1990s-200s
What type of politics do you lean towards?
A: Reactionary. Usually pretty conservative.
Which of these genres do you love the most?
A: Science Fiction
B: Metaphysical (abstraction, spiritual ideas)
What’s your preferred writing/language style?
A: Artistic, complex
B: To the point
C: Prose, flowing
D: Musing, reflective, thoughtful
E: Graphic, visual, descriptive
Which of these jobs would the child-you have chosen?
A: Astronaut or scientist
B: Office or factory worker
C: Witch, Wizard, Shaman or other magical figure
Money and reality are no object. Where do you choose to go on holiday?
B: A traditional seaside resort with donkeys and ice cream aplenty
C: A cave. Alone
D: A lush forest or enchanted woodland
E: Somewhere cold and snowy
And finally. What’s your length of choice?
B: Flash fiction. Then I can choose to read one or a hundred!
C: Short story
And now for the results…
Percy Greg (1836-1889) was an English writer.
His Across the Zodiac (1880) is an early science fiction novel, said to be the progenitor of the sword-and-planet genre. For that novel, Greg created what may have been the first artistic language that was described with linguistic and grammatical terminology. It also contained what is possibly the first instance in the English language of the word “Astronaut”.
In 2010 a crater on Mars was named Greg in recognition of his contribution to the lore of Mars.
Congratulations if you ended up with Percy. Why? He’s free! Read Across the Zodiac here.
“For me, creating is discovering and storytelling is bringing into the world dreams that are universal. They come from a deep place; they want to be known and they want to help us. Storytelling is a way of turning the world inside out, which I believe it desperately needs.” Mike Russell
Margaret St. Clair.