I have been lucky to grow up in a home where books and reading played a big part of everyday life. I was reading newspaper from a very early age, and I treasure the memory of accompanying my sister to the bookshop once a month when she bought both books for her studies and leisure and always allowed me to pick a book to bring home. At that time the choice would typically fall on a Danish translation of one of the “Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators” books or something similar. In my youth I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, with the series surrounding Dune, Ender and Hyperion making a lasting impact. I’d say a have had a period of 10-15 years where I have slacked off with the reading, watching a lot (too much) TV instead, but for the past couple of years I have picked up the pace and besides reading new Danish literature (typically crime/detective stories) I am re-reading some of the massive Sci-Fi series, particularly as there have been a number of additional volumes (sequels and prequels) since I visited them last. I am currently working my way through 23 volumes of Dune books, this time reading them in story-line chronological order. My next project will be Enders Game (and Shadow) books, as I have just completed the 3 prequels most recently published by Orson Scott Card. Reading book debate fora, I get the impression that “Speaker for the Dead” is very much looked down at by Ender fans. I can only say that although I agree it is very different from the other books, it is the one Sci-fi novel I have read that has made the biggest impact and moved me the most.
As an 18’year old, I read Svend Åge Madsens ”Tugt og utugt i Mellemtiden” and it left a profound and lasting impression, still making up part of my moral and philosophical foundation.