Yes, I know this is a site dedicated to the beauty of music in all its forms. But, I also know that, like most music fans, I’m interested in a whole variety of things, especially if they’re done with excellence. My love of prog has always coincided with my love of science fiction. After all, whatever Ray Bradbury wrote, Roger Dean drew. Well, not exactly, but close enough.
How many hours did I stare at the world imagined on the gatefold of YESSONGS or ELO’s OUT OF THE BLUE? Too many to count.
Anyway, I’m guessing there are a number of other sci-fi/prog fans out there as well.
Back in 1980, I first got involved (obsessed would be more accurate) in RPGs. I started (and continued) with Dungeons and Dragons, but I also really got into Traveller. I still proudly have my Traveller GDW 301 Box, complete with the original booklets 1-5 as well as two adventures. All purchased before 90125 ever came out! Recently, I upgraded to Traveller 5–now, for better or worse, on CD-ROM. Not as attractive, perhaps, but still very nice.
The point of this post, however, is this. If you like sci-fi at all, make sure you pick up a copy of AGENT OF THE IMPERIUM, a novel by the founder of Traveller, Marc Miller. I found it not only engaging, but I also found it one of the most inventive science-fiction novels I’ve read in a long time. I have no idea if Miller is a progger, but, as I thoroughly enjoyed his novel, I couldn’t help but think of “Starship Trooper” and a number of other prog classics.