G'day all, Nice forum you have here. I trust I'm not breaking any unwritten rules by posting a thread to introduce myself. Many forums have a section for this purpose, but I couldn't find one here. I think it's a nice idea to help break the ice (cliche intended) and it gives me an excuse to make my first post. Of course, moderators/administrators are free to move or delete this. Although my main interest is literary fiction, I have a passion for science fiction. The first book I read, which actually got me reading, was Farmer's Riverworld books, especially the first one - To Our Scattered Bodies Go (I'm not 100% sure of the title). From that moment onward I read everything Farmer published. Then I progressed to other writers: Asimov, Dick, Herbert. Regarding the latter, I was fortunate enough to meet Frank in 1981. We talked for a few minutes while he signed my copy of Dune and I discovered that one of his great passions was language, especially names and naming. Long to short, he proved to be an intelligent and giving man. RIP. I have been writing a science fiction epic for the last 20 years (most of it in my head and on bits of paper), and I only persist because I think the ideas I have developed over that time have real interest. Although I enjoy science, I am not a scientist. My main focus is good storytelling. My main area of expertise/interest is mythology. But I'll save that potential discussion for a later time. Why am I here? I hope to start the writing process very soon and I would like to share my thoughts and ideas with a receptive audience. After 20 years, I think it's time. Having studied professional writing and editing, especially fiction (short story and novel), I value the feedback of others. My belief is that even the greatest writer and/or editor needs the assistance of others. I hope to help others, too. I'll leave it there. Oskari.