About Me

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Speculating on SpecFic. This is a book blog dedicated to works of Speculative Fiction – science fiction, fantasy, horror, mythology, etc.

My name is Shaheen, and I am a 24 year old PhD student, studying Astronomy and Astrophysics in Australia.

I can’t remember ever not wanting to read. Books are a lovely way to wind down at the end of the day, and I love being introduced to new authors and books.

I have always read a lot of fantasy, both adult and young adult, and these days I read quite a bit of paranormal and dystopian young adult novels too.


Some of my favourite authors are:

  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Maria V. Snyder
  • Louise Cooper
  • George R. R. Martin
  • Brent Weeks
  • Jo Spurrier
  • Sam Bowring
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Sarah Rees Brennan
  • J. K. Rowling
  • Jennifer Fallon
  • Garth Nix
  • Kate Elliott
  • Sean Williams
  • Laini Taylor
  • Jay Kristoff

Go ahead and judge me on those :p Also, if I forgot your name, please write it down and send a note with a cheque to ….

Kidding, kidding. Mostly.


  • I don’t watch much Sci-Fi TV – this always shocks people for some reason. Yes, I’m an astronomer, and no, I don’t enjoy Sci-Fi on TV/movies. Usually. Futurama is an exception.
  • I hate The Simpsons. With a passion. Don’t even get me started – I think it’s the most useless show ever (followed closely by its knock-offs, Family Guy and American Dad). Tragically, The Simpsons is my husband’s favourite show in the world: he can quote whole episodes.
  • My favourite shows are Supernatural (until S5. What have they DONE to that show?!), Smallville (early seasons, and later only the episodes with Oliver Queen in them), BBC’s Sherlock (Season 3, Season 3, Season 3!), Downton Abbey, NCIS (again, earlier seasons. I lost track at about S7), Game of Thrones (of course), Legend of the Seeker (it only had two seasons, and it was pretty bad, but I still re-watch it every now and then), Life (Damien Lewis, what else do you need to know?)

Other random things:

  • Aside from a brief stint at 16 where I wanted to be a firefighter, I’ve wanted to be an astronomer ever since I can remember. I have a friend from Kindergarten who says I told him I was going to study planets. I knew at 6 years old!
  • My favourite colour is purple – not that you’d know by looking at the website. I have a thing for pink owls, they’re so darned cute!
  • When I was younger, my parents would punish me by taking away my books. I didn’t really care when they took away TV time or playing outside time, but if they told me I couldn’t read that afternoon, I started behaving quick-smart!
  • I’m learning to crochet – I’ve made my first pair of gloves, and am hoping to learn how to make a crochet owl (pink of course)
  • My favourite movie is Aladdin. If I could marry a fictional character, it would be Aladdin. I have strong opinions on how one can’t usually buy Disney things with Jasmine, or the other non-white Disney characters, in Western countries. I loved going to Egypt and Dubai because I could buy Jasmine everything.


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