Sci-Fi Month

Sci-Fi Month 2015: We Have Lift Off!

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This post is part of Sci-Fi Month 2015, a month long event to celebrate science fiction hosted by myself and Over the Effing Rainbow. You can view the schedule here, follow the event on Twitter via the official @SciFiMonth Twitter account, or the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.

Aaaah, I can’t believe Sci-Fi Month is back again! This is the third year I have run the event, although I really feel as though I did not do much last year due to university – however this year I aim to make up for that. πŸ™‚ I hope you’re all ready for a month full of science fiction celebrations, and I can’t wait to meet the new participants, as well as get back in touch with previous ones.

When the first Sci-Fi Month happened, I was working and saving up for my Masters degree. In the two years in between the first and current Sci-Fi Months, I’ve moved to the Netherlands, met amazing people and worked as hard as I could, had so many new experiences, done an internship at a museum, written a 30,000 word thesis, completed my Masters degree, moved back to the UK to live with my parents for a while, managed to get a job the day after coming back, moved to Oxford and started a career in museums. Phew! And read over 200 books in the meanwhile, many of which were science fiction.

I don’t want to answer the usual SFM introduction post questions here, as I feel like I will be repeating myself. But I will say that science fiction is a huge part of my life. Whether I’m reading it, watching it or playing it, I just love it so much. I started this event to find similar-minded people, because I believed that science fiction was underrated in the book blogging community. And can I just say that I am SO glad that I was totally wrong about that – we have so many sci-fi fans amongst us!

I guess now my main worry is that the community concentrates mainly on new releases, particularly those of the contemporary genre, so here I want to encourage you to post, tweet and chat about all science fiction – no matter how long ago it was written or released. Bring back some of those golden oldies πŸ˜‰

As for my own intentions during November, I have several reviews to share with you which were part of my Netgalley Readathon, as well as discussions of my favourite sub-genres/elements of science fiction. There will also be a post on dinosaurs in science fiction, my thoughts on the 12th Doctor and as many other things as I can fit into the month! I have what feels like a million and one ideas, so I hope I can write up as many of them as possible.

Addtionally, I have created a small challenge on my Goodreads book group, Dragons & Jetpacks, aiming to get everyone to ‘consume’ as much science fiction during November as possible – even if they don’t blog. Feel free to join the group and take part!

I will also, of course, be aiming to comment on and tweet about as many of your posts as possible, so make sure to tweet/email links my way!

What are your plans for Sci-Fi Month?

31 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Month 2015: We Have Lift Off!”

  1. I’ve tried to spread my scifi reads out a bit , so I won’t just do new releases, only one is brand new , and the rest are spread right across the 20th century. I’ll post my plan of action tomorrow but great to read about your enthusiasm for it and delighted to see the positive repsonse in Dragons and Ketpacks.

  2. Do to a rather nasty fall in which I face planted on the sidewalk and smashed my glasses I am using audio books. I am Currently listening to Ian Douglas’s Star Carrier series, I am listening to book 6 the last book of the series I have. If you like action with turns and twists with good character building info this is a good series for you.

    I have also listened to classics H G Wells, War of the Worlds.
    SIr Arthus conan Doyle’s, The Lost World
    Both of the above were enjoyable to listen to.

  3. Thanks again for hosting Sci-Fi Month this year! Since the start of this annual event I’ve slowly but surely started making some in-roads with well-known and classic sci-fi titles. Perhaps by next year I will have tackled Hyperion and Foundation? We’ll see, we’ll see πŸ™‚ My plans for this year’s Sci-Fi Month are mostly book reviews, including 2 trilogies I’m slowly making my way through, and 1 unexpected eARC review that nicely fit into the month! Looking forward to your sci-fi posts, Rinn πŸ™‚

  4. Great intro post! I think this year will be a great SciFi Month. I love the idea of dinosaurs in scifi so will definitely watch for that post. And I’ve been tempted to read some older scifi too- it will be fun to see what everyone comes up with. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Greg, I hope so too πŸ™‚ I feel like I need to delve into some more classic sci-fi soon, although I don’t know if it will be this month. However, it has reminded me…

  5. I’d love to hear about your favorite sci-fi subgenres! This year, I’m appalled to find that I don’t actually read that much sci-fi, even though I call myself a SF/F reader. Hoping to explore more elements of things that I might like. πŸ™‚ And I like your emphasis on older books. I’m hoping to find some recommendations to fill in my sci-fi bingo from last year, haha.

    1. Those are the posts I still need to actually write, but hoping to start them over the next few days πŸ˜‰ And maybe this month will help you with your goals then!

  6. Yay! I didn’t even know sci-fi month existed until this year. It sounds like it will lots of fun πŸ™‚ I’m not sure what I have planned for this month, but it will at least include the Read Along for The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet πŸ˜€ Thanks for hosting such a cool event!

  7. YES so much to bringing back the golden oldies! I’d love to get into more “vintage” or older science fiction, because that’s probably what’s easy to find in my library. πŸ˜›

    This SciFi month, I’m hoping to discover more scifi titles to read and review, and hopefully come up with some discussion posts! Oh! And I’m currently playing a scifi game, so I’m def going to post about that. πŸ˜€

    1. There’s quite a lot of it free on Kindle too πŸ˜€

      Yesssss sci-fi games! I kind of feel I should put off DA: Inquisition til December now, so I can focus on some SF games… hmm.

  8. I’m so excited for this month! I started a little backwards and went to see The Martian last week. The book is on my nightstand to be read in the upcoming week. I also read Lock In by John Scalzi. I didn’t really enjoy it, but I heard Old Man’s War is much better, so that’ll be next on my list.

    1. Welcome! πŸ˜€ One of our participants actually just reviewed Old Man’s War, check out the schedule. She enjoyed it quite a lot πŸ™‚

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