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Sci-Fi Month 2016: Mission Complete + Giveaway


This post is part of Sci-Fi Month 2016, 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 with the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.

November has now come to an end, and with that another Sci-Fi Month! 2016 was the fourth annual Sci-Fi Month, and just as much of a success. I have been so proud of everyone who has taken part in this event since I started it in 2013 – you’ve shown me that science fiction is not the niche genre I once thought it was. Whilst we don’t always see science fiction in the mainstream – have you ever seen a science fiction title in a supermarket bestselling book chart? – it is definitely popular. And maybe even all our hard work this month has converted some new sci-fi fans, or encouraged people to try out new sub-genres or mediums of science fiction that they wouldn’t have considered before.

I have to admit, and some of you might have noticed, that November was not my month. It started out so well – for the first 10 days or so I tweeted every single post on the day it was posted, was full of enthusiasm. After that, I started slacking, not touching things for a few days, then catching up, but not always commenting – and I definitely haven’t commented on every post like I’d hoped.

And, as I’ve been open about my depression on here before, I will be honest and say that that was the reason why. It came back with a bite in November. I am really struggling with not being where I want to be in life in terms of my career. I withdrew from a lot of things in my life, and basically just shut myself away in my room playing video games or reading. For that reason I’ll probably be rather inactive throughout December whilst I focus on job hunting, as it is going to definitely involve moving again. A massive thank you to everyone for continuing to post and celebrate science fiction whilst I disappeared into the background a bit.

And now for this year’s Sci-Fi Month stats:

These stats were accurate on 29th November, when this post was written.

  • We had a total of 71 participants (at least), which includes authors, publishers and bloggers. And that’s not including all those who read and commented, but didn’t post, so the actual number is a lot more!
  • 315 posts were shared in November, especially for Sci-Fi Month.
  • Most of these were reviews, as with every year, but we also posted others. More specifically… (as of 29th November 2016)
    • 31 intro and wrap up posts
    • 123 reviews
    • 21 discussions
    • 63 lists
    • 12 guest posts/interviews
    • 23 fun & games posts (quizzes etc)
    • 42 misc posts (Waiting on Wednesday etc)
  • Authors reviewed included Wesley Chu, Nina Allan, Isaac Asimov, Emma Newman, Ann Leckie and so many more.
  • The book (or rather books) that seemed to appear the most throughout 2016 were Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
  • Topics discussed ranged from Star Trek to Farscape, dystopia, the importance of science fiction, women in science fiction, starship crews, sci-fi fandoms, time travel, ‘unpopular’ sci-fi opinions, movies and TV shows, robots, aliens, the best reads for book groups, sci-fi tropes, art and music.
  • According to Twitter Analytics, during November the @SciFiMonth account gained 42 new followers, tweeted/retweeted 322 times, and was mentioned 280 times. I also sent out 114 tweets in October, advertising previous years posts in order to build up interest.
  • My own Twitter account gained 12 new followers, and tweeted/retweeted 141 times, the large majority of which were SFM related.
  • I tried out a few tools to track the #RRSciFiMonth hashtag, just to see how many times it had been used in November but couldn’t find one that showed the entire month. However, I did find something interesting via Keyhole. #RRSciFiMonth had a reach of 216,984 in just 10 days, which means that many individual people saw the hashtag! That’s pretty amazing. The image below shows data for the hashtag between 18-28 November 2016:
  • sfm16data

  • Like previous years, I spent hours re-tweeting, tweeting, commenting, maintaining the schedule and making sure things were up to date, as well as just generally spreading the word about the event. So think of all the time we must have collectively contributed towards putting Sci-Fi Month together!
  • Please let me know if you’d like to see anything changed/improved/added for next year, or you have any ideas or suggestions for 2017! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you so much to everyone who took part this year – without you it would not have been possible!

I have two giveaways to say thank you, one is international and the other is UK only so please make sure you enter the correct one! The UK based giveaway is provided by Titan Books, and is for The Race by Nina Allan. The international giveaway is open to all countries that the Book Depository ships to for free, and is for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.

The Race Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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24 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Month 2016: Mission Complete + Giveaway”

    1. Thanks for taking part, Tammy! And thank you, I think December will be good – time with family, a bit of a break and some rest, time to just read and not really think about things too much ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Hey Rinn, sorry to hear you’re experiencing a depression downturn, hopefully it’ll be over quickly and you’ll be feeling better soon. I know how hard it is to do much of anything while you’re going through that. Good luck on the job search.

    Thanks for giving me an excuse to immerse myself in some great science fiction this month. I’ve enjoyed all the posts and tweets and have read quite a bit, although I haven’t come close to getting through all the books and games and movies I wanted to ( I never do.) If only I had more time in the day. Favorite thing about Sci-Fi Month? Being introduced to a whole lot of books and writers I was unaware of. My TBR shelf has expanded accordingly. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I’m heading back to Watch Dogs 2 for some hack-the-system fun.

    1. I do feel better at the moment, so I’m hoping it stays that way – thanks, Ty! It can be pesky, coming and going for no apparent reason and with no real warning ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      I still need to play Watch Dogs, but I’m wondering if I should just skip straight to 2? What do you reckon? I’ve heard 2 is much better.

      1. I loved the first Watch Dogs and I’m not that far into the second one, but so far I’d say it’s better. I’d still recommend both if you have the chance. The first one was a bit darker in tone and this one has a lot more humor to it. There have been a few references to the first game but you’d be fine jumping straight to this one if you want. San Francisco is a great setting and one of my favorite cities so I’m enjoying driving around seeing the sights (and taking some selfies while I’m there. ) I’m sure you’ll have fun playing it.

      2. Yeah I had heard this one was less dark, which is kind of what I like – I need some brightness! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And the setting sounds really fun too.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting this! I had so much fun participating and creating content for Sci Fi Month. It was fun getting to read and interact with other people that were so enthusiastic about Sci Fi as well, so I’ve found a lot of new blogs to follow.

    I’m sorry to hear about your depression ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I wish you all the luck for sorting everything out and I definitely think you shouldn’t feel guilty about being away from the blogosphere. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do! And looking after yourself is the most important thing.

    I haven’t finished reading all of the posts yet either, so I can’t wait to get to them all and finish reading the list of posts.

    Awesome work!

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift

    1. Thank you so much for taking part, Jordon, I’ve really loved your contributions ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks, I think a break will be good and already I’m feeling better and planning ahead! Somehow thinking of posts for a month’s time is fine, but thinking about posting something tomorrow stresses me out.

      1. I definitely understand what you mean! It’s a lot easier to write content when you have quite a bit of time to write it, change it, edit it and plan it. But when you feel like you’re chasing your tail trying to keep up with things, you hit a wall and have no motivation. I felt like that the last half of November… All I wanted to do instead was binge watch Netflix, and actually, that’s what I ended up doing ha.

  3. Thanks for hosting this again, Rinn! It’s always fun to see people excited about science fiction and to get new recommendations. Also, I’m sorry to hear that you’re struggling in your personal life. Job hunting is the worst, but hang in there! *hugs*

  4. Thank you for hosting this event. This was my first time participating in it and I enjoyed reading so many reviews and posts on science fiction which I would not have read otherwise. I added so many books and movies to my must-read/watch list thanks to everyone who participated. Sorry to hear about your depression. Good luck with the job hunt.

  5. My thanks to you and Lisa for hosting this wonderful event! I’m already looking forward to next year ๐Ÿ™‚

    No, science fiction is definitely not a niche genre, and it seems that it’s gaining – slowly but surely – some well-deserved ground, mostly thanks to the wonderful, talented authors out there, both the already established ones, and those who are coming on the scene in recent years. And this makes me very happy.

    I’m sorry that this month was such a sad period for you, but at the same time I can read – between the lines – your willingness to fight and come out of it a winner: that’s the spirit, and the kind of drive that will help you overcome the bad moments. I wish you all the best – and more ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes, it’s definitely gaining in popularity – there are some elements that maybe aren’t quite so well-regarded, but in general it is picking up. Especially superheroes and dystopia.

      Thank you for your lovely comments โค ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. First of all, thank you (and Lisa) for hosting this wonderful event. I had a blast reading everyone’s posts and as that spreadsheet filled up I was like yes!! So many people participating- awesome. You deserve a lot of credit for getting this thing off the ground. Honestly I can’t wait until next year! And sorry to hear about the rough patch- all my best wishes for luck in the job search and anything else going on. You have a lot of support here online if you ever need it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love the breadth of this event too. 216k reach- wow! And 315 posts. So cool that this event takes off like this. Anyway have a great December and thanks again!!

    1. Thanks for taking part, Greg! And yes, it’s just so wonderful to see that spreadsheet slowly fill up ๐Ÿ™‚ It took a LOT of work to get it started, and still takes a lot of work to run it every year, but seems to get a bit easier each year thanks to the people that take part spreading the word and taking part with such passion and eagerness ๐Ÿ˜€

      And that was only over a 10 day period ๐Ÿ˜‰ So imagine the entire month…

  7. Thanks very much for you and Lisa for hosting! It’s always a pleasure to see read posts from so many people who love science fiction. You did an awesome job.
    I’m sorry to hear about your struggles. Best of luck to you!

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