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.
Somehow, it’s already the end of November, and with that we say goodbye to Sci-Fi Month for another year! It has been a fantastic month, chock-a-block full of posts and love for science fiction. I’m so proud of this event and what it inspires: bloggers who come back every year, bloggers I didn’t know were science fiction fans, bloggers who are taking part for the first time. Every year sees unique and inspiring posts shared by so many wonderful people.
So what about some Sci-Fi Month stats?
- We had at least 60 participants – I’m not entirely sure on numbers, as some people took part but didn’t use the form etc, some signed up but didn’t post. However, whatever the number, I’m happy with the response! 🙂
- Between 1st and 25th November (at time of writing this post as I’m unable to edit this on 30th!), we’ve shared over 270 posts for the event.
- The majority of these were reviews (book, film and video game) – 125, to be exact.
- But we also shared discussions, guest posts, interviews, top tens and other sci-fi treats.
- I tweeted/retweeted over 400 times with the official @SciFiMonth account throughout November – every single post was tweeted, plus most things that were tweeted to the account or with the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.
- We covered decades and decades of sci-fi – from the classics to brand new releases.
- Authors ranged from Isaac Asimov to Ernest Cline, Marissa Meyer to Veronica Roth, John Scalzi to Andy Weir.
- Some of the most popular books reviewed included The Martian by Andy Weir, and Planetfall by Emma Newman.
- Topics discussed included: artificial intelligence, sci-fi and fairy tales, dystopian fiction, dinosaurs, diversity in sci-fi, Gothic influences, time travel, books that have affected a reader’s life, ‘everyday’ sci-fi, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, space opera, steampunk, post-apocalyptic fiction, colonisation and space travel, the undead, Doctor Who, sci-fi video games and more.
- It wasn’t only bloggers involved – but also publishers, authors, editors and more.
- I spent at least one or two hours every night catching up with the events of the day – including tweeting every post, commenting on as many as possible, visiting each participating blog individually to make sure all posts were added to the schedule. So if we say that I spent at least 30 hours commenting, tweeting etc, imagine what we collectively spent writing those posts!
- One thing I’d love to know for next year: what would you like to see during Sci-Fi Month 2016? Is there anything you think needs changing? Any ideas for additions?
I’d also like to say a massive THANK YOU to Lisa @ Over the Effing Rainbow for being my wonderful co-host this year. I didn’t manage to communicate with her as much as I wanted, but she still did a fantastic job! And thanks again for organising the #SmallAngryPlanet readalong, Lisa 🙂
This year I have a giveaway to celebrate the success of Sci-Fi Month, and prizes have been kindly provided by the wonderful Hodderscape!. They include a copy of Timebomb by Scott K. Andrews (which I reviewed last Sci-Fi Month), a Hodderscape tote bag and a Hodderscape pin badge. This giveaway is open to UK residents only – I’m sorry but I can’t afford to ship elsewhere! 😦