The 2015 Sci-Fi Experience

Posted December 1, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments


Banner for the 2015 Sci-Fi Experience hosted by 'Stainless Steel Droppings', art by Stephan Martiniere.It is December. Which means it is time for the Sci-Fi Experience again! The Sci-Fi Experience is hosted, as always, by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings and is, like everything Carl hosts, a lot of fun. Let me copy over some of Carl’s words on the timing before I continue my own rambling. The italicising is mine just because I don’t want anything to eat my blockquotes. (Yes, I know it’s unlikely. It makes me feel better anyway.)

We will celebrate the joys of Science Fiction to end 2014 and begin 2015 by officially beginning The 2015 Sci-Fi Experience on December 1st, 2014 and it will go through January 31st, 2015. As we have done the past few years, we will be coupling the Experience with Andrea’s Vintage Science Fiction Month which runs through the month of January 2015. You should take a moment now and pop over there to sign up!

And there you are. As of today, the Sci-Fi Experience is go until the end of January. EXCITEMENT! So! What is this Experience about? Other than science fiction, that is. What are the rules and how do you participate?

The former is simple! There are no rules. (Well, beyond the obvious one.) It’s not a challenge. Minimum participation is reading one book. Just one and ‘challenge’ completed. You can, of course, make your own challenge out of it, but the aim of the event is to have fun and enjoy yourself.

The latter is also simple.  Go here to the sign-up post and… sign up. That’s it! Or don’t if you’d rather not, but then you won’t get the community aspect of the challenge. You can also, as I’m doing right now, write up an intro-post discussing your experiences and personal goals for the challenge and link to that or ask for recommendations in the comments or just comment in the comments. Etc.

Last year, I focused heavily on science fiction games for the experience. I also focused heavily on clearing some of the science fiction on my TBR pile, mind you, but the vast majority of my post that year were about old science fiction games. This is largely because I’m actually fairly new to reading science fiction, though I’ve seen a decent amount of films and played a reasonable number of games.

I’d hoped to spend this year alternating between books and film/tv, but I’d really need to rewatch just about everything and I have neither the time nor the access to the material. So just books it is! Since December is going to be particularly busy in a lot of ways and I suspect my January will be similar, I’m keeping my goals low.

I’d like to read the Women Destroy Science Fiction! issue of Lightspeed (finally). I’ve actually started it in November, but it’ll be a while before I’ve read it in its entirety. I’d also like to read Under Nameless Stars by Christian Schoon. And if I read those I shall be chuffed.

My pile, if you’re curious, is a little bigger. So let me show you the pile!

  • Lightspeed #49: Women Destroy Science Fiction!
  • Under Nameless Stars by Christian Schoon
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
  • Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang
  • Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow

And there you are. That’s all that remains on my TBR pile in regards to science fiction for the moment. (I am so excite! I seem to be holding steady at an immediate TBR of about 50-100 books.) In theory, I can read all of them in the coming two months. Whether I will remains to be seen. But I’m going for low-key participation. I’ve just come out of NaNo and I actually have a fair bit of work on my plate.