Scifi This & Scfi That

2014SFExperienceOnce again I will be participating in two of my favorite yearly reading events: Stainless Steel Droppings’s 2014 Sci-Fi Experience and Little Red Reviewer’s Vintage Science Fiction Month. These are not true book challenges in that sense, but more of a chance to totally geek out on all things science fiction with other bloggers. The Sci-Fi Experience has traditionally run Jan-Feb, but this year Carl has decided to shift to Dec. 1 – Jan. 31, 2014. Andrea’s Vintage Science Fiction Month is January 2014, and the scifi goodness should be 1979 or older.

Here in the high desert of northern New Mexico, the winter is often filled with clear night skies, excessively dry weather, house fires due to misplaced ashes or bad insulation, and nose bleeds (which I blame on the dry weather). It is also filled with the shortest days of the year, which allow me the most believable excuse for turning in early (~6PM) with a good book.

So I am very much looking forward to enjoying these two reading events with full enthusiasm.

VintageScifiBadgeWhat will I be reading? Well, I haven’t planned it out, but I recently picked up the second book in The Expansion series by James S. A. Corey (I read the first back in August and still need to post the review – someone’s life was being sucked away by office until recently). Also there is Stark’s War by Jack Campbell, a B. V. Larson book that looks fascinating, probably a Neal Asher or two, and Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh. For the Vintage Science Fiction Month especially, I am feeling the need to dig out some Andre Norton and perhaps Anne McCaffrey. Knowing me, there will probably be a variety of other odd bits thrown in.

Sound like fun to you? Just check out the links above. You can join any time and do as little or as much as you like.

19 thoughts on “Scifi This & Scfi That”

  1. Great to have you joining on on both of these!

    I’ll probably be reading some Norton for the Vintage event as well. I really enjoyed Time Traders and have the next two books in that series as well as a ton of other Norton’s I’ve picked up in the last year after finally trying her work and enjoying it.

    The second Expansion book is a good one!

    1. I read a lot of Norton in highschool, and I still have the paperbacks. So I will have to dig through my shelves and see what I find.

      I was blown away by Book 1 of the The Expansion so I am quite looking forward to the second.

      1. Yes, I am. I’m planning on reviewing “The Mad Scientist’s Daughter,” and I’ve been putting off John Scalzi’s “Redshirts” for way too long. I’ll probably read some of John Norman’s “Gor” series, and I just bought a bunch of Octavia Butler books on a Cyber Monday special. 🙂

        1. I read Butler’s Lillith’s Children trilogy a few years ago – some of the best SF I have ever read. Red Shirts was totally fun & silly. I did the audiobook – read by Whil Weaton. Very fitting.

  2. Excellent stuff! I’ve got what I hope is now a set plan for my reading list for these events, and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in. With all of the overtime I’ll be doing this month, I need my reading to balance it! 😉

  3. December is already a pretty full reading and activity month so I’ll be getting a late start but I hope to squeeze in a vintage scifi book or two in January. I picked up a couple of Bester books at a library sale and I know there’s more old stuff on my shelves to choose from.

  4. The Stars My Destination, The Demolished Man and The Computer Connection. Nice copies too, hardcovers. The first two were reprints from the 90s and the last was an original book club edition. I’ll also add that The Demolished Man won the first Hugo Award for best novel.

    1. I’ve heard that The Computer Connection is pretty wild. TracyK, I believe, has The Demolished Man on her list of books to read in January for the Experience and Andrea’s Vintage SF Month. I told her I am tempted to do a re-read of it then too as I’ve only read it once and really liked it. I’ve read The Stars My Destination three times, I believe, over the last 5 years or so. Love the opening scene of that book.

  5. I’m hoping to read a couple of books by Wells. I haven’t been too good with challenges yet, but I have my fingers crossed this time. Happy reading!

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