Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Sci-Fi Experience

Delighted that Carl is starting his annual Sci-Fi Experience early, as he did last year. I always enjoy this one as it reminds me that one of the very first genres I fell in love with as a teenager was science-fiction.

(Artwork by Stephan Martiniere.)

The 'Experience' runs from the 1st. December, 2014 to the 31st January, 2015. Participants can read as many science-fiction books as they like: one or many, whatever takes your fancy. The important thing is to 'enjoy' your reading.

Carl's sign-up post is here:

I have several books I'd like to get to this year.

1. Heliconia Winter by Brian W. Aldiss. I've read the first two books in this series and loved them, this'll be the perfect opportunity to finish the trilogy.

2. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge. I know little about this book other than it's considered a classic in the space opera section of the sci-fi genre. Sounds like it might be my kind of thing.

3. The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. Many, *many* years ago I read Niven's Ringworld and was blown away by it. Weirdly I don't think I've read a single other book by him since. And this is again supposed to be a classic.

4. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. This one's been on my tbr mountain for 'years'. Time I got around to it.

If I manage to read just a couple of those I'll be a happy bunny. I suspect, December being, as it is for everyone, busy for me, that the majority of my reading for the Sci-Fi Experience will take place in January. Thanks again to Carl for hosting.



Susan said...

Ooh, I have Fire Upon The Deep too to read! I wish I could be sure of being able to read again soon. I could get quite a pile ready for a photograph! lol It's too soon though, and I would get depressed if I made a big pile and then didn't read any from it. This way, not making a pile, maybe I can encourage myself to read a little more until my reading mojo comes back - sort of trick myself into it. Good luck with your books, Cath. I'm curious what you think about Mote in God's Eye, which I've heard lots about over the years. I hope you enjoy the challenge again this year, Cath :-)

Cath said...

Susan: I've had Fire Upon the Deep for far too long and really ought to get to it. I'm in the mood for a bit of space opera too after watching the sci-fi doc series that's currently showing here on Sat nights.

The same goes for Mote in God's Eye and like you I've heard lots about it over the years.

Thanks, Susan. Hope you enjoy the challenge too.