“I write about people who do extraordinary things. It just turned out that it was called science fiction.”
Science fiction is one of my favorite book genres because it stretches the frontiers of the imagination while being grounded in and influenced by the problems of our own society. I didn’t read much science fiction until a few years ago, when I participated in the 2012 Science Fiction Experience hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings. The challenge encouraged me to expand my horizons, and I discovered a love for a genre that I had previously overlooked.
I am now delighted to be participating in the Science Fiction Experience for the third year in a row. The challenge begins on December 1 (I’m a little late to the party, I know) and ends on January 31. The challenge overlaps with Vintage Sci-fi Month in January, hosted by Andrea at The Little Red Reviewer, which focuses on books written before 1979.
I know that I’m not going to stick to this list, because I never do, but here are some of the books I’m considering reading over the course of the next couple months:
- Redshirts by John Scalzi (Definite)
- Awakening by Karen Sandler (Definite)
- Something by Robert Silverberg, which would fit nicely into the Vintage Sci-fi portion. I’ve got five or six of his books sitting around that I’ve been meaning to get to.
- The next book in John Norman’s Gor series, which is terrible but one of my guilty pleasures.
- Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I’ve had the book Jane by Robin Maxwell sitting on my shelf for ages, but I wanted to read the original first.
- The next book in the Barsoom series, because they are a lot of fun.
- The next book in the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer.
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
I’ve also got a pile of sci-fi books on my shelves that I’ve picked up at used book sales over the past few years that I haven’t gotten around to reading. I don’t remember all of them offhand, but I think it would be nice to catch up on some of the books I own rather than feeling beholden to review copies. I’m trying not to overschedule myself in the new year and to read more impulsively instead. Back when I was a kid, I used to make almost daily trips to the library, reading whatever struck my fancy at any given moment. Lately I’ve moved away from that, and I’ve been feeling nostalgic for the way I used to read.