The 2014 Science Fiction Experience

Today marks the beginning of the 2014 Science Fiction Experience, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  The Science Fiction experience is an informal type of reading challenge that focuses on enjoying science fiction in all its forms.  It begins today and lasts until the end of January.  January is also Vintage Sci-fi Month, hosted by Andrea from The Little Red Reviewer.

Science fiction is one of my favorite book genres.  I love the way that futuristic societies reflect on our own, and I’m drawn by authors who envision worlds that could be.  I discovered my love of science fiction through the Science Fiction Experience several years ago, and I love seeing everyone’s reading choices.

My reading pool for the next two months is fluid and likely to change.  I will be interspersing books that I’m reading for blog tours with science fiction.  Here are some of the books that I may review:

  • The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke – This one’s a definite, as I’ve already finished reading it.  It’s about a girl who falls in love with an android.
  • Katya’s War by Jonathan Howard – I read Katya’s World during last year’s Science Fiction experience and adored it.  It’s YA sci-fi featuring a submarine pilot.
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi – I’ve had this book on my TBR list for way too long, especially since Mr. Scalzi personally signed my copy.
  • The Gor series by John Norman – These books are objectively terrible, but they’re also delightfully pulpy (if you can get past the sex slaves) and I can’t stop reading them.  If I have a bad day at work, I read one of these, and then I feel better.
  • Dreamwalker by C.S. Friedman – I’ve been trying to behave and wait to read this one until a bit closer to the publication date, but I can’t hold myself back much longer.  Friedman is an amazing writer, and I’m super excited to see her newest work.

Those are just a few samples of the enormous number of sci-fi books that I have sitting around my apartment and/or my Kindle; there are many more where those came from, and I’ll be reading whatever books I’m in the mood for on any given day.  I’ll also be spending plenty of evenings curled up with a cup of tea watching Star Trek.

What are your sci-fi reading/viewing plans?

18 thoughts on “The 2014 Science Fiction Experience

  1. Thanks for joining both events! I have no doubt we have a fun few events ahead of us.

    I’m glad you enjoyed The Mad Scientist’s Daughter and look forward to reading your review on that one.

    So fun to see you talk about the Gor series. I’ve not read any of them, though I would like to give one a try. The way you talk about them reminds me of the way I feel about the Stainless Steel Rat books and Brian Daley’s Han Solo novels. If I truly need a comfort read, if I truly need to escape because work, etc. is getting to me, those are my go-to novels. First I know them so well that I can get lost in them without a great deal of concentration, and second they are what brought me to science fiction and so they have a built-in comfort factor for me.

    1. I do have a volume of the Stainless Steel Rat that I might end up reading during vintage sci-fi month. Seeing you talk about it has made me curious. I’ve also got the second Barsoom novel on my Kindle that I’ve been putting off for a rainy day. Pulpy sci-fi just has a knack for making me feel better about life. 🙂

  2. I was JUST looking at the Gor series at Audible because book 1 is on sale… hm… Maybe I should try it after all. They get good reviews on there, but I wasn’t sure about all the sex comments in the reviews. I was rather shocked that there are over 30 books in the series and audios exist for all of them (I think.)

    I am looking forward to some sci-fi. 🙂 Enjoy your reading!

    1. The first one is pretty much “A Princess of Mars” but with sex slaves. There’s some decent worldbuilding and storytelling, but you have to be able to ignore Norman’s obsession with the sex slaves, which can get annoying pretty quickly, especially when he goes all philosophical about it. If you can ignore that, they’re fun little adventures. Then again, sword and planet stories are my weakness. I fall for them every itme. 🙂

      1. Just make sure if you ever do try the Stainless Steel Rat books that you start with the first one (with that title…alternatively it is the first story in the collection called The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat). It won’t be as fun if you don’t meet him in that first novel.

        The second John Carter book is fun. There is a plot element that is very obvious to the modern reader which makes me wonder if it was obvious back then as well or if we are just more used to those kind of things happening in our stories.

        1. I think I have the first book, but I’m not positive. I know that it has a red cover.

          I’m excited to read more of the Barsoom novels. I loved the first one, even though some elements, as you say, were a bit obvious. I think maybe it’s because a lot of sci-fi tropes originated with older stories, so when you come into them with our cultural background, you suspect things that the original readers might not have guessed. That’s part of the fun though. 🙂

        1. It’s the sort of thing that may or may not bother you. I could see people thinking it’s misogynistic. I don’t mind it, but then again, I think that the scantily clad brave and strong super muscular heroes in pulpy books are pretty objectified too. As long as you go in knowing what you’re getting and not expecting high literature, I think it can be a fun series. 😛

    1. Awesome. I’m excited; I’ve been on a Star Trek kick for the past year, and Scalzi’s sense of humor appeals to me a lot. 🙂

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