The 2014 Sci-Fi Experience @Stainless Steel Droppings

The end of the year is approaching and, with it, not only the holiday season but also time to look back on the challenges of 2013. I’ve done pretty well on some and gloriously failed others, and honestly, at this point, I mostly just want to read whatever I feel like. As luck would have it, there is a not-challenge coming up that feels like it was made for me.

The 2014 Sci-Fi Experience hosted by Stainless 2014 sci-fi experienceSteel Droppings
(Carl’s blog is fantastic, so go and check it out even if you’re not joining this event!)

Two months of enjoying science fiction in every shape or form, and meeting likeminded people. Whether you’re a long-time science fiction fan or want to get back into the genre – or even if you’ve never picked up an SF novel in your life, December and January are your chance to dive in and enjoy a fantastic genre.

After the wonderful, if very different SF books, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach, I am in just the right mood for more science fiction, especially space opera and (to nobody’s surprise) my TBR is chock full of novels that fit the category.

Here are the ones from way on top of the to-read-pile:

  • Iain M. Banks – Consider Phlebas
  • Timothy Zahn – Heir to the Empire
  • Kage Baker – In the Garden of Iden
  • Mike Resnick – Starship: Mutiny
  • Jack McDevitt – A Talent for War

And because science fiction is not only about spaceships and aliens and Star Wars, here are some other books (also potentially including space ships) that I think I might read in the coming two months:

  • Jacqueline Koyanagi – Ascension
  • Wesley Chu – The Lives of Tao
  • Lois McMaster Bujold – Cordelia’s Honor
  • Bernard Werber – Les fourmis (Empire of the Ants)
  • David Weber – A Beautiful Friendship

If you want to join in the fun, head over to Carl’s blog and sign up. If you’d rather sit back and see what other people are reading, there is also a review page where people will post what they’ve read throughout the event.

I can’t wait to get started and catch up on some science fiction. If you know me, you’ll also know that any resolutions I have made above will very probably be ignored in favor of whichever book jumps at me and demands to be read at that moment in time. But I promise one thing: it will be science fiction.

5 thoughts on “The 2014 Sci-Fi Experience @Stainless Steel Droppings

  1. Carl V. Anderson says:

    So happy you are doing this with us. Thank you for your kind words. I enjoy your blog so much and am excited about your potential choices. I’m jealous that you’ve gotten through Ancillary Justice and Fortune’s Pawn so quickly and am happy to know you enjoyed both.

    I have A Beautiful Friendship and its sequel on my shelf (and the third on my Christmas wishlist), so I should get around to actually reading the first one at some point. I also really want to read my first Iain M. Banks at some point. I’ve checked Consider Phlebas out from the library twice now and haven’t cracked into it because of other reading desires.

    It would be fun to re-read the Zahn trilogy too.


    • Nadine says:

      You also haven’t read any Banks yet? I thought I was the last SF fan on the planet. I actually started reading Consider Phlebas (50 pages or so) and it was really fun but something or other got in the way.

      But Star Wars also sounds like a lot of fun. When I first found out there were books set in the Star Wars universe, my head nearly exploded – 14-year-old me just couldn’t believe it. More Han Solo? Yes, please!

      I’ll just pick whichever book I can locate most easily on my ever growing shelves. 🙂
      As for Fortune’s Pawn: I’m sure you’ll enjoy the hell out of it. And Ancillary Justice is a must-read. I am sure it will go to win all the awards.


      • Carl V. Anderson says:

        No, you are certainly not alone. I’m glad to hear that about the first 50 pages of the book!

        I haven’t read many Star Wars novels, but Brian Daley’s Han Solo books are ones I experienced as a kid and they remain among my most re-read and cherished novels. I am enjoying some of these newer Star Wars books that are set in the time period of the original films too. Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn was fun, and I recently picked up Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells. Also looking forward to the James S.A. Corey Star Wars book coming out next year.


  2. kamo says:

    I’m so glad you’re doing this. I loved this Experience last time out (even if I did overdo it slightly. My own fault). Can’t say I’m unhappy it’s been brought forward by a month 🙂

    On the Consider Phlebas thing, you’re not the only one looking to read it, Cath over at Read Warbler has it lined up too. If it’s not too presumptuous, I’m looking to do a Culture re-read next year starting with CP in January, and if people fancy doing a readalong for one or all of them it’d be great. It’s been a while, but I’ve read them all before so seeing what people think of them for the first time would be fascinating. (linky – )


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