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.
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.