Monday, January 2, 2012

The 2012 Science Fiction Experience

It’s the beginning of a new year and with it brings another reading challenge!

I had a good time with the R.I.P. Challenge hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings that I’m going to participate in this next one:

The 2012 Science Fiction Experience!

I really like the idea for this one. It’s to be an experience. There are no levels or number of books you’re going to commit to reading. It’s very flexible. It’s about experiencing science fiction throughout January and February and it can be in any form: movie, TV and books (even non-fiction).

I’m excited about this because my Sci-Fi reading is very pathetic (movies and TV I think I’ve covered well). Off the top of my head the only Sci-Fi reading I've done is a handful of Star Wars Expanded Universe (Timothy Zahn’s, Thrawn trilogy being the best), The Forever War and Battlefield Earth (and no, I’m not a Scientologist! And despite L. Ron Hubbard’s “philosophy” staining the book it’s actually a fun read. A VERY long read but still fun.).

Here is my very flexible list of Sci-Fi reading:

Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (currently reading)
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
*Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
*Earthbound by Joe Haldeman
*Count to a Trillion by John C. Wright

*-Would require a purchase (But I’m fine with that. Yes, I know they’re probably at the library but well, I WANT I WANT I WANT)

I’ll also throw in some Sci-Fi movie watching and I’ll be working my way through the Doctor Who series.

I will also be participating in a group read of Foundation by Isaac Asimov. So on January 9th and the 16th I’ll be posting some answers to questions that will be emailed to those participating. Please read along as well if you want!

If anyone is interested, whether you want to join in the discussion or see what others are reading and watching, there will be a review site. There, throughout January and February, other bloggers will be posting links sharing what they’ve been reading and watching throughout the Experience. You can read more about the Science Fiction Experience here.

You don’t have to be a blogger to join in. So let’s have fun! That’s what this experience is all about!


  1. I like this idea. I really need to watch the original Dr Who series.

    And If you want some humorous milk with your scifi coffee give Milky Way Marmalade a shot!

  2. Don't forget Gordon R. Dickson & William Gibson.

  3. The library card will be getting a workout this week! Thanks for the suggestions!

  4. Great to have you participating. I'll be curious about your reactions to Starship Troopers. It seems to be a polarizing book. I'll save my comments for your review but will just give you the hint that I am in the "liked it" camp.

    Hoping to have the first group of Foundation questions out tomorrow night or Friday morning.

    Happy reading!

  5. Looking forward to the Foundation questions. I'm really enjoying it!

  6. Ah, the joys of discovering classic Dr Who....I envy you getting to see them all for the first time.

    I've seen them all so many times. :)

    1. Yes, Doctor Who is great :) I've already gone back to re-watch episodes!