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December 30, 2012 / Leslie

The 2013 Science Fiction Experience

13sfexp2300While I consider myself an eclectic reader enjoying many genres and usually willing to experience something new, science fiction has always been my first love. If I had to move to the proverbial desert island with only one genre to choose from, Science Fiction would be my choice.

From my earliest reading days I devoured books on astronomy, the science fiction section of the library was always my first stop, and I was thrilled beyond belief when Star Trek, a show that portrayed the future in a realistic, hopeful manner, hit the airwaves. I would make popcorn and my family would gather around the TV to watch each new show. Seriously, we did that back then in the days of one color television and no cable!

Which brings me to the 2013 Sci-Fi Experience hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.
 

Not a Challenge but an Experience

The 2013 Science Fiction Experience runs from January 1st, 2013 through February 28th, 2013. There are no rules. Signing up isn’t required, nor is posting your reviews although there will be a linky for those who wish to do so. Carl explains:

A few years back I decided I would like to invite other readers to spend time together to:

a) Continue their love affair with science fiction
b) Return to science fiction after an absence, or
c) Experience for the first time just how exhilarating science fiction can be.

This is as good a reason as any to put a few of my science fiction books at the head of the pile.

Vintage Sci-Fi MonthJanuary is Vintage Sci-Fi Month

Little Red Reviewer is hosting Vintage Science Fiction Month in January. Vintage is anything written before 1979. I have more than a few of those that I picked up at book sales and accumulated over the years.

My first book for the experience and not-a-challenge will be The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester. And of course I can change my mind and choose a different one because this is not a challenge!

Are you planning on joining or trying some Sci-Fi?

It’s an exciting genre and has something for everyone. Give it a try. Check last year’s Sci-Fi Experience review links for recommendations. Have fun!

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  1. cbjamess / Dec 30 2012 10:32 am

    I’ve several vintage science fiction books in my TBR stack so I’m joining. Thanks for pointing it out to me. This will work well with the TBR Double Dog Dare.

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  2. Redhead / Dec 30 2012 12:12 pm

    Looking forward to your thoughts on The Stars My Destination, along with anything else you choose to read in Jan/Feb.

    Earlier in the month I drafted a list of Vintage reads I was planning to read, and already I’ve read one and downloaded the audio of one that’s not on the list. it’s all for fun, so I’m just happy I’m reading all this stuff.

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    • Leslie / Dec 31 2012 10:26 am

      I missed the Vintage not-a-challenge last year. By the time I discovered it, it was the end of January. I picked up a couple of out-of-print hardcover James Tiptree books last year for a few dollars that I’d like to get to next month too. I can’t believe they practically give this stuff away.

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  3. diane / Dec 30 2012 6:19 pm

    I’m one of those strange birds who has never seen (1) full episode of Star Trek, although I did think Shatner was pretty easy on the eyes when he flashed on screen back then. Have fun Les.

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    • Leslie / Dec 31 2012 10:19 am

      It’s amazing that you’ve managed to avoid Star Trek considering how ubiquitous it has been for the past 40 years!

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  4. Suko / Dec 30 2012 7:05 pm

    I should read more science fiction, but I usually read regular fiction. I will at the very least, look forward to your sci-fi reviews.

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  5. BermudaOnion / Dec 30 2012 7:15 pm

    My sister and son love science fiction so I’ve tried it from time to time and it’s really not for me. I’m not sure what my favorite genre would be. Good luck with the “experience” – I really like the way it’s structured.

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    • Leslie / Dec 31 2012 10:16 am

      It’s not for everyone, but it’s also not necessary to read ‘hard sci-fi with space travel and aliens. A lot of genres cross over into it so you might read some by accident. I considered Stephen King’s 11/22/63 to be science fiction.

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  6. nrlymrtl / Dec 31 2012 10:10 am

    I am also planning on participating in these two reading events, along with Stainless Steel Droppings’ Dragonflight read along. So much great scifi crammed into only 2 months!

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    • Leslie / Dec 31 2012 10:17 am

      And since it’s winter, I should have more time to read without my gardening or other outdoor activities. I am so not a cold weather person.

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  7. Kailana / Dec 31 2012 9:27 pm

    I want to do this, but my reading has been so bad lately… Hopefully I can get something read!

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  8. cherylmahoney / Jan 5 2013 5:53 pm

    I had a BIG stack of sci fi waiting for the Experience to start…and most of them turned out to be vintage, so I’m jumping in there too. My first love has to be fantasy, but the more years I do this Experience, the more I’m getting excited about sci fi too.

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