Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 Sci Fi Experience

It's that time again!  Carl V. over at Stainless Steel Droppings is again hosting the 2012 Science Fiction Experience.  I've only joined in once before back in 2009 where I read a whopping 10 books!! You can check out my post and review links here.  The last couple of years were absolutely crazy so I am so excited to be joining in again this year.  I've been perusing library book sales and putting all my science fiction books together on one huge sagging shelf in preparation.

Here's what Carl says about the experience:

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 event was not to be a challenge. It was not a dare nor was it a contest. It was meant to be an experience, a word I did not choose at random. 

I love this idea!

But what made me even more excited is that Carl is doing another book read-a-long with Isaac Asimov's classic book The Foundation.  I almost finished reading it a few years ago but for some reason stopped in the middle.  So I'm looking forward to reading along with Carl and everyone.

Let me take a moment to snap a photo or two of my pile to read.

Scored and Cinder are two review books I've received recently.  I'll be honest and say I've already devoured Cinder.  Cinderella story mixed w/ cyborgs = awesome.

I found John Scalzi's Old Man's War and Russo's Ship of Fools at library book sales and I'm looking forward to reading them.

I'm a huge fan of Margaret Atwood so I was excited to win a copy of In Other Worlds over at Teddy Rose's blog So Many Precious Books, So Little Time.

I'm also a huge fan of Connie Willis and am shocked I've never reviewed any of her books on my blog.  Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog -- man I love her stuff.  My brother found a copy of Futures Imperfect which is a collection of short stories.  Yippee!

The Mists of Avalon.  Ok.  I know it's fantasy - not sci fi but I might try and read it this coming month or two.  I'm trying to check off some books on NPR's 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy list.

These are some of my dad's sci-fi books I inherited.  I've already dug into The Foundation and have read the first two parts of the book.  It really isn't a long book even though the trilogy book makes it look massive.  I've always love Dickson's Dorsai story and while for some reason I can't find my copy of The Spirit of Dorsai, I can always start out with one of the books in the Childe Cycle collection.

Speaking of fun classic sci-fi covers, I've been wanting to dig into some Anne McCaffrey books since I heard the sad news that this classic sci-fi author passed away this past year.  I have a stack of her books but I thought I'd show you some of the fun covers:

I included Heinlein's The Cat Who Walks Through Walls.  I just find old sci-fi covers fun.

Anyway, are you joining in?  Do you have classic favorites or are you a newbie sci-fi fan?  Do you like YA sci-fi or do you stay away from sci-fi books at all costs?  Leave a comment!!


  1. I really got into sci-fi last year. I don't do challenges but this sounds like a great one!

    I love Asimov and just downloaded the Foundation series onto my ereader so maybe Ill head over and look at the readalong.

    My favourite sci-fi author would easily be John Wyndham. I am keen to check out Terry Pratchett and Anne McCaffrey this year aswell.

  2. Awesome books, all! I loved Mists of Avalon, and am due for a re-read soon. I'm also in love with NPR's list of top scifi & fantasy books, although it shames me how many I have not read. I've been aiming to fix that for some time now...