2017’s Sci-Fi Reading Challenges

So, I’m hosting some sci-fi reading challenges for 2017!!

These sci-fi reading challenges were originally conceived as personal challenges. I simply wanted to push myself to expand my knowledge of science fiction works. Both old and new. However, talking about them with friends made it obvious that at least a few people were interested in joining in with me.

These challenges do have the chance of winning a small prize accompanying them, but they are really just for personal edification.

I do have a Goodreads group set up for these challenges, but you are not required to join. I just figured it would be a good way to keep track, plus to be able to talk with others about the books as you’re reading them.

There are two to choose from and there is one big deviation from the norm in how the challenges are run.

The Deviation: For both challenges, you have a set number of books you can take a pass on after you read to the 33% point. I truly believe that there are too many good books out there to waste your time on a bad one. I also know people have different definitions of a bad read. Now, this isn’t an excuse to read every book only to the 33% mark. (I give you a limited number of passes to avoid this being a problem.) However, if there’s a few that you just can’t stand, this will let you get over them with them STILL counting towards your read books.

Challenge #1rocketshipbadge Sci-Fi Reading Challenge

Decades of Sci-Fi

Scroll down to the bottom to enter the challenge.

This is the most straightforward challenge. 12 books, 1 a  month, 1 for each decade back to 1900.

They do not have to be read in any particular order, though I think there might be some fun in starting with the oldest and working forwards. (Links go to Goodreads.) I tried avoiding duplicates, but in the earlier sci-fi, it’s hard! Especially as I tried to choose books that were fairly easy to get your hands on.

You may DNF 2 at the 33% mark.

  1. In the Days of the Comet by H.G. Wells
  2. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  3. The Clockwork Man by E.V. Odle
  4. Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  5. What Mad Universe by Fredric Brown
  6. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  7. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
  8. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven
  9. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  10. Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson
  11. Ready Player One by Earnest Cline
  12. Blindsight by Peter Watts

Chance to Win: 

Everyone* who completes the challenge  gets entered to win $15.00 in books of their choice from Thriftbooks.com

(*age 18+, legal resident of the US)

Challenge Ends: Dec 31st, 2017.

Participants have until Jan 15, 2018 to confirm  their completion.

Winners will be announced January 19th, 2018.

**You must have some way for me to verify completion, whether it be a page on your blog where you’ve kept track, Goodreads shelf, or an entry in the Goodreads group if you wish to be entered to win the prize**

 

Challenge #2wiredintoscifi-1 Sci-Fi Reading Challenges

Wired into Sci-Fi

This challenge was inspired by Abe Book’s 50 Essential Sci-Fi Novels list.

Scroll down to the bottom to enter the challenge.

This challenge has 3 levels. Dabbler, Dreamer, and Connoisseur .

Choose a tier to aim for, and read an appropriate number of books from the Wired Into Sci-Fi bookshelf/list below.

Dabbler– Read 10 out of 30 of the Wired Into Sci-Fi Books. May DNF at the 33% point 2 times, and still have it count as a read. Any more after that, you must select an another book from the list to read instead.

Dreamer – Read 20 out of 30 of the Wired into Sci-Fi Books. May DNF at the 33% point 5 times, and still have it counted as a read. Any more after that, you must select another book from the list to read instead.

Connoisseur – Read 25+ books of the Wired into Sci-Fi Books. May DNF at the 33% point 7 times. Any more after that, you must select another book from the list to read instead.

Should you read all 30 books, you don’t get a special prize, but you will know you are completely awesome.

  • You may note that most of these books are fairly well-known. That’s a deliberate choice, as they’re meant to be ones that are accesible. Not books you have to pay 15 or 20 bucks to get your hands on.
  1. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  2. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1 by Douglas Adams
  4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  5. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  6. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  7. Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
  8. Ringworld by Larry Niven
  9. Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
  10. 1984 by George Orwell
  11. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
  12. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
  13. Ring Around the Sun by Cliffard D. Simak
  14. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
  15. The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
  16. When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie
  17. The Death of Grass by John Christopher
  18. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  19. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
  20. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  21. The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
  22. Make Room! Make Room! by Henry Harrison
  23. Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan
  24. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  25. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  26. The Female Man by Joanna Russ
  27. Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
  28. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
  29. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  30. Life by Gwyneth Jones

Chance to Win: (*age 18+, legal resident of the US)

Tier One:  A e-copy of Sci-Fi & Scary’s favorite science fiction novel.

Tier Two: Prize pack of 3  indie pubbed sci-fi novels that have received at least a 4* rating from Sci-Fi & Scary.

Tier Three: $25.00 GC to Thriftbooks.com

Challenge Ends: Dec 31st, 2017.

Participants have until Jan 15, 2018 to confirm  their completion.

Winners will be announced January 19th, 2018.

**You must have some way for me to verify completion, whether it be a page on your blog where you’ve kept track, Goodreads shelf, or an entry in the Goodreads group if you wish to be entered to win one of the prizes**

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19 thoughts on “2017’s Sci-Fi Reading Challenges

  1. Yeah! I’m all signed up for the Decades Challenge. I did 5 last year and am trying new things for next year. Sci-fi is my favorite genre so I’m very excited to do this one.

  2. And it’s now official! I’ll make a post to announce I’m taking part in both challenge and how many of the Wired into Sci-Fi I’m planning on reading. I’m torn between the Dabbler and Dreamer goal.
    I’m excited to see two books I was planning on reading. And a reread of 1984 😍

  3. Hi Lilyn.
    Challenge accepted! I have entered to be a part of the ‘Decades’, Challenge. This is my first ever reading challenge. Thanks!
    Happy Reading!
    Your pal,
    ~Icky. 🙂

    1. Oh your first! I’m so excited for you. I have done about 7 over the last 2 years but this is my first time doing this one. I think you picked a great one for your first challenge. I’m doing the Decades one too.

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