Sci-Fi July 2017


It’s July!  For me, that means one thing — it’s time for the THIRD annual Sci-Fi July.  Check out my post from last year about Sci-Fi July’s origin story, or keep reading for the TL;DR version:
Here’s how Sci-Fi July works — join the Facebook group and talk with other nerdy folks about the sci-fi books you read during July.
It doesn’t matter if you read one book or twenty books, last year we had a group member participate with movies instead of reading (the “rules” are really more like suggestions).  My favorite parts about Sci-Fi July are:

  • One month is a nice finite length of time.  The end is always in sight, and I don’t experience the ebbs and flows in my interest that I do with a year-long book challenge or a standard book club.
  • We don’t all read the same books, but there’s enough overlap in our reading to have some fun discussions.
  • I always get some great new-to-me recommendations.
  • The Sci-Fi July Bingo card!

The bingo card was a new addition last year and it quickly became my favorite part of Sci-Fi July.  I love checking items off of lists and a bingo card is like an extra fun list.  Without further ado, here’s 2017’s Bingo card followed by a list of my personal plans for some of the categories:Afrofuturism
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor — Several folks read this book last year and liked it a lot.
Muslim Author
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson — I’ve already read this but I loved it enough to reread.
Nonfiction book about science
How to Make a Spaceship by Julian Guthrie — Interested to see whether this changes the way I think about space travel sci-fi.
First in a series
Lock In by John Scalzi — I’m not super familiar with Scalzi’s books, but his online presence is a source of great joy for me.

Part of my July TBR pile.

Standalone novel
Embassytown by China Miéville — In the past Miéville’s books have been hit-or-miss for me, but I have high hopes for this one.  He definitely writes high concept, cerebral sci-fi.
Something by Douglas Adams — I read most of Adams’ work as a teen, but I suspect it’ll hold up for a reread.
AI Character
Descender Vol. 2 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen — I LOVED Vol. 1 of this comic and have been wanting to read Vol. 2 for ages.
Hugo Award
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu — I’m stuck in the middle of this right now but I’m determined to finish it.  It has lots of sciency bits, particularly physics.
Book made into a movie
Valérian and Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières — I suspect that I’m in the minority, but I’m looking forward to watching Valerian and the City of 1,000 Planets.  I’m not expecting it to be good… just big and noisy and fun.
Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan — I read this on July first and it was great!  I’m a sucker for any book set in the southwest.
Female author
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel — This was another popular book with the group from Sci-Fi Julys past.  I’m looking forward to finally reading it.
Comic/Graphic Novel
Garbage Night by Jen Lee — A post-apocalyptic comic with cute cartoon animal characters?  Yes, please.
Queer Author
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers — This is a companion novel to The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, which I read and loved last July.

So Dragons, what sci-fi books are you reading this month?  Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, find the stories that make you stronger. #WorkOutNerdOut


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