Mission Complete: exit through the book store

SCIFIMONTH 2018 - the universe is what we make of it

It’s been a blast: we visited new worlds, old friends, and parallel dimensions; we’ve time-hopped, blog-hopped, and flailed with all the joy and commitment 4 dozen SF geeks can muster. There’ve been over 230 blog posts (…that I know about!) plus photos galore and tweets aplenty. You were all epic. One last round-up before we call it for the year? Go on then… 


It’s not (quite) too late!

  • Closing tomorrow:
  • Open until Wednesday:
    • Maria has a $25 Amazon gift voucher for one winner to celebrate the release of Neron Rising by Keary Taylor. Enter via the Rafflecopter before the end of 5th December.
  • Open until Friday:
    • Tammy will pick three winners who can each choose one of the books covered on Books, Bones, Buffy during SciFiMonth! Enter via the Rafflecopter before the end of 7th December. Open internationally (Book Depository countries)
    • Lauren at Always Me will pick two winners who can each choose one of Starflight by Melissa Landers or Renegades by Marissa Meyer. Enter via the Rafflecopter before the end of 7th December. US only.

Reviews and features

We eased off the gas as we headed for home, but there’s still plenty to share from our last few days before we made port!

Regular Features

Sadly there’s no SciFiMonth Music Monday today to keep me company, so I’m making do with being distracted by Jurassic Park. Blame any gaps in the wrap-up on the velociraptors. they’ll eat anything.

Last week’s Top Ten Tuesday (now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) was all about platonic relationships last week and Michelle at In Libris Veritas and Annemieke at A Dance with Books gave it a scifi spin! Lauren at Always Me got us excited about the top 10 SF movies she’s looking forward to instead

Waiting on Wednesday / Can’t Wait Wednesdays – now hosted by Wishful Endings – is another weekly test of your TBR. Tammy of Books, Bones, Buffy (along with most of my round-table guests) is looking forward to Tade Thompson’s sequel The Rosewater Insurrection; Mogsy at The Bibliosanctum is anticipating The Last AstronautDavid Wellington’s first foray into SF; and Maria at A Night’s Dream of Books made me squeak with excitement at news of William Gibson’s new outing, Agency.

Special Features

Alexandra Wolfe closed out the month with a discussion of one of the most pressing questions in scifi: when do they all stop to eat and why isn’t there any farting?

Maria at A Night’s Dream of Books interviewed SciFiMonth’s own S J Higbee, author of the Sunblinded trilogy!

And to celebrate the end of an amazing month, Lisa and I hosted a cross-blog SciFiMonth round table, inviting a number of bloggers and authors to come chat about what we love best about SF. I was joined by Aliette de Bodard, Gareth L Powell, Dave Hutchinson, Anne Corlett, and my fellow Subjective Chaos panel members Sol, David, Runalongwomble and Hammard; Lisa was joined by A Merc Rustad,  K C Alexander, and our SciFiMonth crew members Deanna, Lauren, Alexandra Wolfe, and Carol Goodwin. Catch up the chatter at my table and Lisa’s table.

Book Reviews

Your weekly recap by author of reviews from the SciFiMonth fleet this week:

Photo Challenge / Book Tag

Thank you to everyone who took the month of prompts as a photo challenge or book tag! Check out the photo stream for #RRSciFiMonth on Twitter to see all the photos or check the tag on Instagram or Litsy.


Book cover: A Long Way to a Small Angry PlanetThe SciFiMonth read-along of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is finished, but we’ll be BACK in January for A Closed and Common Orbit, continuing on to Record of a Spaceborn Few in March! Watch out for announcements on dates, times and chapter splits from our hosts Jorie and Lisa.

Jorie Loves a Story: Week 1Week 2

Dear Geek Place: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3


SciFiMonth is over – long live SciFiMonth! We’ll be back next year for another month-long trip into all things science fiction. If you’re looking for excellent company and further flailing to keep you going until then, don’t forget to sign up for the continuation of the Wayfarer Read-along; or you can check out Vintage SciFi Month in January; and/or come celebrate all things fantasy with Lisa, Jorie and I in May for Wyrd and WonderLast but not least, Annemieke has put together a brilliant challenge to help you structure your SF/F reading for 2019 – 3 sections, up to 52 prompts and a bingo card!

A big shout out before I go to Lisa for being a great friend and an awesome co-pilot; and to ever-effervescent Jorie for running with the read-along. Last but not least, a big THANK YOU to everyone who took part – you were excellent company, and I loved every minute!