#SciFiMonth Mission Log: week two

#SciFiMonth: 1-30 November 2020

Hailing all channels: it’s time for the second half of your weekly SciFiMonth round-up! The signal has been inconsistent from this quadrant (aka I’ve sick), but that hasn’t slowed down the crew feed. Grab a cuppa, and let’s take a look at the week that was…

Lisa has the first half of this week’s log at Dear Geek Place – head over for a round-up of reviews, read-alongs and interviews. I’m here to take you through the lists, memes, tags, discussions and giveaways – with a shout out for the SciFiMonth challenge…


First up, a big thank you to everyone who has been adding a link to their posts in the Navigation Chart (master schedule spreadsheet). The chart is how we know who is out on missions and has reports for us to share. In other words: if you haven’t been updating the chart, your posts may have been missed. Don’t worry – add them before next Sunday, and we’ll include them in next week’s mission logs.

Regular Features

Music Monday

Start the week with a musical number? Don’t mind if we do. Last week’s choice of listening:

Top Ten Tuesday

The musical theme continued with last week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

On the scopes

Thanks to the efforts of Jill at Breaking the Spine back in the day, Wednesdays are all about featuring future releases

  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday: SJ Higbee featured The Expert System’s Champion by Adrian Tchaikovsky | Brainfluff
  • Waiting on Wednesday: Mogsy featured Dead Space by Kali Wallace | The Bibliosanctum
  • Future Fiction: Tammy showcased upcoming titles from Jeff Vandermeer, Marian Womack, Aimee Ogden and Stina Leicht | Books, Bones & Buffy

Friday fun

  • Friday Face-off: “Bright”
    • SJ Higbee chose Pat Cadigan’s classic cyberpunk novel Synners | Brainfluff
    • Mogsy went with Every Sky A Grave by Jay Posey | The Bibliosanctum
  • Book Beginnings
    • Lauren shared the on-brand creepy opening of Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir | Always Me
    • Susy celebrated Catherynne Valente’s Space Opera | Susy’s Cosy World

Weekly round-up posts

Discussions and Special Features

Lists and recommendations

With a crew full of people encouraged to enthuse about what we love best, the recommendations continue to come thick and fast. Brace those TBRs, open those hearts:

A special shout-out to Tammy at Book, Bones & Buffy for her weekly showcase of Self-Published SF – be sure to check out these authors and titles.

The SciFiMonth Challenge

As usual, I’m loving the combination of long-form posts and images shared in honour of the SciFiMonth challenge. This week’s prompts:

Day 9 | Change the world

Day 10 | Sentient spaceships – Dianthaa celebrated everybody’s favourite sentient research ship (what, you haven’t met ART? You’ll love them)

Day 11 | They Shall Not Grow Old

Day 12 | Modern classic – Lauren identified 5 recent books she thinks we’ll be recognising as classics in years to come

Day 13 | Under-rated

Day 14 | Alien invasion – Alex took an in-depth look at the Studiocanal adaptation of The War of the Worlds

Day 15 | Current read


  • Maxine has a copy of new release The Rush’s Edge by Ginger Smith to giveaway – entry on Twitter by Wednesday
  • To celebrate his 30th, Jake is giving away a book of the winner’s choice – entry via Twitter or Instagram by Wednesday
  • …plus (yes I re-jigged my plans) watch out for a There’s Always Room For One More blogiversary give-away on Thanksgiving

Right – time to set our course for another week and see what delights SciFiMonth has in store…