Our crew has crossed galaxies and navigated timelines, delved into what if and could be, but every SciFiMonth must come to an end. Better late than never, it’s time to look back across the final ten days of shenanigans and share the crew’s adventures.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our tenth annual celebration of all things science fictional – it’s been a delight to see familiar faces and new come together to share recommendations and have fun with one of our favourite subgenres. It’s been quieter than planned from your co-hosts, but the crew has kept the party going all month and we love you all for it! So, let’s take a look at what went on in the last ten days of the month – head over to Dear Geek Place for a round-up of the crew’s reviews, read-along and wrap posts, or keeping reading for the lists, discussions, Challenge posts and miscellaneous fun.
Lists and recommendations
SciFiMonth is always a brilliant blend of looking back at favourites, celebrating recent releases and stirring up excitement for what is coming soon. First up, the crew shared what’s on their scopes:
- Tammy has a weekly spotlight of up and coming features which we highly recommend: Future Fiction 202 | Future Fiction 204
- Waiting on Wednesday / Can’t Wait Wednesday is a long-running weekly spotlight to watch out for across many blogs. The Bibliosanctum featured SF books to watch out for: Capture the Sun | Hopeland
- Caitlin shared 5 SF titles to watch out for in 2023 …and Lauren added 10 more. How’s that TBR going, folks? Don’t worry, we’re nearly there – oh no wait, spoke too soon: Tammy lined up 10 more 2023 SF releases to tempt you with.
But it’s not all about future fiction. If you’re looking for something to get your hands on now, the crew are here to help:
- Loved Skyward? Amanda has 10 suggestions of what SF you might enjoy next
- Tammy shared her Best SF of 2022 (so far)
- …and I shared ten small and independent presses to keep an eye on for unusual and fabulous SFnal reads
…and Alex brought us a recommendation of a different sort with his reflection on why we perhaps shouldn’t rush to buy and read the works of recently-deceased authors.
What’s a month of fun without some memes and book tags? Dull, that’s what – and SciFiMonth is never dull.
- Lauren brought us a weekly film soundtrack to enjoy while we were reading | Dark City | SpaceWave
- Mayri and Ariana brought us a SF-themed edition of their Tag Team Tag, a tag of two halves
- Annemieke jumped into hyperspace with the Intergalactic Book Tag
- For Friday 56 / Book Beginnings, Lauren highlighted Mort(e) by Robert Repino
The SciFiMonth Challenge
Let’s close the post round-up with the challenge, 30 days of prompts and intriguing interpretations:
- Day 2 | Previously, on SciFiMonth – Mayri combined this prompt with our favourite 5 star books in 5 words tag. Tammy featured the 10 of the best SF novels from the past 10 years.
- Day 7 | Spacecraft – Amanda swung back to celebrate stories featuring space ships at Classy X Book Reviews
- Day 18 | MilSF – Athena featured some favourites for Veteran’s Day
- Day 21 | Typography – we all know I have a Thing about fonts, right? Now to find out what Mervi makes of their contribution to cover art
- Day 22 | One small step – Mervi’s Reviews and A Dance With Books celebrated bite-size books
- Day 24 | Exquisite sufficiency – Mayri featured one of my favourite 2021 SF novels as a perfectly satisfying read
- Day 25 | Apocalyptic – Lauren spotlighted City of Savages by Lee Kelly at Always Me
- Day 27 | Home sweet home – home is for comfort reads over at Little Frog Scribbles and Time For Tales And Tea
- Day 28 | Out of this world – Maddalena and Tammy shared visions of foreign futures and strange new worlds
- Day 29 | Can’t stop the signal – Annemieke shared six go-to bloggers for SF reviews (aww, thanks Annemieke!)
Apologies for not featuring more from Instagram – they have suppressed the hashtag for undisclosed reasons. Perhaps we showed too much enthusiasm for science fiction…
First up, some winners! I’m delighted to announce that Russell “Agricola” T is the winner of an advance copy of The Ten Percent Thief, and a bundle of amazing Solaris titles will be winging their way to Celeste of A Literary Escape.
It’s not quite too late to get in on some giveaway action:
- Tammy is hosting her traditional end of SciFiMonth giveaway – enter at Books, Bones & Buffy before midnight (PT) on December 6th for a winner’s choice of an SF read up to $20 (International, 2 winners)
- Get over to Always Me before midnight (ET) on December 7th to enter Lauren’s giveaway of one of her favourite cozy SF reads (US only)
That’s it for SciFiMonth 2022 – one last big wave of love to everyone who joined in or cheered us on. See you next year?