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… 

November is SciFiMonth and this year has been EPIC. My heartfelt thanks and love to everyone who took part – it’s been an absolute blast from start to finish! I read fewer books than I hoped; I was having too much fun scanning the SciFiMonth feeds – and the life admin I put off last month demanded a fair bit of my attention. I’m still not done. But I’m still alive, so I guess it can take a bit longer? And first I better start drafting the final Mission Status of the year. Sniff.

I had decided not to read The Expanse – until a SFFReadalong was announced last year (willpower: I’ve heard about it), which I just couldn’t resist (I like reading with friends, okay?). And I’m ever so glad I let the gang’s enthusiasm drag me along, as it’s now one of my all-time favourite space operas. I turned the tables for SciFiMonth and dragged Lisa and M into debating the Big Question with me: sure, the tv show is good, but was the book better?

Book cover: Killing Gravity - Corey J White (a person in a spacesuit in a balletic pose with a planet in the background)Mariam Xi – Mars – is on the run from a military research unit. Gifted with extraordinary psychic powers and trusting only a tiny, genetically-engineered creature who likes to sleep in her spacesuit, her instinct is to go it alone. But even a voidwitch needs allies if she’s to discover who – and what – she really is, and just what she can become…