2012 Science Fiction Reader Challenge

 

So I came across this challenge. It sounds fun and since I’ve been working on reading more science fiction, it’s a good fit with timing as well. Here’s a list of what I’ll probably end up reading for the challenge. In keeping with the idea of reading more science fiction I’m trying to read stuff that I haven’t read before which makes it kind of difficult to come up with some of these.

YA/MG Science Fiction title

I have no idea at this point of what I’ll read for this category, I’ll just have to get back to it and keep an eye out for something. The Hunger Games series would be obvious choice but I just read it in November, so… Update 1st February: I forgot I just got The Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card, so that will be my YA representative

Adult Science Fiction title

I’ll leave this one for last as well, check out something new when the time comes.

Hugo Winner

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.

Science Fiction Classic – Pre-1950s

Sirius by Olaf Stapledon.

Science Fiction Modern Classic – 1951-1992

I’ve been meaning to read Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut for some time now, so in it goes.

Steampunk

I bought Soulless by Gail Carriger ages ago and have been meaning to read it for a while now so this might actually be the first book I read for this challenge.

Robots/Cyborgs/Androids

Cinder by Marissa Meyer tells the story of Cinderella with the role of Cinderella played by an android. It’s just out too, so there’s not much out there about it yet.

Spaceships/Aliens

A friend recommended Hellhole by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert, so it’s going on the list too.

Time Travel/Alternate History/Parallel Universe

I think I’m going to go with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon since it’s referenced in pretty much every single writing book I’ve ever read and it would be nice to know what they’re all talking about.

Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Utopia

I’m finally going to finish reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’ve been starting and stopping for years, I don’t know why.

Cyberpunk

Count Zero by William Gibson seems inevitable. I used to read Gibson as a teenager (I know, it explains a lot, doesn’t it?) but somehow I stopped and I don’t remember reading this one.

Mad Scientists/Genetic Testing/Environmental Disaster

I love good villains, so Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman seems like it would be fun.

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