November is SciFi Month!
Posted November 1, 2013on:
Well, every month is scifi – fantasy month around here, isn’t it? Yeah, but this month is soooper speshul, because I get to participate in Sci-Fi Month hosted by Rinn Reads! What she’s put together is nothing short of amazing – fifty bloggers, over 20 authors, even publishers! Go check it this incredible schedule she’s got going, there is everything from Doctor Who to H. G. Wells to e-book giveaways to Orphan Black discussions to Final Fantasy video games, really, just everything. don’t tell io9 about this, they’ll be jealous.
And what have I got in store for you?
hmmm…. hows about some author interviews, a guest post, some Kage Baker awesomeness, a Cory Doctorow review, buckets of short fiction, and oh yeah, an announcement about everyone’s favorite January blogging activity hosted by yours truly. Not to mention we’re up to our eyeballs in our read along of Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves.
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Edited to add the answers to the questions Rinn put up on her intro post for SciFi Month:
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
1. I’m in my 30s, live in the Midwest of the US, and my apartment looks like a library threw up. I just can’t stop getting and reading books! In the last few years I started attended small science fiction and fantasy conventions, and have gotten hooked on that too. My blog focuses mainly on SF/F book reviews, and I write the occasional column over at SFSignal.
2. How long have you been a fan of sci-fi?
Loved scifi as a kid, grew up watching Star Wars on VHS (ha! i just dated myself!). Got out of it for a bit when I was in my 20s, and then fell back into hardcore around age 30. Once I finally learned that there is more to fantasy than Lord of the Rings (I’m not a fan. at all. it’s cool, you can boo me off the stage), I fell hard for fantasy too.
3. Why do you like sci-fi, and what is your favourite thing about it?
I love science fiction because everything is possible. No one ever says “no, you can’t do that”. I love that science fiction is a safe place to explore dangerous subjects. I love that in science fiction I can be anyone, go anywhere, do everything. I open that book and I can leave my boring, unfulfilling dayjob behind.
4. Favourite books/games/films/TV shows in the genre?
Some of my favorite authors are Kage Baker, Catherynne Valente, Scott Lynch, Jeff Vandermeer, China Mieville, John Love, Steven Brust, Frank Herbert, and Iain Banks. I tend to enjoy space opera, and while I don’t usually go for violent or action heavy stories, I do love the darker stuff. I’m a HUGE fan of the Alien movie franchise and old school Star Wars. my Doctor is number ten.
5. What are your plans for Sci-Fi Month?
In the pipeline already, I’ve got an awesome interview with Gareth Powell, an interview with the editors and publisher of the upcoming War Stories military scifi anthology, a review of Makers by Cory Doctorow, a review of a collection of Kage Baker short stories put out by Tachyon publications, and hopefully I’ll have time to finish and review a Peter Watts short story collection too.
Yay November! it’s got more than just pie and turkeys, you know.