So as with most things involving Working for the Mandroid over the last few months, this post is late. But that doesn’t matter! It’s never too late to challenge oneself to read more about aliens, alternate universes and robots!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it has been requested that we once again host a Science Fiction challenge and this time we’re going to make it a bit tougher, ask you to go a little further into the world of scifi and all its wonders. Are you prepared for the…
Look! It's got a little robot this year!
We’re keeping the basic rules though the challenge itself has changed a little. So we’re cheating a little and just copying last year’s rules with a few small changes:
1. The challenge begins January 1, 2013 and runs through December 31, 2013. Books started before January 1 don't count towards the challenge. Re-reads do count, but a new review must be written. Any format of book counts - hard copy, audiobook, e-book - we're not picky.
2. A review has to be written and posted for each book in the challenge. If you don't have a blog, they can be posted on Goodreads, LibraryThing, Amazon, Shelfari, Facebook, anywhere else book reviews are accepted and can be linked to.
3. Any books read for another challenge that fit into a category here can count towards this one. One book, however, cannot fill multiple categories in this challenge. For example, Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game technically fits into at least four of the categories. It can only count for one though.
4. A post will be set up on Working for the Mandroid beginning January 1 for participants to add their review links. I personally will put up a post at the end of each month to track my own progress. That's where you can comment, brag and/or complain about how impossible it is to get through The Time Machine.* Hopefully I will have my act together enough to get the posts up on the first of each month. Feel free to shame me if I don’t.
5. At the end of the year, I will put all the people who sign up for the challenge and finish all of the categories into a yet-to-be-determined contest. Additional contests throughout the year might also become available depending on participation of readers and availability of prizes. Note: The more participants, the more likely I can get some science fiction friendly sponsors, the more contests.
* I have actually read The Time Machine and while it is... odd, it's not that hard to get through. Give it one more try!
There are sixteen categories to this challenge this year. Yes, that means more than one book a month this time. But it’s called a challenge for a reason, right? Some of these will be easier to fill for certain readers, while others might be more difficult. Here is what we're working with in 2013:
- YA/MG Science Fiction Title
- Adult Science Fiction Title
- Hugo Winner
- Science Fiction Classic – Pre-50s
- Science Fiction Modern Classic – 1951-1992
- Time Travel
- Alternate History/Parallel Worlds
- Post-Apocalypse/End of World
- Mad Scientist
- Military Scifi
For an explanation of what each category is composed of or for suggestions of books to fit any of the above categories, read on after the sign-up sheet.