#RRSciFiMonth: To Infinity, And Beyond!

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It’s here! It’s finally here! If you’re not already familiar with Sci-Fi Month, here’s the low down:

Sci-Fi Month is a month-long blog event created by Rinn over at Rinn ReadsΒ and co-hosted by Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow. The event is dedicated to celebrating everything amazing about science fiction – from TV shows to movies, books to comics, and everything else in between, it’s intended to help people share the love for this genre. A genre which, to be perfectly frank, I have completely neglected for far too long.

That all changes now. Slap a robe on me and call me a Padawan, because this girl’s about to be schooled in the art of sci-fi!

The (Slightly Ambitious) TBR:

  1. We Stand on Guard by Brian K. Vaughan and Steven Skroce
  2. Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach
  3. Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine
  4. Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
  5. Invisible Planets, ed. and trans. by Ken Liu
  6. Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
  7. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  8. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Now, thankfully I’ve been planning this for a while so I’ve already read a handful of books on this TBR…but I can’t let myself get complacent. My sci-fi empire’s not going to run itself!

Sci-Fi Film Screenings:

  1. Alien
  2. Attack the Block
  3. Ex Machina
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road

Yes, it’s true. I’ve never seen Alien. The shame! *hides* BUT! The upside is that now I have the perfect excuse to binge watch some classic sci-fi films, one for each week of Sci-Fi Month. I may even do some live tweeting while watching — you’ve been warned!

If you’re like me and you want to branch out into sci-fi, or if you just want more people to discuss it with, you should join in!Β You can view the schedule here, follow the event on Twitter via the official @SciFiMonth Twitter account, or with the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.

Where do you fall on the sci-fi spectrum: are you a Padawan like me, or a Jedi master like Rinn and Lisa? Will you be participating this year? Let me know in the comments!

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  • MaddalenaSpaceandSorcery

    I look forward to your take on such a classic like “Alien” πŸ™‚
    Just keep an oxygen bottle close: you will need it!!!!

    • I’m really excited to watch it! Sigourney Weaver is awesome, so I’m sure it’ll be great. Plus I want to see where some of these classic lines come from. πŸ˜‰

      • MaddalenaSpaceandSorcery

        I believe that many strong female characters in the genre owe a great deal to Sigourney Weaver and her Ripley, indeed… πŸ™‚

  • Rinn (Rinn Reads)

    Haha, Jedi Master πŸ˜€

    Ex Machina is excellent, but pretty creepy too! And enjoy Alien, it’s fantastic.

    • I speak only the truth! πŸ˜€

      Oh my god, that is just so true. I watched Ex Machina last night and it freaked me right out! Haha. I loved it though.

  • This is such a fun month, glad you’re joining in! And yeah, Alien is sooo good and scary. I need to rewatch it myself.

    • I’m really stoked to finally participate! So much love for Alien in this post, haha. I’ll be sure to write up my thoughts on it, I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say! πŸ™‚

  • I’ve seen this about on other blogs too and I am pretty intrigued because sci-fi is one of those genres I’m pretty sure I should love (I mean, I love scifi films why not books too?). I’ve sampled a couple of books in the genre and liked them but for some reason it’s something I’ve never really got into. I think I’ll hesitantly watch others enjoy it and sample the best books at my own pace, cos that is how I roll.

    I can say I’ve read one book on your TBR list though! Long Way To A Small Angry Planet is an absolutely fantastic book. I think you’ll enjoy it because it has so much going on considering it’s not that long a book. I mean, it’s diverse and awesome and I seriously loved it and wanted to read the second book but I’m waiting for a hardback release for it I think.

    Also, no shame in having not seen Alien because I haven’t either. I just haven’t gotten around to it. Attack the Block is a seriously hilarious film. Although, I don’t know if that’s partly because it’s British and so am I and I love the fact it’s set in council flats with this group of kids. I think it’s probably the most fun film on your list.

    • I completely agree! For some reason I just never got into the genre, despite having mostly positive reading experiences with sci-fi novels. Before starting my reading for this month, I’d only read 4 sci-fi titles in all of 2016…and they were all graphic novels. So strange!

      Oooooh, I’m so excited to read that one! I was checking it out on goodreads and everyone I’m friends with has rated it at least 4 stars. You know how much I love a good diverse read, and I really need something a bit less cerebral after my current read (Chinese Sci-Fi in Translation — it’s great, but definitely challenging).

      I absolutely love British humour and John Boyega, so what’s not to like about Attack the Block? Haha. I watched Ex Machina last night and holy crap is that film ever unsettling. Definitely not one to watch when you’re alone!

      • Isn’t it strange how sometimes something that works for us in one format we never think to read in bookish form. I will work on reading more scifi next year, i think. I will raid my library.

        Chinese scifi in translation? That sounds like a tough read but interesting.

        British humour is the best (I’m not biased at all) and Attack the Block is a fave of mine. And I’ve been meaning to watch Ex Machina. I think I’ll have to watch (and it will be alone, I’m sure) but I love films that unsettle you a bit. I’m a bit strange though.

  • Lauren

    Good luck! This is my first Sci-Fi Month and I’m really looking forward to it!

    Lauren @ Always Me

    • Thanks, Lauren! It’s mine too — hopefully we both kill it this month. πŸ™‚

  • Greg Hill

    I think I’m somewhere between a Padawan and a Jedi master ha ha, maybe a journeyman? πŸ˜‰ Anyway welcome to SciFi Month, your TBR looks great! I want to read Fortune’s Pawn too, and Illuminae is pretty fun.

    Ex Machina is great too, and Mad Max Fury Road is also pretty good.

    • Hahaha, well either way, you’re still kicking my butt! πŸ˜‰ Thanks Greg, I’m really excited to be participating. I’ve heard a lot about Illuminae — some of it good, some of it less so. I’m curious to see what I think of it.

      OMG Ex Machina was so good! I watched it last night and it freaked me the hell out, hahaha. All of the actors brought their A-game.

  • Ex machina was weird, and well I like my sci-fi in space, woot..or on a planet where they have like nothing. Hmmm

    • Hahaha yeah, it definitely was weird, but I still loved it. I’m a big fan of sci-fi on remote planets, too! Hopefully at least one of my picks for this month will be in that category. πŸ™‚

  • Looking forward to all your sci-fi coverage! And LOL, the skit where that gif came from was hilarious, I can’t help laughing when I see it.

    • OMG, I know! I absolutely loved that skit. Even I am familiar with Star Wars, haha. Adam Driver is hilarious, too.

  • I love science fiction! Seeing all the sci-fi month love makes me happy. I feature science fiction books at least once a month every month (my Science in Fiction feature), which is always fun. I loved Illuminae and Gemina! I also highly recommend Flashfall by Jenny Moyer, and all of Melissa Landers’ books, and Lydia Kang’s duology. πŸ˜€

    Have a lovely weekend, Danya!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • You know, I really like it too — despite how infrequently I read it. I’m excited to have the extra push to read more sci-fi this month!

      Oooh, I’ll have to check out your Science in Fiction feature, because that sounds awesome. I’ll have to add Lydia Kang’s books to my TBR because you’ve said the magic word: duology!

      Thanks Alyssa! πŸ˜€

  • Oh this sounds like it’s going to be a whole lot of fun, Danya. I’m super hesitant about sci-fi in general, but I have read some good stuff in the genre. I’m excited to hear your thoughts about these! I really need to watch Mad Max too. I don’t know why I haven’t gotten to it yet.
    Enjoy!

    • So far it’s been a trip! Haha. I’ve had mostly good experiences reading sci-fi, and I’ve picked my TBR list for this month really carefully so fingers crossed that there won’t be any stinkers in the mix.

      Mad Max is going to be awesome, I just know it. Its everything I love about sci-fi: smart, weird, and feminist af. πŸ˜€

  • First time on your blog, hi! I was going to mention Becky Chambers, but it was on the list. The sequel has just been released too! I’m reading A Long Way right now, and it’s just SO GOOD.
    I love scifi so much, and I don’t know whether it is a neglected genre among young people, or is it just that I can’t find the right blogs. So glad someone else loves it too πŸ™‚ because it seems everything is mostly about YA when it comes to blogs. Personally, I prefer scifi πŸ™‚

    • Hi Avalinah, welcome! πŸ™‚

      I’m SO happy to hear another positive (mini)review of A Long Way, because it’s next up on the docket. I’ve heard it described as a book about good, diverse people, which is everything I want right now.

      Hmmm, good point. It may in fact be a neglected genre, because while I love genre fiction I very rarely read sci-fi of my own volition.

      If you’re looking for more blogs that talk about sci-fi, I recommend:

      1. The Bibliosanctum
      2. Books Bones Buffy
      3. Tenacious Reader
      4. Space and Sorcery

      Hopefully you’ll find some bloggers who have similar tastes in that list! πŸ™‚

      • Thanks for the recs!
        There will be a full review of A Long Way on my blog soon, I just keep putting it away cause it was so good. Paradox, eh?

  • Hi! I won’t be doing SciFi month but will be interested in following along. πŸ™‚ I used to read a lot of sci-fi but these days I’m mainly into straight fantasy, so would consider myself an almost Padawan but I have seen some great reviews for sci fi lately so might have to attempt the genre again soon!

    Good luck with the TBR!

    • Hi! Glad to have you following along. I mainly read straight up fantasy too, welcome to the Padawan club! Hahaha. Yeah, I’m trying to push myself to try new things this month, so hopefully I’ll find some new favourites among the sci-fi genre.

      Thanks, Di! πŸ™‚

  • This is an awesome idea!! I won’t be able to join in, but I look forward to your posts. I have the whole fortunes pawn trilogy on my kindle and I loved Illuminae, awesome tbr picks!!

    Tori @ In Tori Lex

    • Isn’t it? Rinn and Lisa do such a good job running it, and it’s been going on for several years now, so clearly people are into it. Oooh, yay! Hopefully I’ll love Illuminae too. So far most commenters have said that they really liked it. πŸ™‚

  • Lynn Williams

    OMG – definitely slap on the robe – by the way does Kylo actually look more like Snape’s son – or is that just me!!
    I can’t – absolutely CANNOT – wait to see what you think of Alien! You’ll be scared! I was. Well, maybe I’m too soft!
    I have a copy of Fortune’s Pawn – I haven’t quite found where I’ve stashed it yet because I was thinking of reading it if I can find it. I’ll have to check out your review and if it’s glowing – search harder!
    Lynn πŸ˜€

  • This is such a wonderful event! I love it. I can’t wait to hear about all the other books and movies you watch! Enjoy!! πŸ˜€