I had such a great time last year with the Science Fiction Reader Challenge that I’m going to join it this year, too. The categories are a bit different but that shouldn’t be a problem.

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The Rules

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
Steampunk
Robots/Cyborgs/Androids
Spaceships
Aliens
Time Travel
Alternate History/Parallel Worlds
Post-Apocalypse/End of World
Dystopia/Utopia
Cyberpunk
Mad Scientist
Military Scifi

Read and planned reading:
YA/MG Science Fiction Title
Patricia Barnes-Svarney: Loyalties

Adult Science Fiction Title
J. Gregory Keyes: Dark Genesis: The Birth of the Psi Corps
J. Gregory Keyes: Dark Genesis: Deadly Relations: Bester Ascendent
J. Gregory Keyes: Final Reckoning: The Fate of Bester
Robert J. Sawyer: Flashforward

Hugo Winner
Lois McMaster Bujold: Barrayar
China Mieville: The City and the City

Science Fiction Classic – Pre-50s
Jules Verne: Around the Moon

Science Fiction Modern Classic – 1951-1992
J. G. Ballard: The Drowned World
Benford, Gregory: Timescape
Dick: The man in the high castle
Miller: A Canticle for Leibowitz
Bester: The Stars my destination

Steampunk
Steven Harper: The Doomsday Vault
Hobson: Native Star
and lots of others

Robots/Cyborgs/Androids
Kage Baker: The Graveyard Game
Kage Baker: The Children of the Company
Kage Baker: The Machine’s Child

Spaceships
Elizabeth Bear: Grail

Aliens
Karen A. Wyle: Twin-Bred
Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Alien Influences

Time Travel
Sean Ferrell: Man in the Empty Suit
Issui Ogawa: The Lord of the Sands of Time
Kage Baker: The Life of the World to Come
Kage Baker: The Sons of Heaven

Alternate History/Parallel Worlds
Yvonne Navarro: Wicked Willow I – the Darkening
Yvonne Navarro: Wicked Willow II – Shattered Twilight
Yvonne Navarro: Wicked Willow III – Broken Sunrise
A. Lee Martinez: Emperor Mollusk versus the Sinister Brain

Post-Apocalypse/End of World
Steven King: The Gunslinger
Michael Moorcock: The Land Leviathan

Dystopia/Utopia
Michael Moorcock: The Warlord of the Air

Cyberpunk
Elizabeth Bear: Hammered
Rosa Montero: Tears in Rain

Mad Scientist
Jules Verne: Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas
Faust
Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio: Agatha H. and the Airship City

Military Scifi
Michael J. Martinez: The Deadalus Incident

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