Saturday, December 5, 2015

The 2016 Sci-Fi Experience

                       (Art by Chris Goff, used with permission.)
For the fourth year I am joining in on the Sci-Fi Experience, hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. The 2016 Sci-Fi Experience begins December 1st and runs through January 31st, 2016.

Per Carl...
Events like these are all about taking the largely solitary act of reading and viewing and gaming and adding the element of “community” to it. 
The Sci-Fi Experience will hopefully give people an opportunity to:
a) Continue their love affair with science fiction
b) Return to science fiction after an absence, or
c) Experience for the first time just how exhilarating science fiction can be.
If you have ever wanted to give science fiction a try, or are already a fan of the genre and are looking for a group of kindred spirits, this is the event for you.

December isn't usually a good month for science fiction reading for me, as I like to focus on Christmas themes and have other goals to finish up. But this year I had a science fiction read going before the end of November: Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dan Gibbons. Watchmen is a graphic novel published in 1987 which gathers together the 12-issue comic series published in 1986 and 1987. The story begins with the murder of a superhero; it is set in an alternate history where the US won the Vietnam War and Nixon is still president. I have read through 10 of the 12 parts and I am enjoying the experience.

In January I plan to read Pashazade by Jon Courtney Grimwood. The first book in the Arabesk Trilogy, it is described at SF Site as a "SF/mystery hybrid set in an alternate world in which Germany won the First World War, and the Ottoman Empire never collapsed." In 2014 I read Grimwood's novel 9tail Fox, reviewed HERE.


Anonymous said...

Interesting, Tracy! I'll be looking forward to learning from what you read. I'm not as well-versed in sci-fi as I might be.

col2910 said...

Good luck, I'll stick to 9Tail Fox for now!

TracyK said...

These two I have mentioned both have crime fiction aspects, Margot, and I do like cross genre fiction.

TracyK said...

I read an excerpt from this in an old Crime Time magazine, Col, so I am pretty sure I will like it.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Tracy, I have been wanting to read Alan Moore's "Watchmen." I haven't read graphic novels lately.

TracyK said...

I have now finished Watchmen, Prashant, and I liked it a lot. A lot. I want to read more graphic novels. I ordered another one yesterday, and my son has one he wants me to read next year.

Carl V. Anderson said...

Wow, 4 years now! That is great, thanks for being a part of it again.

I remember reading Watchmen a year or so before the film came out. I was blown away by the story.

TracyK said...

Thanks, Carl, I do love reading some Sci Fi every year. I want to read more books by Scalzi too.

Watchmen was fantastic and I will be reading it again someday.