The Official UN-official SFF/SFF-KIT for 2018!!
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Welcome to the unofficial SFF-KIT for 2018!
The Wiki is here: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/2018_SFFKIT
Thanks, majkia, for doing that again for us this year!
Monthly challenges to be added here:
January: "Read an SFF you meant to read in 2017, but never started/completed" - hosted by fuzzi
February: "Urban Fantasy" hosted by mathgirl40
March: "Off World" hosted by Tanya-dogearedcopy
April: "Time Travel" hosted by virginiahomeschooler
May: "Rise Up" hosted by majkia
Rise up as in revolution, movements/groups/individuals undermining authority
June: "Series" hosted by DeltaQueen50
July: "Cyberpunk or Techno SFF" hosted by Kristelh
August: "Makes You Laugh" hosted by cmbohn
September: Myths, Legends, & Fairy Tales hosted by whitewavedarling
October: "Historical and Alt-historical" hosted by christina_reads
November: "Creatures" hosted by LisaMorr
December: "This is how it ends" hosted by sushicat
Last year's challenges can be viewed here:
Pick a month and join us!
I'm reserving January for my own challenge, which I've not decided upon yet, ha!
Feel free to request a month and tell us your challenge.
I would like to take March and the theme of "Off World," stories that take place off of our own planet. I'm thinking of places like Mars (e.g. 'The Martian Chronicles' by Ray Bradbury,) the Moon (e.g. 'Artemis' by Andy Weir,) and also places like spaceships (e.g. 'Aurora' by Kim Stanley Robinson) or space stations (e.g. Star Trek Deep Space 9 novels.)
If this is too broad and/or someone would like to take "Other Planet" or "Space Travel," I'm open to splitting this up and taking either.
>3 Tanya-dogearedcopy: Good choice. This will motivate me to finally finish the last book of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy!
Could I do "Urban Fantasy" for February? If there is interest in (optionally) reading the works of a specific author, I'd like to suggest Charles de Lint.
I'd like to volunteer for April and do Time Travel, if that's not too narrow a theme?
All submitted challenges have been added to the OP. :)
>8 majkia: can you give us a description?
How about a Myths, Legends, & Fairy Tales month? I'd be glad to host it in September if that's not too broad...
OP has been updated, but there are some months still available for anyone who has not yet hosted...?
I'd be more than willing to step aside for a newbie who wants to try hosting a month.
I will take June and my theme will be something I am always working on, Series!
How does it work? I wouljdn't mind hosting a month, but I don't know what categories there are.
>16 cmbohn: do any category you want to do! Look at this year's categories, and suggest a challenge.
You can pick a month now, or just wait. I recommend you reserve a month, as they went quickly last year.
Can I take August then, and my category will be Makes You Laugh. So anything funny!
>19 christina_reads: That works perfectly with the planned October Neal Stephenson group read, as he has several books that could fit in that category!
>20 mathgirl40: Ooh, didn't even think of that, but I'm glad it works out!
>23 virginiahomeschooler: I think it could work. It’s really hard to classify that work as belonging to any subgenre. Almost all the elements in the story are fictional so I don’t think of the novel as historical fiction. On the other hand, a lot of the book is devoted to ideas from the real history of math, physics and philosophy.
If November is still available, I'll volunteer! I was thinking of doing 'creatures'.
Link to this thread and the wiki have been posted on the main group page. I may join you for the time travel month -- any excuse to read a Doctor Who novel :D
>27 rabbitprincess: lol, me too. You were talking about the Christmas one on another thread, weren't you? I think I may have to get that one. I'm in the mood for some Christmas reading. And I'm always in the mood for the Doctor.
NEW wiki link: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/2018_SFFKIT
I will definitely join in the fun! I've got several classic Sci-Fi and many fantasy, and this group will help me expand my SFF reading options. Can't wait!!
I've posted February's thread:
The March SFF Kit thread is up!
April's thread is up:
As I am going to be away I set June's Thread up a little early: http://www.librarything.com/topic/291304
I am up for July and the subject will be cyberpunk/Techno but I think I will wait until the touchstones are working. They seem to be off today.
The July thread is up, enjoy. https://www.librarything.com/topic/292554
>49 Robertgreaves: I've sent a reminder to our August host, thanks for making me aware.
If we don't hear from our August host by Friday, I offer you two choices:
1. Go ahead and use her topic, I'll create the thread
2. Piggy-back on the British Author Challenge (http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6265570) which has SciFi as its August challenge.
I agree with sticking with the original topic and just posting the thread.
I also agree with using the original topic. However, it also turns out that most of the authors I'm considering are British: Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Jasper Fforde. :)
Hey everyone, I just wanted to drop a note and say that it will probably be Thursday/Friday before I can get the September thread up. I figured I'd give a heads-up since, in a less busy month than this one, I'm often lurking around when the 15th comes and keeping an eye out for the new threads!
I've created the October thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/296250.
>65 LisaMorr: I'm looking forward to finding a book to fit that challenge!
Hey! I know it's only October, but the 2019 Category challenge group is up and running:
Do y'all want to do SFF-KIT again next year?
I would participate in SFFKIT if I had anything suitable that month.
I would definitely participate as a reader but probably won’t host a month this time. I love this KIT but when I host, I fail spectacularly both in meeting my own goal for the month and in providing meaningful follow-up :-/
But I love the creativity behind each year’s sets of monthly challenges and look forward to seeing what’s in store for next year!
>67 fuzzi: and company, Is the plan to do an SFFKit challenge? I keep glancing at the 2019 category challenge group to see if there's a thread for it yet, lol. I'd offer to set it up if someone else doesn't want to, but I'm so in the weeds with work that I fear I don't have the time.
>79 fuzzi:, :) Don't hurry on my account, though! I honestly wasn't trying to rush you... just starting to wonder :)
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