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The Official UN-official SFF/SFF-KIT for 2018!!

2018 Category Challenge

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Edited: Nov 20, 2018, 3:26pm Top

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!

Oct 29, 2017, 3:37pm Top

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.

Oct 29, 2017, 5:16pm Top

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.

Oct 29, 2017, 8:53pm Top

>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.

Oct 29, 2017, 8:54pm Top

I will do July and feature cyberpunk or techno SFF.

Oct 29, 2017, 9:34pm Top

I'd like to volunteer for April and do Time Travel, if that's not too narrow a theme?

Oct 30, 2017, 1:50am Top

May I please have December for “This is how it ends”

Oct 30, 2017, 7:12am Top

I'd like May for Rise Up!

Edited: Oct 30, 2017, 7:12am Top

All submitted challenges have been added to the OP. :)

>8 majkia: can you give us a description?

Edited: Oct 30, 2017, 7:34am Top

> 9 Revolution, movements/groups/individuals undermining authority, Books like Red Rising, or Star Wars,

ETA: Tigana, Wool, etc

Edited: Oct 30, 2017, 12:00pm Top

How about a Myths, Legends, & Fairy Tales month? I'd be glad to host it in September if that's not too broad...

Oct 30, 2017, 12:36pm Top

OP has been updated, but there are some months still available for anyone who has not yet hosted...?

Oct 30, 2017, 12:44pm Top

I'd be more than willing to step aside for a newbie who wants to try hosting a month.

Oct 30, 2017, 1:33pm Top

I will take June and my theme will be something I am always working on, Series!

Oct 30, 2017, 6:49pm Top

How does it work? I wouljdn't mind hosting a month, but I don't know what categories there are.

Oct 30, 2017, 7:29pm Top

>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.

Oct 30, 2017, 7:59pm Top

Can I take August then, and my category will be Makes You Laugh. So anything funny!

Oct 31, 2017, 9:12am Top

I would love to do historical and alt-historical in October!

Oct 31, 2017, 9:26am Top

>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!

Oct 31, 2017, 9:33am Top

>20 mathgirl40: Ooh, didn't even think of that, but I'm glad it works out!

Oct 31, 2017, 9:49am Top

November is still available...

Oct 31, 2017, 10:20am Top

>20 mathgirl40: Do you think Anathem would fit that category? I have that on my bookshelf and was thinking of doing the group read with it in October.

Oct 31, 2017, 10:56am Top

>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.

Oct 31, 2017, 6:48pm Top

If November is still available, I'll volunteer! I was thinking of doing 'creatures'.

Nov 1, 2017, 8:33pm Top

>25 LisaMorr: it's yours!

Nov 1, 2017, 9:17pm Top

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

Nov 1, 2017, 9:37pm Top

>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.

Nov 2, 2017, 5:48pm Top

>28 virginiahomeschooler: Yes, I borrowed Twelve Doctors of Christmas from the library, and can start it now that Halloween is over! :)

Dec 10, 2017, 6:03pm Top

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!!

Dec 10, 2017, 7:39pm Top

Dec 10, 2017, 8:01pm Top

>30 majkia: thank you!

Dec 15, 2017, 7:15am Top

January's thread is up, here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/277893#

Dec 25, 2017, 5:56pm Top

My favorite genres! I'll have to pop in on the fun when I can!

Jan 14, 2018, 10:49am Top

I've posted February's thread:

Feb 1, 2018, 1:03pm Top

>36 mathgirl40: thanks! Missed it, but I've updated the OP now.

Edited: Feb 15, 2018, 1:12pm Top

The March SFF Kit thread is up!


Feb 19, 2018, 12:33pm Top

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May 13, 2018, 9:52pm Top

As I am going to be away I set June's Thread up a little early: http://www.librarything.com/topic/291304

May 13, 2018, 10:00pm Top

>43 DeltaQueen50: thank you! Have a safe trip.

Jun 16, 2018, 12:57pm Top

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.

Jun 16, 2018, 1:30pm Top

>45 Kristelh: good idea. all of search is currently MIA

Jun 16, 2018, 6:31pm Top

The July thread is up, enjoy. https://www.librarything.com/topic/292554

Jun 16, 2018, 7:23pm Top

>47 Kristelh: thank you!

Jul 22, 2018, 9:59pm Top

Umm, do we have an August thread yet?

Jul 30, 2018, 8:46pm Top

>49 Robertgreaves: I've sent a reminder to our August host, thanks for making me aware.

Aug 1, 2018, 2:24pm Top

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.


Aug 1, 2018, 2:26pm Top

I vote to use her topic with you creating the thread.

Edited: Aug 1, 2018, 2:45pm Top

I second the creation of the thread.

Aug 1, 2018, 5:40pm Top

I also vote to stick with the planned topic :)

Aug 1, 2018, 7:56pm Top

I agree to using the original topic.

Aug 1, 2018, 8:48pm Top

I agree with sticking with the original topic and just posting the thread.

Aug 1, 2018, 8:59pm Top

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. :)

Aug 2, 2018, 12:03pm Top

>57 mathgirl40: so you could do both! :)

Thanks for the input. We can keep it as originally planned, and I'll create a thread tomorrow if needed.

In the meanwhile, if anyone hears from cmbohn, let me know.

Aug 3, 2018, 7:11pm Top

August's thead is up, here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/294521

Aug 14, 2018, 3:03pm Top

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!

Aug 14, 2018, 6:22pm Top

>60 whitewavedarling: take your time, we'll be here...

Sep 14, 2018, 5:38pm Top

I've created the October thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/296250.

Sep 18, 2018, 8:21pm Top

Oct 14, 2018, 3:08pm Top

Oct 14, 2018, 4:07pm Top

>65 LisaMorr: I'm looking forward to finding a book to fit that challenge!

Oct 15, 2018, 7:33pm Top

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?

Oct 15, 2018, 8:59pm Top

of course!!!!

Oct 15, 2018, 9:15pm Top

yes! yes!

Oct 15, 2018, 10:48pm Top

Yes. I would try to participate as often as I could.

Oct 17, 2018, 9:49pm Top

I'd be happy to participate in an SFFKIT again.

Oct 17, 2018, 10:19pm Top

I would participate in SFFKIT if I had anything suitable that month.

Oct 18, 2018, 5:29am Top

Me too.

Oct 18, 2018, 7:07am Top

Me too.

Oct 18, 2018, 11:42am Top

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!

Oct 18, 2018, 1:34pm Top

Well, it looks as if there's interest... ;)

Oct 22, 2018, 12:23pm Top

I'd participate :)

Edited: Nov 20, 2018, 11:45am Top

>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.

Edited: Nov 20, 2018, 3:26pm Top

>78 whitewavedarling: I was just waiting for December's thread to be posted before I put the 2019 thread up.

EDIT: December's thread is up, here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/298809#

I'll get the 2019 thread up by this weekend. :)

Nov 21, 2018, 11:18am Top

>79 fuzzi:, :) Don't hurry on my account, though! I honestly wasn't trying to rush you... just starting to wonder :)

Nov 24, 2018, 8:43pm Top

Yay! Thanks >81 fuzzi: :)

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