I'm following up on a great suggestion by Minerva101, arising from bookstogive's thread asking for people's choice of bookbox themes. The idea is that the books to be exchanged would all be drawn from NPR's science fiction and fantasy collection. This is based on NPR's preliminary list, published in early August, before voting narrowed it down to 100. Here's the link: http://www.npr.org/---/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists
So my local sf book store is having a sale, and I just came back with a nice bagful:
- I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
- Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Cetaganda (Vorkosigan series), Lois McMaster Bujold
- Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
- Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Robert H. Heinlein
- Altered Carbon, Richard K. Morgan
- His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire series), Naomi Novik
- Mindkiller, Spider Robinson
- Steel Beach, John Varley
- To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis
These aren't journaled yet, and there will be more as soon as I do a little digging in the stacks here, but it may whet your appetite and, I hope, entice you to sign up. If interested, please post here, and also say whether you prefer real or virtual, or are equally happy with either. Personally, I always love getting a real box of books, seeing their condition, reading a few chapters, etc. But recent experience with the Medicine Chest impresses me with how much easier it is to skip a name on a list than to hope someone halfway through the route is willing to create a new boxful (thanks again, Gory!). If we go with virtual, I may shamelessly steal bookstogive's great idea and ask people to contribute a seed book or two.
Sign-up, and voting on format, will be open until midnight GMT on Friday Sept. 23. That will give me the weekend to get the box organized and on its way. Obviously, mailing cost will limit a real box to the US & Canada, but a virtual box can go farther if there's interest. So if you're voting for virtual, please also list your shipping preference.