NPR's SF Virtual Book Box, Round 2

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This is the next round of a very successful VBB last October. The books in circulation are drawn from NPR's list of finalists for the 100 best science fiction and fantasy books or series; here's the link:

In addition to the titles listed, a couple of people suggested at the end of the first round that we broaden the pool to other books by the authors included. This seems like a great idea to me. People proposing those other books will have to write journal entries explaining the merits of the books, and I LOVE reading good journal entries. Also, in a VBB there is almost no downside to including extra books. Certainly there's no postage, and people who don't want those extra books will simply select others instead.

I plan to start this up again at the beginning of March. Everyone who participated last October said they wanted to stay in for the next round, so their places are reserved unless they tell me otherwise. I'm also opening this up to new members, BookCrossers with good records. New members will be placed at the beginning of the list, to give the best variety to previous members who are already familiar with a lot of the list.

If you want to see how the first round went, here's a link to that thread:
I'll just add that everyone put terrific books in, and the unclaimed ones are still on the list. Also, I did hit up the year-end sale and pick up some more gems. So if you would like to choose from outstanding SF & F literature, here's your chance.


I have one of the books on the NPR list that I'd like to get moving :)


Yay! I am glad that this VBB will be back in motion!
I have some good ones set aside - and I, too, have scooped some good stuff from charity sales recently to add to the list. I love sharing great sci-fi. :)


This NPR list looks so interesting! I had read some of them long, long time ago. I have some of them on my shelf, and there are many titles that I want to read:) You can add me at the end of mailing order. Thank you for sharing wonderful books.


though i think that I will have to exhibit some self control and only choice 1 book this round - give me some time to catch up with my reading.

I like the idea of being able to put in other books by the same other, and that all previous boks entered are staying - good way of letting those who would genuinely enjoy the book know that it is available.


I'll look forward to this next month!


Looking forward to the next round!


Thanks for organising, JudySlump612.




Hi Judy! Thanks for messaging me - I must have default settings for contact, and I haven't figured out how to change them. I would love to join; I will be away from about March 10 - April 5. (Then again I could take the books on the road, and mail them out that way...)


quietorchid 8 yrs ago
Can we offer new books for our virtual contribution from last time? Particuliarly as we can offer books from authors on the list, whose 'best' book or series did not make the cut? Some of the old, old chestnuts I offered were only offered because they were on the official list. (I'm thinking of the Conan series from R.E. Howard)


Thank you, quietorchid, but you don't need to offer any more. There are now 38 books on the list, so there are plenty of good choices. Some of the starter books I put in that weren't chosen, I will replace, and anyone else may do the same - PM me if you want to see the list as it now stands.

Here's the current list of participants:

- Diane-Fraser
- imuzak12
- 6of8
- mathgirl40
- Minerva101
- hyphen8
- TomH
- Oppem
- Vekiki
- Nell-Lu
- Boojum
- Kally93
- bookowl1000
= quietorchid


Thank you, JudySlump612, for this wonderful VBB. I received the book list of VBB yesterday. There are many interesting books, and I have a hard time making my decision! Since this is a great opportunity to expand my reading experience, I try not to pick the books that are already on my TBR. It is still difficult decision though.

Also, I found that my favorite author's book is not in this box which made me so sad! I try finding his book and put it (or them) in the box. I'll make my final choice in a week and PM to JudySlump612:)


Also, I found that my favorite author's book is not in this box which made me so sad! I try finding his book and put it (or them) in the box.

imuzak12, what book(s) are you looking for? If you post here, one of the sf fans in the VBB may be willing to arrange a gift or swap.


Oh, thank you, JudySlump612. I do have some of his books on my bookshelf, so I am alright:) What I really meant to say was that I wanted his book(s) to be included in the box so someone may read and love it. I just felt his books being "less loved", as a fan:P

By the way, should I post on this thread about the books that I am going to take-out/put-in, as the previous round did? Or is it not necessary?


Also, I found that my favorite author's book is not in this box which made me so sad! I try finding his book and put it (or them) in the box.

Ok, so now I'm curious: which author? :)


Oh.. it's Philip K Dick. I loved reading his book in my high school time, and I read them in translation, not in English. So, I am now re-reading his in English "many years later" since high school days:)


Maybe everyone else loves this author as much as you do, and is hoarding his books because of being unwilling to share. You can think of it as a compliment. :-)

And about posting on this thread: it seems like a good idea, because that way future participants can get a sense of how rapidly we're going through the list, and hence how soon they should have their books ready. But individuals can decide for themselves if they want to do that extra job.


imuzak12 8 yrs ago
My choice
Okay, I think I am ready to make my decision now. It was a tough task though!

I am going to take out 4 books as follow:

Adulthood Rites by Octavia Butler (Lilith's Brood #2) (hyphen8)

Imago by Octavia Butler (Lilith's Brood #3) (hyphen8)

More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon (hyphen8)

When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger (hyphen8)

*Coincidentally, I picked all books from hyphen8!! Maybe I have similar taste with her:)

And I am going to add the following 4 books:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide, #2) by Douglas Adams

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) by Philip K Dick

Thanks, JudySlump612!


Media mail sometimes takes 3 weeks, so don't hold your breath...

I won't even tell you how long it took me to figure out where "imuzak" came from. :s


Books from hyphen8 arrived today with lots of goodies. Thank you so much!! I am so looking forward reading them:)


Very nice list. It took me some time to decide. I will choose the following:

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman (Tom Hl)

Sailing to Sarantium, Kay (Sarantine Mosaic #1) (JudySlump612)

I'll replace these with

Old Man's War (Old Man's War #1) by John Scalzi (mathgirl40)

The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling (mathgirl40)


And will take 2 or 3 days to decide....


I am only going to take out 2 books:
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (hyphen8)

Venus on the Half-Shell by Kilgore Trout (hyphen8)

I will add 4 books to the box:
Fire Watch by Connie Willis

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

Dead Witch Walking (Book 1 of The Hollows) by Kim Harrison

His Majesty`s Dragon(Book 1 of Temeraire) by Naomi Novik

Thanks for the fun!


My choices:

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (Minerva101)

Fire Watch by Connie Willis (Minerva101)

The Mote in God's Eye, Niven and Pournelle (6of8)

My additions:

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (Lije Bailey/R. Daneel Olivaw #1) (hyphen8)

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (hyphen8)

On Basilisk Station by David Weber (Honor Harrington #1) (hyphen8)


Excellent choices! I REALLY enjoyed Altered Carbon :)
I will post them off next pay day


Hmm, I never thought I really liked this genre of books - but looking @ the list I might have to amend that opinion..
Could I join for at least one round & see what I think??.
Do I need to put any 'seed books' into the pot ???.
Thanks if is possible to join.


Minerva101, your books (Parable of the Sower and Venus on the Half-Shell) will go out in the mail tomorrow. :)


Both of my selections (American Gods and Sailing to Sarantium) have arrived. Thank you, TomHl and JudySlump612!


But there is one I want. My choice:

Absolution Gap (Revelation Space #3), Reynolds (JudySlump612)

My addition:

Contact, Carl Sagan (TomHl)

-Tom Hl.


The Mote in God's Eye arrived today - thank you 6of8!

Mom says thanks for the stamps for her collection too. :)


Thanks, everyone (and especially JudySlump612) for another great list of books in this VBB. My picks are:

Contact, by Carl Sagan (TomHl)

His Majesty`s Dragon(Book 1 of Temeraire) by Naomi Novik (Minerva101)

Old Man's War (Old Man's War #1) by John Scalzi (mathgirl40)

I'm replacing them with:

Dawn (Lilith's Brood #1) by Octavia Butler (Nell-Lu)

Titan (The Gaea Trilogy #1) by John Varley (Nell-Lu)

Wicked by Gregory Maguire (Nell-Lu)


Sorry, I forgot to make an entry here thanking JudySlump for letting me join this group - I chose 2 books & put in 2...


I received The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King from Minerva101 - thank you :)


Our own Minerva101 has been interviewed about BookCrossing on the CBC. Here's a link:

She's organized, funny, interesting, and has a delightful voice. You'll really enjoy this!


Our own Minerva101 has been interviewed about BookCrossing on the CBC. Here's a link:

Thanks for putting this up. I did enjoy it, and agree.


Our own Minerva101 has been interviewed about BookCrossing on the CBC. Here's a link:

Thanks for putting this up. I did enjoy it, and agree.

Gosh - thank you for sharing this and I am so glad you both enjoyed it :). Pretty neat experience that I can scratch off my bucket list :D


Thank you for sharing - that was lovely. Great job Minerva101!

(And I love your themed releases.)


Well, that went fast. I've received Absolution Gap from JudySlump612 yesterday, and sent off Contact to Nell-Lu today. Thanks Judy!


I received Contact today, after a superfast journey across the Atlantic.

TomHl, I see what you mean about shipping being expensive. $10.03 for a not-particularly-large paperback is a lot! Thanks for sending it.


Many thanks for send so quickly Brave New World by Aldous Huxley & also 2 lovely postcards, one of Texas & one with seagulls on it...


I've sent Old Man's War to Nell-Lu. It might take some time to arrive, though, as I sent it by surface mail.


Thanks mathgirl40. Surface mail is absolutely fine by me -- I've always got plenty of books on the TBR shelf!

Thanks also TomHl for sending Contact out.


Thanks very much for sending me "Slaughter-house Five" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - one of 2 books that I chose from this VBB....


Venus on the Half Shell and Parable of the Sower from hyphen8 - thank you sooooooo much!


to Boojum for her choice.


Will have this book on it's next journey before the week is out....


Thank you once again for participating - you are all tops! You have been sharing excellent books with the list, and as far as I know, shipping promptly when asked. If there's been any problem, I'd like to know. But remember that the books have been mailed at the cheapest rate, over long distances, and sometimes going through Customs as well, so allow a few weeks.

I'm going to table the question of Round 3 for a while, since I've got a lot of real boxes coming in to keep me busy, and I'd like to get a few wild releases out too. You can be thinking about whether or not you'd like to continue. If not, and you want to take back the unclaimed books you offered, PM me and I'll take your books off the list.

If you would like to stay in, do nothing now. However, some books have now been through at least a full cycle without being chosen. Unfortunately, I didn't save the list periodically so I'm not sure which - sorry, it's my first VBB, and I didn't plan ahead well. Realistically, it seems likely that anyone who wanted to read those books has already either bought or borrowed them. If you know that books of yours are in this category, I'm hoping you'll consider replacing them.

Since we're all in the northern hemisphere, I'll wish everybody a lovely spring and summer. Check back in early June, and we'll see if there's enough interest for Round 3.


_Neverwhere_ is on its way to quietorchid, via media mail. Should take about a week.

All of my available books have been taken now. Thanks for a great VBB, JudySlump612!


I have had great fun choosing.

I don't necessarily think that it is true that books still being on the list means there is no interest. There were several books that interested me but I limited myself to one choice this round because I am behind in my reading and a) didn't want to start hoarding books b) not having enough replacements read and ready.

There are many, many books that sound interesting and I would like to read someday. However, there is not enough time in the world for me to read all of those. I do not often go out and buy books that interest me as I already have such a huge collection of books waiting to be read. Instead I use things like this to help me prioritise.

If needed I would be happy to replace the book I still have left in from the previous round, as well as keep it on the list as being available to someone who has a genuine interest in reading it.


Thanks TomHI, that was fast. and JudySlump612, fun as always.


Old Man's War just arrived.


Thank you Minerva101!


Thanks, Minerva101!


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