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The Science Fiction Release Challenge has gone well in each of the last three years, so I've decided to run it again this year. The one change is that instead of running it for only one month - in 2018 February to honour the birthday of the "Father of Science Fiction" Jules Verne - it will run all year in 2019.

The challenge is to release as many science fiction books from 1 January to 31 December 2018 inclusive, your local time.

What are the rules?

1. Any Science Fiction themed book (see below) released in 2019 can be included. Wild and controlled releases allowed.

2. For this challenge a Science Fiction book is defined as any book you would find on the Science Fiction shelves in a book store. If you are not sure what genre a book belongs in, going to amazon.com/.co.uk/.com.au, barnesandnoble.com or kobo.com and seeing what genre it is classified as there might help. Sites such as these often categorise books in more than one genre, but as long as one of them is science fiction the book is acceptable.

NOTE: Non-fiction books about science fiction authors, science fiction topics or sub-categories, or the science fiction genre in general are also allowed.

3. Releases that fit multiple release challenges are welcome.

4. One bonus point can be added to your running total for each book you release in the month of the following authors' birthdays:

JANUARY: Robert Silverberg (b. 15/01/1935)
FEBRUARY: Jules Verne (b. 08/02/1828, d. 24/03/1905)
MARCH: Kim Stanley Robinson (b. 23/03/1952)
APRIL: Jack Williamson (b. 29/04/1908, d. 10/11/2006)
MAY: James Blish (b. 23/05/1921, d. 30/07/1975)
JUNE: Joe Haldeman (b. 09/06/2943)
JULY: John Wyndham (b. 10/07/1903, d. 11/03/1969)
AUGUST: Hugo Gernsback (b. 16/08/1884, d. 19/08/1967)
SEPTEMBER: H G Wells (b. 21/09/1866, d. 13/08/1946)
OCTOBER: Fredric Brown (b. 29/10/1906, d. 11/03/1972)
NOVEMBER: Lois McMaster Bujold (b. 02/11/1949)
DECEMBER: Bob Shaw (b. 31/12/1931, d. 11/02/1996)

Books published by these authors under pseudonyms are also eligible for bonus points in the month of their birth. For example John Wyndham also wrote under the names John Beynon, John Beynon Harris, Johnson Harris, Lucas Parkes and Wyndham Parkes, all of which are allowed.

5. After making your releases, record them here with your running total of your releases and bonus points, together with a link to your journal entry. Please mention in your release notes that the book was released as part of this challenge.

6. Report catches (and new members resulting from this challenge). A link to the journal entry would also be appreciated. Please include in your post here your running total of any catches.

7. Hope you all have fun, and I look forward to seeing what books people are reading and releasing. I have added some extremely interesting books to Mount TBR after seeing what books other people released and their comments on them. (I can't honestly say I have read them yet!)

8. After the end of the year there will be prizes of Wings for a Month for the person with the most points, the person with the most catches, and three other participants selected at random (who haven't already been selected for a prize).

 

"The challenge is to release as many science fiction books from 1 January to 31 December 2018 inclusive, your local time."

Um, 2019?

(Goes off to look up Bob Shaw, who I'm not familiar with.)

Too bad, I released Fritz Leiber, Frank Herbert, and Men in Black on Christmas Eve. ;)

It's ok, though, I expect to have more, soonish, and will report further developments here. Should be fun!

 

I love the all-year-long option - and your list of authors includes one or two who are unfamiliar to me, so I get the chance to read something new!

 

I love the all-year-long option

Me too!!

- and your list of authors includes one or two who are unfamiliar to me, so I get the chance to read something new!

I'd _heard_ of all of them but one...but that doesn't mean I've _read_ all of them, yet!

 

Same! I'll be adding a few to my TBR. Thanks for hosting, Davros.

 

Same! I'll be adding a few to my TBR. Thanks for hosting, Davros.

 

 

I'm in! I already have a book waiting on my to-be-released pile that would qualify, so I'll be starting soon.

 

1. Sleep Over ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15158099/ ), wild release, photo.

 

wild releases with photos

1. Brightness Reef - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15332264
2. I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15330835
3. Nano - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15330833

 

2. Rendezvous with Rama ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15339667/ ), wild release, photo.

3. Challenger Unbound ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15033728/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

4. City of Ember ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321866/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

LFL releases with photo

4. The Best of C.M. Kornbluth - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15330839
5. Germline - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15340751
6. The Instrumentality of Mankind - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10556284

 

 

Sorry, different genre.
But if you believe a "fantasy" novel also fits into the "science fiction" category, then that's good enough for it to be included.
If you'd like a more concrete test, go to amazon, barnesandnoble, kobo or a similar online store and see what genre it is classified as there. These sites often categorise books in more than one genre, but as long as one of them is "science fiction" the book is acceptable.

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15261956

Running totals:
Releases - 1
Bonus points - 0
Catches - 0

 

5. L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers Of Future Fantasy ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321909/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

6. Frankenstein ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321860/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

1.) Conjure Wife by Fritz Lieber - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12063521 on 1/8/2019

 

Controlled release:

Kindred - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13885492 on 2/1/2019

 

LFL release with photo

7. The Best of C.L. Moore - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15326287

≈ 7 releases ≈ 0 bonus ≈ 0 catches ≈

 

7. Mockingjay ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321861/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

8. Feed ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321890/ ), wild release, photo.

 

8. Feed ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321890/ ), wild release, photo.

I'm a big fan of the Newsflesh series...and that LFL is adorable!

 

8. Feed ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321890/ ), wild release, photo.

I'm a big fan of the Newsflesh series...and that LFL is adorable!


It is a great series, isn't it? And the LFL is both roomy and charming - and one of the longest-lasting in the area, too!

 

I love that series! :)

 

9. Clover ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321837/ ), wild release, photo.

 

wild release with photo

8. Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15349247

≈ 8 releases ≈ 0 bonus ≈ 0 catches ≈

 

wild release with photo

8. Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15349247]

I wish I knew where my copy of this went. It wasn't a bookxing book, but came from a bookxing member, so it's most likely in with my paperbacks that are in storage. *boo* I want to read this now...

 

wild release with photo

8. Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15349247]


I wish I knew where my copy of this went. It wasn't a bookxing book, but came from a bookxing member, so it's most likely in with my paperbacks that are in storage. *boo* I want to read this now...

 

10. Nightwings, by ROBERT SILVERBERG (bonus author) ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15350557 ), wild release, photo.

11. A Civil Campaign ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321925 ), wild release, photo.

 

12. Redshirts ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15351852/ ), wild release, photo.

13. Outlander ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321905/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo. [One can argue whether this series is actually SF or not, but it gets tagged that way in a lot of places due to the time travel, so...]

 

controlled release

9. The Faded Sun - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15350754

≈ 9 releases ≈ 0 bonus ≈ 0 catches ≈

 

wingiwillrejoicewing 2 mos ago
#1

 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Steven Spielberg
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12621769

 

 

I'm in! Will update once I have some actual progress to report.

 

Just an observation, but there seems to be only one woman writer in the list chosen for bonus points. Would you maybe consider adding some more women writers next time? There are so many great female sci fi authors who don't seem to get the attention they deserve. For my part, I'll try and release some Sherri S. Tepper, Margaret Atwood and Joanna Russ in the next few months.

 

Point taken.

I did have a couple of female writers on the larger list I drew the names from, which was admittedly slanted towards my own personal reading history, but as I looked up each writer's birthday and added them to the final 12, I'd already found someone for the same month.

 

No biggie, it's just on my mind because I've been trying to read more books by women since I noticed there weren't many female authors in my own reading log for last year.

 

wild released together - with photo

10. Retief of the CDT - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15353336
11. Retief's War - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15352192

controlled release

12. A Larger Reality / Una realidad más amplia - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15209873

LFL release

13. The Uplift War - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15353344

wild release with photo

14. Wizard - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10134974

≈ 14 releases ≈ 0 bonus ≈ 0 catches ≈

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15042234

Running totals:
Releases - 2
Bonus points - 1
Catches - 0

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10492693/

Running totals:
Releases - 3
Bonus points - 1
Catches - 0

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10492693

Running totals:
Releases - 3
Bonus points - 1
Catches - 1

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10492693

Nice! I read that one in high school, and liked it quite a lot.

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15389338

Running totals:
Releases - 4
Bonus points - 1
Catches - 1

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15393252

running totals:
releases - 5
catches - 1
bonus points - 2

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15393235

running totals:
releases - 6
catches - 1
bonus points - 2

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15401541

running totals:
releases - 7
catches - 1
bonus points - 3

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15393197

running totals:
releases - 8
catches - 1
bonus points - 3

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15385033

running totals:
releases - 9
catches - 1
bonus points - 3

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15385020

Running totals:
releases - 10
catches - 1
bonus points - 3

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15408042

Running totals:
releases - 11
catches - 1
bonus points - 3

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15401538

Running totals:
releases - 12
catches - 1
bonus points - 4

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15421968

Running totals:
releases - 13
catches - 1
bonus points - 4

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15389349

Running totals:
releases - 14
catches - 1
bonus points - 4

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15389356

Running totals:
releases - 15
catches - 1
bonus points - 4

 

14. Zodiac ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15351842/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

1 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14921955/ Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide 1: Onslaught

2 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14921931/ Star Wars: Republic Commando: Triple Zero

 

3 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14453005/ Star Wars: The Black Fleet Crisis: Shield of Lies

4 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15210784/ Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Dominion War Book Four

5 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15216208/ Star Trek: Ghost-Walker

6 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15212776/ Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations Book III: The Body Electric

7 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15247175/ Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown

8 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15236093/ Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

9 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15266447/ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

10 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15210675/ Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial

11 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15235785/ Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse

12 -https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296523/ Star Wars: The Black Fleet Crisis: Tyrant's Test

13 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431983/ Star Wars: The Black Fleet Crisis: Before the Storm

14 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15209859/ Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime

15 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15233997/ Star Wars Rebels: Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy

 

controlled release

15. Infinity's Shore - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15356752

wild release with photo

16. Lord Valentine's Castle - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15359484
by Robert Silverberg = bonus point

≈ 16 releases ≈ 1 bonus ≈ 0 catches ≈

 

Sugaryfun 1 mo ago
Divergent
1. Divergent
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13501183?...

Running total
Releases: 1
Bonus: 0
I'd better get cracking!

 

15. Skitter ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15164397/ ), wild release, photo. (Horror/SF)

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15129085
I tried to upload a photo but it doesn't seem to want to let me. I'll try again later.
(2 points)

Running total: 3
Releases: 2

 

Marianne de Pierres
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13501191?...
(1)

Ground Zero- Kevin J Anderson
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13501188?...
(1)

E.T The Extraterrestrial
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13501187?...
(1)

Starhunt- David Gerrold
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15129084?...
(1)

Running total: 9
Releases: 6

 

16. Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15361992/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

17. Adventure: A Collection of Steampunk Stories ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15317244/ ), wild release, photo.

 

wingiwillrejoicewing 1 mo ago
#2
2. The Glory That Was
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15149216/

Running totals:
Releases - 2
Bonus points - 0

 

18. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne for bonus point: ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321912/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

19. Love and Rockets ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15354281/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15129079?...

This one was caught and journalled before I got around to making release notes. Oops! Also, yay!

Running total: 10
Catches: 1

 

opens the "Note: Book successfully released. Release Another book to this location! " page instead of just a link to the book itself.

 

 

wild releases with photos

17. Trading in Danger - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5920857
18. The Eyes of Kid Midas - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15220911

≈ 18 releases ≈ 1 bonus ≈ 0 catches ≈

 

20. Fire Watch ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321891/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

Looking forward to seeing what books I have in my release pile that are Sci-fi!

 

16 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15255385/ Star Trek: The Next Generation: Resistance

17 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15287101/ Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime

18 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15297070/ Star Trek: The Covenant of the Crown

19 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15250860/ Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

20 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15281800/ StarCraft: Flashpoint

21 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15230598/ Star Wars: Before the Awakening

22 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15236661/ The Heart of Valor

23 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15302925/ In Enemy Hands

24 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14741128/ Mockingbird

25 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15245962/ Valentine's Resolve

 

21. The Ruins of Earth ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15151010/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

22. Chew Vol. 3: Just Desserts ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321916/ ), controlled release, multiple challenges.

 

event/wild releases with only a couple of photos for the whole batch

19. The Science Fiction Weight-Loss Book - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360427
20. Tuf Voyaging - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15382222
21. Zelde M'Tana - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15389043
22. The Callahan Chronicals - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15391514
23. The Complete Skylark - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15391139
24. Starlight - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15391120

≈ 24 releases ≈ 1 bonus ≈ 0 catches ≈

 

23. All the Birds in the Sky ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15382207/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo. [This one's a genre-bender, mixing SF - including time-travel devices and AI characters - with magic.]

 

24. Women Writing Science Fiction as Men ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15048628/ ), wild release, photo.

 

25. The Drake Equation ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15066662 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

26. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321836/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

27. Only You Can Save Mankind ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15393918/ ), wild release, photo.

 

wild release with photo

25. Journey to the Center of the Earth by JULES VERNE (February bonus author) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15402329

LFL releases with photo

26. UnWholly - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15402363
27. UnSouled - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15402360

≈ 27 releases ≈ 2 bonus ≈ 0 catches ≈

 

Released to LFLs, with photos:

28. Tin Swift (Age of Steam) ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15045299/ ), multiple challenges

29. Dread Companion ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15398295/ )

 

 

30. The Galactic Gourmet ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15149943 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

Released to LFLs, with photos:

31. Leviathan ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15409760/ ), multiple challenges

32. The Seven Deadly Sins of SCIENCE FICTION ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321920/ )

33. The Dead Mountaineer's Inn ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15382246/ ), multiple challenges

 

34. The Stone Gods ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14722288/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

35. Icehenge by Kim Stanley Robinson ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15350562/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo. [Bonus point for March-birthday author Robinson.]

 

wingiwillrejoicewing 5 days ago
#3
3. Quantum Leap: Odyssey
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11221592

Running totals:
Releases - 3
Bonus points - 0

 

36. Rule 34 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15409725/ ), wild release, photo.

 

 

37. The Future of Us ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15381464/ ), wild release.

 

38. The Man Who Lived in Inner Space ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15388692/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

 

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