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The Science Fiction Release Challenge has gone well in each of the last fewyears, so I've decided to run it again this year. The one change is that I have simplified the rules and removed the bonus points for releasing books by selected authors in each month..

The challenge is to release as many science fiction books from 1 January to 31 December 2020 inclusive, your local time.

What are the rules?

1. Any Science Fiction themed book (see below) released in 2020 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. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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 releases, the person with the most catches, and three other participants selected at random (who haven't already been selected for a prize).

 

1. End of an Era ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787344/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

 

2. Wandering Star: A Zodiac Novel ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15566131/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

3. Lest Darkness Fall ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787309/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

 

wild release with photo

1. Wake - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15824383

≈ 1 release ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15566614

Running totals:

Releases - 1
Catches - 0

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15636990

Running totals:

Releases - 2
Catches - 0

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15834350

Running totals:

Releases - 3
Catches - 0

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15871915
Running totals:

Releases - 4
Catches - 0

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15886247

Running totals:

Releases - 5
Catches - 0

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15871916

Running totals:

Releases - 6
Catches - 0

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15871906

Running totals:

Releases - 7
Catches - 0

 

Thank you Davros-10. I was so lucky to have my name picked.

 

LFL release with photo

2. A Stainless Steel Rat is Born - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15832122

≈ 2 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

I'm playing, but not for prizes.

1 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15812193/ Willful Child

 

4. The Lost Fleet: Dauntless ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787423 ), wild release, photo.

 

LFL releases with photos

3. Free Amazons of Darkover - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15841590
4. The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15810646

≈ 4 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

Released to LFLs, with photos:

5. Journey to the Center of the Earth ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15788885/ ), multiple challenges

6. Expedition to Earth ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15788884/ ), multiple challenges

 

1.) Insects - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15532995/ on 1/6/2020
2.) Air and Weather - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15533002/ on 1/6/2020
3.) Strip Search - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15561654/ on 1/25/2020

The first two are more science non fiction, but book 3 is a graphic novel with quite a few science fiction story strips in it.

 

4.) Lego Star Wars: Darth Maul's Mission - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15532981/ on 2/10/2020
5.) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saved by the Shell - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15532983/
6.) UFO Diaries - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15532985/
7.) Krypto the Superdog Superpet! - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15532986/
8.) Triple Zero (Star Wars: Republic Commando, Book 2) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11568902/ on 2/21/2020
9.) A Quick Bite (Argeneau Vampires, Book 1) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15283270/ on 2/20/2020
10.) Shadow Warrior (Knights of the Magical Realm) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12767340/ on 2/21/2020


#5 and #7 are being included because I've always felt the origin stories of the ninja turtles and superman fall into the science fiction camp quite firmly. #9 and #10 are both paranormal romances with some fun science origins to the characters

 

11.) Star Wars The Clone Wars: Battle at Teth -https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15532977/ on 3/9/2020

 

12.) Wanderlust - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7695910/ on 6/30/2020
13.) The Friday Society - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13878476/ on 6/30/2020
14.) Winning Mars - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452382/ on 6/30/2020
15.) Brother to Shadows - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10389062/ on 6/30/2020

 

 

wild releases

5. The Astounding Science Fiction Anthology - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15856414
6. Go!! Go!! Raideen - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15810643
7. Hawksbill Station - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15845502
8. Robocon - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15845500
9. Virals - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12670917
10. Wool - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15810641
11. Pump Six and Other Stories - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11140944
12. Specials - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15859773
13. This World We Live In - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10488074
14. Tomorrow and Tomorrow - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15859798

controlled releases

15. Demons of the Red Lodge - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12226920
16. The Forever Trap - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11502026

≈ 16 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

Released to LFLs, with photos:

7. New Skies ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787479/ )

8. Dr. Bloodmoney ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15859324/ ), multiple challenges

 

9. Bless Your Mechanical Heart ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787415/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

 

10. Escapology ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787480/ ), wild release, photo.

 

11. Snakeskins ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15742370/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

 

LFL release with photo

17. The Quantum Leap Book - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15875137

≈ 17 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

 

12. Island in the Sea of Time ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15483636/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

 

controlled releases

18. The Galactic Gourmet - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15891551
19. Hospital Station - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15891543

LFL release with photo

20. Galápagos - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15892235

≈ 20 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

4 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15855617 Star Wars: X-Wing: Iron Fist

 

Released to a TARDIS-themed LFL, with photos:

13. Wraeththu ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15789006/ ), multiple challenges

14. The Man in the High Castle ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15892630/ ), multiple challenges

 

15. A Brilliant Void: A Selection of Classic Irish Science Fiction ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15789000/ ), released to an LFL near a house flying an Irish flag

 

Released to local LFLs, with photos:

16. The White Mountains ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15896768 ), multiple challenges

17. The City of Lead and Gold ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884924 ), multiple challenges

18. The Pool of Fire ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15896769 ), multiple challenges

 

21. Spares - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15897520

≈ 21 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

Released to various LFLs, with photos:

19. Fate of Worlds ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884925/ ), multiple challenges

20. Julian Comstock ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787396/ ), multiple challenges

 

21. Green Mars ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884937/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

22. Earth Times Two ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15399971 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

 

Released to local LFLs, with photos:

23. The Crystal Ship ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787302/ ), multiple challenges. [TARDIS-themed bookplate *and* TARDIS LFL release spot, for extra SF brownie points.]

24. The Point ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884932/ )

 

23. The Crystal Ship ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787302/ ), multiple challenges. [TARDIS-themed bookplate *and* TARDIS LFL release spot, for extra SF brownie points.]

Nicely done: what a great LFL!

 

5 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15875651/ Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper # 1: Republic

 

6 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15595166/ Journey to the Center of the Earth

7 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15889789/ Vicky Peterwald: Survivor

8 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15483068/ Star Trek # 16: The Final Reflection

9 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15483062/ Star Trek: The Lost Era: One Constant Star


 

LFL releases with photos

22. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15903223
23. Darkover Landfall - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15903667
24. Fires of Freedom - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15896924

≈ 24 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

Controlled releases:

25. Ascension ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14373100/ ), multiple challenges

26. Lagoon ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15594838/ )

 

LFL releases with photo

25. The Castaways of Tanagar - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912368
26. The Siege of Faltara - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912367

≈ 26 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

LFL release, no photo

27. Cards of Grief - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912834

≈ 27 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

LFL release with photo

28. A Fire in the Sun - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15915055

≈ 28 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

LFL release with photo

29. Mars Attacks! - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15920346

≈ 29 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

Released to LFLs, with photos:

27. The Sparrow ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912709/ )

28. Wild Seed ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787420/ ), multiple challenges

 

1. I Am Number Four 04. United as One, by Pittacus Lore.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14922091/

2. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, by Kate Wilhelm.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14841737/

3. Revived, by Cat Patrick.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15561652/

4. UnWholly, by Neal Shusterman.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14922019/

 

29. Dune ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912721/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

 

Released to various LFLs, with photos:

30. The Genocidal Healer ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15483582/ )

31. The Dispossessed ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912723/ )

32. In The Hall of the Martian King ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787416/ ), multiple challenges

 

Controlled releases

30. Hyperion - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7312881
31. The Space Merchants - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15920995

LFL releases with photos

32. Endymion - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15920999
33. The Fall of Hyperion - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9869225
34. No Direction Home - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15924937

Controlled releases

35. Forty Signs of Rain - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15921015
36. The Last Colony - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15929499

≈ 36 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

Released to various LFLs, with photos:

33. Camp Alien ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15788942/ )

34. Shadow and Claw ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912838/ )

35. Sword and Citadel ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912839/ )

 

36. Great North Road ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912725/ ), wild release, photo

 

37. Too Like the Lightning ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912794/ ), wild release, photo.

 

LFL release with photo

37. Xenocide - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15948089

≈ 37 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

38. Genius Loci ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15533894/ ), wild release, multiple challenges.

 

39. The Avatar ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15789004/ ), wild release, photo

 

LFL release with photo

38. The Jagged Orbit - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15957126

≈ 38 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

40. The Abyss Surrounds Us ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15551420/ ), controlled release, multiple challenges

 

41. The Wrong Unit ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15935295/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

 

5. The Lost World and Other Stories, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14922081

6. Galax Arena, by Gillian Rubinstein.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15957185

 

42. Beyond Binary ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15933539/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

 

LFL release with photo

39. Med Ship - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15966161

≈ 39 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

controlled releases

40. The Collapsing Empire - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15967665
41. After Man - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15967758
42. Man After Man - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15967755
43. The New Dinosaurs - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15967737

LFL release with photo

44. Wonder - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15967028

≈ 44 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

Released to LFLs, with photos:

43. Carbide Tipped Pens ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15933535/ ), multiple challenges

44. The Host ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15966842/ ), multiple challenges

 

45. Mind Changer ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787296/ ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo

 

LFL release with photo

45. The Steel, the Mist, and the Blazing Sun - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15973146

≈ 45 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

46. The Martian Chronicles ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15981012/ ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo

 

46. The Martian Chronicles ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15981012/ ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo


I know the actual book doesn't always match the cover pulled up by the database. but, the cover on that entry is absolutely gorgeous.

 

46. The Martian Chronicles ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15981012/ ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo


I know the actual book doesn't always match the cover pulled up by the database. but, the cover on that entry is absolutely gorgeous.


Yes, it's a striking one, isn't it! Caught my eye when I saw the book in the LFL in the first place.

 

46. The Martian Chronicles ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15981012/ ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo


I know the actual book doesn't always match the cover pulled up by the database. but, the cover on that entry is absolutely gorgeous.

Oh, agreed! Very nice.

 

Released to LFLs, with photos:

47. I am Legend ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15984041/ ), multiple challenges

48. Southern Cross ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5979267/ ), multiple challenges

 

LFL releases with photos

46. The Nitrogen Fix - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15979235
47. Midas World - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15981143
48. Starstrike - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15979238
49. Mind Changer - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15982220

controlled release

50. Double Contact - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15984173

≈ 50 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

49. Snow Crash ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8083433/ ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo

 

50. Circus Galacticus ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15952103 ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo

 

LFL release with photo

51. The Best of Frederik Pohl - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15985401

wild release with photo

52. Threshold - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15993687

≈ 52 releases ≈ 0 wild catches ≈

 

Star Trek: The Badlands (Book One of Two) by Susan Wright

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12800473

 

LFL releases, with photos:

51. Monstrous ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15790666/ ), multiple challenges

52. Anathem ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912711/ ), multiple challenges

 

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