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For 2013, this forum is issuing a science fiction reading challenge.  It goes from January 1 to December 31 of 2013, but you are welcome to join even after the year has begun.   The full challenge consists of reading one science fiction book in each of 40 categories.  You have the option to participate at a variety of levels that could involve fewer or more books. 

To participate, cut and paste the category list template below onto a new post on this /TRACK thread.  Edit your post to personalize goals and rules.  Then you can come back and edit it again and again as you plan books to read, or as you finish them.  But if you have questions about the challenge, or want to discuss the challenge or the books used to fill the categories, then find the current /DISCUSS thread.  This thread you are on now is just for people to track their progress.  Here are some of the ways you can personalize the challenge:

  • Number of categories: Choose a level of participation:
    Light (any 10 categories from the list of 40)
    Medium (at least 5 categories from each of the 4 sections; you can bump up to 6 per section, or 7 per sections, etc.)
    Full (all 10 categories from each of the 4 sections)
    Super (Full, plus 1 expansion from each of the 4 sections; an expansion consists of a total of 5 books in the chosen category, each released in a different decade)
  • Re-reads - Do you allow re-reads?  Some possibilities are "None", "Any", "Limited to over X years ago", "Limited to X per section"
  • Double Counts - Do you allow the same book to be used in more than one category?  Some possibilities are "None", "Limited to X per section", "Only between sections"
  • Colors - Optional.  For example: Planned Read=Color X; Completed Read=Color Y
  • Rating System - Optional.  For example, *(worst) through *****(best)
  • You can also add any Challenge Within the Challenge you like - For example, at least X books must be from your TBR shelf, or at least X books must be checked out from a public library.  Feel free to add such a list to your tracking post, or a special annotation to your tracking list

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2013 SF Challenge
January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013

Number of categories: Light (any 10), Medium (any 5 from each section), Full (10 from each section), Super (Full plus 1 expansion from each section)
Re-reads: "None", "Any", "Limited to over X years ago", "Limited to X per section"
Double Counts:"None", "Limited to X per section", "Only between sections"
Colors: Planned Read=Color X; Completed Read=Color Y
Rating System: *(worst) through *****(best)
Challenge Within The Challenge: describe it here, and how you will track it

SUBGENRE

#1 Hard Science Fiction - a particular emphasis on scientific detail and/or accuracy
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction –concerned with speculation about society, while de-emphasizing the details of technological hardware and physical laws
#3 Space Opera - emphasizes romantic adventure, exotic settings, and larger-than-life characters
#4 Military Science Fiction - principal characters are members of a military service and an armed conflict is taking place in space or on a non-Earth planet
#5 Space Western - transposes themes of American Western books and film to a backdrop of futuristic space frontiers.
#6 Science Fantasy - a mixed genre of story which contains some science fiction and some fantasy elements
#7 Slipstream - literature with science fiction elements, but marketed as mainstream
#8 Alternate History - fiction set in a world in which history has diverged from history as it is generally known, can include Steampunk
#9 Time Travel - moving between different points in time in a manner analogous to moving between different points in space
#10 Science Fiction Mystery - fiction which has elements of both the science fiction and mystery genres

AWARDS

#11 a Nebula Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#12 a Hugo Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#13 a Locus Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or short-listed work
#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee
#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee
#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award
#18 a winning novel of an English-Language, but non-US award
#19 a multiple award winning novel (example: Hugo+Nebula)
#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work (example: Nebula anthologies)

AUTHORS

#21 Work written by a Grand Master
#22 Work written by a US writer
#23 Work written by a British writer
#24 Work written by a Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand writer
#25 Work originally written in a non-English language
#26 Work written by a female writer
#27 Work written by a male writer
#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author
#28 Work written the year you were half the age of your birthday this year
#30 Collection of stories, all by same author

FIRSTS

#31 First novel of a female writer
#32 First novel of a male writer
#33 First award winning novel of any writer
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year
#36 The first novel of a series
#37 First Contact
#38 First Artificial Intelligence
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars
#40 First person narrative



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2013 SF Challenge
January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013

Number of categories: Light (any 10), Medium (any 5 from each section), Full (10 from each section), Super (Full plus 1 expansion from each section)
Red is Read

SUBGENRE

#1 Hard Science Fiction - a particular emphasis on scientific detail and/or accuracy - Starfish by Peter Watts
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction – Carnival by Elizabeth Bear

  1.   Inversions by Iain M. Banks
  2.  The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross
  3.  Mouse & Dragon by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
  4.  
  5.  

#3 Space Opera - Saturn's Children by Charles Stross
#4 Military Science Fiction - principal characters are members of a military service and an armed conflict is taking place in space or on a non-Earth planet - Star Corpsman by Ian Douglas
#5 Space Western - transposes themes of American Western books and film to a backdrop of futuristic space frontiers.
#6 Science Fantasy - Trapped by James Alan Gardner 
#7 Slipstream - literature with science fiction elements, but marketed as mainstream
#8 Alternate History - Unwind by Neal Shusterman
#9 Time Travel - moving between different points in time in a manner analogous to moving between different points in space
#10 Science Fiction Mystery - fiction which has elements of both the science fiction and mystery genres - Virals by Kathy Reichs

AWARDS

#11 a Nebula Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#12 a Hugo Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later) - Redshirts by John Scalzi (winner 2013)
#13 a Locus Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later) - Zero History by Williams Gibson (nominee 2011)
#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or short-listed work - Dark Light by Ken MacLeod (short-listed 2002)
#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee - Headcrash by Bruce Bethke (winner 1995)
#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee - Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt (winner 2011)
#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award - The Dark Lady (la Belle ténébreuse) by Mike Resnick (winner 2000 Tour Eiffel award)

#18 a winning novel of an English-Language, but non-US award - Rynosseros by Terry Dowling (Ditmar Award winner 1991)

  1. The Destiny Makers by George Turner (Ditmar Award winner 1994)
  2. Geodesica Ascent by Sean Williams and Shane Dix (Ditmar Award winner 2006)
  3. Saturn Returns by Sean Williams (Ditmar Award winner 2008)
  4.  
  5.  

#19 a multiple award winning novel (example: Hugo+Nebula) - Gateway by Frederik Pohl (Nebula winner 1977, John W Campbell winner 1978, Locus winner 1978, Hugo winner 1978)
#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois

AUTHORS

#21 Work written by a Grand Master - The Nitrogen Fix by Hal Clement
#22 Work written by a US writer - Reamde by Neal Stephenson
#23 Work written by a British writer - Cosmonaut Keep by Ken MacLeod
#24 Work written by a Canadian, Australian, or New  Zealand writer - Spook Country by William Gibson (Canadian)
#25 Work originally written in a non-English language
#26 Work written by a female writer - Happy Snak by Nicole Kimberling
#27 Work written by a male writer -  Insignia by S J Kincaid

  1. Cradle of Saturn by James P. Hogan
  2.  
  3.  
  4.  
  5.  

#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author - The Moon Maze Game by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes
#28 Work written the year you were half the age of your birthday this year
#30 Collection of stories, all by same author - Wireless by Charles Stross

FIRSTS

#31 First novel of a female writer - Breakdown by Katherine Amt Hanna
#32 First novel of a male writer - John Dies at the End by David Wong
#33 First award winning novel of any writer - The Rook by Daniel O'Malley (Aurealis award winner 2012)
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year - The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (nominee 2011 Locus Best First Novel award)

  1.   Whiteout by Sage Walker (winner 1997 Locus Best First Novel award)
  2.  
  3.  
  4.  
  5.  

#36 The first novel of a series - The Line by Teri Hall
#37 First Contact - Circle of Fire by Hal Clement
#38 First Artificial Intelligence - WWW:Watch by Robert J. Sawyer
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars
#40 First person narrative - Seizure by Kathy Reichs



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2013 SF Challenge
January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013

Number of categories: Medium (any 5 from each section) -- for now.  I'll reserve the right to upgrade later.
Re-reads: None
Double Counts: Only between this and the Fantasy challenge
Colors: Read, Read but counting for another category, Own, Interested, not at library,  library paper, library ebook or public domain

SUBGENRE (7/10)

#1 Hard Science Fiction - Fiasco by Stanislaw Lem - 6/22
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction – Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem - 4/3
#3 Space Opera - Fledgeling by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - 8/16
#4 Military Science Fiction - 
#5 Space Western - Haunted Mesa by Louis L'Amour - Finished 1/18
#6 Science Fantasy - Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Finished 5/1
#7 Slipstream - The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson - Finished 7/1
#8 Alternate History - 
#9 Time Travel - In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker - 9/10
#10 Science Fiction Mystery - The Investigation by Stanislaw Lem - Finished 5/27

AWARDS (7/10)

#11 a Nebula Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)  Left Hand of Darkness or The Dispossessed by Le Guin, Claw of the Conciliator by Wolfe, Red Mars by Robinson
#12 a Hugo Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)  Canticle for Leibowitz by Miller, Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, Lord of Light by Zelazny, Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed by Le Guin, A Fire upon the Deep by Vinge, Spin by Wilson
#13 a Locus Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)  The Postman by David Brin, Passage by Willis, Crytonomicon and Anathem by Stephenson, 
#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or short-listed work  - The Birthday of the World and Other Stories by Ursula Le Guin - 8/26 (3/8 stories were nominated/winners, and most were Tiptree award style content, so, close enough.)
#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee - Carnival by Elizabeth Bear - Finished 6/27
#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee  We  by Yevgeny Zamyatin - Finished 9/2
#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award - The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach - Finished 8/31
#18 a winning novel of an English-Language, but non-US award Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino - 11/4
#19 a multiple award winning novel (example: Hugo+Nebula) - To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis - Finished 6/29
#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work - Some of the Best from Tor.Com 2012 edition - Finished 5/16

AUTHORS (10/10)

#21 Work written by a Grand Master - Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury - Finished 5/13 
#22 Work written by a US writer - Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen - 4/22
#23 Work written by a British writer -  Chocky by John Wyndham - Finished 1/11
#24 Work written by a Canadian, Australian, or New  Zealand writer, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood - Finished 9/17
#25 Work originally written in a non-English language - Memoroirs Found in a Bathtub by Stanislaw Lem - Finished 2/19
#26 Work written by a female writer - Clay's Ark by Octavia Butler - Finished 4/23
#27 Work written by a male writer - The Road by Cormac McCarthy - Finished 9/18
#28 Work written the year you were half the age of your birthday this year - Quicker Than the Eye by Ray Bradbury - Finished 2/18
#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author - Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler - Finished 4/23
#30 Collection of stories, all by same author - Sucker's Portfolio by Kurt Vonnegut - Finished 8/22 

FIRSTS (9/10)

#31 First novel of a female writer Patternmaster by Octavia Butler - Finished 4/23
#32 First novel of a male writer Player Piano by Vonnegut - Finished 2/3
#33 First award winning novel of any writer This Perfect Day by Ira Levin - Finished 6/28
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey - 2/28?  (Fantasy, but there's nothing sci-fi on the list that I'm willing to read...)
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year Passion Play by Sean Stewart - Finished 7/1
#36 The first novel of a series - Wild Seed by Octavia Butler - Finished 1/9
#37 First Contact -  Eden by Stanislaw Lem - Finished 1/18
#38 First Artificial Intelligence - The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Tim Chiang - 6/29
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars   Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
#40 First person narrative  Interworld by Neil Gaiman - Finished 7/1

 



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2013 SF Challenge
January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013

Challenge Level: Full (10 from each section) finished 9/15/13
Challenge Level: Super (1 expansion each section) finished 12/27/13
Re-reads: Limited to over 25 years ago
Double Counts: None
Colors: Planned Read=brown; In Progress Read=orange Completed Read=green
Rating System: *(worst) through *****(best)

SUBGENRE

#1 Hard Science Fiction
----- The Last Theorem, by Clarke and Pohl (2008) **** finished 6/15/13
----- Thrice Upon A Time, by James P. Hogan (1980) *** finished 9/26/13
----- The Ringworld Engineers, by Larry Niven (1979) **** finished 10/8/13
----- The Fall of Hyperion, by Dan Simmons (1990) **** finished 11/3/13
----- Hull Zero Three, by Greg Bear (2010) **** finished 11/10/13
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction
----- The Space Merchants, by Pohl and Kornbluth (1952) *** finished 1/11/13
----- Hunter of Worlds, by C.J. Cherryh (1977) ** finished 12/4/13
----- The Sword of the Lictor, by Gene Wolfe (1981) ** finished 12/23/13
#3 Space Opera - Nowhere Near, by Jack Williamson (1967) *** finished 8/9/13
#4 Military Science Fiction - Proud Helios (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #9), by Melissa Scott (1995) ** finished 3/21/13
#5 Space Western - The Defiant Agents, by Andre Norton (1962) *** finished 6/30/13
#6 Science Fantasy - The Drowned World, by J.G. Ballard (1962) *** finished 11/18/13
#7 Slipstream - The Secret History of Science Fiction, by James Patrick Kelly & John Kessell (2009) ***** finished 5/27/13
#8 Alternate History - 1632, by Eric Flint (2000) * finished 5/12/13
#9 Time Travel - After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, by Nancy Kress (2012) *** finished 3/12/13
#10 Science Fiction Mystery - Halting State, by Charles Stross (2007) ***** finished 1/8/13

AWARDS

#11 a Nebula Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
----- 2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson (2012) **** finished 2/10/13
----- Gateway, by Frederik Pohl (1977) **** finished 11/12/13
----- The Quantum Rose, by Catherine Asaro (2000) *** 11/25/13
----- Babel-17, by Samuel R. Delany (1965) **** 11/30/13
----- The Claw of the Conciliator, by Gene Wolfe (1981) *** 12/19/13
#12 a Hugo Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
----- Hyperion, by Dan Simmons (1989) **** finished 9/14/13
----- Barrayar, by Lois McMaster Bujold (1991) *** finished 12/31/13
#13 a Locus Award winning novel from any year (8or nominee, 2010 or later) -Terminal World, by Alastair Reynolds (2010) *** finished 3/10/13
#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or nominee - Glory Season, by David Brin (1993) ***** finished 4/11/13
#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee - After the Apocalypse; Stories, by Maureen F. McHugh (2011) **** finished 1/2/13
#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee - Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson (1999) ***** finished 8/5/13
#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award - Harmony, by Project Itoh (2008) **** finished 8/30/13
#18 a winning novel of an English-Language, but non-US award - Distress, by Greg Egan (1996) ***** finished 8/17/13
#19 a multiple award winning novel - Among Others, by Jo Walton (2011) **** finished 4/14/13
#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work (or nominee, 2010 or later) - Some of the Best of Tor.com 2012 Edition, by Hayden, Gorinsky, and Hartwell **** finished 3/14/2013  

AUTHORS

#21 Work written by a Grand Master
----- The Coming, by Joe Haldeman (2000) ** finished 3/2/13
----- The Time Traders, by Andre Norton (1958) *** finished 6/7/13
----- Key Out Of Time, by Andre Norton (1963) ** finished 7/9/13
----- One Against the Legion, by Jack Williamson (1939) *** finished 8/7/13
----- Winners, by Poul Anderson (1981) **** finished 9/30/13

#22 Work written by a US writer
----- Zoe's Tale, by John Scalzi (2008) *** finished 11/16/13
----- The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe (1980) *** finished 12/15/13
#23 Work written by a British writer - Ark, by Stephen Baxter (2009) **** finished 2/16/13
#24 Work written by a Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand writer - Vortex, by Robert Charles Wilson (2011) *** finished 6/2/13
#25 Work originally written in a non-English language - Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (1972) **** finished 2/18/13
#26 Work written by a female writer - Galactic Derelict, by Andre Norton (1959) **** finished 6/22/13
#27 Work written by a male writer - Red Planet Blues, by Robert J. Sawyer (2013) **** finished 9/1/13
#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author - Mind of My Mind, by Octavia Butler (1977) *** finished 2/21/13
#28 Work written the year you were half the age of your birthday this year - The Merchants' Wars, by Frederik Pohl (1984) *** finished 1/13/13
#30 Collection of stories, all by same author - Wireless, by Charles Stross (2009) **** finished 7/17/13

FIRSTS

#31 First novel of a female writer
----- Primary Inversion, by Catherine Asaro (1995) ** finished 4/22/13
----- Brothers of Earth, by C.J. Cherryh (1976) *** finished 11/7/13
----- Rocannon's World, by Ursula K. LeGuin (1966) *** finished 11/21/13
----- Hammered, by Elizabeth Bear (2004) *** finished 12/9/13
----- Shards of Honor, by Lois McMaster Bujold (1986) **** finished 12/27/13
#32 First novel of a male writer
----- How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe, by Charles Yu (2010) *** finished 6/29/13
----- The Wind from Nowhere, by J.G. Ballard (1961) ** finished 11/19/13
#33 First award winning novel of any writer - Ringworld, by Larry Niven (1970) **** finished 8/22/2013
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012 - The Games, by Ted Kosmatka (2012) ** finished 9/15/13
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year - Jumper, by Steven Gould (1992) *** finished 3/31/13
#36 The first novel of a series - Beggars In Spain, by Nancy Kress (1993) ***** finished 2/27/13
#37 First Contact - Factoring Humanity, by Robert J. Sawyer (1998) **** finished 3/25/13
#38 First Artificial Intelligence - The Jericho Iteration, by Allen Steele (1994) *** finished 7/6/13
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars - The Day The Martians Came, by Frederik Pohl (1988) *** finished 5/3/13
#40 First person narrative - Mindkiller, by Spider Robinson (1982) *** finished 3/17/13

OTHER SF BOOKS

Young Adult Fantasy - Un Lun Dun, by China Mieville (2007) - finished 1/31/2013
Best of Year Anthology - Some of the Best of Tor.com 2011 Edition, by Hayden and Gorinsky *** finished 4/26/2013



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2013 SF Challenge
January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013
Number of categories: Light (any 10), Medium (any 5 from each section), Full (10 from each section), Super (Full plus 1 expansion from each section)
Re-reads: "None", "Any", "Limited to over X years ago", "Limited to X per section":  Limiting myself to three or four
Double Counts:"None", "Limited to X per section", "Only between sections":  limiting myself to 5 or 6 maximum
Colors: In progress, Top priority books for 2013, Owned - TBR, Planned Read; Completed , Read, but will likely replace (not enough read for me to qualify as "completed"),  Double-count completed (may replace one of them), Completed Re-Read
Rating System: *(worst) through *****(best)
Challenge Within The Challenge: describe it here, and how you will track it  Read as much Philip K. Dick as possible (maybe John Varley too).

SUBGENRE  10/10 Completed

#1 Hard Science Fiction - Peace on Earth by Lem
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction –  Time out of Joint by Philip K. Dick
#3 Space Opera - Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold
#4 Military Science Fiction - Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick

#5 Space Western - The Gunslinger by Stephen King
#6 Science Fantasy - Automated Alice by Jeff Noon

#7 Slipstream - The Man who Folded Himself by David Gerrold
#8 Alternate History/Steampunk- Dreadnought by Cherie Priest

#9 Time Travel - Mamoth by John Varley 
#10 Science Fiction Mystery - Make Room!  Make Room!  by Harry Harrison

AWARDS  10/10 Completed

#11 a Nebula Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later):  Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb by Phliip K. Dick
#12 a Hugo Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later): Houston Houston Do You Read? by James Tiptree Jr.
#13 a Locus Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later): Blue Champagne by John Varley
#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or short-listed work:  Air by Geoff Ryman
#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee: Air by Geoff Ryman
#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee: The Unincorporated Man  Rating

#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
#18 a winning novel of an English-Language, but non-US award:  Blue Champagne by John Varley
#19 a multiple award winning novel (example: Hugo+Nebula) American Gods by Neil Gaiman

#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work (example: Nebula anthologies):  Year's Best SF 17

AUTHORS  10/10 Completed

#21 Work written by a Grand Master: Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
#22 Work written by a US writer: Lies by Michael Grant
#23 Work written by a British writer: Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

#24 Work written by a Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand writer: Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff
#25 Work originally written in a non-English language: Peace on Earth by Stanislav Lem

#26 Work written by a female writer: Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
#27 Work written by a male writer:  Eye in the Sky by Philip K. Dick

#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jesimin
#28 Work written the year you were half the age of your birthday this year: The World Wreckers by Marion Bradley Zimmer
 
#30 Collection of stories, all by same author:  We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick)

FIRSTS  10/10 Completed

#31 First novel of a female writer:   Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff
#32 First novel of a male writer:   The Jesus Incident by Frank Herbert
#33 First award winning novel of any writer:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012:  Flood by Stephen Baxter
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year:  Vurt by Jeff Noon

#36 The first novel of a series: Divergent by Veronica Roth
#37 First Contact: Titan by Varley
#38 First Artificial Intelligence: Adventures of an Artificial Woman by Thomas Berger
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars:  Man Plus by Fredrick Pohl
#40 First person narrative:  West of January by Dave Duncan Rating

 

Need to try and fit into challenge:

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Book 2)

The Death Cure (Maze Runner Book 3)

Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The Puppet Masters by Heinlein



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2013 SF Challenge

January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013
Number of categories: Light (any 10), Medium (any 5 from each section), Full (10 from each section), Super (Full plus 1 expansion from each section)
Re-reads: "None", "Any", "Limited to over X years ago", "Limited to X per section"
Double Counts"None", "Limited to X per section", "Only between sections"
Colors: Planned Read=Dark Green; In Progress=Navy; Completed Read=Indigo
Rating System: *(worst) through *****(best)
Challenge Within The Challenge: describe it here, and how you will track it

 

SUBGENRE

#1 Hard Science Fiction - a particular emphasis on scientific detail and/or accuracy
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction –concerned with speculation about society, while de-emphasizing the details of technological hardware and physical laws
#3 Space Opera - Carpe Diem, by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
#4 Military Science Fiction - principal characters are members of a military service and an armed conflict is taking place in space or on a non-Earth planet
#5 Space Western - transposes themes of American Western books and film to a backdrop of futuristic space frontiers.
#6 Science Fantasy - Silently and Very Fast, by Catherynne M. Valente
#7 Slipstream - literature with science fiction elements, but marketed as mainstream
#8 Alternate History - fiction set in a world in which history has diverged from history as it is generally known, can include Steampunk
#9 Time Travel - moving between different points in time in a manner analogous to moving between different points in space
#10 Science Fiction Mystery - fiction which has elements of both the science fiction and mystery genres

 

AWARDS

#11 a Nebula Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later): God's War, by Kameron Hurley
#12 a Hugo Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later): Leviathan Wakes, by James S. A. Corey. Start date: 6/4/13. Finish date: 
#13 a Locus Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later):  Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis
#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or short-listed work: Air, by Geoff Ryman
#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee: Natural History, by Justina Robson
#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee
#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award
#18 a winning novel of an English-Language, but non-US award
#19 a multiple award winning novel (Hugo+Nebula): The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work (example: Nebula anthologies)

 

AUTHORS

#21 Work written by a Grand Master: The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
#22 Work written by a US writer: Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler
#23 Work written by a British writer
#24 Work written by a Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand writer
#25 Work originally written in a non-English language
#26 Work written by a female writer: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, by Lois McMaster Bujold
#27 Work written by a male writer: The God Engines, by John Scalzi. Start date: 4/19/13. Finish date: 4/19/13. Rating: 2 1/2 stars.
#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author: The Best of All Possible Worlds, by Karen Lord. Start date: 2/4/13. Finish date: 2/4/13. Rating: 4 1/2 stars. Review.
#28 Work written the year you were half the age of your birthday this year: Parable of the Talents, by Octavia Butler
#30 Collection of stories, all by same author

 

FIRSTS
#31 First novel of a female writer: Warchild, by Karin Lowachee
#32 First novel of a male writer: Crystal Rain, by Tobias S. Buckell
#33 First award winning novel of any writer: The Snow Queen, by Joan D. Vinge
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year: The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi or Desolation Road, by Ian McDonald or The Wild Shore, by Kim Stanley Robinson
#36 The first novel of a series: Primary Inversion, by Catherine Asaro
#37 First Contact
#38 First Artificial Intelligence
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars
#40 First person narrative: Grimspace, by Ann Aguirre



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2013 SF Challenge
January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013

Number of categories: Full (10 from each section)
Re-reads: "Limited to over 10 years ago"
Double Counts:"None"
Colors: Planned Read=Color X; Completed Read=GREEN
Rating System: *(worst) through *****(best)
Challenge Within The Challenge: My biggest challenge will be finding books that I haven't already read!

SUBGENRE

#1 Hard Science Fiction - a particular emphasis on scientific detail and/or accuracy
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction –concerned with speculation about society, while de-emphasizing the details of technological hardware and physical laws
#3 Space Opera - emphasizes romantic adventure, exotic settings, and larger-than-life characters
#4 Military Science Fiction - The Hot Gate, John Ringo
#5 Space Western - transposes themes of American Western books and film to a backdrop of futuristic space frontiers.
#6 Science Fantasy - a mixed genre of story which contains some science fiction and some fantasy elements
#7 Slipstream - literature with science fiction elements, but marketed as mainstream
#8 Alternate History - fiction set in a world in which history has diverged from history as it is generally known, can include Steampunk
#9 Time Travel - moving between different points in time in a manner analogous to moving between different points in space
#10 Science Fiction Mystery - fiction which has elements of both the science fiction and mystery genres

AWARDS

#11 a Nebula Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#12 a Hugo Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#13 a Locus Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or short-listed work
#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee
#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee
#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award
#18 a winning novel of an English-Language, but non-US award
#19 a multiple award winning novel (example: Hugo+Nebula)
#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work (example: Nebula anthologies)

AUTHORS

#21 Work written by a Grand Master
#22 Work written by a US writer
#23 Work written by a British writer
#24 Work written by a Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand writer
#25 Work originally written in a non-English language
#26 Work written by a female writer
#27 Work written by a male writer
#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author
#28 Work written the year you were half the age of your birthday this year
#30 Collection of stories, all by same author

FIRSTS

#31 First novel of a female writer
#32 First novel of a male writer
#33 First award winning novel of any writer
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year
#36 The first novel of a series
#37 First Contact
#38 First Artificial Intelligence
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars
#40 First person narrative



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#1 Hard Science Fiction - 
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction – The Best of All Possible Worlds, Karen Lord, 4/7/13
#3 Space Opera - Great North Road, Peter Hamilton, 2/14/13
#4 Military Science Fiction - Terms of Enlistment, Marko Kloos, 4/15/13
#5 Space Western -
#7 Slipstream - Micro, M Crichton &  D Preston, 3/21/13
#8 Alternate History - Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Seth Grahame-Smith, 3/6/13; The Cassandra Project, J McDevitt & M Resnick, 5/2/13 (reread)
#9 Time Travel - After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress, 3/17/13; Final Days, Gary Gibson, 9/16/13
#10 SF Mystery - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs, 3/27/13

AWARDS

#11 a Nebula Award nominee - Mechanique A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine, 1/3/13
#12 a Hugo Award  nominee - 2312, A Novel, Kim Stanley Robinson, 1/27/13
#13 a Locus Award  nominee -
#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or short-listed work- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, NK Jemisin, 11/24/13
#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee - Points of Departure, Pat Murray,  11/12/13
#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee -
#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award
#18 a winning novel/novella of an English-Language, Ignotus award - Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge, Mike Resnick, 2/27/13 (reread)
#19 a multiple award winning novel - Redemption in Indigo,  Karen Lord, 2/18/13
#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work (example: Nebula anthologies)

AUTHORS

#21 Work written by a Grand Master - The World at the End of Time, Frederick Pohl, 8/8/13; Galaxies Like Grains of Sand, Brian Aldiss, 9/22/13
#22 Work written by a US writer - Love Minus Eighty, Will McIntosh, 12/24/13
#23 Work written by a British writer -
#24 Work written by a Australian writer - Less Than Human, Maxine McArthur, 2/15/13
#25 Work originally written in a non-English language - Roadside Picnic, Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, 3/1/13;
#26 Work written by a female writer - Skirmishes, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, 11/3/13;
#27 Work written by a male writer - Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi, 5/28/13
#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author
#28 Work published the year you were half the age of your birthday this year -
#30 Collection of stories, all by same author - At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij Johnson, 11/15/13

FIRSTS

#31 First novel of a female writer - The Fourth Channel, Jen Kirchner, 10/12/13
#32 First novel of a male writer - Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars, Nick James, 5/5/13
#33 First award winning novel of any writer - Behold the Man, Michael Moorcock, 4/26/13
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012 - Alif the Unseen, G Willow Wilson, 9/19/13
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year -
#36 The first novel of a series - Mockingbird, Chuck Wendig, 3/23/13
#37 First Contact - Damocles, SG Redling, 10/16/13
#38 First Artificial Intelligence
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars - The Martian Race, Gregory Benford, 7/28/13
#40 First person narrative - Moxyland, Lauren Beukes, 6/4/13

BONUS

Other SF reads - Doctor Who: A Melody Malone Mystery The Angel's Kiss, Justin Richards, 1/4/13; Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke, Justin Richards, 1/5/13; Hercule and the Doctor, Christopher Ruz,  2/5/13; Happy Valentine's Slay, Cameron Jace, 3/10/13; You, Austin Grossman, 6/6/13; Apollo's Outcasts, Allen Steele, 6/10/13; The Drowned Cities, Paolo Bacigalupi, 6/16/13; First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones, 7/7/13; Year Zero, Rob Reid, 8/27/13; Edge of Infinity, Jonathan Strahan, ed. 9/2/13; Doctor Who: Magic of the Angels, Jacqueline Rayner, 9/10/13; Stations of the Tide, Michael Swanwick, 9/25/13 (reread); The Kings of Eternity, Eric Brown, 10/9/13; Red Planet Blues, Robert Sawyer, 10/25/13; The Beautiful Land, Alan Averill, 11/6/13; The Wheel of Ice, Stephen Baxter, 11/18/13; Nothing O'Clock, Neil Gaimen, 11/21/13 

Locus magazine century poll - Ubik, Philip K Dick, 10/6/13; Use of Weapons, Iain M Banks, 11/8/13 (reread) 



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 Not sure how many I'll manage but I'm game. 

Number of categories: Light (any 10), Medium (any 5 from each section), Full (10 from each section), Super (Full plus 1 expansion from each section)
Re-reads: "None", "Any", "Limited to over X years ago", "Limited to X per section"
Double Counts:"None", "Limited to X per section", "Only between sections"
Colors: Planned Read=Purple; Completed Read=Blue
Rating System: *(worst) through *****(best)
Challenge Within The Challenge: describe it here, and how you will track it

SUBGENRE

#1 Hard Science Fiction - a particular emphasis on scientific detail and/or accuracy
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction –concerned with speculation about society, while de-emphasizing the details of technological hardware and physical laws
#3 Space Opera - emphasizes romantic adventure, exotic settings, and larger-than-life characters
#4 Military Science Fiction - principal characters are members of a military service and an armed conflict is taking place in space or on a non-Earth planet
#5 Space Western - transposes themes of American Western books and film to a backdrop of futuristic space frontiers.
#6 Science Fantasy - a mixed genre of story which contains some science fiction and some fantasy elements
#7 Slipstream - literature with science fiction elements, but marketed as mainstream
#8 Alternate History - fiction set in a world in which history has diverged from history as it is generally known, can include Steampunk
#9 Time Travel - moving between different points in time in a manner analogous to moving between different points in space
#10 Science Fiction Mystery - fiction which has elements of both the science fiction and mystery genres

AWARDS

#11 a Nebula Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)

  1. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  2. Finch by Jeff VanderMeer
  3. The Native Star by M. K. Hobson
  4. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

#12 a Hugo Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)

  1. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  2. Wake by Robert J. Sawyer
  3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
  4. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

#13 a Locus Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)

  1. The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin
  2. The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
  3. Barrayer by Lois McMaster Bujold
  4. Illium by Dan Simmons

#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or short-listed work

  1. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  2. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
  3. The Freedom Mazy by Delia Sherman
  4. Lifelode by Jo Walton

#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee

  1. Voyager in the Night by C. J. Cherryh
  2. In the Company of Others by Julie E. Czerneda
  3. Air by Geoff Ryman
  4. Chill by Elizabeth Bear (if I read Dust)
  5. Carnival by Elizabeth Bear
  6. Undertow by Elizabeth Bear

#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee

  1. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  2. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  4. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
  5. 1984 by George Orwell
  6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award
#18 a winning novel of an English-Language, but non-US award
#19 a multiple award winning novel (example: Hugo+Nebula)
#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work (example: Nebula anthologies)

AUTHORS

#21 Work written by a Grand Master

  1. Andre Norton 
  2. Robert A. Heinlein
  3. Isaac Asimov
  4. Jack Vance
  5. Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Anne McCaffrey

#22 Work written by a US writer

  1. Larry Niven
  2. Lois McMaster Bujold
  3. Anne McCaffrey
  4. Ursula K. Le Guin
  5. Orson Scott Card

#23 Work written by a British writer

  1. Iain M. Banks
  2. Alastair Reynolds
  3. Douglas Adams
  4. Arthur C. Clarke
  5. Brian W. Aldiss

#24 Work written by a Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand writer

  1. Julie Czerneda
  2. Tanya Huff
  3. Robert J. Sawyer

#25 Work originally written in a non-English language

#26 Work written by a female writer

#27 Work written by a male writer
#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author
#28 Work written the year you were half the age of your birthday this year (1994)

  1. Alien Pregnant by Elvis by Esther M. Friesner (I'm intrigued by the name but we shall see)
  2. End of an Era by Robert J. Sawyer
  3. Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks
  4. Foreigner by C. J. Cherryh
  5. Igniting the Reachs by David Drake
  6. Man Plus by Fredrick Pohl
  7. Treaty at Doona by Anne McCaffrey (if I read the first two books)
  8. The Voyage by David Drake

#30 Collection of stories, all by same author

FIRSTS

#31 First novel of a female writer
#32 First novel of a male writer
#33 First award winning novel of any writer
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year
#36 The first novel of a series
#37 First Contact
#38 First Artificial Intelligence
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars
#40 First person narrative



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2013 SF Challenge - this highlight is read
January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013
Number of categories
: Light (any 10), Medium (any 5 from each section), Full (10 from each section), Super (Full plus 1 expansion from each section)
Re-reads: "None", "Any", "Limited to over X years ago", "Limited to X per section"
Double Counts:"None", "Limited to X per section", "Only between sections"
Colors: Planned Read=Color X; Completed Read=Color Y
Rating System: *(worst) through *****(best)
Challenge Within The Challenge: describe it here, and how you will track it

SUBGENRE

#1 Hard Science Fiction - a particular emphasis on scientific detail and/or accuracy
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction –concerned with speculation about society, while de-emphasizing the details of technological hardware and physical laws
#3 Space Opera - emphasizes romantic adventure, exotic settings, and larger-than-life characters
#4 Military Science Fiction - principal characters are members of a military service and an armed conflict is taking place in space or on a non-Earth planet
#5 Space Western - transposes themes of American Western books and film to a backdrop of futuristic space frontiers.
#6 Science Fantasy - a mixed genre of story which contains some science fiction and some fantasy elements
#7 Slipstream - literature with science fiction elements, but marketed as mainstream
#8 Alternate History - fiction set in a world in which history has diverged from history as it is generally known, can include Steampunk
#9 Time Travel - Replay by Ken Grimwood [2/2/13 * * ]
#10 Science Fiction Mystery - fiction which has elements of both the science fiction and mystery genres

AWARDS

#11 a Nebula Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#12 a Hugo Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#13 a Locus Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or short-listed work
#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee
#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee
#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award
#18 a winning novel of an English-Language, but non-US award
#19 a multiple award winning novel (example: Hugo+Nebula)
#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work (example: Nebula anthologies)

AUTHORS

#21 Work written by a Grand Master
#22 Work written by a US writer
#23 Work written by a British writer
#24 Work written by a Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand writer
#25 Work originally written in a non-English language
#26 Work written by a female writer
#27 Work written by a male writer
#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author
#28 Work written the year you were half the age of your birthday this year
#30 Collection of stories, all by same author

FIRSTS

#31 First novel of a female writer
#32 First novel of a male writer
#33 First award winning novel of any writer
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year
#36 The first novel of a series
#37 First Contact
#38 First Artificial Intelligence
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars
#40 First person narrative



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!!! Going for the Light (any 10 categories from the list of 40) Challenge !!!

SUBGENRE

#1 Hard Science Fiction - a particular emphasis on scientific detail and/or accuracy
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction –concerned with speculation about society, while de-emphasizing the details of technological hardware and physical laws
#3 Space Opera - emphasizes romantic adventure, exotic settings, and larger-than-life characters
#4 Military Science Fiction - principal characters are members of a military service and an armed conflict is taking place in space or on a non-Earth planet
#5 Space Western - transposes themes of American Western books and film to a backdrop of futuristic space frontiers.
#6 Science Fantasy - a mixed genre of story which contains some science fiction and some fantasy elements
#7 Slipstream - literature with science fiction elements, but marketed as mainstream
#8 Alternate History - fiction set in a world in which history has diverged from history as it is generally known, can include Steampunk
#9 Time Travel - moving between different points in time in a manner analogous to moving between different points in space
#10 Science Fiction Mystery - fiction which has elements of both the science fiction and mystery genres

AWARDS

#11 a Nebula Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#12 a Hugo Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#13 a Locus Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or short-listed work
#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee
#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee
#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award
#18 a winning novel of an English-Language, but non-US award
#19 a multiple award winning novel (example: Hugo+Nebula)
#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work (example: Nebula anthologies)

AUTHORS

#21 Work written by a Grand Master
#22 Work written by a US writer
#23 Work written by a British writer
#24 Work written by a Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand writer
#25 Work originally written in a non-English language
#26 Work written by a female writer
#27 Work written by a male writer
#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author
#28 Work written the year you were half the age of your birthday this year
#30 Collection of stories, all by same author

FIRSTS

#31 First novel of a female writer
#32 First novel of a male writer
#33 First award winning novel of any writer
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year
#36 The first novel of a series
#37 First Contact
#38 First Artificial Intelligence
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars
#40 First person narrative

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2013 SF Challenge
January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013

Number of categories: Light (any 10), Medium (any 5 from each section), Full (10 from each section), Super (Full plus 1 expansion from each section)
Red is Read

SUBGENRE

#1 Hard Science Fiction - a particular emphasis on scientific detail and/or accuracy
#2 Soft/Social Science Fiction –concerned with speculation about society, while de-emphasizing the details of technological hardware and physical laws
#3 Space Opera - emphasizes romantic adventure, exotic settings, and larger-than-life characters
#4 Military Science Fiction - principal characters are members of a military service and an armed conflict is taking place in space or on a non-Earth planet
#5 Space Western - transposes themes of American Western books and film to a backdrop of futuristic space frontiers.
#6 Science Fantasy - a mixed genre of story which contains some science fiction and some fantasy elements
#7 Slipstream - literature with science fiction elements, but marketed as mainstream
#8 Alternate History - fiction set in a world in which history has diverged from history as it is generally known, can include Steampunk
#9 Time Travel - moving between different points in time in a manner analogous to moving between different points in space
#10 Science Fiction Mystery - fiction which has elements of both the science fiction and mystery genres

AWARDS

#11 a Nebula Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#12 a Hugo Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#13 a Locus Award winning novel from any year (or nominee, 2010 or later)
#14: A James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner or short-listed work
#15: A Philip K. Dick Award winner or nominee
#16 a Prometheus Award winning novel or nominee
#17 a winning novel of a non-English-Language award
#18 a winning novel of an English-Language, but non-US award
#19 a multiple award winning novel (example: Hugo+Nebula)
#20 a best of the year anthology containing at least one award winning short work (example: Nebula anthologies)

AUTHORS

#21 Work written by a Grand Master
#22 Work written by a US writer
#23 Work written by a British writer
#24 Work written by a Canadian, Australian, or New  Zealand writer
#25 Work originally written in a non-English language
#26 Work written by a female writer
#27 Work written by a male writer
#29 Work written by a non-Caucasian author
#28 Work written the year you were half the age of your birthday this year
#30 Collection of stories, all by same author

FIRSTS

#31 First novel of a female writer
#32 First novel of a male writer
#33 First award winning novel of any writer
#34 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2012
#35 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year
#36 The first novel of a series
#37 First Contact
#38 First Artificial Intelligence
#39 First landing on the Moon or Mars
#40 First person narrative  

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The challenge is still open for new participants.

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