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For 2014, this forum is issuing a science fiction reading challenge.  It goes from January 1 to December 31 of 2014, 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, and many options for tailoring your individual challenge.

To participate, cut and paste the category list template below onto a new post on this /TRACK thread.  Edit your post for your personal goals and personal 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:

  • Challenge Level:  Determine the number of books you will read for the challenge
    Light (fill any 10 categories from any section, for a total of 10 books)
    Medium (fill any 5 categories from each section, for a total of 20 books)
    Full (fill any 10 categories from each section, for a total of 40 books)
    Super (There are several possibilities 1) re-challenge yourself at any level with a new copy of the category list template in your tacking post, 2) complete more of the available categories, 3) expand one category in each section with 4 additional books)
  • Adding new Categories: If during the year, you come up with a great new category for one of the existing sections, propose it on the current discussion thread, and if you can get two other people to agree, it can become "official" and added on the template below.
  • 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
    In Progress=Color Y
    Completed Read=Color Z
  • Rating System - Optional.  For example
    * = a waste of time, or offensive
    ** = has flaws that interfere with enjoyment
    *** = good entertainment
    **** = notable, innovative
    ***** = literarily significant, awards class
  • 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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2014 SF Challenge
January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014

Challenge Level: Light (10 books), Medium (20 books), Full (40 books), Super (explain)
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: (explain)
Rating System: (explain)
Challenge Within The Challenge: (explain)

AUTHORS
A1  Grand Master (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A2  US writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A3  British writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A4  Canadian writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A5  Australian or New Zealand writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A6  female writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A7  male writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A8  non-Caucasian author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A9  originally written in a non-English language
A10 author-themed anthology (different writers grouped together due to some common characteristic of the writers)
A11 Favorite author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A12 An author whose last name begins with A, B or C (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A13 Collaboration (a novel by 2 or more already published authors, or a collection/anthology of collaborated shorter works)

FIRSTS
F1  First novel of a female writer
F2  First novel of a male writer
F3  A Locus-Recommended First Novel from any year
F4  A winner or nominee of any best first novel/new writer award from any year
F5  The first novel of a series
F6  First Contact (a novel or themed anthology)
F7  First Artificial Intelligence (a novel or themed anthology)
F8  First Awakening (on a colony ship, on a new world, in a new era)
F9  First person narrative
F10 First Birthday (novel published any time during the year of the first anniversay of your birth)
F11 First read of a new-to-you author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
F12 First award winning novel or a collection/anthology containing first award winning story, of an author
F13 First Exploration (of a new world, or other new place where no one has gone before)
F14 First SF book read in 2014

LOST AND FOUND
L1  Lost Colony
L2  Lost World (on Earth)
L3  A Found Artifact
L4  Lost Child
L5  an SF book you found (in a coffeeshop, for example)
L6  Lost in Time
L7  After a Lost War
L8  Lost Technologies
L9  Nebula Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)
L10 Hugo Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Hugo Award for Best Novel)
L11 Lost in the Stacks (SF book that has been on your TBR for a long time (or otherwise been meaning to read for a long time))
L12 Hot Find (SF book that you read within 1 month of obtaining it, (library checkouts don't count))

SETTINGS
S1  Inner Planets (set on or near Mercury or Venus)
S2  The Moon (set on or near Earth's Moon)
S3  Contemporary Earth (set on or near the Earth, close to modern times)
S4  Mars (set on or near Mars)
S5  Gas Giants (set on or near Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
S6  Prehistoric Earth
S7  Posthistoric Earth (far distant future)
S8  Parallel Universe (with or without passage between universes)
S9  Set in deep space
S10 Set in a Non-human society (a novel or themed anthology)
S11 Set on a space station or orbital habitat
S12 Set on a planet outside our solar system
S13 Set within a series
S14 Utopian/dystopian setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S15 Male-only or female-only setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S16 Set in a simulated reality (a novel or themed anthology)
S17 Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic setting (a novel, or themed anthology/collection)



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2014 SF Challenge
January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014

Challenge Level: Light (10 books), Medium (20 books), Full (40 books), Super (explain)
Re-reads: "None"
Double Counts:"None"
Colors: RED is Read
Rating System: (explain)
Challenge Within The Challenge: (explain)

AUTHORS
A1 Grand Master (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A2 US writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)   The Last Dancer by Daniel Keys Moran
A3 British writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A4 Canadian writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)   Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A5 Australian or New Zealand writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)  Spartan Planet by A Bertram Chandler
A6 female writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)   Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

A7 male writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)   A Mirror for Observers by Edgar Pangborn
A8 non-Caucasian author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A9 originally written in a non-English language
A10 author-themed anthology (different writers grouped together due to some common characteristic of the writers)
A11 Favorite author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A12 An author whose last name begins with A, B or C (a novel or collection by the same writer)

FIRSTS
F1 First novel of a female writer   The Planet Dweller by Jane Palmer
F2 First novel of a male writer
F3 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from any year
F4 A winner or nominee of any best first novel/new writer award from any year
F5 The first novel of a series   The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle, Bk 1) by Jason M Hough
F6 First Contact (a novel or themed anthology)
F7 First Artificial Intelligence (a novel or themed anthology)
F8 First Awakening (on a colony ship, on a new world, in a new era)
F9 First person narrative   The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
F10 First Birthday (novel published any time during the year of the first anniversay of your birth)
F11 First read of a new-to-you author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
F12 First award winning novel or a collection/anthology containing first award winning story, of an author
F13 First Exploration (of a new world, or other new place where no one has gone before)
F14 First SF book read in 2014-vN (Machine Dynasty, Bk 1) by Madeline Ashby

LOST AND FOUND
L1 Lost Colony
L2 Lost World (on Earth)
L3 A Found Artifact   Existence by David Brin
L4 Lost Child
L5 an SF book you found (in a coffeeshop, for example)
L6 Lost in Time
L7 After a Lost War  Bone Dance by Emma Bull
L8 Lost Technology
L9 Nebula Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)   Embassytown by China Mieville (nominated 2012)
L10 Hugo Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Hugo Award for Best Novel)
L11 Lost in the Stacks   Future Crimes edited by Martin H Greenberg and John Helfers
L12 Hot Find (SF book that you read within 1 month of obtaining it, (library checkouts don't count))

SETTINGS
S1 Inner Planets (set on or near Mercury or Venus)
S2 The Moon (set on or near Earth's Moon)
S3 Contemporary Earth (set on or near the Earth, close to modern times)  Clean by Alex Hughes
S4 Mars (set on or near Mars)
S5 Gas Giants (set on or near Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
S6 Prehistoric Earth
S7 Posthistoric Earth (far distant future)
S8 Parallel Universe (with or without passage between universes)  The Hidden Family by Charles Stross
S9 Set in deep space
S10 Set in a Non-human society (a novel or themed anthology)  Angry Young Spaceman by Jim Munroe
S11 Set on a space station or orbital habitat
S12 Set on a planet outside our solar system   The Commodore at Sea by A Bertram Chandler
S13 Set within a series
S14 Utopian/dystopian setting (a novel or themed anthology)  Damage Time by Colin Harvey
S15 Male-only or female-only setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S16 Set in a simulated reality (a novel or themed anthology)



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2014 SF Challenge
January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014

Challenge Level: Full (40 books), Super (tbd)
Re-reads: Limited to over 25 years ago
Double Counts: None
Colors: Planned Read=Blue; In Progress=Green, Bold; Completed Read=Red
Rating System: * = a waste of time, or offensive; ** = has flaws that interfere with enjoyment; *** = good entertainment; **** = notable, innovative; ***** = literarily significant, awards class
Challenge Within The Challenge: None

AUTHORS - 10
A1  Grand Master - Foundation and Earth (1986) by Isaac Asimov, finished 10/4/14 ****
A2  US writer - Earthbound (2011) by Joe Haldeman, finished 6/4/14 ***
A3  British writer - Redemption Ark (2002) by Alastair Reynolds, finished 4/28/14 ***
A4  Canadian writer - Burning Paradise (2013) by Robert Charles Wilson, finished 2/16/14 ****
A5  Australian or New Zealand writer - Zendegi (2010) by Greg Egan, finished 12/7/14 *****
A6  female writer - Trinity and Other Stories (1985) by Nancy Kress, finished 3/15/14 ****
A7  male writer - Absolution Gap (2003) by Alastair Reynolds, finished 5/25/14 ****
A8  non-Caucasian author
A9  originally written in a non-English language - Rocket Girls; The Last Planet (1996, translated 2011) by Housuke Nojiri, finished 9/12/14 **
A10 author-themed anthology
A11 Favorite author
A12 An author whose last name begins with A, B or C - Forward In Time (1973) by Ben Bova, finished 8/30/14 ***
A13 Collaboration - The Cassandra Project (2013) by McDevitt and Resnick, finished 10/12/14 ***

FIRSTS - 10
F1  First novel of a female writer
F2  First novel of a male writer - The Day of the Triffids (1951) by John Wyndham, finished 8/25/14 ****
F3  A Locus-Recommended First Novel - Ancillary Justice (2013) by Ann Leckie, finished 3/22/14 *****
F4  A winner or nominee of best first novel/new writer award
F5  The first novel of a series - Proxima (2013) by Stephen Baxter, finished 11/15/14 *****
F6  First Contact - Starhawk (2013) by Jack McDevitt, finished 6/2/14 ****
F7  First Artificial Intelligence - The Annals of the Heechee (1987) by Frederik Pohl, finished 11/22/14 **
F8  First Awakening - Beggars Ride (1996) by Nancy Kress, finished 10/25/14 ***
F9  First person narrative - Neptune's Brood (2013) by Charles Stross, finished 11/2/14 ****
F10 First Birthday -
F11 First read of a new-to-you author - Cowboy Angels (2011) by Paul McAuley, finished 12/28/14 ***
F12 First award winning novel/story of author - Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 edited by Catherine Asaro, finished 9/25/14 *****
F13 First Exploration -
F14 First SF book read in 2014 - The Ringworld Throne (1996) by Larry Niven, finished 1/8/14 **

LOST AND FOUND - 10
L1  Lost Colony - Ancillary Sword (2014) by Ann Leckie, finished 12/18/14 ***
L2  Lost World (on Earth) - A Mirror for Observers (1954) by Edgar Pangborn, finished 11/26/14 ****
L3  A Found Artifact - Heechee Rendezvous (1984) by Frederik Pohl, finished 11/10/14 ***
L4  Lost Child - Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (1980) by Frederik Pohl, finished 11/6/14 ****
L5  an SF book you found - The Disappeared (2002) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, finished 3/25/14 ***
L6  Lost in Time -
L7  After a Lost War -
L8  Lost Technology - Guardians of the Phoenix (2010) by Eric Brown, finished 12/11/14 ***
L9  Nebula Loser - Beggars and Choosers (1994) by Nancy Kress, finished 10/19/14 ****
L10 Hugo Loser - Kiln People (2002) by David Brin, finished 7/11/14 ****
L11 Lost in the Stacks - Syzygie (1981) von Frederik Pohl, auf Deutsch, beendet 3/12/14 **
L12 Hot Find - Feeling Very Strange; The Slipstream Anthology (2006) edited by Kelly and Kessel, finished 6/21/14 ****

SETTINGS - 10
S1  Inner Planets
S2  The Moon - Steel Beach (1992) by John Varley, finished 8/10/14 ***
S3  Contemporary Earth - The Multiple Man (1976) by Ben Bova, finished 5/27/14 **
S4  Mars - The Martian (2014) by Andy Weir, finished 9/11/14 *****
S5  Gas Giants
S6  Prehistoric Earth - Shaman (2013) by Kim Stanley Robinson, finished 1/23/14 *****
S7  Posthistoric Earth - The Citadel of the Autarch (1982) by Gene Wolfe, finished 1/18/14 ****
S8  Parallel Universe - The Portal (2013) by Richard Bowker, finished 6/6/14 ***
S9  Set in deep space
S10 Set in a Non-human society
S11 Set on a space station or orbital habitat - Wrath of the Prophets ST:DS9#20 (2000) by Peter David et al, finished 2/11/14 ***
S12 Set on a planet outside our solar system - Forward the Foundation (1993) by Isaac Asimov, finished 1/30/14 ***
S13 Set within a series - Ringworld's Children (2004) by Larry Niven, finished 1/12/14 ****
S14 Utopian/dystopian setting
S15 Male-only or female-only setting
S16 Set in a simulated reality
S17 Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic setting - Wastelands; Stories of the Apocalypse (2008) edited by John Joseph Adams, finished 2/8/14 ****



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2014 SF Challenge
January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014

Challenge Level:  Medium (20 books)
Re-reads: None
Double Counts: None"
Colors: RED is Read
Rating System: I'm lazy... Check out my Goodreads account if you want to know what I think.
 

AUTHORS
A1 Grand Master (a novel or collection by the same writer) - A Pleasure to Burn - Ray Bradbury - 1/24
A2 US writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A3 British writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A4 Canadian writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A5 Australian or New Zealand writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A6 female writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A7 male writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A8 non-Caucasian author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A9 originally written in a non-English language
A10 author-themed anthology (different writers grouped together due to some common characteristic of the writers)

FIRSTS
F1 First novel of a female writer
F2 First novel of a male writer
F3 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from any year
F4 A winner or nominee of any best first novel/new writer award from any year
F5 The first novel of a series
F6 First Contact (a novel or themed anthology)
F7 First Artificial Intelligence (a novel or themed anthology)
F8 First Awakening (on a colony ship, on a new world, in a new era)
F9 First person narrative
F10 First Birthday (novel published any time during the year of the first anniversay of your birth)
F11 First read of a new-to-you author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
F12 First award winning novel or a collection/anthology containing first award winning story, of an author
F13 First Exploration (of a new world, or other new place where no one has gone before) - Uncharted Territory - Connie Willis - 4/3
F14 First SF book read in 2014 - Galapagos - Kurt Vonnegut - 1/22

LOST AND FOUND
L1 Lost Colony
L2 Lost World (on Earth)
L3 A Found Artifact - Roadside Picnic - Arkady and Boris Strugatsky - 3/28
L4 Lost Child
L5 an SF book you found (in a coffeeshop, for example)
L6 Lost in Time
L7 After a Lost War
L8 Lost Technology
L9 Nebula Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)
L10 Hugo Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)
L11 Lost in the Stacks (SF book that has been on your TBR for a long time (or otherwise been meaning to read for a long time))
L12 Hot Find (SF book that you read within 1 month of obtaining it, (library checkouts don't count))

SETTINGS
S1 Inner Planets (set on or near Mercury or Venus)
S2 The Moon (set on or near Earth's Moon)
S3 Contemporary Earth (set on or near the Earth, close to modern times) - A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess - 4/2
S4 Mars (set on or near Mars)
S5 Gas Giants (set on or near Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
S6 Prehistoric Earth
S7 Posthistoric Earth (far distant future)
S8 Parallel Universe (with or without passage between universes)
S9 Set in deep space
S10 Set in a Non-human society (a novel or themed anthology)
S11 Set on a space station or orbital habitat
S12 Set on a planet outside our solar system
S13 Set within a series
S14 Utopian/dystopian setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S15 Male-only or female-only setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S16 Set in a simulated reality (a novel or themed anthology)



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2014 SF Challenge
January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014

Challenge Level: Light (10 books), Medium (20 books), Full (40 books), Super (explain)
Re-reads: "None", "Any", "Limited to over X years ago", "Limited to X per section", Trying to limit myself to 3 or 4
Double Counts:"None", "Limited to X per section", "Only between sections", Trying to limit myself to 3 or 4
Colors: Working on, Re-read, Double-count, Read but not enough to say completed, Completed, penciled in
Rating System: (explain)
Challenge Within The Challenge: As usual, try to read lots of Philip K. Dick and John Varley

AUTHORS
A1 Grand Master (a novel or collection by the same writer) - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A2 US writer (a novel or collection by the same writer) - The Story of B by Daniel Quinn
A3 British writer (a novel or collection by the same writer) - Ark by Baxter or Pollen by Noon or Inverted World by Priest
A4 Canadian writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A5 Australian or New Zealand writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A6 female writer (a novel or collection by the same writer) - Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
A7 male writer (a novel or collection by the same writer) The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower Book 2) by Stephen King
A8 non-Caucasian author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A9 originally written in a non-English language - Battle Royale
A10 author-themed anthology (different writers grouped together due to some common characteristic of the writers)
A11 Favorite author (a novel or collection by the same writer) - Galactic Pot Healer by Philip K. Dick
A12 An author whose last name begins with A, B or C (a novel or collection by the same writer) - Glory Season by David Brinn

FIRSTS
F1 First novel of a female writer
F2 First novel of a male writer -   Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick
F3 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from any year
F4 A winner or nominee of any best first novel/new writer award from any year - Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Corey Doctorow
F5 The first novel of a series
F6 First Contact (a novel or themed anthology)
F7 First Artificial Intelligence (a novel or themed anthology)
F8 First Awakening (on a colony ship, on a new world, in a new era)
F9 First person narrative
F10 First Birthday (novel published any time during the year of the first anniversay of your birth)
F11 First read of a new-to-you author (a novel or collection by the same writer) - Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore
F12 First award winning novel or a collection/anthology containing first award winning story, of an author
F13 First Exploration (of a new world, or other new place where no one has gone before)
F14 First SF book read in 2014 - Wizard by John Varley

LOST AND FOUND
L1 Lost Colony
L2 Lost World (on Earth)
L3 A Found Artifact
L4 Lost Child
L5 an SF book you found (in a coffeeshop, for example)
L6 Lost in Time
L7 After a Lost War - Ender in Exile by  Orson Scott Card
L8 Lost Technology
L9 Nebula Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)
L10 Hugo Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Hugo Award for Best Novel):  Dark Universe by Daniel Galouye
L11 Lost in the Stacks (SF book that has been on your TBR for a long time (or otherwise been meaning to read for a long time))
L12 Hot Find (SF book that you read within 1 month of obtaining it, (library checkouts don't count))

SETTINGS
S1 Inner Planets (set on or near Mercury or Venus)
S2 The Moon (set on or near Earth's Moon)
S3 Contemporary Earth (set on or near the Earth, close to modern times)
S4 Mars (set on or near Mars)
S5 Gas Giants (set on or near Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
S6 Prehistoric Earth
S7 Posthistoric Earth (far distant future) - The Man who Awoke by Laurence Manning
S8 Parallel Universe (with or without passage between universes)
S9 Set in deep space
S10 Set in a Non-human society (a novel or themed anthology)
S11 Set on a space station or orbital habitat
S12 Set on a planet outside our solar system
S13 Set within a series
S14 Utopian/dystopian setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S15 Male-only or female-only setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S16 Set in a simulated reality (a novel or themed anthology) - A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick
S17 Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic setting -  - Wastelands Stories of the Apocalypse
 

Books that I should get to reading, not put into challenge yet
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
School Spirits (Hex Hall Book 4) by Rachel Hawkins
Plague (Gone Book 4) by Michael Grant
Hastur Lord (Darkover novel) by Marian Zimmer Bradley


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2014 SF Challenge
January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014

Challenge Level: Light (10 books), Medium (20 books), Full (40 books), Super (explain)
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: Possible Read; Currently Reading; Completed
Rating System
Challenge Within The Challenge: N/A

AUTHORS
A1  Grand Master (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A2  US writer: Carpe Diem, by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
A3  British writer: Natural History, by Justina Robson
A4  Canadian writer: Warchild, by Karin Lowachee
A5  Australian or New Zealand writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A6  Female writer: An Earthly Crown, by Kate Elliott or The Snow Queen, by Joan D. Vinge
A7  Male writer: Vigilant, by James Alan Gardner or A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge
A8  Non-Caucasian author: Mind of My Mind, by Octavia E. Butler
A9  Originally written in a non-English language: Lord of All Things, by Andreas Eschbach. Started: 3/16/14. Gave up: 3/16/14. Rating: 1 star. Review.
A10 Author-themed anthology (different writers grouped together due to some common characteristic of the writers)
A11 Favorite author: Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis
A12 An author whose last name begins with A, B or C 

FIRSTS
F1  First novel of a female writer: Tierra del Fuego, Colony Ship: Parting Shots, by Caren Cro or Spin State, by Chris Moriarty
F2  First novel of a male writer: Sundiver, by David Brin
F3  A Locus-Recommended First Novel from any year: God's War, by Kameron Hurley
F4  A winner or nominee of any best first novel/new writer award from any year: Primary Inversion, by Catherine Asaro or The Bohr Maker, by Linda Nagata
F5  The first novel of a series: Emerald Eyes, by Daniel Keys Moran
F6  First Contact: Alanya to Alanya, by L. Timmel Duchamp
F7  First Artificial Intelligence (a novel or themed anthology)
F8  First Awakening (on a colony ship, on a new world, in a new era): The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
F9  First person narrative: Grimspace, by Ann Aguirre
F10 First Birthday (novel published any time during the year of the first anniversay of your birth)
F11 First read of a new-to-you author: Air: Or, Have Not Have, by Geoff Ryman
F12 First award winning novel or a collection/anthology containing first award winning story, of an author: Stand on Zanzibar, by John Brunner
F13 First Exploration (of a new world, or other new place where no one has gone before)
F14 First SF book read in 2014: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Started: 1/22/2014. Finished: 1/22/2014. Rating: 4 stars. Review.

LOST AND FOUND
L1  Lost Colony
L2  Lost World (on Earth)
L3  A Found Artifact
L4  Lost Child
L5  an SF book you found (in a coffeeshop, for example)
L6  Lost in Time: Eifelheim, by Michael Flynn
L7  After a Lost War: The Silver Ship and the Sea, by Brenda Cooper
L8  Lost Technology
L9  Nebula Loser: The Fortunate Fall, by Raphael Carter
L10 Hugo Loser: When Gravity Fails, by George Alec Effinger
L11 Lost in the Stacks (SF book that has been on your TBR for a long time): The Philosopher's Apprentice, by James Morrow
L12 Hot Find (SF book that you read within 1 month of obtaining it, (library checkouts don't count))

SETTINGS
S1  Inner Planets (set on or near Mercury or Venus)
S2  The Moon (set on or near Earth's Moon)
S3  Contemporary Earth (set on or near the Earth, close to modern times): Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
S4  Mars (set on or near Mars): Desolation Road, by Ian McDonald
S5  Gas Giants (set on or near Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
S6  Prehistoric Earth
S7  Posthistoric Earth (far distant future): A Talent for War, by Jack McDevitt
S8  Parallel Universe (with or without passage between universes)
S9  Set in deep space: The Outback Stars, by Sandra McDonald
S10 Set in a Non-human society (a novel or themed anthology)
S11 Set on a space station or orbital habitat: Up Against It, by M.J. Locke
S12 Set on a planet outside our solar system: I Dare, by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
S13 Set within a series: Plan B, by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
S14 Utopian/dystopian setting: The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
S15 Male-only or female-only setting: A Door into Ocean, by Joan Slonczewski
S16 Set in a simulated reality (a novel or themed anthology)



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  • Challenge Level:  Determine the number of books you will read for the challenge
    Light (fill any 10 categories from any section, for a total of 10 books)- Just got into fantasy a few years ago and planning to branch into Sci/Fi this year but I have no idea how far I will get in this challenge. My current stack of books include 0 sci/fi.
  • Adding new Categories: None
  • Re-reads - None
  • Double Counts - None
  • Colors - Completed Read=Color RED
  • Rating System - Optional.  For example
    * = a waste of time, or offensive
    ** = has flaws that interfere with enjoyment
    *** = good entertainment
    **** = notable, innovative
    ***** = literarily significant, awards class

AUTHORS
A1  Grand Master (a novel or collection by the same writer) 11/22/63 by Stephen King 2/28/14 *****
A2  US writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A3  British writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A4  Canadian writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A5  Australian or New Zealand writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A6  female writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A7  male writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A8  non-Caucasian author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A9  originally written in a non-English language
A10 author-themed anthology (different writers grouped together due to some common characteristic of the writers)
A11 Favorite author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A12 An author whose last name begins with A, B or C (a novel or collection by the same writer)

FIRSTS
F1  First novel of a female writer  Ecko Rising by Danie Ware 1/16/14 **
F2  First novel of a male writer
F3  A Locus-Recommended First Novel from any year
F4  A winner or nominee of any best first novel/new writer award from any year
F5  The first novel of a series
F6  First Contact (a novel or themed anthology)
F7  First Artificial Intelligence (a novel or themed anthology)
F8  First Awakening (on a colony ship, on a new world, in a new era)
F9  First person narrative
F10 First Birthday (novel published any time during the year of the first anniversay of your birth)
F11 First read of a new-to-you author (a novel or collection by the same writer)  Redshirts by John Scalzi 1/27/14 ****
F12 First award winning novel or a collection/anthology containing first award winning story, of an author
F13 First Exploration (of a new world, or other new place where no one has gone before)
F14 First SF book read in 2014

LOST AND FOUND
L1  Lost Colony
L2  Lost World (on Earth)
L3  A Found Artifact
L4  Lost Child
L5  an SF book you found (in a coffeeshop, for example)
L6  Lost in Time
L7  After a Lost War
L8  Lost Technology
L9  Nebula Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)
L10 Hugo Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)
L11 Lost in the Stacks (SF book that has been on your TBR for a long time (or otherwise been meaning to read for a long time))
L12 Hot Find (SF book that you read within 1 month of obtaining it, (library checkouts don't count))

SETTINGS
S1  Inner Planets (set on or near Mercury or Venus)
S2  The Moon (set on or near Earth's Moon)
S3  Contemporary Earth (set on or near the Earth, close to modern times)  Noggin by John Corey Whaley 3/07/14 *****
S4  Mars (set on or near Mars)
S5  Gas Giants (set on or near Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
S6  Prehistoric Earth
S7  Posthistoric Earth (far distant future)
S8  Parallel Universe (with or without passage between universes)
S9  Set in deep space
S10 Set in a Non-human society (a novel or themed anthology)
S11 Set on a space station or orbital habitat
S12 Set on a planet outside our solar system
S13 Set within a series
S14 Utopian/dystopian setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S15 Male-only or female-only setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S16 Set in a simulated reality (a novel or themed anthology)



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2014 SF Challenge
January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014

Challenge Level:  Full (40 books)
Re-reads: Limited
Double Counts: None
Colors: RED read
Rating System:  0-5 

0 - finished it but must have been stuck on the metro or something

1 - waste of time

2 -plot or charactors lacking 

3 -enjoyable

4 -better than average

5 -excellent read characters, plot world and writing all excellent

Challenge Within The Challenge: (explain)

AUTHORS
A1  Grand Master (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A2  US writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A3  British writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A4  Canadian writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A5  Australian or New Zealand writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A6  female writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A7  male writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A8  non-Caucasian author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A9  originally written in a non-English language
A10 author-themed anthology The SFWA European Hall of Fame  3.0
A11 Favorite author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A12 An author whose last name begins with A, B or C (a novel or collection by the same writer)

FIRSTS
F1  First novel of a female writer
F2  First novel of a male writer
F3  A Locus-Recommended First Novel from any year
F4  A winner or nominee of any best first novel/new writer award from any year
F5  The first novel of a series
F6  First Contact (a novel or themed anthology)
F7  First Artificial Intelligence (a novel or themed anthology)
F8  First Awakening (on a colony ship, on a new world, in a new era)
F9  First person narrative
F10 First Birthday (novel published any time during the year of the first anniversay of your birth)
F11 First read of a new-to-you author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
F12 First award winning novel or a collection/anthology containing first award winning story, of an author
F13 First Exploration (of a new world, or other new place where no one has gone before)
F14 First SF book read in 2014  Patternmaster Octavia Butler 3.5

LOST AND FOUND
L1  Lost Colony
L2  Lost World (on Earth)
L3  A Found Artifact
L4  Lost Child
L5  an SF book you found (in a coffeeshop, for example)
L6  Lost in Time
L7  After a Lost War
L8  Lost Technology
L9  Nebula Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)
L10 Hugo Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)
L11 Lost in the Stacks (SF book that has been on your TBR for a long time (or otherwise been meaning to read for a long time))
L12 Hot Find (SF book that you read within 1 month of obtaining it, (library checkouts don't count))

SETTINGS
S1  Inner Planets (set on or near Mercury or Venus)
S2  The Moon (set on or near Earth's Moon)
S3  Contemporary Earth (set on or near the Earth, close to modern times)
S4  Mars (set on or near Mars)
S5  Gas Giants (set on or near Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
S6  Prehistoric Earth
S7  Posthistoric Earth (far distant future)
S8  Parallel Universe (with or without passage between universes)
S9  Set in deep space  Conflict of Honors  Sharon Lee & Steve Miller 3
S10 Set in a Non-human society (a novel or themed anthology)
S11 Set on a space station or orbital habitat
S12 Set on a planet outside our solar system
S13 Set within a series
S14 Utopian/dystopian setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S15 Male-only or female-only setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S16 Set in a simulated reality (a novel or themed anthology)  The Socket Greeny Saga (omnibus trilogy)  Tony Bertauski 1.5 (kindle ebook 99 cents)



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2014 SF Challenge:
January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014

Challenge Level:  Full
Re-reads: Any!
Double Counts: None!
Colors: Finished books.
Rating System: None
Challenge Within The Challenge:

AUTHORS

A1  Grand Master (a novel or collection by the same writer) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury May 7-13
A2  US writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A3  British writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A4  Canadian writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A5  Australian or New Zealand writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A6  female writer (a novel or collection by the same writer) Eyes of Amber and Other Stores, by Joan D Vinge Apr 26-May 3
A7  male writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A8  non-Caucasian author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A9  originally written in a non-English language
A10 author-themed anthology (different writers grouped together due to some common characteristic of the writers) The 2014 Cambellian Anthology by M. David Blake Mar 9-May 9
A11 Favorite author (a novel or collection by the same writer) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams Jan 7-9
A12 An author whose last name begins with A, B or C (a novel or collection by the same writer)

FIRSTS
F1  First novel of a female writer

F2  First novel of a male writer
F3  A Locus-Recommended First Novel from any year
F4  A winner or nominee of any best first novel/new writer award from any year
F5  The first novel of a series Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett Mar 24-29
F6  First Contact (a novel or themed anthology)
F7  First Artificial Intelligence (a novel or themed anthology)
F8  First Awakening (on a colony ship, on a new world, in a new era)
F9  First person narrative The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross Apr 26-May 3
F10 First Birthday (novel published any time during the year of the first anniversay of your birth)
F11 First read of a new-to-you author (a novel or collection by the same writer) Wool by Hugh Howey Feb 8-15
F12 First award winning novel or a collection/anthology containing first award winning story, of an author
F13 First Exploration (of a new world, or other new place where no one has gone before)
F14 First SF book read in 2014: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson Jan 2-6

LOST AND FOUND
L1  Lost Colony Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey Aug 13-18
L2  Lost World (on Earth)
L3  A Found Artifact Abaddon's Gate by James S. A. Corey Jan 9-15

L4  Lost Child
L5  an SF book you found (in a coffeeshop, for example)
L6  Lost in Time
L7  After a Lost War First Meetings in Ender's Universe by Orson Scott Card Feb 22
L8  Lost Technology
L9  Nebula Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel) Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler Feb 8-12
L10 Hugo Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)
L11 Lost in the Stacks (SF book that has been on your TBR for a long time (or otherwise been meaning to read for a long time))
L12 Hot Find (SF book that you read within 1 month of obtaining it, (library checkouts don't count)) Starhawk by Jack McDevitt Feb 25-27

SETTINGS
S1  Inner Planets (set on or near Mercury or Venus)
S2  The Moon (set on or near Earth's Moon)
S3  Contemporary Earth (set on or near the Earth, close to modern times) Jumper by Steven Gould Feb 20-22
S4  Mars (set on or near Mars) The Martian by Andy Weir Feb 23-24
S5  Gas Giants (set on or near Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
S6  Prehistoric Earth
S7  Posthistoric Earth (far distant future)
S8  Parallel Universe (with or without passage between universes) A Boy and His Bot by Daniel H Wilson Mar 22-25
S9  Set in deep space The Human Division by John Scalzi Feb 2-8
S10 Set in a Non-human society (a novel or themed anthology)
S11 Set on a space station or orbital habitat A Million Suns by Beth Revis Mar 21
S12 Set on a planet outside our solar system Children of Kings by Deborah Ross and Marion Zimmer Bradley Feb 15-20
S13 Set within a series Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card Feb 24
S14 Utopian/dystopian setting (a novel or themed anthology) The Last Policeman by Ben H Winters May 14-17
S15 Male-only or female-only setting (a novel or themed anthology)  Coalescent by Stephen Baxter Feb 27-Mar 4
S16 Set in a simulated reality (a novel or themed anthology)

S17 Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic setting (a novel, or themed anthology/collection) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood Jan 8-10



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AUTHORS
A1  Grand Master (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A2  US writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A3  British writer - Jack Glass, Adam Roberts, 3/xx/14
A4  Canadian writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A5  Australian or New Zealand writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A6  female writer - Vicious, VE Schwab, 1/7/14; The Shambling Guide to New York City, Mur Lafferty, 3/6/14
A7  male writer (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A8  non-Caucasian author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A9  originally written in a non-English language
A10 author-themed anthology (different writers grouped together due to some common characteristic of the writers)
A11 Favorite author (a novel or collection by the same writer)
A12 An author whose last name begins with A, B or C (a novel or collection by the same writer)

FIRSTS
F1  First novel of a female writer
F2  First novel of a male writer
F3  A Locus-Recommended First Novel from any year
F4  A winner or nominee of any best first novel/new writer award from any year
F5  The first novel of a series
F6  First Contact (a novel or themed anthology)
F7  First Artificial Intelligence (a novel or themed anthology)
F8  First Awakening (on a colony ship, on a new world, in a new era)
F9  First person narrative
F10 First Birthday (novel published any time during the year of the first anniversay of your birth)
F11 First read of a new-to-you author - Doctor Who: Mystery of the Haunted Cottage, Derek Landy, 1/10/14
F12 First award winning novel or a collection/anthology containing first award winning story, of an author
F13 First Exploration (of a new world, or other new place where no one has gone before)
F14 First SF book read in 2014 - Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz, 1/5/14

LOST AND FOUND
L1  Lost Colony
L2  Lost World (on Earth)
L3  A Found Artifact
L4  Lost Child - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler, 3/16/14
L5  an SF book you found (in a coffeeshop, for example)
L6  Lost in Time
L7  After a Lost War
L8  Lost Technology
L9  Nebula Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)
L10 Hugo Loser (was nominated, but did not win the Nebula Award for Best Novel)
L11 Lost in the Stacks (SF book that has been on your TBR for a long time (or otherwise been meaning to read for a long time))
L12 Hot Find (SF book that you read within 1 month of obtaining it, (library checkouts don't count))

SETTINGS
S1  Inner Planets (set on or near Mercury or Venus)
S2  The Moon (set on or near Earth's Moon)
S3  Contemporary Earth (set on or near the Earth, close to modern times) - Doctor Who:Snowglobe 7, Mike Tucker, 1/15/14
S4  Mars (set on or near Mars)
S5  Gas Giants (set on or near Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
S6  Prehistoric Earth
S7  Posthistoric Earth (far distant future)
S8  Parallel Universe (with or without passage between universes)
S9  Set in deep space
S10 Set in a Non-human society (a novel or themed anthology)
S11 Set on a space station or orbital habitat
S12 Set on a planet outside our solar system
S13 Set within a series - Odd Interlude, Dean Koontz, 1/13/14; Deeply Odd, Dean Koontz, 2/5/14
S14 Utopian/dystopian setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S15 Male-only or female-only setting (a novel or themed anthology)
S16 Set in a simulated reality (a novel or themed anthology)



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