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Subject: 2Q 2012 SF Challenge "Firsts" /TRACK
Date Posted: 3/17/2012 2:53 PM ET
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Welcome to the 2012 SF Challenge for the second quarter of 2012, which runs from April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. 

The topical theme of this challenge ( Firsts - ten categories of author's first works, and other things playing off the word "first" ), as well as the ten categories within it, were chosen through a group-consensus process of voting on this forum.  If you are interested in that process, see the Let's Choose Topic thread and the Let's Choose Categories thread.  The process for selecting the third quarter challenge will begin approximately June 1, 2012, on a new thread.

The challenge is to read one book in each of the ten categories within the quarter.  You can also choose a light version (any 3) or medium version (any 6) if ten is too many.   To participate, cut and paste the category list below onto a new post on this /TRACK thread.  Then you can come back and edit it as you choose books to read, or as you finish them, or anything else like that.  But if you have questions about the challenge, or want to discuss the challenge or books to fill the categories, then find the /DISCUSS thread for 2Q 2012.  This thread you are on is just for tracking posts.

There are a few Bonus Categories provided as well.  Bonus categories don't count in terms of meeting the challenge, but you still get to publish on your tracking post, so everyone knows you did it.

Cut-and-paste from below this line into your tracking post.  You may or may not wish to delete the examples or links in your tracking copy.

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MY GOALS

  • April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. 
  • Number of categories: (Full: all ten,   Medium: any six,   Light: any three,   Other...)
  • Re-reads: (None,   Any,   Limited to...)
  • Double-counts: (None,   One,   Limited to...)

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

  • #1 First novel of a British writer
  • #2 First novel of a female writer
  • #3 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2011 (link)
  • #4 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year (eg. Locus First Novel award (link), John W Campbell award (link), Compton Crook award (link) )
  • #5 First novel of an author to win a major science fiction award (eg Connie Willis' first award winning book was Lincoln Dreams but it was the second published.)
  • #6 A winner or nominee from the first year of an award (eg. The first year of the Nebula Award had 13 nominees)
  • #7 The first novel of a series
  • #8 First Contact
  • #9 First Artificial Intelligence
  • #10 First person narrative

BONUS CATEGORIES

  • #11 First novel of an American writer
  • #12 First novel of a male writer
  • #13 First Landing on the Moon or Mars
  • #14 Last novel of a writer
  • #15 Last Human
  • #16 First novel of an author in a language other than English (in translation or in original language)
  • #17 First SF novel by an author from another genre
  • #18 Second novel of a writer
  • #19 Other SF Books


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  • First novel of a British writer - To Hold Infinity, Thomas Meaney, 4/29/12
  • First novel of a female writer - Debris, Jo Anderton, 4/20/12 
  • Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2011 - Seed, Rob Ziegler, 6/21/12
  • Locus Award for best first novel from any year - Cold Allies, Patricia Anthony, 4/25/12
  • First novel of an author to win a major science fiction award - Double Star, Robert Heinlein, 5/15/12  -1956 Hugo
  • A nominee from the first year of an award - The Golden Globe, John Varley,  - 1999 Endeavour Award
  • First novel of a series - Edge, Thomas Blackthorne, 4/18/12
  • First Contact - Anomaly, Peter Cawdron, 6/19/12
  • First Artificial Intelligence - Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente, 5/30/12; Fools' Experiments, Edward M Lerner, 6/17/12  
  • First person narrative - Quarter Share, Nathan Lowell, 4/12/12

BONUS CATEGORIES

  • First novel of an American writer
  • First novel of a male writer
  • First Landing on the Moon or Mars
  • Last novel of a writer
  • Last Human
  • First novel of an author in a language other than English (in translation or in original language)
  • First SF novel by an author from another genre
  • Second novel of a writer
  • Other SF Books - Torchwood: First Born, James Goss, 4/4/12; The Crack in Space, Philip K. Dick, 5/24/12


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MY GOALS

  • April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012
  • Number of categories: (Full: all ten, Medium: any six, Light: any three, Other...)
  • Double-counts: (None, One, Limited to...)

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

  • #1 First novel of a British writer
  • #2 First novel of a female writer: Warchild, by Karin Lowachee
  • #3 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2011 (link): God's War, by Kameron Hurley
  • #4 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year (eg. Locus First Novel award (link), John W Campbell award (link), Compton Crook award (link) ): Courtship Rite, by Donald Kingsbury (also fits #6). Start date: 4/14/12. Finish date:
  • #5 First novel of an author to win a major science fiction award (eg Connie Willis' first award winning book was Lincoln Dreams but it was the second published.): The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • #6 A winner or nominee from the first year of an award (eg. The first year of the Nebula Award had 13 nominees)
  • #7 The first novel of a series: Agent of Change, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Start date: 6/7/12. Finish date: 6/8/12. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
  • #8 First Contact
  • #9 First Artificial Intelligence
  • #10 First person narrative: Vigilant, by James Alan Gardner

BONUS CATEGORIES

  • #11 First novel of an American writer
  • #12 First novel of a male writer
  • #13 First Landing on the Moon or Mars
  • #14 Last novel of a writer
  • #15 Last Human
  • #16 First novel of an author in a language other than English (in translation or in original language)
  • #17 First SF novel by an author from another genre
  • #18 Second novel of a writer
  • #19 Other SF Books


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MY GOALS

  • April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. 
  • Number of categories: All ten
  • Re-reads: Limited to books not read in the past 25 years
  • Double-counts: None

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

  • #1 First novel of a British writer - The Sands of Mars (1951), by Arthur C. Clarke - finished 4/4/12 ****
  • #2 First novel of a female writer - Branch Point (1996), by Mona Clee - finished 4/29/12 **
  • #3 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2011 - Seed (2011), by Rob Ziegler - bookhunt
  • #4 A winner of a best first novel award - Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2004), by Cory Doctorow - finished 5/9/12 ****
  • #5 First novel of an author to win a major SF award - Solarstation (1996), von Andreas Eschbach - beendet 6/28/12 ***
  • #6 A winner/nominee from the first year of an award
  • #7 The first novel of a series - Revelation Space (2000), by Alastair Reynolds - finished 4/26/12 ***
  • #8 First Contact - Eifelheim (2006), by Michael Flynn - finished 5/26/12 *****
  • #9 First Artificial Intelligence - Robots and Empire (1985), by Isaac Asimov - to be read
  • #10 First person narrative - Lavinia (2008), by Ursula LeGuin - finished 5/3/12 *****

BONUS CATEGORIES

  • #11 First novel of an American writer
  • #12 First novel of a male writer
  • #13 First Landing on the Moon or Mars
  • #14 Last novel of a writer
  • #15 Last Human
  • #16 First novel of an author in a language other than English
  • #17 First SF novel by an author from another genre
  • #18 Second novel of a writer
  • #19 Other SF Books


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MY GOALS

  • April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. 
  • Number of categories: (Medium, 6)
  • Re-reads: (None)
  • Double-counts: (Only between this and Fantasy challenge)

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

  • #1 First novel of a British writer
  • #2 First novel of a female writer
  • #3 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2011 (link) Debris by Jo Anderton - Finished 4/10
  • #4 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year (eg. linklink, linkWindup Girl,
  • #5 First novel of an author to win a major science fiction award Lincoln's Dreams  - Finished 6/7
  • #6 A winner or nominee from the first year of an award The Earth Abides by George R. Stewart - Finished 4/23
  • #7 The first novel of a series - Neuromancer by William Gibson - Finished 5/10
  • #8 First Contact - Dawn
  • #9 First Artificial Intelligence - Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente - Finished 5/11
  • #10 First person narrative Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut - Finished 4/23

BONUS CATEGORIES

  • #11 First novel of an American writer
  • #12 First novel of a male writer
  • #13 First Landing on the Moon or Mars
  • #14 Last novel of a writer
  • #15 Last Human
  • #16 First novel of an author in a language other than English (in translation or in original language)
  • #17 First SF novel by an author from another genre
  • #18 Second novel of a writer
  • #19 Other SF Books


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  • April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. 
  • Number of categories: Light, any three
  • Re-reads: None
  • Double-counts: None

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

  • #1 First novel of a British writer
  • #2 First novel of a female writer
  • #3 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2011 
  • #4 Locus First Novel award: Courtship Rite, Donald Kingsbury
  • #5 First novel of an author to win a major science fiction award The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson (Locus and Hugo)
  • #6 A winner or nominee from the first year of an award The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester (first Hugo, 1953)
  • #7 The first novel of a series
  • #8 First Contact
  • #9 First Artificial Intelligence
  • #10 First person narrative
Date Posted: 3/22/2012 9:20 PM ET
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MY GOALS

  • April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012.
  • Number of categories: (Full: all ten, Medium: any six, Light: any three, Other...)  In a perfect life, all ten and all the bonuses.  In my life, we'll see.
  • Re-reads: None
  • Double-counts: None
  • Red is Read

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

  • #1 First novel of a British writer
  • #2 First novel of a female writer      Murphy's Gambit by Syne Mitchell 
  • #3 A Locus-Recommended First Novel from 2011 (link)
  • #4 A winner or nominee of a best first novel/new writer award from any year   Singularity's Ring by Paul Melko (Compton Crook award 2009)
  • #5 First novel of an author to win a major science fiction award (eg Connie Willis' first award winning book was Lincoln Dreams but it was the second published.)
  • #6 A winner or nominee from the first year of an award   Beyond Apollo by Barry Malzberg (winner of the first year of the John W Campbell Memorial award for best science fiction novel 1973)
  • #7 The first novel of a series   One Jump Ahead (Jon and Lobo, Bk 1) by Mark L. Van Name
  • #8 First Contact  Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  • #9 First Artificial Intelligence   Silver Screen by Justina Robson
  • #10 First person narrative   All the Lives He Led by Frederik Pohl

BONUS CATEGORIES

  • #11 First novel of an American writer
  • #12 First novel of a male writer
  • #13 First Landing on the Moon or Mars
  • #14 Last novel of a writer
  • #15 Last Human
  • #16 First novel of an author in a language other than English (in translation or in original language)
  • #17 First SF novel by an author from another genre
  • #18 Second novel of a writer
  • #19 Other SF Books   Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

 
 



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