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Subject: 4Q 2012 SF Challenge "Mount TBR" /TRACK
Date Posted: 9/22/2012 10:14 AM ET
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Welcome to the 2012 SF Challenge for the fourth quarter of 2012, which runs from October 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. 

The topical theme of this challenge ( Mount TBR ), 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 A Topic thread and the Let's Choose Categories thread.   The discussion regarding what form of challenges will be held in 2013 will probably start approximately December 2012 on a new thread.

The challenge is to read one book in each of the ten categories within the quarter.  To quality as To-Be-Read for purposes of this challenge, a book must have been physically on your bookshelf, or downloaded onto your e-reader, before October 1, 2012.  You can also choose to participate in the 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 plan 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 4Q 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 what you read.

Cut-and-paste from below this line into your tracking post.  Personalize the goals and tracking post however you like. 

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MY GOALS

  • October 1, 2012 through December 31, 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...)
  • TBR SF book count as of October 1, 2012:
  • TBR SF book count as of December 31, 2012:

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest on your shelf
  • #2 TBR SF book received as a gift
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition on your shelf
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started
  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published
  • #6 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character
  • #7 TBR SF novel male author
  • #8 TBR SF novel female author
  • #9 TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before
  • #10 TBR SF book that you had planned to read for some other previously-closed challenge

BONUS CATEGORIES

  • #11 TBR SF novel told in first person
  • #12 TBR SF novel with young adult main character
  • #13 TBR SF novel inspiring a movie
  • #14 TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading
  • #15 TBR SF book for which you paid full cover price
  • #16 Someone else's SF book, that you promised to read (promise made before the challenge started)
  • #17 TBR non-SF book
  • #18 newly obtained SF book
  • #19 newly obtained non-SF book
  • #20 a re-read
  • #21 a library book


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MY GOALS

  • October 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. 
  • Number of categories: (Full: all ten )
  • Re-reads: (None)
  • Double-counts: (Only between this and Fantasy challenge)
  • TBR SF book count as of October 1, 2012: 80 SF, 452 total
  • TBR SF book count as of December 31, 2012: Current: 63 SF, 331 total.
  • Count of sold/given away TBR books: 132+5

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest on your shelf:  Ray Bradbury's R is for Rocket-  Finished 10/22
  • #2 TBR SF book received as a gift ebook freebie:  Scott Nicholson’s The Harvest - Finished 10/9
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition on your shelf:  Robert Heinlein's Past Through Tomorrow (omnibus) - Finished 12/2
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started:  Sharon Shinn's Angel Seeker -  Finished 10/24
  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published:  Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Crystal Variation (Liaden Omnibus, #1-3) - Finished 11/8
  • #6 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character  Octavia Butler's Lilith's Brood (omnibus) - Finished 10/18
  • #7 TBR SF novel male author:   H. Beam Piper’s Cosmic Computer - Finished 11/30
  • #8 TBR SF novel female author:  Kage Baker's Empress of Mars -  Finished 11/28
  • #9 TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before:  H. Beam Piper’s Four-day Planet - Finished 10/2
    #10 TBR SF book that you had planned to read for some other previously-closed challenge:  Ursula Le Guin's  Fisherman of the Inland Sea - Finished 11/1/12

BONUS CATEGORIES

  • #11 TBR SF novel told in first person Connie Willis's All Seated on the Ground- Finished 12/5
  • #12 TBR SF novel with young adult main character Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games - Finished 12/14
  • #13 TBR SF novel inspiring a movie:  Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers - Finished 12/12/12
  • #14 TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liaden Unibus II - 11/8
  • #15 TBR SF book for which you paid full cover price Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liaden Unibus I - Finishied 10/10
  • #16 Someone else's SF book, that you promised to read (promise made before the challenge started) Do not have any that fit this requirement
  • #17 TBR non-SF book - Daryl Gregory's Pandemonium - Finished 10/5
  • #18 newly obtained SF book - Lois McMaster Bujold's Captain Vorpatril's Alliance - Finished 11/15
  • #19 newly obtained non-SF book  Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome - Finished 10/7
  • #20 a re-read
  • #21 a library book  Phillip K. Dick's Nick And The Glimmung - Finished 12/5


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Date Posted: 9/22/2012 4:49 PM ET
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MY GOALS

  • October 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. 
  • Number of categories: Full: all ten
  • Re-reads: None
  • Double-counts: None
  • TBR SF book count as of October 1, 2012: 45 paper
  • TBR SF book count as of December 31, 2012: 35 paper, 2 e-book

my rating system

  • * = a waste of time, or offensive
  • ** = has flaws that interfere with enjoyment
  • *** = adequate entertainment, a good story with good characters
  • **** = notable, innovative concepts
  • ***** = literarily significant, awards class

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest on your shelf (29 years)
    • Der Zorn Des Khan, von Vonda McIntyre - beendet 11/4/12 ***
  • #2 TBR SF book received as a unrequested gift
    • The Android's Dream, by John Scalzi - finished 12/20/12 ***
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition on your shelf
    • Finity's End, by C.J. Cherryh - finished 10/17/12 ****
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started
    • Vast, by Linda Nagata - finished 12/4/12 **
  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published
    • Firebird, by Jack McDevitt, finished 10/6/12 ***
  • #6 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character
    • Robots and Empire, by Isaac Asimov - finished 10/24/12 ***
  • #7 TBR SF novel male author
    • The Listeners, by James Gunn - finished 12/11/12 ****
  • #8 TBR SF novel female author
    • Deception Well, by Linda Nagata - finished 11/21/12 ***
  • #9 TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before
    • First Through Time, by Rex Gordon - finished 12/22/12 ***
  • #10 TBR SF book that you had planned to read for some other previously-closed challenge
    • Heavy Weather, by Bruce Sterling - finished 11/13/12 *****

BONUS CATEGORIES

  • #11 TBR SF novel told in first person
    • End of An Era, by Robert J. Sawyer - finished 12/24/12 ****
  • #12 TBR SF novel with young adult main character
    • Rocket Girls, by Housuke Nojiri - finished 12/26/12 **
  • #13 TBR SF novel inspiring a movie
  • #14 TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading
  • #15 TBR SF book for which you paid full cover price
  • #16 Someone else's SF book, that you promised to read (promise made before the challenge started)
    • The Long Earth, by Pratchett and Baxter - finished 11/8/12 ***
  • #17 TBR non-SF book
    • The Hallowed Hunt, by Lois McMaster Bujold - finished 12/31/12 ****
  • #18 newly obtained SF book
  • #19 newly obtained non-SF book
  • #20 a re-read -
    • The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells - finished 11/14/12 ****
    • The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells - finished 11/15/12 ***
  • #21 a library book
    • Rule 34, by Charles Stross - finished 11/25/12 ****


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Date Posted: 9/22/2012 10:59 PM ET
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MY GOALS  YAY!  I completed the challenge!

  • October 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
  • Number of categories: (Full)  OK, stop laughing, it could happen
  • Re-reads: (None)
  • Double-counts: (None)
  • TBR SF book count as of October 1, 2012: Can't tell, have too many book stacks/stashes
  • TBR SF book count as of December 31, 2012:

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest on your shelf   Transfinite Man by Colin Kapp
  • #2 TBR SF book received as a gift   Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition on your shelf   A Good Old-fashioned Future by Bruce Sterling
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started   All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson
  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published   Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • #6 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character   Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks
  • #7 TBR SF novel male author   Rule 34 by Charles Stross
  • #8 TBR SF novel female author   A Thousand Words for Stranger by Julie E Czerneda
  • #9 TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before   How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
  • #10 TBR SF book that you had planned to read for some other previously-closed challenge Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan (Was to be used for the Philip K Dick award slot of the award winners challenge last quarter)

BONUS CATEGORIES

  • #11 TBR SF novel told in first person
  • #12 TBR SF novel with young adult main character
  • #13 TBR SF novel inspiring a movie
  • #14 TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading
  • #15 TBR SF book for which you paid full cover price
  • #16 Someone else's SF book, that you promised to read (promise made before the challenge started)
  • #17 TBR non-SF book
  • #18 newly obtained SF book
  •  #19 newly obtained non-SF book


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Date Posted: 9/28/2012 6:38 PM ET
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  • TBR SF book that has languished a really long time on your shelf
  • TBR SF book received as a gift
  • TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition on your shelf
  • TBR SF novel in a series you have already started
  • TBR SF book most recently published
  • TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character
  • TBR SF novel male author
  • TBR SF novel female author - Catalyst: A Novel of Alien Contact, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, 11/3/12
  • TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before
  • TBR SF book that you had planned to read for some other previously-closed challenge


BONUS CATEGORIES

  • TBR SF novel inspiring a movie
  • TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading - Line War, Neal Asher, 10/26/12
  • TBR SF book for which you paid full cover price
  • newly obtained SF book



 



Last Edited on: 11/3/12 11:15 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 9/30/2012 6:00 PM ET
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Think I'll give this a try. I have enough to make a stab at most of the categories, doubtful I'll read all of them though.

MY GOALS

  • October 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. 
  • Number of categories: Medium: any six. 
  • Re-reads:  
  • Double-counts:  
  • TBR SF book count as of October 1, 2012: 13
  • TBR SF book count as of December 31, 2012:

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest on your shelf: Isaac Asimov, Forward the Foundation
  • #2 TBR SF book received as a gift
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition on your shelf: Algis Budrys, The Falling Torch
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started: John Barnes, Daybreak Zero
  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published: Kim Stanley Robinson, 2312
  • #6 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character
  • #7 TBR SF novel male author: Walter Jon Williams, Deep State
  • #8 TBR SF novel female author: Kage Baker, The Machine's Child
  • #9 TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before: Michael Shea, The Extra
  • #10 TBR SF book that you had planned to read for some other previously-closed challenge

BONUS CATEGORIES

  • #11 TBR SF novel told in first person: won't know till I open them
  • #12 TBR SF novel with young adult main character: John Marsden, Circle of Flight
  • #13 TBR SF novel inspiring a movie
  • #14 TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading
  • #15 TBR SF book for which you paid full cover price
  • #16 Someone else's SF book, that you promised to read (promise made before the challenge started)
  • #17 TBR non-SF book
  • #18 newly obtained SF book
  • #19 newly obtained non-SF book
Date Posted: 11/15/2012 8:54 PM ET
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I've added few more bonus categories, because some books I'm reading don't fit into any existing challenge or bonus categories.  Hope nobody minds, you are free to ignore them on your own challenge.

  • #20 a re-read
  • #21 a library book


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