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For the third year in a row now, we are having a year-long science fiction reading challenge on this forum. And starting in 2012 we're trying new quarterly group-consensus topical challenges as well. For 1Q 2012, this process resulted in the Full Spectrum Challenge that started January 1 and will end March 31. Now it is time to begin the selection process for 2Q 2012 SF Challenge, which will run from April 1 to June 30.
From a high level, the selection process works like this:
This thread is for purposes of Step 1. I will start the nomination process by putting "NOMINATE NOW" in the headline of this thread, and by naming three broad topics. Anyone else can nominate an additional broad topic, and we will discuss for at least three days, on this thread. After that time, I will change the headline of this thread to say "VOTE NOW", and keep the poll open for at least another three days.
Then I'll close the poll and start a new thread for Step 2.
The three topics that I am placing into nomination include two that did well during 1Q polling, and one new idea.
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If I read the thread correctly, I can only nominate one additional broad topic.
What about "firsts" - that is, an author's first book? Locus does have a nice list of recommended "first works" to choose from if it were to become an issue. Although I have to admit that I can't think of ten categories to go with "firsts".
What about Grand Masters? Nah - been done on another web-site.
I nominate Space Opera. Ta daaaaa
I think it is possible to come up with categories for just about anything. But sometimes you have to get a little out of the box. For example, "Firsts"could be expanded into
In terms of categories:
A Utopia/Dystopia written before 1950
A Utopia/Dystopia written after 1950
A Y/A Utopia/Dystopia
A Utopia/Dystopia that has won or been nominated for a HUGO or Nebula
A Gender based Utopia/Dystopia
An Economic Utopia/Dystopia
An Evironmental Utopia/Dystopia
A Religious Utopia/Dystopia
A Political Utopia/Dystopia
A Utopia/Dystopia written by an American Author
A Utopia/Dystopia written by an Author outside of the United States
A Utopia/Dystopia existing on Earth
A Utopia/Dystopia existing off Earth but inside our Solar System
A Utopia/Dystopia existing outside our Solar System
A novel containing both a Utopia and a Dystopia
I'm sure you can think of more that I haven't put in
Well, you could almost take everything Lisa said and replace utopia/dystopia with space opera. Also:
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Nominations and discussion seem to have settled out, so I am opening the poll today. I created descriptions for the two that did not have them, based on wikipedia definitions. (Hope they are ok). The nominations, in alphabetical order, for 2Q 2012 SF Challenge topic are:
Please consider which you might be interested in participating in, and vote for one, two, or three of them, but not more, by posting on this thread. You can come back and edit to change your vote as long the polls are open. At the end, if necessary, I will break a tie.
Polls are open from now through Thursday, March 8. On Friday, March 9, I will start the thread for discussion of ten categories within the selected topic.
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Hmm. I didn't think it was an actual nomination. But I'm not all that rule-bound, so I added it to the list just now. If people don't want it, they won't vote for it.
I tallied up the votes this morning
The results are
I'll be setting up a new thread for selection of ten categories of "Firsts" shortly.
If you have any feedback on the process of selecting the broad topic, feel free to comment on this thread.