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Subject: Let's choose a topic for our 4Q 2012 SF Challenge /completed
Date Posted: 9/4/2012 1:18 PM ET
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For the third year in a row, we are having a year-long science fiction reading challenge on this forum.  And starting in 2012 we're having quarterly group-consensus topical challenges as well.  This process resulted in the Full Spectrum Challenge that ran January 1 through March 31, the Firsts Challenge that ran April 1 through June 30, and the Awards Challenge that started July 1 and will end September 30.   Now it is time to begin the selection process for 4Q 2012 SF Challenge, which will run October 1 through December 31.

From a high level, the selection process works like this:

  • Step 1 - Select a broad topic within Science Fiction, before the quarter starts.
  • Step 2 - Select ten categories within that broad topic, before the quarter starts.
  • Step 3 - Read a book for any 3, any 6, or all 10 categories, within the quarter.

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 are those that did well during past polling, but never well enough to win.

  • Space Opera - ten categories of science fiction that emphasize adventure, and are often set in outer space, often involving conflict between opponents possessing advanced technologies and abilities.
  • Apocalypse - ten categories by timeframe (pre-, during, post-, etc.), or cause of the apocalyptic event(s).
  • Science Fantasy – ten categories that demonstrate the variety of ways that a work can meld things traditionally considered science fictional and things traditionally considered fantastical.

-Tom Hl.



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Subject: one more nomination
Date Posted: 9/4/2012 1:28 PM ET
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I'm also going to place into the running, an atypical topic that may appeal to you

  • Mount TBR - ten categories of SF books that were already on your to-be-read shelf before 1 October 2012.  (such as "TBR book that has languished the longest" and "TBR book received as an unrequested gift" and "TBR book in the most deplorable condition")

-Tom Hl. :)

Date Posted: 9/4/2012 1:41 PM ET
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We've had genre topics and award topics.  How about a main character topic?

Something like

A novel from the point of view of an alien

A novel where the protagonist is post human

A novel from multiple viewpoints including 1 nonhuman.  (Could be alien, posthuman, an artificial intelligence, etc)

Date Posted: 9/4/2012 5:43 PM ET
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Whatever we choose, can we make sure one of the categories fits Captain Vorpatril's Alliance?  I have a feeling quite a few of us will be reading that when it comes out.

With Lisa's topic, for instance, "A novel from the point of view of 'Ivan, you idiot'" would be great.


More seriously, we've had two fairly limiting challenges in a row (Firsts and Awards).  I'd like to see something rather broad again.  I think the TBR one could be a lot of fun, and the main character one would work great as well.

Something to do with authors would be another broad choice.  Female, Male, More than one author, author from Europe, Asia, etc.



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Subject: six nominations so far
Date Posted: 9/6/2012 1:12 PM ET
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So far, we have the following nominations.  I'd like to put it to a vote on Saturday morning.  Any more nominations before then?

  • Space Opera - ten categories of science fiction that emphasize adventure, and are often set in outer space, often involving conflict between opponents possessing advanced technologies and abilities.
  • Apocalypse - ten categories by timeframe (pre-, during, post-, etc.), or cause of the apocalyptic event(s).
  • Science Fantasy – ten categories that demonstrate the variety of ways that a work can meld things traditionally considered science fictional and things traditionally considered fantastical.
  • Mount TBR - ten categories of SF books that were already on your to-be-read shelf before 1 October 2012.  (such as "TBR book that has languished the longest" and "TBR book received as an unrequested gift" and "TBR book in the most deplorable condition")
  • Main Characters - main character topic?  (something like "A novel from the point of view of an alien", "A novel where the protagonist is post human", and "A novel from multiple viewpoints including 1 nonhuman")
  • Authors - Female, Male, More than one author, author from Europe, Asia, etc.
Subject: the polls are open
Date Posted: 9/8/2012 8:22 AM ET
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Nominations and discussion seem to have settled out, so I am opening the poll today. The nominations, in alphabetical order, for 4Q 2012 SF Challenge topic are:

  1. Apocalypse
  2. Authors
  3. Main Characters
  4. Mount TBR
  5. Science Fantasy
  6. Space Opera

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 Tuesday, Sept 11.  On Wednesday, I will start the thread for discussion of ten categories within the selected topic.

-Tom Hl.

Date Posted: 9/8/2012 11:41 PM ET
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While I do like the Apocalypse category, I think I'm getting more than enough exposure to it with the current political campaigns.  I will vote for Main Characters, Authors and Mt TBR. 

Date Posted: 9/9/2012 11:51 PM ET
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Mt. TBR, Main Characters and Authors,

Subject: my votes
Date Posted: 9/10/2012 1:50 PM ET
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I would be happy to work with any of the six, but my preferences are Apocalypse, Main Characters, and Mount TBR.

-Tom Hl.

Subject: vote
Date Posted: 9/10/2012 10:58 PM ET
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While I do like the Apocalypse category, I think I'm getting more than enough exposure to it with the current political campaigns. 

 

laugh

ha ha

I haven't had much time to read lately so I'll just go with whatever you guys want.  But Mt TBR appeals to me (imagine that).

Subject: and the winner is Mount TBR
Date Posted: 9/12/2012 1:45 PM ET
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I tallied up the votes this morning

The results are

  • 4 for Mount TBR – garrity, Melanti, TomHl, Zylyn
  • 3 for Main Characters – garrity, Melanti, TomHl
  • 2 for Authors – garrity, Melanti
  • 1 for Apocalypse - TomHl

I'll be setting up a new thread for selection of ten categories of "Mount TBR" shortly.  If you have any feedback on the process of selecting the broad topic, feel free to comment on this thread.