Sci-Fi Month Preview: TBR Time!

It’s almost November, which means it’s almost time for SciFi Month! The annual blogging celebration is hosted by Lisa at Dear Geek Place and imyril at There’s Always Room For One More. The primary focus is, of course, on books, but posts about anything sci-fi, from movies to video games, are welcome!

With Sci-Fi Month just a few weeks away, I thought now would be a good time to spotlight a few books I’m contemplating reading. Owing to ARC commitments, I’ll probably only be able to sneak in two or three sci-fi books that month. I do have ONE read that is an absolute must; others are likely going to be a mood read selection at the time.

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 Record of a Spaceborn Few  Nophek Gloss Cover  Aurora Rising

This one is THE PRIORITY for Sci-Fi Month. I bought the book nearly two years ago after loving the first two books in Becky Chambers’ WAYFARERS series, and I just…haven’t found the time to read this one. NO MORE. RECORD OF A SPACEBORN FEW is loosely connected to the previous books. It focuses on those still left on the generational ships that once set out to find humanity a new home. While many have left to new planets, some still remain on the ship, trying to convince themselves it is time to let go of the past and start a new life. RECORD is supposed to be from several different points of view, and I can’t wait for a little feel good Sci-Fi.

NOPHEK GLOSS by Essa Hansen
This is also a likely read for Sci-Fi Month, owing to the fact that the lovely people at Orbit have sent me an ARC! This one sounds delightfully space opera’y and a little bonkers. Caiden is on a mission of revenge against those who destroyed his planet. In his quest, he falls in with the crew of a ship that might have a soul – and possibly an entire other universe.

AURORA RISING by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Having recently finished (and thoroughly enjoyed) THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLES by Kristoff, I want to check out his collaborative work with Amie Kaufman. AURORA RISING has the very promising tagline “They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.” It’s got one of my favorite tropes, band of misfits, and I’ve had a copy for…way too long. Honestly, this came out the same year as SKYWARD, they both had flight crews, they both had purple covers, and I just kept putting the read off for no particular reason. Perhaps that will change this month!

 Salvaged  Thrawn Ascendancy  The Calculating Stars

SALVAGED by Madeline Roux
I’m not a huge horror fan, but the premise of this standalone sci-fi has definitely caught my interest. A space janitor who has to go clean up when experimental labs go wrong arrives to find out that perhaps the danger isn’t as over as everyone thinks. A lower priority read, but I’ve had the ARC since last year’s Comic Con, and I’d like to check it out!

A prequel THRAWN series? Yes please! A new trilogy about the Grand Admiral’s rise to power among his own people, before he came to the Empire, began in September 2020. Owing to my massive backlog, I haven’t had time to read it yet (Zahn + Star Wars = top of my TBR) but what better time to catch up then Sci-Fi Month?

THE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal
Lower priority (at this time) but still a possibility depending on my mood! The LADY ASTRONAUT series is an alternate history of the US/Russia Space Race where circumstances are much more dire, owing to an asteroid that hits the Earth and threatens to eventually wipe out life on earth. With a need to colonize the moon and beyond, the women of the space program take the lead, fighting against sexism and more in a bid to save humanity.

And those are my top choices for Sci-Fi Month! Are you joining the event? What’s on your list?

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  1. There’s a few cyberpunk and cyberpunk-adjacent books I’m looking forward to reading during Sci Fi Month. Repo Virtual by Corey J. White, Tears In Rain by Rosa Montero and Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older. Not read any of these authors before but as a big William Gibson and cyberpunk fan, I’ve not read much 21st century cyberpunk so looking forward to these 🙂

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  2. Wow, you are way ahead of me! I need to start planning. I’m also going to try to read Nophek Gloss, and I’d love to catch up with some ARCs from September/October that would be perfect for SciFi Month. I can’t wait😁

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  3. You scared me into thinking I’d somehow missed October. Due to some poor planning I’ve got a few sci-fi reads this month, but I think I will listen to The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord in Nov.

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  4. I am working on my TBR for November since I kept a lot of titles in waiting for November and sci-fi month that now I have so many of them! And I can’t choose!! But I hope to read my first Becky Chambers book the next month, and I am looking forward to it!

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  5. I love Becky chambers and the lady astronaut series! I liked Aurora Rising, but the story took a wild turn that I wasn’t expecting. If you don’t love Aurora Rising you should try The Disasters by M.K. England. That book was more of what I was expecting from Aurora Rising (though I did still really enjoy AR)

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