2013 Schedule (1953-1961)

January

Primary: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester (1953)

February

Primary: They’d Rather Be Right aka The Forever Machine by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley (1955)

Secondary: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. Currently considered horror, it was marketed as science fiction when it came out, and was published the same year as They’d Rather Be Right.

March

Primary: Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein (1956)

April

Primary:Redshirts by John Scalzi

  • Print: Recently released in paperback.
  • Electronic: Available DRM-free. Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader.
  • Audio: Narrated by Wil Wheaton, available from Audible and iTunes.

Secondary: Feed by Mira Grant (Blackout pre-read)

  • Print: Available new in paperback.
  • Electronic: Available from Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader.
  • Audio: Narrated by Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein, available from Audible and iTunes.

May

Primary: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

  • Print: Available new in paperback.
  • Electronic: Available from Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader.
  • Audio: Narrated by Paul Gigante, available from Audible and iTunes.

June

Primary: Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

  • Print: Available new in hardback, paperback released in September.
  • Electronic: Available from Kindle only.
  • Audio: Narrated by Grover Gardner, available from Audible and iTunes.

Secondary: Deadline by Mira Grant (Blackout pre-read)

  • Print: Available new in paperback.
  • Electronic: Available from Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader.
  • Audio: Narrated By Chris Patton and Nell Geisslinger, available from Audible and iTunes.

July

Primary: 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

  • Print: Paperback releasing on June 25, 2013
  • Electronic: Available from Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader.
  • Audio: Narrated by Sarah Zimmerman, available from Audible and iTunes.

August

Primary: Blackout by Mira Grant

  • Print: Available new in paperback
  • Electronic: Available from Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader.
  • Audio: Narrated By Paula Christensen and Michael Goldstrom, available from Audible and iTunes.

September

Primary: The Big Time by Fritz Leiber (1958)

Secondary: Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss (Defeated The Big Time for the BSFA 50th Anniversary Award)

October

Primary: A Case of Conscience by James Blish (1959)

  • Print: In print, available from Amazon or check your local independent (or at least brick-and-mortar) bookseller.
  • Electronic: Not Available. What the hell, Del Ray Impact?
  • Audio: Available from Audible, narrated by Jay Snyder.

Secondary: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Retro Hugo winner awarded 2004 for 1954, selected for banned books week)

  • Print: In print. Oh my in print. In print everywhere.
  • Electronic: Bradbury assented to digital publishing shortly before his death, so it’s available on Kindle and Nook.
  • Audio: Available from Audible with your choice of narrators: Stephen Hove, Christopher Hurt, or Bradbury himself.
  • Film: Released in 1966. Which I point out only as an excuse to point it out again with the next book…

November

Primary: Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (1960)

  • Print: In print.
  • Electronic: Available for Nook and Kindle.
  • Audio: Available from Audible, narrated by Lloyd James.
  • Film: Oh lord. I love this movie. I understand it takes a LOT of liberties with the book, and can be seen as a satire of the book rather than an adaptation of it. I’ve seen it several times, which should make reading the book…interesting?

Secondary: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (Military science fiction inspired, in part, by Starship Troopers)

  • Print: In print.
  • Electronic: Available from Nook and Kindle.
  • Audio: Available from Audible, narrated by William Dufris.
  • Film: Likely to get fast tracked if Ender’s Game performs well at the box office.

December

Primary: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1961)

Secondary: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Dystopic post apocalyptic)

(will not be published)


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