Have you signed up for Sci-Fi November yet? Over 60 people are ready to share some sci-fi love, and we want YOU to join us! If you haven’t already read about Sci-Fi November and have no idea what we’re talking about, go check out our Sci-Fi November 2014 Announcement post or click on the Sci-Fi November button in our sidebar to head to the Resources & Information page. They will give you all the basic details about this event, including the what, when, why, where, who, how, and all that fun stuff!
This post is a follow-up, sharing all the bits and pieces we have worked on over the past month-and-a-half and covering any additional notes/questions we may have missed. We’re hoping that this post will get you pumped up and excited for #RRSciFiMonth, because as we said in our initial post: we can’t do this without you!
Things to Look Forward To
As soon as we agreed to co-host Sci-Fi November, we had to start coming up with ideas! And we have SO MANY of them! Here are just a few of the things we (and Rinn) have planned so far:
Inspired by Adrift on Vulcan‘s Blogger Panel feature, we have pulled together four blogger panels to share their thoughts on sci-fi related questions. Each Friday the co-hosts will take turns hosting the Blogger Panels, will one appearing every other Friday at Oh, the Books! or Rinn Reads. The panelists for this feature have already been contacted, and the questions will be sent out soon! We can’t wait to see the responses!
Here at Oh, the Books! we love playing games, so of course we’re going to incorporate games into #RRSciFiMonth! While it is currently unknown whether or not Kelley will be bringing back one of her crosswords or guessing games, it has been confirmed that the next theme of Asti’s Bookish Games will be Ready Player One (as announced at the end of the last Bookish Games).
Bookish Games usually last longer than one month, so we’ve decided to start the game prior to Sci-Fi November. If you want to join us for this event, make sure to come back on October 11th to sign up for the game!
Of course, Kelley, Leanne, and I also are going to make sure our theme for November’s Bookish Guide is Sci-Fi related! We’re going to split the Guide in three, with each co-blogger featuring either the Past, Present, or Future.
A new feature that Rinn came up with for this year’s Sci-Fi Month is Science Flixtion. Basically, her plan is to watch the first episodes of a variety of Sci-Fi TV shows on Netflix to see what they’re like – even if they’re supposed to be really awful. She will report back with her thoughts, sharing what she liked or didn’t like and whether or not she would continue watching the series. Should be fun!
Need Some Ideas?
Have you held back from joining this AWESOME event because you’re not sure what you would post about? Or have you joined, but need some extra inspiration? We covered some of the general things you could post in the event previously (giveaways, reviews, interviews, lists, discussions, games, etc.), but we decided it’d be useful to use some of our brain power to help you out with more ideas. You’re welcome.
Similar to last year, we encourage everyone to start off the event with an Introduction post. Write a brief paragraph about yourself, why you like sci-fi, and your favorite sci-fi books/series. OR, if you don’t already love sci-fi but want to give it a try, write a brief paragraph about yourself, why you have decided to try sci-fi, and any books that have caught your eye. Introduce yourself to the participants of the event in any way you see fit. It’s a great way to find some new friends!
TV/Films & Books
For you bookish types (as we know there are a few out there), why not write posts about the films/TV shows that have books associated with them, like Dr Who and Firefly, or film/TV adaptations of sci-fi books? It’s still book-related, in a way, but may be in a more manageable medium if you’re not usually comfortable with reading sci-fi.
Rinn has also decided to open up her new feature to all participants of the event (aw, how kind)! If you’re a member of Netflix, you can watch some Sci-Fi TV shows and report back your thoughts to the rest of us. Let us know what you liked or didn’t like, and whether or not you would continue watching the series.
Report on an Event
Are there any sci-fi events happening in your area? Maybe a book signing, festival, convention, etc? Attend the event and report on what happened in a blog post. Let us know who said what and what went down. It’s the perfect excuse for you to go out and attend an event you might otherwise have passed up!
Of course, even if you don’t want to (or can’t) attend the event, you could also make a listing of relevant events for others in your area. Rinn did this last year with an international list of events related to sci-fi.
Guides & Recommendations
You can create your own guide relating to sci-fi. Maybe feature different types of sci-fi or characters found in sci-fi. Or maybe create recommendation charts (if you liked this, you’ll like this). I think we can all agree that we like infographics, and such posts can be quite helpful to those who are new to sci-fi.
What if you haven’t read any sci-fi? Well, flip the prompt around! Share which books/movies/TV shows have been recommended to you the most, and share whether or not you plan on ever consuming them! If you do, talk about the result. Was the recommendation a good one? Did you like it?
Science Fiction in Real Life
This can be taken in two ways. You could talk about science fiction in real life. Sometimes real science can be just as cool as science fiction – like the time that scientists were working on an invisibility cloak. If you find some cool science things online, why not share it? Talk about your own thoughts in relation to what you found, or maybe connect it to a story!
You can also talk about what things you find in science fiction that you wish existed in real life. Would you be happy with flying cars? Do you think that would work? What about light sabers? Imagine what it would be like to have some of these things you find in science fiction in your present day life. Amazing or disastrous?
What’s Next in Sci-Fi
Lastly, why not look at what’s next. What do you think is missing in sci-fi? What do you want to see more of? You can focus on issues of diversity in sci-fi, or maybe just certain sub-genres within sci-fi you want to see more of. It is completely up to you!
Updated Questions & Answers
We have also updated our FAQs slightly with some additional information we thought it would be important to share.
What happened to the Goodreads group?
During Sci-Fi November 2013, Rinn ran a Goodreads group specific to the event. While she had a lot of fun, it was decided that the group was not necessary this year. If you want to interact with other Sci-Fi November participants, you can do so either by visiting their blogs (check out the list of participants) or chatting to them on Twitter.
Does my blog have to be English-speaking to participate?
No! While a majority of participants are likely to have blogs written in English, this is not a requirement. If you want to join the event and promote Sci-Fi on your blog, do it!
When will I hear from my contact person?
We do have each participant assigned to a contact person (using a highly scientific method, I might add), and these will be shared in the next month when the first emails are sent out. The person assigned to you in the email will be your main point of contact throughout the event, and the first person you should turn to when needing support.
In the meantime, feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below or via Twitter. We’re happy to help in any way we can!
How do I get involved with author/publisher interviews?
We have had a couple of authors/bloggers step forward stating that they would be more than happy to help coordinate interviews or guest posts. While we are taking a back seat in regards to coordinating these, we will gladly put you in touch with these individuals if you are interested in hosting such posts on your blog as part of the event. Please let us know if this is something you are interested in!
Have you signed up for Sci-Fi November yet? What are you looking forward to? Have any questions? Let us know what you think!