For the Love of Aliens, Spaceships, and Awkward Kirk Flirting, It’s Sci-Fi Month!

Space.  The final frontier.  These are the voyages of one blogger Shannon, who has had a life-long relationship with the science fiction genre and wishes to spread the love to others.  My one month mission?  To review as many titles as I possibly can for Rinn Reads and her wonderful event~


I can remember the days sitting on a couch in one of the many old houses I lived in as a child, watching the original Star Trek and The Next Generation with my family, absolutely mesmerized by different planets, different aliens, the space vessels… Though somehow I never realized that LeVar Burton talked about books to preschool me watching PBS every day.  Go figure.

Above all, however, the one television show that made the greatest impact on child me was Babylon 5.  Not as universally known, perhaps, but I watched the reruns on the Sci-Fi Channel as an elementary school student, oblivious to the more risqué bits, but absolutely enthralled.  It was to the point of obsession, as I attempted to convert my schoolmates so they could talk with me about the series, too.  Though that never occurred, unfortunately, I still was mesmerized.  Why that show grabbed me so strongly out of all the series I could have watched, I’m uncertain.  Perhaps the complex relationships between the characters, the UN-like atmosphere of the space station, or maybe unique story concepts that I never saw appear in more mainstream television?  Regardless, as testament to how much I enjoyed the show, the Christmas I most vividly remember when I was a child had to be the year I got several action figures of the characters, Londo and Delenn being my favorites.  It was also the first science fiction television series I read novelizations for, which began my affair with the genre.  This is one series I wish to go back and watch completely through now that I’m much older, and even just seeing the some episodes from the first season did not distill the magic.  In fact, my appreciation has grown.


Throughout high school I read a few novels of the genre here and there, most notably Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein.  It wasn’t until college that the genre took me by the reins.  And I can thank a professor of mine for instilling that love into me.  Now a Nebula Award winner for his novella “Close Encounters”, I will discuss my gratitude fully at the end of the month when I review Andy Duncan’s story.  Without him, I would never have been introduced to so many different authors, books, points of view… I can’t believe how ignorant of science fiction and fantasy literature I was before that class.

But I digress.  I present to you my schedule for the month, which I will attempt to follow as closely as possible.  No midterms or other craziness to worry about this month, my readers — things should be a bit more regular from here on out.

November 6th: Review of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
November 9th: Blade Runner vs. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Comparison
November 11th: Review of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
November 16th: Discussion: The Longevity of the Science Fiction Genre
November 20th: Review of Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
November 27th: Review of Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
November 30th: Review of “Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan + A Huge Thank You

As always, this schedule is subject to change due to medical doctor visits and other conflicting factors.  I may be a bit too ambitious, haha.

Maybe I should take the month to finally watch through Battlestar Galactica as well~?  Or perhaps catching up on Doctor Who?  I give myself too many things to do, it seems.


21 thoughts on “For the Love of Aliens, Spaceships, and Awkward Kirk Flirting, It’s Sci-Fi Month!

  1. Teeheehee, I love the opening paragraph! =)

    I’m beginning to feel I should watch Babylon 5. I think it’s on Netflix… By the way I’m jealous that you actually got to take a class on science fiction, that’s just so cool.

    Looking forward to your posts, especially what you think of ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ =)

    • Haha, thank you! I felt the need to do that, lol.

      I am not sure of Netflix’s catalog in the UK, but here in the US you can only get the DVDs sent to you of Babylon 5 :/ The WB Network has it streaming I believe though. 😀

      I’m really excited to read “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”. Have been meaning to since I read Ubik back in February and enjoyed that novel quite a bit~

  2. Awkward Kirk Flirting? SIGN ME UP. Have you see the web series Star Trek Continues? they have a mightly handsome fellow playing Kirk, he’s also one of my favorite voice actors.

    I’m super excited for your review of Consider Phlebas, I’ve read a handful of Banks, but not that one. He writes space opera like no one else, it’s going to be generations before any other author even comes close to what he accomplished.

    also, three cheers for Babylon5! My husband got me hooked on that show.

    • Hahaha, Vic is definitely an interesting guy. I think I’ve seen a clip or two of it before but will need to check it out sometime.

      I’m really excited to be reading it! I have not read any of Banks yet and have heard great things, so I figured this would be my chance to read some of his work~

      And yes! Babylon 5 is love. 😀 ❤

  3. I’m so excited for this month! Science fiction is one of my favorite genres, despite my high volume of fantasy novels. I can’t wait to see what you think of Ender’s Game – it’s probably my all time favorite book, besides Harry Potter and Fahrenheit 451.

    My dad has always talked about Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, so I’ll definitely be checking it out to get an idea of what it really is 🙂

    • I quite enjoyed Ender’s Game, though I will be using it as one of my examples for the longevity of science fiction due to the Locke and Demosthenes scenario not holding up in modern day.

      Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is not that long of a book, thankfully. And I have a certain appreciation for Philip K. Dick’s writing style. I’m quite picky about how authors write, especially when it comes to adult fiction, and his style is right up my alley. I wish I had some of his descriptive power. O_O;;

  4. Yay for another B5 fan! *high fives* I sort of came to the show a little later (I first watched Crusade, then backtracked to B5 but I had known of the show growing up) but it was pretty much made up the whole of my late elementary/high school (along with LOTR). ❤ that series, I'm going to be posting a bit about it later this month 😀 (I was re-watching a bit of it earlier this year but methinks I want to pop the DVDs in again xD)

    • I’ve really got to get me some B5 DVDs for myself. D: I’ve been using the streams on the WB website but they only have the majority of season one and a little bit of the second season. :<

      Looking forward to reading your post later this month. 😀 ❤

  5. Yay another Trekkie! There’s so many of us sci fi month bloggers who seem to have our roots there – great to see! I remember watching a few episodes of B5 when I was young but never really got into the series so I need to check it out again sometime.

    I read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep fairly recently and plan to watch blade runner properly for the first time this month so am definitely looking forward to those reviews! I’ll be back 🙂 happy blogging!

  6. Ha ha love the blogpost title, Shannon!

    I know about Babylon 5 from The Big Bang Theory but as I’ve no idea about the show more than it’s name I’ve no thoughts on it. However, I’ve been loving sci-fi lately when I read All Our Yesterdays and Parallel. I started watching Doctor Who 2005 series yesterday (a first-timer!) and I also plan to watch at least one Star Wars movie this month. I want to watch Star Trek as well but like you, I give myself too many things to do so we’ll see. =D

    I’m looking forward to your post about the longevity of the sci-fi genre. That should be interesting as well as your review of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? because I think I need a push to read it.

    • Good luck with being a new Whovian! I need to catch up — I introduced my siblings to the show a couple years ago and they got more obsessed than me. Go figure, right? I swear, I need to read All Our Yesterdays at some point… *looks to stacks of books she already has* T__T

      Yes, I’m definitely going to enjoy writing that post! I’ve read a lot of older science fiction in particular, along the lines of Heinlein and PKD, so it’s really interesting seeing what feels “dated” and what doesn’t give off that feeling so strongly. I’m enjoying DADoES? (my own acronym??) so far. Rather interesting premise. :O

  7. You’re the second person this week to get me interested in Babylon 5! I’ve heard of it, but I’m not sure why I never watched it before. I need to change this as soon as possible! And it is so cool that you got Babylon 5 action figures for Christmas one year!

    Yay for sci-fi month! Looks like you have a bunch of great posts planned! 😀

    • Haha, thank you! It was an integral part of my childhood and I’m happy to share the love. I’m really tempted to try and get a couple box set DVDs for Christmas so I can enjoy it all over again (and maybe convert my roommates?).

      I’m excited to see what everyone else has in store, too! I feel like my TBR list is going to grow exponentially, haha. ❤

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