Sci-Fi Month is here!

IMAGE CREDIT: PHOTO by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash. QUOTE from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

November is Sci-Fi Month. I’ve seen talk about Sci-Fi Month on the twittersphere in previous years, but I’ve never been prepared enough to take part – this year is different though! Hosted by Dear Geek Place and imyril Sci-Fi Month is for celebrating all things sci-fi. That’s books, comics, films, TV shows – anything! It’s an excuse to catch up on the sci-fi things you’ve been meaning to get around to watching/reading and it’s a chance to meet fellow sci-fi fans.

There’s no requirements or goals to take part in Sci-Fi Month which I really like as sometimes too much pressure from challenges can put me off taking part. See imyril’s blog for more information on Sci-Fi Month and follow @SciFiMonth on Twitter and use the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth to take part in all the chats.

I had a look at my physical TBR, and I don’t actually have many sci-fi books on there. In fact, I just have four, Brilliance by Marcus Sakey, Dune by Frank Herbert, Area 51 by Bob Meyer, and The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

My two main bookish aims will be to read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (funnily enough a recent #NinjaBookSwap gift from Dear Geek Place) and Dune. There’s going to be a readalong of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet during Sci-Fi Month which is always a helpful incentive – more info on the readalong is here. I have a physical copy of Dune but as that’s huge and intimidating, I used one of my Audible credits to purchase the audiobook. It’s a long audiobook at 21 hours but I should be able to listen to and complete it during the month on my walk to and from work every day (generally I can listen to at least an hour of an audiobook each working day).

When it comes to films, I’m going to make watching sci-fi films a priority in November. I really like science-fiction films, I like how they can be futuristic or bleak, can be action-packed or more thoughtful. There are so many subgenres of science-fiction which means there’s so many different stories to tell.

I’ve had a look through my watchlists on both Netflix and Amazon Prime and here’s just some of the sci-fi film I’d saved: The Discovery, Next Gen, The Beyond, Mute, Hardcore Henry, Arq, The Zero Theorem, Gattaca, Approaching the Unknown, The Colony, Psychokinesis, Stasis, Advantageous, Beyond, and Guardians. (Yes, there’s a film called Beyond and a different film called The Beyond – one’s on Netflix and the other’s on Prime and I’m intrigued)

Some of these have been on my watch list for ages so I’m not entirely sure what first drew me to them but that’ll make watching them even more fun.

If you fancy checking out the sci-fi books and films I’ve reviewed before on my blog click here.

Let me know if you are going to take part in Sci-Fi Month, I think it’s going to be a cool experience and I love it when events like this give me the push to finally read or watch something I’ve been meaning to read or watch for ages. Also, let me know what some of your favourite sci-fi books and films are, I’m always looking for recommendations.


  1. Sci-Fi Month is a lot of fun- glad to see you’re joining us! I liked Hardcore Henry and Gattaca – definitely looking forward to your thoughts on them if you decide to tackle them this month. 🙂

    1. Thanks! Haha – I’ve only listened to an hour so far on audio and I think I’m gonna have to find a family tree or something because there’s a lot of characters and planets and types of people and I’m doin my best not to lose track of them all!

  2. This is my first Scifi month so it’s all pretty exciting! I don’t read a huge amount of SF but when I looked on my Goodreads list I realised I had quite a lot so this is a good excuse to read a few! I’m planning to watch a lot of SF films too some favourites like the first three Aliens films and AVP, new ones like Guardians of the Galaxy, maybe the newer Star Wars films…still to compile a list!

  3. Hooray for your first SciFiMonth! It’s my third and I’m so excited by all the enthusiasm 😀 I’m only a little amused (I’m lying, I’m giggling away) that Lisa managed to seed your TBR with Becky Chambers before the month even started 😉

  4. I am going to participate in the readalong for A long way to a small, angry planet too this month. I am not sure if I will have time to watch movies this time but will definitely try to catch some.

  5. I love SciFi Month! And The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet is one of my favorite books- I’m excited about the re- read. 🙂

    And I agree about SF films! There’s so much awesome variety.

    1. Yes! I definitely watch sci-fi more than I read it.
      I’m doing so badly at reading The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet because life is getting in the way but the little I have read I liked so hopefully I can find the time to read more this week 🙂 enjoy your reread!

      1. Hallo, Hallo Elena,

        I am so thankful you’ve been reading SMALL ANGRY PLANET; if you get through the first chapter break, due visit with me on my blog! 🙂 I released my journalling on those chapters overnight – Lisa will be recapping the 1st chat on Wednesday – as we’re trying to keep the convo anchoured between Sundays. This way, everyone has more time to converse + contribute whilst sharing their own thoughts on how the story is resonating with them. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my post – see if we felt similar things or noticed similar takeaways.

        I agree with you on time issues – I couldn’t get started with the novel until 2hrs before we went live in the chat – so don’t feel your too far behind to participate!

  6. Hallo Elena,

    I totally understand what you mean about having an event you can feel cosy comfortable participating in w/o pressure or stress! For me, all the years I’ve joined the event, the most pressure was always on myself but not from the event – I’ve loved being able to get my sci fi geek on and find others who love these worlds & characters as much as I do! Each year, my TBR grows, my love for the sci fi community deepens and it is just fantastic we each can find each other to build a community voice about the stories which matter to us as we’re discovering them each year. I’m thankful you were able to join us this year,…

    About your #RRSciFiMonth TBR:

    I’m thankful my library purchase went through in 2016 for #smallangryplanet even though it took me two extra years to soak inside it. I’m hoping between my libraries I can find the next two installments though I’m considering more RALs for those even though eventually I want to get the books. I was really on pins if I would settle and soak into the Wayfarer universe and as I was journalling my thoughts last night/this morn, I realised how much I am loving the experience!!

    Re: to Dune, I found it wasn’t my cuppa. I had a physical copy of the audiobook from my library – I’m forgetting which version now, and for the opening bits I was feeling connected to it but then, for me personally the voice/tone of the story shifted and I lost interest. I’m hoping the version you have will give you better staying power and perhaps the story will be more your cuppa than mine.

    About audiobooks – love finding someone who loves those as much as I do! 🙂 I used to script with Audible but switched to Scribd and I’m happy with it as it fits my budget right now. Eventually I’ll re-scribe to Audible and keep Scribd as between the two, you have a lovely selection of so many stories, you’d literally never get to them all in a lifetime which is rather keen! If you ever want to try Scribd I’ll send you a link just DM me on Twitter. I love passing on the joy of Scribd as I can help others try it for two free months.

    I loved Gattaca when I originally saw it but when I borrowed the film this year from the library as a pre-#RRSciFiMonth rewatch, I found myself unimpressed. Unsure if age and time had anything to do with it, but I tried to hold my memories and let it rest in the past when my younger self appreciated it.

    Next year, I want to gather dvds for #DoctorWho with my favourite doctors: 10, 11 & 12 (which should be Smith, Tennant & Capaldi) – as it was Sci Fi November which first introduced me to the lovely Doctor!! (big smiles)

    Glad your part of us this year and I look forward to revisiting with you!

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