Would Someone Be Interested in a Sci Fi Book Club?


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I am planning to read many different sci fi books during this year, most of them published in 2015. Would you like to join me and discuss them? Would be fun! We can also go over the five Hugo Award candidates by August. I’ve never done it this way, but it would be fun to see which novel we would nominate and which ends up winning.

Here is the list of five Hugo candidates:

  1. Ancillary Mercy (book 3) by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  2. The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Roc)
  3. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  4. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)
  5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey) (Nebula winner)

Here are other sci fi books I already have on my Kindle  and looking forward to read:

  1. The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
  2. Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Hugo candidate)
  3. Columbus Day (Book 1) by Craif Alanson
  4. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (Hugo candidate)
  5. Rath’s Deception by Piers Platt
  6. TFS Ingenuity (book 1) by Tori L. Harris
  7. Luna New Moon by Ian McDonald
  8. Golden Son (Book 2) by Pierce Brown
  9. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkings
  10. Barsk The Elephant’s Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen
  11. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valence
  12. Lock In by John Scalzi (not eligible for the 2016 Jalapeño Fiction Award, but I have it, and it’s supposed to be great, like everything written by Scalzi)

Also, I would love to invite some contributing writers. My first priority is the  book reviews for the Jalapeño Fiction Award, the sci fi books published in 2015. The majority of the list above is eligible.

Shoot me a message in the comments about any of this! Looking forward to hear from  you.

P.S. You can offer other books to read or other subjects for guest posts. I’m flexible.

Update 1. Sir Opher Goodwin, a prolific author of science fiction, just brought to our attention 2 of his sci fi novels, published in 2015 (click on the image to go to the Amazon page):












I am adding these titles to both 2016 Jalapeño Fiction Award and adding to my reading list  for this year, and also I am adding these titles to the book club proposal. If someone wants to write a review on these books for the Jalapeño Fiction Award, please let know. Also you can learn about the author Opher Goodwin on his wordpress page.



  1. Hi as a writer who released two Sci-Fi novels in 2015 I wonder if you would like to consider Green and Ebola in the Garden of Eden in your club?

    1. Sounds fun! Why not! Would you like to do an interview form site as well? I’ll have to look into your books first, so that I know what kind of questions to ask. Just an idea!

    2. I looked into both- looks very interesting. These books would benefit from gaining few reviews and your added bio. Which one do you think we should start from?

  2. This sounds fun! Got my hands full working through BBC Big Read Top 100 Books, but always have time for a classic sci-fi yarn. I will be reading your blog with interest.

    I’m also an author and my debut sci-fi thriller novel, Pathfinders was released two months ago. Would be great to collaborate at some point in the future if you feel it was appropriate Ellie.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Well I have purchased your book and looking forward to look into it at some point. Just not sure about the genre, so I didn’t include it so far in this list. Would you be interested in reading Opher Goodwin’s ‘Green’? I picked a sample on Kindle and barely dragged myself away because I have another deadline. Would be fun to read it and chat with the author. I am not sure how soon we can do it. So far I am asking in theory.

      1. So many books, so little time! I know the feeling Ellie! I would of course be interested in reading ‘Green’ but only when my backlog clears. Also, I have a second book due for release in three weeks time (not sci-fi) so it’s all hands on deck at the moment with promotional stuff, so I’m parking any novels I’m currently reading until late June unfortunately.

        1. Sure no problem. Same here. But if you start reading something or consider to come back to this conversation, let me know. Not even regarding Green necessarily. And good luck with the new book.

  3. I’d be a starter for a SF book club – my only limit being the time I can devote to recreational reading, which isn’t much at the moment… Apropos books to check out, and only partly with a sense of shameless self-promotion (as I am only one of the seven authors) there’s that ‘Endless Worlds Vol I’ anthology, which I think I mentioned before, with my homage to Clarke-Heinlein style atomic rocket dieselpunk along with six other novellas of varied style. Drop me a note if you’re interested. For me it was a welcome return to my writing roots – I got diverted into non-fiction history and science for which I’m better known, except suddenly I wrote a story featuring atomic rockets and alien slime monsters… BAM. Take that, critics-who-think-they-have-me-slotted (add evil laugh).

    1. Hi Matthew, I remember about the novel and want to read it for sure. We chatted about it 🙂 I am realizing that there is a need to authors to showcase their work, and I wish I could come up with something specifically for that. Some forum where we can invite the author and the readers. Any ideas? I know of at least 5 authors among my subscribers ready and ripe for this kind of roster, you included. I am going to get on Twitter and Facebook soon to back this blog, so I am hoping to draw a bunch more people. So far I was hands off with this. What do you think?

    2. Meanwhile I peaked into Seveneves last night, oh it is as advertised, really promising. Long as hell. I tend to disfavor volumes over 400 pages, I think it’s a lack of planning on the author’s part. But it’s a Hugo prospect. I think it would be a good read for a book club. I think maybe a book club and authors showcasing their work should be separated because they need a different approach in marketing. I am not exactly sure yet as to the details. I thought maybe we can brainstorm about it?

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