Monday, October 15, 2007

A challenge that might be compatible...

Speculative Fiction Challenge is hosted by The Book Ninja. The challenge runs from October through April 1, 2008. You may not sign up for the challenge after December 1, 2007. (So, dear readers, we've got a month and a week or so to decide if we want to commit.) This was taken directly from HER site.

Speculative Fiction the action of the story can take place in a culture that never existed, a world we know nothing of, or an earth that might have been or might be, to name a few. … This distinctiveness is best illustrated in the primary question asked by the writers of Speculative Fiction, “What if?” … this genre has a special capacity to deal with the human equation. (source)
In organizing, I decided to focus on four genres within the speculative fiction umbrella.

Challenge Requirements
For this challenge, you read six books. It’s up to you which areas of speculative fiction you read in; these categories exist only because I wanted to use these ridiculous titles that are only hilarious to me:

Skinning Schrödinger’s Cat With Occam’s Razor: read six science fiction books.
Herding Unicorns and Dragons With An Untested Magical Staff: read six fantasy books.
Points of Divergence, or Oh Shit We’re All Speaking French!: read six alternate history books.
Decoder Rings Never Looked So Good: read six magic realism books.
A Theoretical Handbook For the Unseasoned Speculator: otherwise known as the speculative fiction buffet. Here’s how it might look:
Science fiction (3), Fantasy (1), Magic Realism (2)
Science fiction (1), Fantasy (1), Alternate History (1), Magic Realism (3)
Fantasy (4), Alternate History (2)

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