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Hello intrepid space travelers! So, I know that next month there is going to be a Tome Infinity and Beyond readathon, but my friend Emily @Embuhleeliest told me about this brand new readathon that is being put on by Thomas at SFF180, and we both decided we wanted to give this new readathon a try instead. Part of the reason is that Tome Infinity has become a big time “team” readathon, and Emily and I are much more “single player” types, but also the Space Opera September readathon is much lower intensity (i.e. way fewer prompts) which will be nice after the N.E.W.T.s conclude at the end of August.
Anyway, for more information on the readathon, check out this totally awesome video:
If you don’t want to watch the video (though you should, cuz it’s awesome), you can also find the info at the Goodreads group. The important things to know are:
- The readathon lasts the entire month of September
- You only have to read 4 books to “win”
There are actually 2 tracks you can take, Federation or Rebel, and you must complete one prompt in order to rank up. There are 4 ranks, so that means 4 prompts total. The prompts differ slightly depending on which track you decide to take.
I, of course, wish to be a space pirate, so I will be taking the Rebel track, and will have to complete the following prompts (FYI, I am only going to read books I already own…gotta cut down that TBR pile):
1. Read a space opera novella
The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard – I literally just bought this book a week ago, and was going to read it as soon as it arrived, but then I heard about this readathon and decided to wait to read it (though it is torture).
2b. Read a space opera by a diverse author featuring a diverse protagonist and/or major characters
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie – I am really excited about this book, and to see just how it subverts gender.
3. Read a space opera published before you were born
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge – I didn’t think this book would count as Space Opera originally, and was worried about this prompt, but then I found this book on a Barnes and Noble list of 55 Essential Space Operas of the Last 70 Years and figured if it was on the list then it must count as a Space Opera. It was originally published in 1980, 6 years before I was born, so I should be good to go for this one.
4. Read a space opera 500 pages or longer
There are some long books on this TBR, but I should be fine since it is only 4 books total. It will feel easy peasy after the N.E.W.T.s.