Back in May, the Bookforager and I decided it would be fun to create a book tag similar to Six Degrees of Separation, but instead of one person participating we’d go back and forth to see where we’d end up. It was great fun, and if you want to check out our Wyrd and Wonder one, you can see the first half on Mayri’s blog and the second half on mine. We would be missing a trick if we didn’t bring it back for SciFiMonth, so here we are!
If you want to join in, here are the only rules:
- Pick a friend to play with
- Decide on a prompt to get you started (this can be absolutely anything you want it to be)
- Make a thematic connection to the book picked by your partner, Six Degrees stylie (see link above)
- See where your chain of books takes you (and make your chain as long as you like)
- Definitely link back to our posts so we can see your book chains and grow out TBRs
For this tag, our theme was just ‘Sci-Fi’, and that was challenging enough! I haven’t read nearly as much sci-fi as I had fantasy, but this has already expanded my TBR, and I hope it does the same for you! The first half of this tag is over on the Bookforager’s blog, so head over there to see what we started with and then come back for the grand finale!
[Mayri’s book before this was Doomsday Book by Connie Willis]
Ariana: I’m going to stay with the time travel concept so I can talk about Adrian Tchaikovsky’s novella One Day All This Will Be Yours in which the main character is the last survivor at the end of time following an intense time war. He indulges in a few time jumps into pockets of history and otherwise enjoys the peace of his farm with his pet dinosaur. Wow, I said the word ‘time’ a lot!
Mayri: Well, I absolutely have to follow this up with more dinosaurs! And while I didn’t love Anne McCaffrey’s Dinosaur Planet it does have the requisite creatures. A tale of humans who have adapted to different planets, a stranding on an alien world and survival, this is definitely a book that’s showing its age.
Ariana: Ten Low by Stark Holdborn is a tale of survival on an alien world with a desert landscape. The titular character is an ex-convict trying to get by in the harsh environment, when a crashed aircraft draws her back into politics and towards the dark inhuman presence that lies waiting on the edges of the landscape.
Mayri: A favourite inhuman presence of mine can be found inAlastair Reynolds’ The Prefect: a shifty AI that wants to control everything. The Prefect himself is a kind of future detective and the plot kicks off with a murder investigation.
Ariana: If we’re talking abouta future detective then I have to give a shoutout to my favourite one: Detective Miller from Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. His investigation is into a missing person on Ceres station, and he ends up connected to the bigger political drama unfolding after the destruction on an ice hauler by stealth ships.
And there you have it folks! Go forth, find a friend, and make your own tags! And don’t forget to check out the first half of this tag over on Mayri’s blog!