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Sci-fi Month: Introductory post

This is my first post as part of Sci-fi month, organised by Rinn.  If you’d like to know more about the other posts and events going on throughout the month, you can see the full schedule here.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi!  I’m Faith, I’m 22 and I live in the UK.  I graduated with a BSc in Zoology & Conservation this summer, and now I’m taking a year out to work and earn some money towards my Masters degree next year.

I’m short, loud and sarcastic. I love animals (unsurprisingly given my choice of degree) and will buy virtually anything with animals on.  Eephants are my favourite, but I also love rhinos and have an obsession with porcupines.

When I’m not watching David Attenborough, reading or spending time with my other half,, I can usually be found with a chocolate bar and a game such as The Sims, Pokemon or occasionally even Neopets, because I’m a big kid at heart!

2. How long have you been a fan of sci-fi?
I’m not honestly sure – I’ve always been a fan of fantasy, and more and more dystopian books began been making their way onto my bookshelves.   Beginning with Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as a teenager, I’ve been occasionally dipping my toes further into sci-fi.  Taking part in sci-fi month is basically an excuse for me to really immerse myself in sci-fi and explore some more!

3. Why do you like sci-fi, and what is your favourite thing about it?
I love sci-fi for the fact I can get lost in it without having to let go of reality completely.  One of my favourite things about sci-fi (and it’s a geeky thing I admit), is the fact that although you get sucked into a story, you often have to really think about it too.  Rather than just taking something as the way the an author has chosen to build the world, you have to think about why, or how the world ended up that way; world-building in four-dimensions if you like.  As a geeky science student (on a break) I love that I get to really think about the science behind a story.  Whether it’s a disease, time travel or an invention, I want to know how it works, whether it could ever really happen etc.

4. Favourite books/games/films/TV shows in the genre?
Books: So far my favourite sci-fi books have been Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Parasite and The Hunger Games.  I’m hoping to find a new favourite or two as part of sci-fi month!

Films: In all honesty, I haven’t seen that many sci-fi films (or in fact that many films at all!). My favourites are Star Wars, Inception, the various Marvel films, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Star Trek.

TV: In terms of TV my favourites are definitely the sort of sci-fi ‘light’ comic-based shows: Smallville, Agents of SHIELD etc.  I do of course love Doctor Who though!

5. What are your plans for Sci-Fi Month?
If I get time to squeeze in a few more posts, I definitely plan to but my current plans for sci-fi month are:

  • Series Reflections for Uglies (Scott Westerfield), Delirium (Lauren Oliver), Divergent (Veronica Roth) and Matched (Ally Condie)
  • Reviews for The Humans (Matt Haig) and Life First (R.J. Crayton)
  • Top Tens: sci-fi books at the top of my TBR, sci-fi/dystopian books I’d recommend to my sister

5 thoughts on “Sci-fi Month: Introductory post

  1. Like you, I’m also taking some time out to save for my Masters! =) Where are you hoping to go?

    I didn’t think of sci-fi like that, that’s a great point. Sometimes I think some books (mostly dystopians, I’ve noticed) don’t do enough world building – yes the world has radically changed, but why? – and this often leads me to dream up various theories as to why which can be fun =)

    Looking forward to your posts!

    1. I’m hoping to go to Imperial, or maybe Exeter, you?

      I LOVE thinking about why, because I’m a geek like that. One of my favourite things about Mira Grant’s Parasite was that she really went into how the organism was built, how it functioned, and why it functioned that way, and I got to really think about the biology behind the story. Perhaps an obvious statement, but one of my favourite things about sci-fi truly is the science. Like I said, geek!

      I’m loving taking part, thanks again for hosting!

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