Tome Infinity and Beyond is a science fiction readathon created and hosted by Megan @ Tome Infinity. As you can probably tell from the title of this blog post there have been two previous rounds of this readathon, which I didn’t take part in, but when I heard the idea behind this round I just had to join in – especially as sci-fi is a genre I want to read more of!
Round 3 is running from 13-30 September 2019, so there’s still plenty of time for you to get involved if you want to.
In this round our ultimate goal is to read a book from each continent – whether it’s set there or written by an author from that continent – so we can earn points and go back in time to save the world from an apocalypse. The apocalypse you’re saving Earth from depends on which team you join:
- Team Natural Disaster
- Team Warfare
- Team Supernatural
- Team Disease
Considering that climate change is a very real threat, I just had to go with Team Natural Disaster. Each team has a group read and the group read for my team is N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, which I’ve already read and loved. If I can fit in a re-read then I will, but I’m already going to try and read 6 books in 16 days (while on holiday for 5 of those days, so I’ll be exploring Denmark rather than reading!) so I don’t know if I’ll be able to fit it in.
There are different ways to earn points and save the world, so for all the information and to sign up, click here! For now, I’m going to share the 6 books on my TBR from each continent – Antarctica is an added bonus, but I don’t think there are any sci-fi books set in Antarctica that I’ll be able to get my hands on ahead of the readathon.
Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon has been on my TBR for the longest time. I love novels set in Nigeria, and I love that the basic premise of this novel is what if a spaceship crash-landed not in America, as they always do in the movies, but in Lagos?
I’ve heard so many good things about Aliette de Bodard’s work and I’ve had my eye on In the Vanishers’ Palace for a while because it’s an f/f retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This is the kind of novella that blurs the lines between science fiction and fantasy, but I believe it’s set in a post-apocalyptic Vietnam and I am here for a dragon falling in love with the woman she hires to tutor her children.
I think I’ve mentioned before that Australia is a country that’s been severely neglected in my reading thus far, so this readathon is going to give me a great chance to read some Australian sci-fi! I recently picked up a copy of The Swan Book by Alexis Wright which, rather fittingly, is set in a future version of Earth that has been altered by climate change. It also stars an indigenous Australian heroine written by an own voices author. It sounds like it’s going to be a very challenging book, but I don’t think I’ve read anything like it before and I want to give it a try.
There’s so much I could choose from here and I’m being rather ambitious with my choice because it’s quite a chunker, but Connie Willis’s Doomsday Book has been on my TBR for a long, long time and I have a feeling I’m going to love it. It follows an Oxford student named Kivrin who travels back to the Middle Ages and ends up stuck there during the spread of the Black Death, and I am here for that premise.
Again there are so many choices here, but I’m going to reach for Emma Berquist’s Devils Unto Dust. It sounds like a post-apocalyptic historical horror western with zombies, and because I loved Blood Red Road and Dread Nation I have a feeling I’m going to love this one, too.
I contributed to the Kickstarter to have Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World translated into English from Brazilian Portuguese, so this readathon is the perfect opportunity for me to finally cross this anthology off my TBR! Solarpunk is a subgenre of sci-fi that I think I’ll really like so it’s about time I gave some a try.