SciFi Month 2021: Closing Remarks

Artwork by Liu Zishan from; quote from Babylon’s Ashes by James S A Corey; banner courtesy of imyril of

Let’s not beat around the bush, I’m here to tell you how I did with the SciFi Month Book Bingo. I could pad this out, but I just want to flap my bingo card around and show you all the categories I was able to tick off, so that’s what I’m going to do.

First up though, I want to say a HUGE thank you to our captains Lisa and imyril for making SciFi Month happen. This year and every year. Yes, we can read sci-fi whenever we want, but I love that when November rolls round we have this opportunity to deep-dive and roll around in it like deliriously happy dogs in a giant muddy puddle. Not that sci-fi has anything in common with a muddy puddle … and I wouldn’t describe any of you as dogs … unless you wanted me to …

*embarrassed coughing*

…I know where the door is. *hangs head*


Anyhow, here’s my bingo card. Nope, I didn’t manage a line, but two respectable clumps, isn’t bad I feel.

2021 SciFi Month Bingo Card with categories marked off


Rated Fresh (2+ Years Old): Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

Read-along: I had fabulous fun with Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Sweet Dreams (Cryosleep): The Echo by James Smythe (this one’s so tenuous! The crew are put to sleep, but it didn’t involve cooling their bodies down or anything like that. But I couldn’t find a better category for The Echo and I was not going to leave it off the card, so here’s where I’ve jammed it).

Too Old for This Shit: Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (because this is basically Murderbot’s attitude throughout it’s involvement with the young technologists from RaviHyral).

Asian Author: Astra: Lost in Space by Kenta Shinohara

Novella: All Systems Red by Martha Wells (all Murderbot posts are still to come – I’m slow).

Indie/Self-Pub Work: Fire of the Dark Triad by Asya Semenovich

Artificially Yours (AI/Digital Consciousness): Neuromancer by William Gibson (thoughts still to come, if I can manage something original! (I could just have easily used this book for the Well-Matured (30+ Years Old) category, but … I didn’t).

And that’s all she read, folks!


December expectations

On a final note, I’m going to disappear for a couple of weeks now. I have some IRL things to handle (can’t say anything yet, but please keep your fingers crossed for me?) and some stuff I’ve been putting off that really does need to get done. And then there’s the obligatory social events (said with the maximum amount of scorn I can muster) that were so wonderfully impossible last year.

That said, I’m really looking forward to buddy-reading Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie with Lynn, and I’m sure I’ll manage a tag or two. And I’ll still be lurking round everyone else’s blogs and vicariously enjoying whatever you are.

Post-it note with words Be Back Soon scribbled on it




  1. Thanks for letting us know you’re going to disappear for a bit. It’s always disconcerting when a blogger leaves with no word, makes you wonder if they’re coming back. But since we know you’re coming back, it’s all good 😀

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