Is this forum dead?

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by hippokrene, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. hippokrene

    hippokrene Peckish

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    I ask because the 'currently reading' list stops in 2008 and the only post this year is for a 2005 thread.
     
  2. PeterWilliam

    PeterWilliam Omnibus Prime

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    Crickets.

    It is understandable though. To be the person responsible for "driving the bus" in a reading group involves investing the time. Erfael goes through quite a bit, I would imagine, for the book club in the Fantasy/Horror forum.
     
  3. Hobbit

    Hobbit Administrator Staff Member

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    Yeah: we are in need of an update.

    It does seem though that, despite lots of tries and retries, we're not really getting too much response on a monthly SF book. Not through lack of trying though.

    We are looking at where we can go with this, though, before poor old Erfael goes mad with it all. ;)

    Mark
     
  4. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    I'm always up for trying to get the SF side of things running again if there's an interest. It was very strong for a long time and then sort of petered out. The folks we have in SF seem a lot pickier now than they used to be as far as liking or reading only certain slices of the greater SF pie. Things worked really when when we had a large bunch of people who were willing to read anything, old or new, space opera or hard SF, month in and month out, whether it was the kind of thing they usually liked or not.

    Are you folks up for trying a book of the month again? I'll get the threads started if we are.
     
  5. randomfromamber

    randomfromamber Reader of books

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    I would be....

    I could do with discovering new favourite books... :)
     
  6. mrpolley

    mrpolley The White Gold Worshipper

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    yes please :) I have never done this before. I was hoping also the fantasy/horror bookclub got started up again. Was there any sort of one post a month advertising in the main forums about the book club and what was being read? I just never really noticed the book club forums before... I will read anything as long as its affordable and hopefully available at my local library. :)
     
  7. JunkMonkey

    JunkMonkey Registered User

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    I'll give it a go.
     
  8. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    Okay. I'll happily throw up a nominations thread. Look for it soon.
     
  9. benjamin

    benjamin Imagination is everything

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    I joined the forums mainly for the science fiction book of the month discussions. I really hope to see it thrive again. I will contribute significantly to any new science book nomination and book of the month thread.^^
     
  10. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    It does seem fairly dead. We tried a discussion a few months back and it pretty much didn't do anything. There was a great show of interest in actually doing it, but not so much participation once it happened. I think at this point it will take the membership actually organizing a book for discussion to get it going again.
     
  11. benjamin

    benjamin Imagination is everything

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    Thats really too bad. Well to get things going I will be the first to nominate Winter Song by Colin Harvey. Story seems fresh and adventurous. New author too^^
     
  12. benjamin

    benjamin Imagination is everything

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    Dont die forum><
     
  13. minoan

    minoan New Member

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    Newly joinded would love to read

    Hey all!

    I'm a newly joined old codger. Love SF but haven't been reading as much as I used to. I'd love to try a monthly book discussion. I'll suggest How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu. My copy just arrived from Zooba today and other than reading a couple of favorable reviews I know nothing about it. It's not paper or trade paper (see rules from 'long ago') but it can be had (so to speak) from Zooba for 9.99 /no shipping just tax, which, these days, puts it in the same class, I'd say.

    Any takers?
     
  14. krm0915

    krm0915 Registered User

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    Well, I've only done this once, and I thoroughly enjoyed the novel- Blindsight by Peter Watts. But unfortunately, there wasn't really much discussion. I would love to get back into sci-fi, and maybe discover some cool new books. I'm all for a revival.
     
  15. fantasy2art

    fantasy2art fantasy2art

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    Let's get this rolling!

    I joined just today in hopes of finding new books to read and people to talk to about them. This one sounds interesting - anyone else what to give it a shot?
     
  16. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    Hi everyone. I've put up a nominations thread for January 2011. I'd really like to get this club rolling again. The last few times we've tried it petered out due to lack of participation on both the nominations end and the discussion end. Nothing inspires me to keep this thing running than seeing a nice healthy discussion every month.

    The nominations thread can be found here: http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?p=610205#post610205
     
  17. renatria

    renatria Registered User

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    I've joined today, and am willing to read anything. Maybe if we tried for a quarterly book club rather than monthly we could get more interest? I'm just trying to throw out ideas.

    I'm afraid I don't have any book suggestions. I just graduated college, and am finally getting back into reading fiction. :) I'd love to see some classic scifi discussed. While I'm sure many of us have read from the classics, not everyone has, and many of us haven't had the opportunity to discuss the books.
     
  18. symbolhunter

    symbolhunter Science-Fantasy Zealot

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    I've just joined. I suspect that this club is not a going concern at the moment since the post immediately before that of renatria was in 2010. I would really enjoy reading and discussing scifi books with those of like interests. I'll keep an eye out to see if anything develops here later.
     
  19. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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