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message 1: by Anna (new)

Anna Erishkigal (annaerishkigal) Greetings Space Opera Fans!

It's that time of the month to nominate what great books YOU all want to read during the Merry Month of May!

[*Tra-la, it's May, the Merry month of may...*]

Ah-hem ... sorry ... wrong musical. Anyways, up for nomination this month we have the following categories:

READER PICK: this is for a dead tree you can pick up at your local bookstore or for free at your local library. Ebook version must be on at least three different distribution platforms.

INDIE PICK: this is for the newer, edgy stuff written by the little guy who doesn't have a big publishing house budget behind him.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDLY PICK: this is for a book which is both written for and starring a 12-17 year old protagonist which has been published within the last 15 years. Must be space opera -or- science fiction with a space component (i.e., no dystopia or kid-joins-the-military-at-18 stuff, and no old-geezer stuff written in the way-back-when that makes my 13-year-old's eyes roll).

And for our SERIES PICK we'll be continuing on with the Spectras Arise trilogy by Tammy Salyer, Contract of Betrayal.

Contract of Betrayal (Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 2) by Tammy Salyer

So drop your nominations in the thread below and I'll come back periodically to post all the pretty little book covers.

Be epic!

Anna Erishkigal
SOF Borg Queen


message 2: by Rion (last edited Apr 25, 2015 02:31AM) (new)

Rion  (orion1) | 108 comments I've kept going in the Culture series and am loving The Player of Games The Player of Games (Culture, #2) by Iain M. Banks so I'll nominate that for reader pick.


message 3: by [deleted user] (last edited Apr 25, 2015 06:18AM) (new)

READER'S PICK: Pushing Ice by Allistair Reynolds


message 4: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Bergeron (scifi_jon) | 370 comments Fortune's Pawn for Reader Pick

The Settlers for Indie. Not sure if that one has been done before though.


message 5: by Jason (new)

Jason Hendricks | 15 comments I'm currently on Endymion, the third book in the Hyperion Cantos. I'll go with that.


message 6: by John (new)

John Abbott | 73 comments Oh wow! So many good ones already.

For Reader pick: Gridlinked (Agent Cormac, #1) by Neal Asher

For Indie pick: Fluency (Confluence, #1) by Jennifer Foehner Wells

Personally I can't wait!


message 7: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 5 comments How about the #1 and #2 best selling SF of all time, Dune or Ender's Game for a readers pick? Both a winner of the Hugo and Nebula.


message 8: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 5 comments I will second Endymion as its my favorite book of the four.


message 9: by Fiannawolf (new)

Fiannawolf | 163 comments Reader: Def. 2nd Pushing Ice
Indie: Well I loved Android Hunters so Ill nominate it.
Young: Hollow Moon

WOO!


message 10: by EJ (new)

EJ Fisch (ejfisch) | 117 comments Reader pick: Fortune's Pawn (Paradox, #1) by Rachel Bach

Indie pick: Nexus (Ziva Payvan, #2) by E.J. Fisch

I may be back later with a YA nomination


message 11: by Carol (new)

Carol Natta (carol_vannatta) | 28 comments Nomination for Indie Pick:
Overload Flux (A Central Galactic Concordance Novel)
Overload Flux by Carol Van Natta
Overload Flux
by Carol Van Natta


message 12: by Jason (last edited Apr 26, 2015 06:48AM) (new)

Jason Braida | 51 comments Not sure if these have been read in previous months but...

For the Reader Pick I would suggest Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan. Altered Carbon

For the Indie Pick I would suggest Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell. Quarter Share This is available through both Kobo and Kindle.


message 13: by Steph (new)

Steph Bennion (stephbennion) | 303 comments Reader pick - Orbitsville - an oldie but with some interesting ideas.
Indie pick - Belarus - I've nominated this before and now reading it. It's rather good...
YA pick - I'll nominate my own - Hollow Moon - before Anna nags me to do so again.


message 14: by Anna (last edited Apr 26, 2015 01:13PM) (new)

Anna Erishkigal (annaerishkigal) Okay ... here's what I have so far:

@Kevin - I went with the last book you nominated for Reader Pick.

READER PICK:

The Player of Games (Culture, #2) by Iain M. Banks Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds Fortune's Pawn (Paradox, #1) by Rachel Bach Fortune's Pawn (Paradox, #1) by Rachel Bach Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #3) by Dan Simmons Gridlinked (Agent Cormac, #1) by Neal Asher Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #3) by Dan Simmons Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds Fortune's Pawn (Paradox, #1) by Rachel Bach Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1) by Richard K. Morgan Orbitsville by Bob Shaw


INDIE PICK:

The Settlers (Movement Trilogy, #1) by Jason Gurley Fluency (Confluence, #1) by Jennifer Foehner Wells Android Hunters (The Corli Saga, #1) by Jonathan Bergeron Nexus (Ziva Payvan, #2) by E.J. Fisch Overload Flux by Carol Van Natta Quarter Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #1) by Nathan Lowell Belarus by Emily Devenport


YOUNG ADULT FRIENDLY PICK:

Hollow Moon by Steph Bennion Hollow Moon by Steph Bennion


Okay ... keep them coming!

[*and yes, Steph, I was about to bug you 3:-) *]


message 15: by Leonie (new)

Leonie (leonierogers) | 340 comments For Indie Pick Ambassador Seeing Red by Patty Jansen by Patty Jansen I think I'll keep nominating this one until it gets in - it's really good.


message 16: by Joshua (new)

Joshua Done (joshua_done) The Exile Empire for Indie Pick.


message 17: by Betsy (new)

Betsy | 892 comments Mod
Reader Pick: Fortune's Pawn

Indie Pick: Fluency

Just nominating books I already own.


message 18: by Packi (new)

Packi | 106 comments I nominate Hyperion by Dan Simmons.


message 19: by Krzysztof (new)

Krzysztof | 49 comments READER PICK:
Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds just bought it Space Opera with Steampunk (i hope that alright)
YOUNG ADULT FRIENDLY PICK
The Liberator (Tarizon Trilogy #1) by William Manchee only YOUNG ADULT that i listened to, it ok has good moment and not so good


message 20: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan (jsharbour) INDIE PICK:
The Mandate of Earth by Jonathan S. Harbour


message 21: by Adrian (new)

Adrian | 42 comments I'll go for The Player of Games for my Readers pick and

Overload Flux as my Indie.

Both look interesting !!


message 22: by Conal (new)

Conal (conalo) | 143 comments Reader Pick
Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds

Indie Pick
To Honor You Call Us (Man of War, #1) by H. Paul Honsinger

YA Pick
Lockstep by Karl Schroeder


message 23: by Steph (new)

Steph Bennion (stephbennion) | 303 comments Anna wrote: "...[*and yes, Steph, I was about to bug you 3:-) *]"

Am I seeing double, or is the second one a sympathy vote?


message 24: by Fiannawolf (new)

Fiannawolf | 163 comments Not a sympathy vote! I downloaded the sample and me likey! Gonna buy it on payday. XD


message 26: by Anna (last edited Apr 30, 2015 07:04PM) (new)

Anna Erishkigal (annaerishkigal) Okay ... tomorrow is the big day ... just realized there's only 30 days in April.

@Betsy ... there's nothing wrong with nominating books you already own :-)

Okay ... here's the latest cover bling:

READER PICK:

The Player of Games (Culture, #2) by Iain M. Banks Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds Fortune's Pawn (Paradox, #1) by Rachel Bach Fortune's Pawn (Paradox, #1) by Rachel Bach Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #3) by Dan Simmons Gridlinked (Agent Cormac, #1) by Neal Asher Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #3) by Dan Simmons Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds Fortune's Pawn (Paradox, #1) by Rachel Bach Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1) by Richard K. Morgan Orbitsville by Bob Shaw Fortune's Pawn (Paradox, #1) by Rachel Bach Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1) by Dan Simmons Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds The Player of Games (Culture, #2) by Iain M. Banks Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds The Eternity Brigade Final Edition by Stephen Goldin


INDIE PICK:

The Settlers (Movement Trilogy, #1) by Jason Gurley Fluency (Confluence, #1) by Jennifer Foehner Wells Android Hunters (The Corli Saga, #1) by Jonathan Bergeron Nexus (Ziva Payvan, #2) by E.J. Fisch Overload Flux by Carol Van Natta Quarter Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #1) by Nathan Lowell Belarus by Emily Devenport Ambassador Seeing Red by Patty Jansen The Exile Empire by Joshua Done Fluency (Confluence, #1) by Jennifer Foehner Wells The Mandate of Earth by Jonathan S. Harbour Overload Flux by Carol Van Natta To Honor You Call Us (Man of War, #1) by H. Paul Honsinger Scavenger Hunt (The Society Universe) by Stephen Goldin Scavenger Hunt (The Society Universe) by Stephen Goldin


YOUNG ADULT FRIENDLY PICK:

Hollow Moon by Steph Bennion Hollow Moon by Steph Bennion The Liberator (Tarizon Trilogy #1) by William Manchee Lockstep by Karl Schroeder Lockstep by Karl Schroeder Galactic Derelict (Time Traders/Ross Murdock, #2) by Andre Norton

So tomorrow is the big day! Got an outside work thingy tomorrow morning, so don't get anxious everyone if I don't get the posts up until later in the evening.


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