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Club Nanobots for Science Fiction Writers

Greenleaf

first registered 04.01.12

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A group of writers on Authonomy have created a club for mystery writers and another for fantasy writers so that we can discuss writing in our specific genre. We're also in the midst of a friendly Chapter One Competition. I organized the first two clubs and this will probably be my last one. I've passed the administrative role for Club Grimoire on to Elizabeth H and the same position on to Paul Richards for Club Nanobots.

If you would like to join this group and competition, let us know either by posting a link to your book in this forum thread, or by sending a message to me or to Paul Richards.

I've organized the competition in the same manner that I organized the Club Agatha and Club Grimoire competitions. In those competitions, we have twenty-seven and thirty-two books, respectively. Each participant is required to read the first chapter of each book, and leave a comment on the book's page. Then, the reader posts a note on the forum thread, indicating that he or she has read the chapter. The reader can also leave a brief comment about the book on the forum, but is not required to do so.

After everyone has read the first chapter of all the books (in no particular order), all participants will vote on different categories, so there may be multiple winners. The book with the most votes overall will be declared the first place winner and all participants will back that book for one week.

If people are interesting in doing a chapter two competition, that can start as soon as the first competition ends.

What we are finding out is that the critiques received in this activity are extremely helpful because we're all in it together and we're here to help each other. I don't have a science fiction novel uploaded, so I won't be participating directly, but I may leave some critiques and join in discussions.

IMPORTANT: When you critique a book for this competition, please start it out with the title Club Nanobots Critique. We'll set an official start date for Wednesday, the 1st of August, however, people may begin whenever they like and read the books in whatever order they want. In Club Agatha and in Club Grimoire many of us began before the official date because we were eager to read. We won't set a deadline until we see how many books will be in the competition. We will allow plenty of time for everyone to read and comment on the first chapter of all the books.


Here are Club Nanobots' Members who are participating in the Chapter One Competition so far:

Elizabeth H (EH) http://www.authonomy.com/books/39261/enchanted-trap/
Lisa Toohey (LT) http://www.authonomy.com/books/41439/nickolas/
Scottkenny (SK) http://www.authonomy.com/books/2176/the-telepath/
Jet Ramea (JR) http://www.authonomy.com/books/43141/retcon/
Brian Bandell (BD) http://www.authonomy.com/books/17138/mute/
KirkH (KH) http://www.authonomy.com/books/45817/aethunium-a-steampunk-story/
MauriceR (MR) http://www.authonomy.com/books/43671/white-matter/
Pollyanna Pilsbury (PP) http://www.authonomy.com/books/42244/marsupeople-/
Ted Cross (TC) http://www.authonomy.com/books/33347/the-immortality-game/
Douglas York (DY) http://www.authonomy.com/books/45141/majestic-shadows-the-pillar-of-smoke/
WiSpY http://www.authonomy.com/books/35472/lucifer-s-crossing/
Ryan Gomes (RG) http://www.authonomy.com/books/46041/2175/
Jeenyus336 (JY) http://www.authonomy.com/books/45162/mars-prevails/
Paul Richards/Eaglegrafix (EG) http://www.authonomy.com/books/44482/the-fourth-kind/
Daniel de Molay-Wilson (DMW) http://www.authonomy.com/books/45732/heights-of-obsession/
Brerandall (BR) http://www.authonomy.com/books/42111/memoria/
Rebecca Tester (RT) http://www.authonomy.com/books/37086/phoenix-mistress-book-one-stray-dogs/
John Life (JL) http://www.authonomy.com/books/46080/christiania-you-won-my-heart/
malky76 http://www.authonomy.com/books/46179/mindscape-an-act-of-god/
Abby Vandiver (AV) http://www.authonomy.com/books/46271/in-the-beginning/
Abbiealso (AA) http://www.authonomy.com/books/46364/medically-mystifying-a-jaqlyne-hyde-novel/
K E Shaw (KES) http://www.authonomy.com/books/45883/the-seventh-gate/
kokako (KK) http://www.authonomy.com/books/42772/alien-light/

Books No longer in Competition:

Racheal McGillivary (RM) http://www.authonomy.com/books/44552/just-for-kicks/ (REMOVED BY RACHEAL)
MikeWritesAboutLife (MWAL) http://www.authonomy.com/books/24103/empathy-the-two-blades-that-changed-the-world-/
(BOOK IS NO LONGER ON THIS SITE)
Dave Tarrington (DT) http://www.authonomy.com/books/41486/slinker-evasion/
Cool1 http://www.authonomy.com/books/35539/partners/
mdws77 (MDW) http://www.authonomy.com/books/37200/solian-chronicles-pluto-genesis/
KaliedaRik (KR) http://www.authonomy.com/books/28189/spintrap/ PLEASE CRITIQUE CHAPTER 51 OF THIS
Roy Batty (RB) http://www.authonomy.com/books/45304/spring-clean-by-proxy/
grouserock http://www.authonomy.com/books/44319/-the-hearkeners/
Earl Carlson (EC) http://www.authonomy.com/books/44267/world-enough-and-time/
Sara Stinson (SS) http://www.authonomy.com/books/45128/finger-bones/


NOTES:

If a book has a prologue or introduction, that should be read in conjunction with Chapter One.

If you have already read and commented on a book that is in the competition, and that comment was made within the last 30 days, you can use it to fulfill the requirement. If it's older than 30 days, you should re-read. The reason for this is:
1) We want the book fresh in your memory so that you'll be able to vote on it;
2) Books are frequently being edited/revised, and you may not have read the most current version.

After you read Chapter One of a book, leave a comment/critique on the book's page, with the heading "Club Nanobot Critique". Then, come to this thread and post a message that you've read and commented on the book. You may post your comment on this thread, but it isn't required. It's entirely up to you.

I will keep tallies/recaps of the books and of who has read which books. When everyone has finished the readings, we'll vote on favorites in various categories, such as best characterizations, etc. There will likely be many different winners. The book that receive the most votes overall will be declared the grand prize winner and each participant should back the book for one week.



Posted: 22/07/2012 23:58:36
Last Edit: 22/09/2012 15:57:34 by Greenleaf

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Elizabeth H

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Yes please. http://www.authonomy.com/books/39261/enchanted-trap/


Posted: 23/07/2012 00:27:11

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Greenleaf

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Yes please. http://www.authonomy.com/books/39261/enchanted-trap/ <nolink>close quotes</nolink>

Welcome to the group, Elizabeth.

Posted: 23/07/2012 00:32:26

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LisaToohey

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sure i'll join the comp, thanks for the invite Smile

Posted: 23/07/2012 00:49:43

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Greenleaf

first registered 04.01.12

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sure i'll join the comp, thanks for the invite Smile <nolink>close quotes</nolink>

Welcome to the group, Lisa.

Posted: 23/07/2012 00:57:57

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scottkenny

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Well done,

http://www.authonomy.com/books/2176/e-t-s-among-us-/read-book/#chapter">The Telepath


Posted: 23/07/2012 01:41:56

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Greenleaf

first registered 04.01.12

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Well done,

www.authonomy.com/books/2176/e-t-s-among-us-/read-book/#chapter">The Telepath <nolink>close quotes</nolink>

Welcome to the club, Scott.

Posted: 23/07/2012 01:49:49

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Greenleaf

first registered 04.01.12

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Everyone who writes science fiction, techno-punk fiction, or fiction heavy in science-technology is welcome to join the club and the competition.

Posted: 23/07/2012 03:19:43
Last Edit: 23/07/2012 03:21:17 by Greenleaf

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Greenleaf

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From Wikipedia

Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible (or at least non-supernatural) content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities. Exploring the consequences of scientific innovations is one purpose of science fiction, making it a "literature of ideas".[1]

Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possible worlds or futures.[2] It is similar to, but differs from fantasy in that, within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature (though some elements in a story might still be pure imaginative speculation).

The settings for science fiction are often contrary to known reality, but most science fiction relies on a considerable degree of suspension of disbelief, which is facilitated in the reader's mind by potential scientific explanations or solutions to various fictional elements. Science fiction elements include:

A time setting in the future, in alternative timelines, or in a historical past that contradicts known facts of history or the archaeological record.

A spatial setting or scenes in outer space (e.g., spaceflight), on other worlds, or on subterranean earth.[3]

Characters that include aliens, mutants, androids, or humanoid robots.

Technology that is futuristic (e.g., ray guns, teleportation machines, humanoid computers).[4]

Scientific principles that are new or that contradict known laws of nature, for example time travel, wormholes, or faster-than-light travel.

New and different political or social systems (e.g. dystopia, post-scarcity, or a post-apocalyptic situation where organized society has collapsed).[5]

Paranormal abilities such as mind control, telepathy, telekinesis, and teleportation.

Other universes or dimensions and travel between them.


Posted: 23/07/2012 03:53:45

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Brian Bandell

first registered 10.10.09

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I'm throwing my hat into the ring with my novel Mute, and I look forward to reading all of yours.

I wrote a blog about some of my favorite novels on Authonomy, including some scifi books:

http://brianbandell.blogspot.com/2012/06/my-favorite-books-from-emerging-authors.html

Brian Bandell


Posted: 23/07/2012 04:42:15

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