Science Fiction Challenge hosted by Stage and Canvas and as I started making my list I got very confused about what's science fiction and what's fantasy. I googled and I googled and found that books are considered science fiction of the plot is scientifically possible. They're fantasy if they're scientifically impossible, like if they have vampires and magic in them.
This is all fine for books like The Time Machine by H.G. Wells and Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, it's pretty clear where they should go. But what about dystopian novels like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? It's not really based on science but it could certainly happen... where does it go? And more importantly would it count as one of my challenge books? :-)
What about Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke? I always thought of it as fantasy, since it has magic, but I saw it listed on SF booklists? Help!
The Science Fiction Challenge started back in August but it runs until 8 August 2011 so I have plenty of time to explore. It requires either 4 or 8 books - I'm not sure which I'll choose, I'll see how I get on.
Completed: 0/4 or 8 as of 7 October 2010
Dune by Frank Herbert
1984 by George Orwell
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
The City and the City by China Miéville
The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
the Earthsea series by Ursula Le Guin
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Uglies by Scott Westerfield