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What Is This SPSFC You Blog Of?

If you saw my last post and were like “Yes, very nice, but what is this SPSFC of which you blog?” well I am glad you asked!

The SPSFC is the Self Published Science Fiction Competition and it is a brand new shiny annual competition designed to take around 300 books that are voluntarily submitted, vet them through ten teams of judges, and select one book as the very best of those 300 books!

As with all competitions there are certain criteria for book selections, which may or may not change slightly from year to year. This inaugural year is teaching the hosts and judges a lot! Our current criteria does include (but is not limited to) the book must be self published, over a certain word count, has to be SciFi, and either a standalone or the first in series.

The concept is loosely based upon the popular SPFBO and hopes to bring forth lots of reviews and eyes upon books! For this first round each team of judges (we’ll meet Team Red Stars in an upcoming post soon) starts with around 30 books apiece, and we’ll read 10-20% of each of those books then select ten books for the team to read in full. Once we’ve read those we will pass the top three books on to the greater group of all judges, and so will each of the other teams. Every judge will read all of those thirty and then we’ll winnow them down to a top ten, and then top one. It will be quite the process!

I can say that everyone really is very excited and eager to dive into these books! This will be a lot of reading and a lot of fun. I truly hope you follow along and hopefully you also discover some new to you books that are bright stars in the sky!

And that in a nutshell is this wondrous thing we call the SPSFC!

Time To Read For SPSFC!

Hello and welcome to Team Red Stars’ list of books to read for the first ever annual Self Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC)! I am thrilled and honored to be leading a team of judges for this year’s competition, and we will be meeting each of them in another blog post very soon! However this post is alllll about the BOOKS! You see the SPSFC takes around 300 self published SciFi books, ten teams of judges, divides those books between the teams, and then fierce reading and reviewing battles take place through a few rounds until there is a clear winner! Ok that is a bit of an oversimplification, but the core concepts are there! I’ll post another blog shortly diving into the details of the SPSFC for those interested in a bit more info. So moving along: the Team I am honored to be a part of gets to enjoy reading the following books to kick off our part of the SPSFC! So without further ado please allow us to unveil the 31 books that have been allocated to Team Red Stars: (ok one more “ado” please let me know which cover is your fave!)

Above the Sky by J.W. Lynne

Age Of Order by Julian North

Banneker Bones And The Giant Robot Bees by Rob Kent

Detonation by Erik A. Otto

Dog Country by Malcolm F. Cross

Dragon’s Baby by Miranda Martin

Edge Of The Breach by Halo Scot

Extinction Reversed by J. S. Morin

Eye Of The Storm by R. K. King

Infinite by Jeremy Robinson

Memories Of The Khassos by Leah Flaherty

Of Cinder & Bone by Kyoko M.

Petra by Matthew S Rotundo

Quinn Of Cygnus: Lift Off by A M Scott

Refraction by Carson Welker

Skybound by Lou Iovino

The Coldsuit by Andy Wright

The Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin

The Echo Effect by John McGuire

The Golden Crunk Of Cringle by Ken Rudisill

The Jagged Edge by A. J. Frazer

The Lore Of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

The Revolution Will Be Tokenized by Cristoph Brueck

The Shepherd Protocol by Fowler Brown

The Trellis by Jools Cantor

Things They Buried by Amanda K King & Michael R. Swanson

This Blue Ball by Wayne V. Miller

Turnabout by Carmen Webster Buxton

Wherever Seeds May Fall by Peter Cawdron

World Of Difference by WJ Donovan

Zenith by Arshad Ahsanuddin