It’s Sci-Fi Month!


 Sci-Fi Month is a month-long celebration of all things sci-fi hosted by Rinn of Rinn Reads! If you’re a fan of sci-fi (or are interested in finding out more about sci-fi!), be sure to check out what other participants are posting all November long!


[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ci-fi—the final frontier. These are the voyages of the book blog Celestial Carousel. Its unending mission: to explore strange new blogs, to seek out new books and new t.v. series, to boldly fangirl where no fangirl has gone before.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

To new readers who have found Celestial Carousel through Sci-Fi Month—hello, and welcome to Celestial Carousel! My name’s Sam, and I’m the captain of this ship. I’m twenty-three, I live in the southern US, and as should be quite obvious at this point, I love to read. When I’m not reading, I’m writing, playing video games, watching tv with my dad, spending time with my niece and nephews, or spending copious amounts of time on the internet.

How long have you been a fan of sci-fi?

Some of my earliest memories include curling up on the living room couch to watch Star Trek reruns with my dad. It was my first sci-fi love, and while it’s probably my strongest sci-fi love, it certainly isn’t the only one.

Why do you like sci-fi and what is your favorite thing about it?

Sci-fi is effortlessly cool, with its warp speed and cool gadgets and mad men with boxes, but for me… sci-fi is about hope. It’s about facing strange, foreign, sometimes genuinely alien elements and persevering without losing what makes us inherently human. It’s about love and friendship and the human condition and I just love it.

What are your favorite books/games/movies/TV shows in the genre?

Here’s the odd thing: I don’t have any favorite sci-fi books. My favorite type of sci-fi books is usually ones that involve space travel, though, because let’s be real–Star Trek + me = OTP. I really enjoyed Across the Universe by Beth Revis and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (though that’s unusual in that it probably counts as both sci-fi and fantasy), but I don’t think I’ve read a sci-fi book yet that I could consider a favorite. Consider this an open invitation–please, by all means, recommend your favorites in the comments below!

I’m pretty sure you’ve been able to deduce that I’m kind of a fan of Star Trek. My favorites of the series, though, are probably The Original Series and Enterprise. Fringe? Don’t get me started on Fringe. I could write sonnets and 80’s hair band love ballads for Fringe. I discovered Firefly during a session of late-night Netflixing, as one is wont to do, and it was instant love. I’ve also got a soft spot for Warehouse 13, Chuck, and Doctor Who.

My favorite sci-fi movies (aside from–you guessed it–the Star Trek movies) are In Time and the Despicable Me movies. Shh. They count.

What are your plans for this month?

This month, you can expect to see a lot of sci-fi love from Celestial Carousel, such as:

  • An Ode to Star Trek: or “Why I’m So Freakin’ Obsessed with This Show”
  • Top 10 Sci-Fi Characters I’d Want on My Starship Crew
  • A sci-fi book review or two (or five), of course!

Whether you found my little corner of the interweb through Sci-Fi Month or you’re a regular reader, thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my contributions to Sci-Fi Month!


  • Reply Kelley (Another Novel Read) November 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    I love what you said about sci-fi being so much about hope. I never really thought about it like that, but it’s so true! One of the main reasons I love Star Trek so much is because it gives me so much hope for the future! Space travel, now galaxies, amazing technology — but at the heart of it Starfleet still strives to maintain the humanity (and morality) of people.

    If you’re looking for more great sci-fi book recommendations, I have a few!
    1. These Broken Stars: OMG. It was like a really long, beautifully written episode of Star Trek. I love that book so much.
    2. The Planet Thieves: another book that reminded me very much of Star Trek, but as if seen from the perspective of people still at Starfleet Academy! So much fun.
    3. The Lunar Chronicles: if you haven’t read these books yet, please do! It’s full of cyborgs and spaceships, and it feels a LOT like a cross between an anime and Firefly and it’s awesome!

    I could go on, but I’ll stop for now. :D I can’t wait to see the posts you have planned for this month. I’m looking forward to gushing about Star Trek with you! <3
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire November 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Not gonna lie–Star Trek was exactly what I had in mind when I said what I said about sci-fi being about hope. But it applies to so many (almost all!) of the sci-fi shows, movies, and books I enjoy.

      I will definitely check all of those out!
      1. I’ve heard great things about These Broken Stars. It’s been on my TBR list for a while now.
      2. I’ve never heard of The Planet Thieves, but after reading your description, I think I’d love it! I’ve always wanted to hear more about Kirk’s days in the academy. :)
      3. I actually borrowed Cinder from my library earlier in the year, but stupidly did so just before a vacation across the country, so I don’t think I read more than a page or two. I need to borrow it again!

      Thank you so much, Kelley! I can’t wait to see what you post, too! <3

  • Reply Rinn November 1, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Ooh, that’s the first time I’ve seen someone make that point! And it’s a brilliant one. I just love those sf stories where people are in grave danger but their hope just pushes them through. Whilst those sorts are often scary, it’s just such a good feeling when things work out well.

    I never realised Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a sci-fi read? =o I have heard that it’s very good though, may have to look into it a bit more.

    Looking forward to your posts! =D
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire November 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Thanks! I think I love “hopeful” sci-fi stories because they’re so easy to relate to. No matter what strange or foreign situations characters get themselves into, we can all relate to, well, hope.

      Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one of those odd sci-fi/fantasy hybrids. I really can’t say more without ruining a few surprise plot elements, but I do highly recommend it!

      Thanks, Rinn! :D
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  • Reply Annie November 1, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I haven’t read very many Sci-fi books either, but I like to classify Dystopia novels as Sci-fi so I would recommend the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. It’s really popular in mainstream fiction, but it’s also a great story with awesome characters. Can’t wait for your Star Trek post!

    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire November 1, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      Hi Annie! Divergent is very high on my TBR list. I need to see if it’s in stock at my local library, because I’ve heard so many rave reviews! I’m actually a little embarrassed not to have read it yet!

      Thank you so much–and thanks for stopping by!
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  • Reply Andrea J November 1, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I am super curious for your ultimate starship crew post! if there was two captains, would they fight? If you had Mal Reynolds and Worf, would Mal not understand the concept of aliens? too fun!

    hmmmm… book recommendations? I think you might like the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold (read the first one, see if you like it), In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker, and Makers by Cory Doctorow.

    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire November 1, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      You know, that’s something I hadn’t actually considered! I just figured I’d pick and choose my favorites from various series for each role on the ship. I think I like your idea better, haha! It would be fun to see Mal and Worf interact!

      Thanks for your recommendations! I will definitely check out all three. I just read the blurb for the first book in the Vorkosigan Saga on GoodReads, and I’m liking the idea of a series that follows a female captain!

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Andrea!
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  • Reply acps927 November 1, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Chuck! Firefly!!! Fringe!!!!! STAR TREK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think we’re sci-fi soul-mates! Looking forward to your posts this month!
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire November 1, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      We most definitely are sci-fi soulmates! You’ve got some great taste! ;)

      Looking forward to your posts, too!
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  • Reply Jorie November 2, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Hallo, Hallo Samantha Claire,

    I love how you opened with a ruminative reflective piece on our beloved Trek! :) Wicked sweet addition to your post! :) Love the creativity! Wow, thank you bookish blogosphere! All the girls’ I was seeking whilst growing up who were as happy and over the moon for Trek &/or sci-fi were only a book blog away in reality! Laughs. I seriously didn’t find a lot of classmates to talk about my passion for this genre at all! And, how nice it is that most of us (at least of the blogs I have visited thus far!) have come into it through our parents who passed down their love of it to us! :) Wicked! I’m new to the Doctor Who universe as I only just saw my first four episodes last night! I’m tweaking a post about my Introduction of Who as much as my first installment of Whovian posts that will run on Saturdays! :) :) I will be keen to have others who know more about the Doctor visit my blog on the weekends, as I’m sort of approaching this from an odd angle but then after what I saw of the Doctor tonight perhaps that is most fitting in the end!? :) I am bookmarking your site and will be rushing back to see your posts! Drop by my blog when you have the chance! :)
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