Deal Me In Challenge list for 2019

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This challenge is hosted by Jay at Bibliophilopolis. For this challenge, you select 52 stories to read in 2019 and then assign each of them to a card in a deck of cards, drawing one card each week and then reading the story that matches the card.

The stories for the first 2 suits are from The Ascent of Wonder: the Evolution of Hard SF, edited by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. I selected these using the Wikipedia page, which makes it easy to see the year of publication for each story. The table of contents in the book itself is not in chronological order, for some strange reason. I’ll probably read the whole book by the end of the year, but I will use this challenge to decide which stories to read first.

I am not sure if I can read all of these, but if I have to change something I will probably cut back on another challenge. After all, this one is probably one of the easier challenges to fit into the year, especially since I have designated one of my suits for stories on audio. 

I probably won’t review all of these, but I will do a few round-up posts.

Clubs: Classic SF Short Stories
A – H.G. Wells: “The Land Ironclads” 1903
2 – Rudyard Kipling: “With the Night Mail” 1909
3 – D
on A Stuart: “Atomic Power” 1934 4/15/2019

4 – Raymond Z. Gallun: “Davy Jones’s Ambassador” 1935 1/15/2019
5 – Hal Clement:  “Proof” 1942 8/6/2019
6 – Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore: “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” 1943 2/19/2019
7 – Raymond F. Jones: “The Person from Porlock” 1947

8 – Philip Latham: “The Xi Effect” 1950 6/23/2019
9 – Arthur C. Clarke: “The Star” 1955 7/28/2019
10 – James Blish: “Surface Tension” 1952   1/28/2019
J – Katherine Maclean: “The Snowball Effect” 1952
Q – Philip K. Dick: “The Indefatigable Frog” 1953
K  – J.G. Ballard: “Cage of Sand” 1963 8/31/2019

Spades: Contemporary SF Short Stories 
(using a broad definition of contemporary“: 1968-present)

A – Kate Wilhelm “The Planners” 1968  2/23/2019
2 – Poul Anderson “Kyrie” 1969 8/7/2019
3 – Gregory Benford “Exposures” 1982 2/5/2019
4 – Theodore Sturgeon “Occam’s Scalpel” 1971  4/15/2019
5 – J.G. Ballard “Prima Belladonna” 1971
6 – Ursula K. Le Guin “The Author of the Acacia Seeds” 1974 (reread)
7 – Ian Watson “The Very Slow Time Machine” 1978 8/15/2019
8 – Robert L. Forward “The Singing Diamond” 1979  3/14/2019
9 – William Gibson “Johnny Mnemonic” 1981
10 – Bruce Sterling 
The Beautiful & the Sublime” 1986 4/1/2019
J  – Gene Wolfe “Procreation” 1984
Q  – John M. Ford “Heat of Fusion” 1984 3/9/2019
K – Gene Wolfe “All the Hues of Hell” 1987 4/29/2019

Diamonds: Poetry
A – John Keats: The Eve of St. Agnes     2/13/2019 
2 – Percy Shelley: Ode to the West Wind (reread) 
3 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (reread) 
4 – John Greenleaf Whittier: Snowbound 
5 – Tennyson: Ulysses (reread) 7/31/2019
6 – Tennyson: The Lotus-Eaters 5/19/2019
7 – Arthur Hugh Clough: Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth 
8 – W.B. Yeats: The Song of Wandering Aengus (reread)
9 – Yeats: Easter 1916 (reread) 
10 – Pablo Neruda: Explicar Algunas Cosas (I Explain a Few Things) (reread) 7/25/2019
J – Neruda: Canto a la madres de los milicianos muertos (Songs for the Mothers of Slain Militiamen)
Q – Neruda: Oda a la critica (Ode to Criticism) 
K – Neruda: Oda a la sal (Ode to Salt)

Hearts: Stories on audio 

A – Edgar Allen Poe: A Descent into the Maelstrom LibriVox
2 – Nathaniel Hawthorne: Rappaccinis Daughter LibriVox 8/2/2019
3 – Jules Verne: In the Year 2889 LibriVox
4 – HG Wells:  The Star LibriVox 6/28/2019
5 – HG Wells: The Crystal Egg LibriVox 3/23/2019
6 – Algernon Blackwood: A Victim of Higher Space LibriVox 
7 – Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountainslibrary audio (downloadable ebook) (reread) 6/1/2019
8 – Natalia Theodoridou: The Birding: A Fairy Tale: Strange Horizons podcast (World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction 2018) 2/28/2019
9 – Peter Beagle: Come Lady Death Podcastle podcast (reread)
10 – John Crowley: Snow 
Lightspeed podcast ( 4/14/2019
J – Peter Beagle: We Never Talk About My Brother Podcastle podcast 2/17/2019
 – NK Jemisin: Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Under the Still Waters Podcastle podcast [found on this page:
K –  Ken Liu: The Paper Menagerie Podcastle podcast

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Published by Beth @ Beth's Bookish Thoughts

This blog is for my thoughts on reading. A couple of my friends on GoodReads have blogs, so eventually I decided to start one myself. I hope to get involved in the book blogging community and become a better reader and writer! I am not accepting copies of new books for review, but I would be interested in new editions or new translations of classic authors. Find me on Upwork (as an editor) in the profile link. From September 2018 to October 2020 I blogged at Blogger.

One thought on “Deal Me In Challenge list for 2019

  1. I love looking at other's lists for this challenge! And short stories on audio … what a great idea! Love your poetry list! Neruda is one of my favourites so I'll have to check out his poems on your list. Happy Deal Me In! 🙂


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