This is Sci-Fi, Issue 6: Atomica, New York 2140, They Call Me Jeeg

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This is Sci-Fi is a sampling of science fiction news across the mediums. From movies to books, to real life, and any bits in between that I can think of to list. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s happening, but it should whet your appetite!

This is Sci-Fi’s Quote to Consider


“Science Fiction: Any scientific acclaim that omits God.”
― Johnny Hart

Science Fiction Movies

Sci-Fi Movie Suggestion of the Week:

Movie cover for Starship Troopers Starship Troopers was released in 1997 and is a movie that you can either watch at face value, or delve a bit deeper into it. Personally, I watch it for the cheese, and nothing but the cheese, so help me bug. Its based on the Robert Heinlein novel by the same name. Lots of gigantic bugs, lots of bad lines, and if Casper Van Dien floats your boat, you’ll be extreeeeeeeeeemely happy.

Synopsis: Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.

Watch the Starship Troopers trailer.



Opening this week (March 17th)

Atomica Synopsis: In the near future, when communications go offline at a remote nuclear power plant isolated in the desert, a young safety inspector, Abby Dixon, is forced to fly out to bring them back online. Once inside the facility, mysterious clues and strange behaviors cause Abby to have doubts about the sanity, and perhaps identities, of the two employees onsite.

Starring:  Tom Sizemore, Sarah Habel, Dominic Monaghan |

Watch the Atomica trailer here.

Side Note: My review for this movie will be coming out on Monday. I watched it a couple weeks ago and it was very well done, absent of cheese, and interesting. I’d definitely recommend it.


Movie cover for They Call Me JeegThey Call Me Jeeg Synopsis: Enzo, a lonely and misanthropic small time crook, uses the superpowers gained after falling in the Tiber river to chase down a crazy gangster called “The gypsy”.

StarringClaudio Santamaria, Luca Marinelli, Ilenia Pastorelli

Watch the They Call Me Jeeg trailer.




Featured Science Fiction Art

Underwater Robot Doodle + daily sketch update by Emoonya on DeviantArt

Just generally a well-done drawing that caught my eye.

Science Fiction Books

Book cover for New York 2140 by Kim Stanley RobinsonNew York 2140: A new vision of the future of New York City in the 22nd century, a flooded, but vibrant metropolis, from Kim Stanley Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of science fiction masterworks such as the Mars trilogy, 2312, and Aurora.

The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever. Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island.

Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building, Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides.

And how we too will change. – Goodreads  — Amazon | B&N


Book cover for Pilot X by Tom Merritt

Pilot X:  What would happen if a time traveler lived in a world where time could not easily be changed and if it was changed, it might destroy everything but himself?

Pilot X just wants to fly a time ship. Specifically the Verity. But the Guardians of Alenda, rulers of his people, throw him in the middle of a time war. When he makes peace they don’t seem pleased. In fact, his own people treat him like the enemy. – Goodreads

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The Return: During a live television broadcast on the night of a lunar eclipse, renowned astrophysicist Andrew Leland is suddenly lifted into the sky by a giant spacecraft and taken away for all to see. Six years later, he turns up, wandering in a South American desert, denying ever having been abducted and disappearing from the public eye.

Meanwhile, he inspires legions of cultish devotees, including a young physics graduate student named Shawn Ferris who is obsessed with finding out what really happened to him. When Shawn finally tracks Leland down, he discovers that he’s been on the run for years, continuously hunted by a secret organization that has pursued him across multiple continents, determined to force him into revealing what he knows.

Shawn soon joins Leland on the run. Though Leland is at first reluctant to reveal anything, Shawn will soon learn the truth about his abduction, the real reason for his return, and will find himself caught up in a global conspiracy that puts more than just one planet in danger.- Amazon  — Amazon | B&N

Coming Soon: Flames of the Rebellion, The Beachhead, Nemesis, Infinity Engine, From Ice to Ashes


The Sci-Fi Zone: Science Fiction Songs

I was listening to my player in the car the other day and got to thinking just how many songs have a sci-fi theme to them. So, here is my list of the top sci-fi songs. They are in no certain order. I’m starting with Rush’s 2112 simply because it has the longest explanation to it. So let’s rock on with our bad selves!

  • 2112 – Rush – The song is set in the year 2112.  In the year 2062 several planets came under control of the Red Star of the Solar Federation. The story of the song is told through an unnamed Protagonist’s point of view. The peace and happiness of their ‘utopia’ is meely an illusion as everything is controlled by the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx.

I. Overture: The song is made up of several different movements. Overture is mainly instrumental with a sung “and the meek shall inherit the earth” at the end.

II. The Temples of Syrinx: The Priests of the Temple control every aspect of the population “we’ve taken care of everything, the words you hear, the songs you sing, the pictures that give pleasure to your eyes”. They do this with the help of “our great computers, fill our hallowed halls”. Their ‘equality’ is illusory.

III. Discovery: The Protagonist finds an old guitar in a cave behind a waterfall. He teaches himself how to tune and play it. He can’t wait to show it to the Priests, thinking they will be amazed and pleased with his discovery.

IV. Presentation: The Protagonist performs before the Priests but they are not as pleased as he’d hoped they’d be. They dismiss the guitar as “another toy which helped destroy the elder race of man”.The Protagonist tries to convince them otherwise “listen to my music, hear what it can do, there’s something here that’s strong as life, I know that it will reach you”. They crush the guitar and dismiss the Protagonist.

V. Oracle: The Dream: The Protagonist wanders hme and has a vision that he at first passes off as a dream, yet it seems so vivid and real. An oracle shows him what life was like before the Solar Federation took over. A society where individuality and creativity flourished. He also learns that the “elder race of men” was not destroyed but “left our planets long ago” intending to return home and “tear the Temples down”.

VI. Soliloquy: The Protagonist returns to his cave to brood and think. His spirit and soul are oppressed, thinking of the bland life under the Solar Federation. The movement ends as the Protagonist takes his own life.

VII. Grand Finale: The closing movement is an instrumental with the Solar Federation being attacked and conquered by an unknown entity. It closes with the words – “Attention all planets under the Solar Federation: We Have Assumed Control”. And that, friends, is the end of the song. In the actual song the unknown entity is ambiguous as to whom is taking control and what their intentions are. However, in a later interview, Peart (songwriter) states that he intended it to be a good ending. The attacking entity is the elder race of men returning and successfully deposing the Solar Federation.


  • Children of the Sun – Billy Thorpe – Benevolent aliens, The Children of the Sun, take the people of Earth aboard their spaceship and into space with them.
  • In the Year 2525 – Zager and Evans – A song about the future and possible repercussions of the advances of technology. For a song written in 1969 it’s predictions are scarily accurate.
  • Godzilla – Blue Oyster Cult – It’s Godzilla. What more can I say? Godzilla’s awesome. The only thing I’ll add is if they do another movie…Less people, more Godzilla bad-assery!

“Oh no! There goes Tokyo! Go, go Godzilla! History shows again and again, how nature points up the folly of men.”

  • Twilight Zone – Rush – Yup, Rush is back again. This time with a song about (you guessed it) one of my favorite shows of all time – The Twilight Zone.

“A pleasant-faced man steps up to greet you. He smiles and says he’s pleased to meet you. Beneath his hat the strangeness lies. Take it off, he’s got three eyes. Truth is false and logic lost, now the fourth dimension is crossed.”

“You have entered the Twilight Zone. beyond this world strange things are known. Use the key, unlock the door, see what your fate might have in store.”


  • Endgame – Megadeth – A very bleak look at one of many possible futures for this world. You can always count on Megadeth for a good dose of Dystopia.

“Attention! Attention! All citizens are ordered to report to their

District detention centers!

Do not return to your homes,

Do not contact anyone!

Do not use any cellular or G-P-S devices!

Surrender all weapons at once!

Attention! This way to the camps!”


  • Blood Gulch Blues – Trocadero – I tried not to include theme songs from shows but this (and the one below) are just too excellent to ignore. So, I give you Blood Gulch Blues, theme song of Red vs. Blue.

Roses are red

And violets are blue.

One day we’ll cruise down Blood Gulch avenue

It’s red versus red

and blue versus blue

It’s I against I

and me against you…

  • Iron Man – Black Sabbath – A man who traveled through time to save the future of mankind and was forgotten and discarded by those who sent him. And now he wants revenge.
  • The Great Unknown – Iron Maiden – I hate to do another dystopic song but the title fits so perfectly with the world as it is right now and hey, you can never go wrong with Maiden.

So, those are my choices. If you have any other suggestions I’d love to hear them! I’m always on the look out for new music.  – GracieKat

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Science Fiction Book Club Meeting!!

Do you Dare to Discuss Science Fiction? It’s not too late to join us, right here on Sci-Fi & Scary, on March 22nd at 7 PM EST when we discuss Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin Kiernan.

Agents of Dreamland is 4 bucks on Amazon, and its less than 125 pages long, so it’s a very quick read. Feel free to register for the forums (it’s free!) and join us for an hour-long discussion on the book.  I can tell you right now that opinions on the book are very mixed amongst the group that’s agreed to participate already, so it’s definitely going to be interesting!!


This is Sci-Fi, Issue 5: Doris Piserchia, Harry Harrison, and Logan

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This is Sci-Fi is a sampling of science fiction news across the mediums. From movies to books, to real life, and any bits in between that I can think of to list. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s happening, but it should whet your appetite!


This is Sci-Fi’s Quote to Consider

“Bite me.”
-Lieutenant Eve Dallas, from any of the In Death books.
J.D. Robb

 Science Fiction Movies

Movie Suggestion of the Week:

Movie cover for Inception

Inception was released in 2010 and really was a surprisingly great movie. From beginning to end it was well shot and well acted, and that ending is still debatable 7 years later.  If you’re in the mood to have your head screwed with, then this is definitely a movie to pop on and try out. Be forewarned: heated debates may follow.

Synopsis: A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

Watch the Inception trailer.



Opening this Week (March 3rd): 

Movie cover for Logan

Synopsis: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

Watch the Logan trailer here.


Featured Science Fiction Art

Robby The Robot by sidothello on DeviantArt

I just love this piece. It’s got a classic look that you could just see on an aged movie poster hanging up in your living room.

Science Fiction Books


Science Fiction New Releases

Book cover for The Collapsing Empire by John ScalziThe Collapsing Empire is the first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe.

Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible — until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars.

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war — and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

The Flow is eternal — but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals — a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency — are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse. – Goodreads

Agents of Dreamland A government special agent known only as the Signalman gets off a train on a stunningly hot morning in Winslow, Arizona. Later that day he meets a woman in a diner to exchange information about an event that happened a week earlier for which neither has an explanation, but which haunts the Signalman.

In a ranch house near the shore of the Salton Sea, a cult leader gathers up the weak and susceptible—the Children of the Next Level—and offers them something to believe in and a chance for transcendence. The future is coming and they will help to usher it in.

A day after the events at the ranch house which disturbed the Signalman so deeply that he and his government sought out help from ‘other’ sources, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory abruptly loses contact with NASA’s interplanetary probe New Horizons. Something out beyond the orbit of Pluto has made contact.

And a woman floating outside of time looks to the future and the past for answers to what can save humanity. – Goodreads


Coming Soon: Spaceman of Bohemia, Little Green Men – Attack!, Hunger Makes the Wolf, The Song Rising, Archangel, Alone

Zeroing in on Doris Piserchia:

Book cover for Star Rider by Doris Piserchia

Book cover for A Billion Days of EarthBook cover for Earthchild by Doris Piserchia



The Sci-Fi Zone: Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison began writing science fiction in the 1950s and is considered one of the science fiction masters.  I recently read Deathworld by him and loved it so I decided to give a few fun facts about him.

  1. The movie Soylent Green was based on Harry Harrison’s Make Room! Make Room! novel that was published in 1966.
  2. His first forays into science fiction had nothing to do with writing. Instead, he worked as an illustrator with EC Comics.
  3. He served as the primary writer for the Flash Gordon newspaper strip during the 50s/60s.
  4. Harrison has won 9 science fiction awards, including European Grand Master and Damon Knight Grand Master.
  5. Harrison was a self-confessed atheist.

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This is Sci-Fi #4: The Collapsing Empire, Starship Troopers, and More

The banner for the bi-weekly This is Sci-Fi post on Sci-Fi & ScaryThis is Sci-Fi is a sampling of science fiction news across the mediums. From movies to books, to real life, and any bits in between that I can think of to list. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s happening, but it should whet your appetite!

This is Sci-Fi’s Quote to Consider:

“If you try and lose then it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t try and we lose, then it’s all your fault.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game


Science Fiction Movies

Movie Suggestion of the Week:

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman was released in 1958. Its one of those movies that I think everyone needs to watch, just so you can say you experienced the … specialness … of a movie with a title like this. I kind of want them to remake it. I have a feeling this is one of those movies you could never make good, no matter how much money you poured into it. But it is so bad it’s good!

Synopsis: When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind.




In Theatres Now:

Movie cover for The Space Between UsSynopsis: The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.

StarringBritt Robertson, Asa Butterfield, Janet Montgomery Rating: PG-13

The Space Between Us has been in theaters since Feb. 3. It’s currently got a 6.3 rating on IMDB (meh), and a whopping 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes (ouch!)

The Main Campus has a good review of The Space Between Us




Featured Sci-Fi Art

Diggers by JerryBoucher on DeviantArt

I apologize if you have tryptophobia. I do, and my scalp crawled looking at this picture. But it was also too much of a nifty little sketch to pass up showing you all!

Science Fiction Books

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Science Fiction New Releases: (Top 3)

Book cover for All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays: “You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn’t necessary.

Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.” – Goodreads  — Read my review here.


Book cover for The Last Day on mars by Kevin Emerson

Last  Day on Mars: It is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we prepare for a second trip: a one-hundred-fifty-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home.

Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. The son of two scientists who have been racing against time to create technology vital to humanity’s survival, Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the very last starliner to depart before Mars, like Earth before it, is destroyed.

Or so he thinks. Because before this day is over, Liam and Phoebe will make a series of profound discoveries about the nature of time and space, and find out that the human race is just one of many in our universe locked in a desperate struggle for survival.”- Goodreads



Book cover for The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley The Stars Are Legion: “Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion.

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation – the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan’s new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion’s gravity well to the very belly of the world.

Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion’s destruction – and its possible salvation. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it?” – Goodreads


Women in Science Fiction – Non-new releases from fantastic female sci-fi authors

Book cover for Blackout by Connie WillisBook cover for Ammonite

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There you go, ladies and gents. Hope you found at least one thing interesting!

This is Sci-Fi #3: From The Space Between Us to Six Wakes

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Sci-Fi Movies

Movie Suggestion for the Week:

Movie cover for District 9

District 9 is a popular movie from a few years back that is just downright entertaining. However, especially now, it also has a certain significance. Because, you know, isolating people who are different, and building a wall between them and us always works out so well.

Synopsis: An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.




Opening This Week (Feb 3)

Movie cover for The Space Between Us Synopsis: The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.

StarringBritt Robertson, Asa Butterfield, Janet Montgomery

Rating: PG-13

Watch The Space Between Us trailer here.




Trailer to Watch:

Colossal – starring Ann Hathaway – releases in the USA on April 7, 2017. She stars as a woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she’s suffering. (Ie: You get to watch a dancing monster.)

Featured Sci-Fi Art

Beyond by TobiasRoetsch on DeviantArt

This almost looks like it could be a photograph of the first crash landing on an alien planet. Very well done. Go show Tobias some love on DeviantArt if you like it!

Science Fiction Books

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New Releases

Book cover for Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Six Wakes: A space adventure set on a lone ship where the murdered crew are resurrected through cloning to discover who their killer was — and the secret to their mission.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Marie Shea iv had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died, from illness once and from injury once…

Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Pituitary, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. Apparently, Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently.- Goodreads


Book cover for Headlong FlightStark Trek: The Next Generation – Headlong Flight – Surveying a nebula as part of their continuing exploration of the previously uncharted “Odyssean Pass,” Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise encounter a rogue planet. Life signs are detected on the barren world’s surface, and then a garbled message is received: a partial warning to stay away at all costs. Determined to render assistance, Picard dispatches Commander Worf and an away team to investigate, but their shuttlecraft is forced to make an emergency landing on the surface—moments before all contact is lost and the planet completely disappears.

Worf and his team learn that this mysterious world is locked into an unending succession of random jumps between dimensions, the result of an ambitious experiment gone awry. The Enterprise crewmembers and the alien scientists who created the technology behind this astonishing feat find themselves trapped, powerless to break the cycle. Meanwhile, as the planet continues to fade in and out of various planes of existence, other parties have now taken notice….Goodreads



Book cover for Binti: Home

Binti: Home – The thrilling sequel to the Nebula-nominated Binti.

It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she left her family to pursue her dream.

And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.

But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony? – Goodreads



New-To-You (and with a 3.75+ rating on Goodreads)

Book cover for The Iron Within

Black Library
Goodreads: 4.16

Book cover for Robot Dreams

First Second
Goodreads: 3.92

Book cover for More Than Human

Goodreads: 3.99

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This is Sci-Fi #2: Carve the Mark and Martians Abroad!

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Sci-Fi Movies

Movie Suggestion for the Week:

Movie post for Idiocracy

Since The Toupee from Outer Space is getting sworn in today, I felt there was really only one movie that I could suggest for this week.

Idiocracy is swiftly becoming a documentary instead of the comedy it was meant to be. Released in 2006, it stars Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph. It’s funny, but frightening, and will definitely stick in your mind once you’ve watched it.

Synopsis: Private Joe Bauers, the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive.



Opening Next Week (Jan 27th)

Movie poster for Resident Evil The Final Chapter

Synopsis: Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Starring:  Ruby Rose, Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter

Rating: R

Watch the  Resident Evil: The Final Chapter trailer here.



Trailer to Watch:

The Discovery is due in theaters March 31st, 2017.  It stars Rooney Mara & Jesse Plemons. It’s a romance, so the chances of me watching it are about 1 in 350,000, but I hope at least some of you watch it and like it!

Featured Sci-Fi Art

scifi by Ericoscarj on DeviantArt

This is absolutely gorgeous in its own way. I’d love to have this blown up and on my wall. One of those landscapes you can study for quite a while without feeling bored, I think.

Science Fiction Books

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New Releases

Book cover for Martians Abroad

Martians Abroad Synopsis: Polly Newton has one single-minded dream, to be a starship pilot and travel the galaxy. Her mother, the director of the Mars Colony, derails Polly’s plans when she sends Polly and her genius twin brother, Charles, to Galileo Academy on Earth—the one planet Polly has no desire to visit. Ever.

Homesick and cut off from her desired future, Polly cannot seem to fit into the constraints of life on Earth, unlike Charles, who deftly maneuvers around people and sees through their behavior to their true motives. Strange, unexplained, dangerous coincidences centered on their high-profile classmates begin piling up. Charles may be right—there’s more going on than would appear, and the stakes are high. With the help of Charles, Polly is determined to find the truth, no matter the cost. – Goodreads


Book cover for Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark Synopsis: On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.-Goodreads

Book cover for Empire Games

The year is 2020. It’s seventeen years since the Revolution overthrew the last king of the New British Empire, and the newly-reconstituted North American Commonwealth is developing rapidly, on course to defeat the French and bring democracy to a troubled world. But Miriam Burgeson, commissioner in charge of the shadowy Ministry of Intertemporal Research and Intelligence—the paratime espionage agency tasked with catalyzing the Commonwealth’s great leap forward–has a problem. For years, she’s warned everyone: “The Americans are coming.” Now their drones arrive in the middle of a succession crisis—the leader of the American Commonwealth is dying and the vultures are circling.

In another timeline, the U.S. has recruited Rita, Miriam’s estranged daughter, to spy across timelines and bring down any remaining world-walkers who might threaten national security. But her handlers are keeping information from her.

Two nuclear superpowers are set on a collision course. Two increasingly desperate paratime espionage agencies are fumbling around in the dark, trying to find a solution to the first contact problem that doesn’t result in a nuclear holocaust. And two women—a mother and her long-lost, adopted daughter—are about to find themselves on opposite sides of the confrontation.

New-To-You (and with a 3.75+ rating on Goodreads)

Book cover for Brown Girl in the Ring

Grand Central Publishing
Goodreads: 3.83

Book cover for Babel-17

Gregg Press
Goodreads: 3.79

Book cover for Voyage to Alpha Centauri

Ignatius Press
Goodreads: 4.13









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This is Sci-Fi #1: Monster Trucks & William R. Forstchen

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Movie Suggestion for the Week:

Movie cover for The Day the Earth Stood Still

The 1951 version was selected for preservation in 1995 in the United States Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. It has many parallels to the Christian concept of Christ, so may be worth a good think. More importantly, though, it’s much better acted than that other version we shall not name.

Start your new year off wth a classic.





Opening Next Week (Jan 13):

Movie cover for Monster Trucks Synopsis: Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

Starring:  Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon

Rating: PG

Watch the Monster Trucks trailer here.



Trailers to Watch:

Ickerman doesn’t have a specific release date yet, but it looks like they’re optimistic about it coming out in 2017. I liked the CGI that I saw, and the vision of the future. We shall see.

Featured Sci-Fi Art

Invasion by lavam00 on DeviantArt

Science Fiction Books

Covers go to Goodreads

New Releases

Book cover for The Final Day by William R. Forstchen

The highly-anticipated follow-up to William R. Forstchen’s New York Times bestsellers, One Second After and One Year After, The Final Day immerses readers once more in the story of our nation’s struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse wipes out all electricity and plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and terror.

After defeating the designs of the alleged federal government, John Matherson and his community have returned their attention to restoring the technologies and social order that existed prior to the EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) attack. Then the government announces that it’s ceding large portions of the country to China and Mexico. The Constitution is no longer in effect, and what’s left of the U.S. Army has been deployed to suppress rebellion in the remaining states.

The man sent to confront John is General Bob Scales, John’s old commanding officer and closest friend from prewar days. Will General Scales follow orders, or might he be the crucial turning point in the quest for an America that is again united? As the dubious Federal government increasingly curtails liberty and trades away sovereignty, it might just get exactly what it fears: revolution. – Goodreads


Book cover for Defiant by Dave Barra

Peter Cochrane and his new wife, Karina, have been married less than a year. And although things have been quiet in relation to the old Empire during that time, they’re about to get a lot hotter. Peter and Karina have embarked on a diplomatic mission to Sandosa, an old ally of Pendax, the newest member of the Union.

But during their mission the government of Sandosa attacks Peter’s new command, Defiant, and tries to assassinate Karina and him. Peter responds the only way he can, with all the power at his disposal to protect both his wife and Defiant.

Then suddenly Defiant is called away to Skondar, where Peter’s old flame Dobrina Kierkopf and her new ship Impulse II have come under attack by the Butcher of Carinthia, Prince Arin. Though Defiant chases away the prince, it is not before some pretty devastating events have occurred.

And soon Peter finds himself racing toward the mysterious world of Altos, where he discovers an unpleasant truth about the Union’s allies, the Historians of Earth.

Each encounter with Arin and his allies leaves Peter and the Union Navy fleet reeling, even as they continue to pursue this elusive enemy. But all of this can only have one conclusion, a final confrontation in which Peter and Arin will battle over the future of humanity—Union or Empire.

New-To-You (and with a 3.75+ rating on Goodreads)

Book cover for Mutineer by Mike Shepherd

Goodreads: 3.85

Book cover for Earth Strike: Star Carrier by Ian Douglas

Harper Voyager
Goodreads: 3.75

Book cover for Valhalla by Ari Bach

Dreamspinner Press
Goodreads: 4.27

Sci-Fi on the Web

What’s Up in Sci-Fi #9: Assassin’s Creed, Rogue One, &James S.A. Corey

Welcome to the ninth issue of What’s Up in Sci-Fi. This is a  sampling of science fiction news across the mediums. From movies to books, to real life, and any bits in between that I can think of to list. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s happening, but it should whet your appetite!

Science Fiction Movies

Movie Suggestion for the Week:

You just can’t go wrong with Wall-E. For a feel-good movie that everyone from the biggest to the littlest in the family can enjoy over Christmas, look no further than this movie. It seems to have a pretty universal appeal, even years after it’s release.






New Releases

Assassin’s Creed opened 12/21/2016.  So far it’s got a 7.2 out of 10 rating on IMDB.  If you’re unfamiliar with the title, it started as a video game. (I played it, sucked at it.)

Synopsis: When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.

Starring:  Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons 

Watch the Assassin’s Creed trailer here.



Rogue One was released 12/16/2016. It currently has an 8.2 rating on IMDB.

Synopsis: The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.

Starring:  Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk

Watch the Rogue One trailer here.




I mentioned Passengers week before last. I watched it yesterday (my birthday!). If you want to know what I thought about it, you’re going to have to stay tuned for my review on Monday.

Passengers currently has a 6.7/10 rating on IMDB.






Trailers to Watch:

Attraction is a 2017 science fiction Russian release. Obviously, unless you speak Russian subtitles are a necessity. It looks really well shot. I’m looking forward to it.

Blade Runner 2049. A reboot/sequel of the 1982 Blade Runner. I honestly don’t remember enough about the original Bladerunner to be able to judge it, but I’m not excited about cast lineup. We shall see.

Featured Sci-Fi Vimeo Short


It’s only 2:36 long, and not much happens, but it sure is pretty.

Featured Science Fiction Art

Science fiction by oOAngeliceOo on DeviantArt

 Not what I would usually share, but changing the pace a bit sometimes is fun! Enjoy 🙂

Science Fiction Books

Interesting Looking New Releases:

Rogue One Novel Adaptation: As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate . . . and a threat that may be too great to overcome.
If the worlds at the Empire s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire s military; Chirrut Imwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory if only they can capture the plans to the Empire s new weapon.
But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy a monstrous world unto itself darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.”

Note: I listed this one because I’ve found sometimes that while I don’t particularly enjoy book-to-movie, I like movie-to-book.

New-to-You (and with a 3.75+ rating on Goodreads)

Goodreads: 4.14

Del Rey
Goodreads: 4.07

Goodreads: 3.96









Around the Web



What’s Up in Sci-Fi: Inside Rama, Passengers

Welcome back to What’s Up in Sci-Fi. This eighth issue is a  sampling of science fiction news across the mediums. From movies to books, to real life, and any bits in between that I can think of to list. I have no doubt the format will change as I figure out what works and what doesn’t. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s happening, but it should whet your appetite!

Movie Tidbits

Coming Soon:

Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, is due to be released on December 21st. The movie is getting a fair amount of hype. It’s even going to be sent to the ISS so people can watch it in space. (Apparently this is a big deal. I do not see why.)

It looks interesting enough, and Lawrence and Pratt have delivered fantastically in the past, so I’m definitely curious to see this.

Watch the Passengers trailer here.




Trailers to Check Out:

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It’s based on a comic book, looks fairly typical, and is due out in July of 2017. I highly recommend watching the trailer with your sound off, as the ‘music’ they’ve overlaid it with is mindbogglingly annoying.

Life. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhal, Life looks to be yet another example of humanity seeking to find a way to make itself out to be the hero, not the villain. Because, oooh, scary aliens. Maybe I’m just cynical, though.

Featured Vimeo Science Fiction Short

True Skin

This 6-minute video from H1 called “True Skin” is visually engaging, interesting, and overall very well done. Go check it out.

Featured Science Fiction Art: Inside Rama

Made by: James A. Ciomperlik. © Public Domain

This is a 3D rendering of the inside of the famous Rama spaceship in Rendezvous with Rama. I have to say, I think he nailed it. What about you?

Science Fiction Books

Interesting Looking New Releases:

Metro 2035: World War Three wiped out the humankind. The planet is empty now. Huge cities became dust and ashes. Railroads are being eaten by rust. Abandoned satellites hang lonely on the orbit. Radio is mute on all the frequencies.

The only survivors of the last war were those who made it into the gates of the Metro, the subway system of Moscow city. It’s there, hundreds of feet below the ground, in the vaults of what was constructed as the world’s largest air-raids shelter that people try to outlive the end of the days. It’s there that they created a new world for themselves.

The stations of Metro became city-states, and its citizens, torn apart by religions and ideologies are fighting for the now scarce commodities: air, water, and space. This tiny underground world can only remind humans of an immense world they once were the masters of.

It’s been twenty years past Doomsday, and yet the survivors refuse to give up. The most stubborn of them keep cherishing a dream: when the radiation level from nuclear bombings subsides, they will be able to return to the surface and have the life their parents once had.

But the most stubborn of the stubborn continues to search for other survivors in this huge emptiness that once was called Earth. His name is Artyom. He would give anything to lead his own people from the underground onto the surface.

And he will. | Buy on Amazon.

Culdesac – The war with no name rages on, setting the world on fire. Humanity faces extinction at the hands of the Colony, a race of intelligent ants seeking to overthrow the humans and establish a new order. To achieve this, the ants use their strange technology to transform the surface animals into highly evolved killing machines who rise up and murder their oppressors.
The bobcat Culdesac is among the fiercest warriors that the Colony’s experiment has produced. Driven by revenge, and notorious for his ability to hunt humans in the wild, Culdesac is the perfect leader of the Red Sphinx, an elite unit of feline assassins. With the humans in retreat, the Red Sphinx seizes control of the remote village of Milton. But holding the town soon becomes a bitter struggle of wills. While the humans threaten a massive counterattack, the townsfolk protect a dark secret that could tip the balance of the war. For the sadistic Culdesac, violence is the answer to everything. But this time, he’ll need more than his claws and his guns, for what he discovers in Milton will upend everything he believes, everything he fought for, and everything he left behind.
Buy on Amazon.



Ocean of Storms In the near future, political tensions between the United States and China are at an all-time high. Then a catastrophic explosion on the moon cleaves a vast gash in the lunar surface, and the massive electromagnetic pulse it unleashes obliterates Earth’s electrical infrastructure. To plumb the depths of the newly created lunar fissure and excavate the source of the power surge, the feuding nations are forced to cooperate on a high-risk mission to return mankind to the moon.
Now, a diverse, highly skilled ensemble of astronauts—and a pair of maverick archaeologists plucked from the Peruvian jungle—will brave conspiracy on Earth and disaster in space to make a shocking discovery. Buy on Amazon.

New-to-You (and with a 3.75+ rating on Goodreads)

Nick Cole
Goodreads: 3.86

HMH Books
Goodreads: 3.89

Henry Holt
Goodreads: 3.98


  • John Glenn, the first man to orbit the moon, died on December 8th, 2016. His orbiting of the earth was yet one more step in science fiction becoming real life.
  • Ursula Le Guin is getting the recognition she deserves in 2016, and in 2018 hopefully we’ll get to see the hour-long documentary “The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Cards Against Humanity has partnered with science fiction writers to release a new Sci-Fi Card Pack. All proceeds go to Worldbuilders.
  • In a disturbing case of Sci-Fi to Real Life, it looks like China is implementing a social credit score. Dystopia! Dystopias everywhere!
  • Ozy has an interesting piece on the Father of Science Fiction (not Jules Verne or H.G. Wells), and how his quest for anonymity screwed his legacy over.
  • LA Review of Books makes some interesting claims about science fiction, including indicating that  “There are innumerable definitions, all of which flatly contradict each other”, but it’s article This is Science Fiction is well worth the read.
  • Have you seen any of these German science fiction films?
  • Hey, look, a science fiction writer from way back that wasn’t white! Jagadish Chandra Bose is someone you need to know about.
  • Tyson, the meat giant, is putting its money where it’s mouth is and seeking out new ways of getting protein into people via meatless meats. Definitely a step from sci-fi to real life?

What’s Up In Sci-Fi: Sci-Fi Ideas Shaping the Army, and Aliens

WhatsUpinSciFi - sci-fi ideas shaping the army

Welcome back to What’s Up in Sci-Fi #7. A sampling of science fiction news across the mediums. From movies to books, to real life, and any bits in between that I can think of to list. I have no doubt the format will change as I figure out what works and what doesn’t. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s happening, but it should whet your appetite!

Movies Tidbits

arrival Arrival wreleased on November 11th. It’s still doing great. Has an 8.4 rating on IMDB.

Synopsis: A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.

But here’s the thing: If you go by the trailers and the IMDB synopsis, you’re may be disappointed by the movie. While it has great visuals, and there is a good deal of linguistics involved in it, this is not a movie that’s really about making first contact with aliens, nor does it have much action in it at all.

It’s a great movie, just don’t expect your typical sci-fi flick when you go in to see it.

My review.

Featured Vimeo Sci-Fi Short

Because of the owner’s permission settings, I can’t embed the video like I normally do.  So, here’s the link.
Iscariot by Kirill Proskura

Featured Sci-Fi Art


An artist’s rendering of shifting coronas around a black hole ©NASA / Public Domain

Sci-Fi Books

Interesting Looking New Releases


A Closed and Common Orbit: Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for – and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to Becky Chambers’ beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars. – Goodreads


the-machine-society The Machine Society: Mike Brooks debut novel is an adventure story set in a dystopian future in which our taste for branding, consumerism and artificial reality is boundless. In /The Machine Society/, he weaves together psychological insight, philosophical reflection and spiritual inquiry to give us a novel that is both a deep satire on modern life and a rich metaphor for our longing to find inner peace. Dean Rogers lives in the Perimeter of New London, holding down a soul-destroying job, surrounded by people who have lost the will to communicate. He is afraid his debts will spiral out of control, resulting in him being cast out of the city, outside of the Security Wall. Meanwhile, in the Better Life Complex, New London s rich elite live in plastic luxury, unaware of the sinister secrets that underpin their world. /The Machine Society/ is an original and intelligent sci-fi thriller, and a heartfelt rally cry for the soul’s liberation.”-Goodreads




New-To-You (and with a 3.75+ rating on Goodreads)

Timeswept Productions Goodreads: 3.97

Timeswept Productions
Goodreads: 3.97


Ace Books
Goodreads: 3.93


Hypernova Publishing
Goodreads: 3.91




What’s Up in Sci-Fi #6: First Contact & Invisible Planets


Welcome back to What’s Up in Sci-Fi #6. A sampling of science fiction news across the mediums. From movies, to books, to real life, and any bits in between that I can think to list. I have no doubt the format will change as I figure out what works and what doesn’t. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s happening, but it should whet your appetite!

Movie and TV News


arrival - first contact I mentioned Arrival a while back during one of these. Its finally in theatres! Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, Arrival looks to be a fantastic film. A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications upon first contact. Oddly enough, I just finished reading a book that involved a linguist translating alien language in first contact. I liked the book, but I’m very interested to see how the movie handles this basic plot.

Click here to see the IMDB page.


Dr. Strange is out and getting some mixed reviews, though overall reception seems to be positive. However, there’s the issue of whitewashing a key character (and making that character a female doesn’t help at all), as well as lack of a decent villain. Still, even with the issues being raised, people aren’t complaining too hard. I’m guess because of Cumberbatch.

Click here to see the IMDB page.






mars National Geographic is launching a mini-series called Mars. Only 6 episodes about how the” first manned voyage from Earth to Mars leads to a 2032 mission to colonize the red planet” .It looks very intriguing. And the best part is you don’t have to wait until November 14th to watch the premiere. You can actually stream it now from the National Geographic website. Cool, yeah?

Featured Vimeo Short

ATROPA — Sci-fi Short from Eli Sasich on Vimeo.

This is surprisingly well-shot and rather interesting to watch. I wanted to see more!

Sci-Fi Art

Retro Robots by Hofarts on DeviantArt



Sci-Fi Books

Interesting Looking New Releases


Saga Press
Pub. Date: Nov 8, 2016

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter: Nominated for the Phillip K. Dick Award, a science fiction fairy tale set in a collapsing future America about a girl and the android she falls in love with.

When Cat Novak was a young girl, her father brought Finn, an experimental android, to their isolated home. A billion-dollar construct, Finn looks and acts human, but he has no desire to be one. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection.

His primary task now is to tutor Cat. Finn stays with her, becoming her constant companion and friend as she grows into adulthood. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, Finn struggles to find his place in the world. As their relationship goes further than anyone intended, they have to face the threat of being separated forever.






Solaris Publishing
Pub. Date: Nov 8, 2016

Bridging Infinity: The latest volume in the Hugo award-winning Infinity Project series, showcasing all-original hard science fiction stories from the leading voices in genre fiction.

Sense of wonder is the lifeblood of science fiction. When we encounter something on a truly staggering scale – metal spheres wrapped around stars, planets rebuilt and repurposed, landscapes transformed, starships bigger than worlds – we react viscerally. Fear, reverence, admiration –  how else are we to react to something so grand?

Bridging Infinity puts humanity at the heart of these vast undertakings – as builder, as engineer, as adventurer – reimagining and rebuilding the world, the solar system, and even the entire universe.

This continuation of the award-winning Infinity Project anothology series features bold new stories from Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Benford, Zachary Brown, Pat Cadigan, Kameron Hurley, Scott Lynch, Vonda N. McIntyre, Hannu Rajaniemi, Allan Steele, and many more.




Tor Books
Pub. Date: Nov 1, 2016

Invisible Planets: Award-winning translator and author Ken Liu presents a collection of short speculative fiction from China. Some stories have won awards; some have been included in various ‘Year’s Best’ anthologies; some have been well reviewed by critics and readers; and some are simply Ken’s personal favorites. Many of the authors collected here (with the obvious exception of Liu Cixin) belong to the younger generation of ‘rising stars’.

In addition, three essays at the end of the book explore Chinese science fiction. Liu Cixin’s essay, The Worst of All Possible Universes and The Best of All Possible Earths, gives a historical overview of SF in China and situates his own rise to prominence as the premier Chinese author within that context. Chen Qiufan’s The Torn Generation gives the view of a younger generation of authors trying to come to terms with the tumultuous transformations around them. Finally, Xia Jia, who holds the first Ph.D. issued for the study of Chinese SF, asks What Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese




For more new releases for the month of November, check out:

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy books of November 2016 from Barnes and Noble.

Goodreads’ Science Fiction New Releases.

Read This – A Classic Sci-Fi Suggestion

Look, new sci-fi is all well and good. There’s been some awesome stuff published recently. But the classic science fiction, the ground-breaking stuff? It’s still as good today as it was decades+ years ago when it was published. So, here’s a sci-fi book suggestion for you.


The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. I’m sure you’re familiar with the name, and you’ve probably seen one of the movies, but have you read the book? If not, you’re missing out!

They came from outer space — Mars, to be exact.

With deadly heat-rays and giant fighting machine they want to conquer Earth and keep humans as their slaves.

Nothing seems to stop them as they spread terror and death across the planet. It is the start of the most important war in Earth’s history.

And Earth will never be the same.

Click here to see it on Goodreads.


  • I love Audible. Tons of books, fantastic narrators, good prices.