Sci-Fi Biweekly Bulletin: Iron Gold, Mercs, and a Paperback Bundle #Giveaway

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From spaceships to alternate history, and other worlds to nanites, science fiction is a fascinating genre of rather amazing depth that many talented writers happily delve into on a daily basis. And we, the curators here at Sci-Fi & Scary, aren’t even going to talk about a tenth of it right now. However, what you will get is a selection of movies, books, and interesting articles from across the net. Also, there’s a strong potential for puns, gifs, and a moderate amount of fangirling.

And, of course, a giveaway of a completely amazeballs book.

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Your Sci-Fi Funny

Q. What are eyeglasses called on Vulcan?
A. Spocktacles

(From painfulpuns.com)

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Science Fiction Movies

Alright, confession, this isn’t a new release, but it is free to watch! Sometimes that’s more important, right? You can actually watch it by clicking the link below. It’s a ‘short’ of about 30 min.

Movie poster for Mercs

A rag-tag group of mercenaries are pushed to their limit as they fight or die, taking on one final mission.
Both stylish and unique, this explosive film will keep you firmly on the edge of your seat.

Set in a Hyper Reality world where soldiers for hire clash and bullets fly. A mix of live action and animation bring this classic tale of Action, revenge, retribution and friendship to life.

A dark twisted tale not for the faint hearted.

Watch the movie here: https://www.mercsmovie.co.uk/

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Science Fiction Books

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Iron Gold – Red Rising #4 – Pierce Brown – Jan 16th, 2017

They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever:

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe, and Iron Goldis the story of the creation of a new one. Witness the beginning of a stunning new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Times bestselling author Pierce Brown.

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The Night Masquerade – Binti #3 – Nnedi Okorafor

The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor’s Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning BINTI.

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.

Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene–though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives–and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.

Don’t miss this essential concluding volume in the Binti trilogy.

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Beneath the Surface – Rebecca Langham – Jan 15th, 2018

When a change in collective conscious sends the Outsiders, a group of aliens, to the shadows below the city, humans reason that the demonization of their peers is simply more “humane.” There’s no question, nor doubt. Just acceptance.

Lydia had embraced that sense of “truth” for as long as she can remember. The daughter of a powerful governor, she has been able to live her life with more comforts than most. Comforts can be suffocating, though, and when the opportunity to teach Outsider children in their private, “humane” community becomes available, she takes it.

What she finds beneath the city is far from the truth she had grown to know. There she meets Alessia, an Outsider with the knowledge and will to shake the foundation of all those who walk above ground. The two find a new and unexpected connection despite a complete disconnect from the technological world. Or perhaps in spite of it.

Still, it takes a lot more than an immutable connection to change the world. Lydia, Alessia, and a small group of Outsiders must navigate a system of corruption, falsehoods, and twists none of them ever saw coming, all while holding on to the hope to come out alive in the end. But it’s a risk worth taking, and a future worth fighting for.

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Because of the way Goodreads has recently made it much more expensive for small press authors to host giveaways there, Sci-Fi & Scary is now offering horror and science fiction authors a chance to do a giveaway for free here on the site.

Indie Author Giveaway of 2 Paperbacks from Christopher F. Cobb

Open to US and Canada only. Must be 18 to enter.

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The Slant Six

The year is 2252 and Loman Phin is in trouble. A washed-up channelship racer turned freelancer, he hits pay dirt with his latest mission: a fortune is on the line if he can transport forty-three kilograms of human skin to a remote villa on Pluto’s moon, Nix. Little does he know his very life is at stake when he gets caught up in an ancient feud, chased by a space vampire, and forced into a death-race by the king of Ceres. Meanwhile, danger is always hot on his heels in the form of a massive space freighter out for Loman’s blood. With just his wits, his friends, and his beat-up cruiser, the Slant Six, Loman sets out on the most dangerous adventure of his life.

Book cover for a Moon Called Sun

A Moon Called Sun

A botched alien abduction sends modern-day Trace Jackson to north Florida in the year 1818, where he meets a beautiful Seminole woman, and the two strike up a relationship. Unfortunately, Trace’s distant ancestor, General Andrew Jackson, is hell-bent on driving out the Seminoles by whatever means necessary.

Meanwhile, Josette Legard is transported from World War II-era France to fight an interstellar war. Her new “allies” have offered Josette her heart’s desire—the chance to live during the Italian Renaissance—but Josette questions whether her trust in them is misplaced.

Can they survive to fulfill their destinies in another dimension where time no longer has meaning, on a moon called Sun?

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Science Fiction Trivia

Continuing on with the Best of X-Files episodes we are now on Season Four

1. Unruhe – A great episode. A freaky concept, and Scully and Pruitt Taylor Vince were great together. They also do a pretty good job of recreating the area that Mulder and Scully are supposed to be in. And as for one of the continuity ‘goofs’ regarding the rain? Where they are it is entirely possible for the weather to go from pouring to sunny and back to pouring within a few minutes.

2. The Field Where I Died – I thought it was a pretty well put-together past-life show. There are a few iffy things about it. For instance: Mulder seems more intent on proving his theory by wasting time with a past life regression instead of, you know, doing the important stuff. I did like how Scully keeps reappearing in the role of a protector in his past lives. And CSM appears as a Nazi, go figure. And, call me a softie, but I’ve always loved the line “Souls mate, eternal” not just referring to lovers but important relationships throughout our lives. Kristen Cloke gives an excellent performance in her various roles.

3. Sanguinarium – An excellent episode full of good and bad witchcraft and some pretty gruesome scenes.

4. Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man – I know this isn’t the most popular of episodes but I like it (except for the lame Forrest Gump speech at the end). There’s some debate as to whether it’s his actual history or not but if it is it makes him a bit more human. Which is why I like it. It gives his character a bit more, well, character than just Evil Villain. I also enjoy Chris Owens’ role as Young Cigarette Smoking Man which plays a role later in the series.

5. Memento Mori – One of the few ‘mythology’ episodes that I love. I love the interlacing monologues of Scully and Mulder. I also love Scully’s mother’s reaction to Scully having kept it from her. It’s very real.

6. Kaddish – Really part of the reason I love this episode Justine McNeill as Ariel Weiss. Every scene she’s in is mesmerizing.

7. Unrequited – Using the ‘missing’ and ‘KIA’ soldiers of Vietnam as its plot it tells it in a very powerful way. Particularly the final few moments.

8. Small Potatoes – I do like this one but it sidesteps a fairly large issue. Mulder being goofy is well worth the watch.

9.  Zero Sum – While the episode in particular doesn’t exactly enthuse me I love how Skinner protects Scully and Mulder and how far he’ll go for them. Because Skinner’s awesome.

10. Elegy – I like this one because Scully is the one to see the supernatural but for some reason takes forever to tell Mulder. The story itself is great with a surprising twist at the end.

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Sci-Fi on the Web

Remember Zardoz? The 1974 uhm…well, it was the one where Sean Connery wore a braid and bright red strips of leather as an outfit. Yeah. THAT movie. ScienceFiction.com talks about it here.

Like the science in your science fiction? Syfy Wire writes about How String Theory Explains Arrowverse’s Multiverse  (Confession time: I didn’t even realize this show was still on the air.)

Do you Hulu? DenofGeek says these are the 12 Best Science Fiction Movies on Hulu Now. (I dinnae Hulu.)

Have you seen Electric Dreams on Amazon? Do you think it’s more optimistic than Black Mirror? The Verge does.

And talking about Black Mirror, Futurism says to check out these short films if you like it.

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10 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Biweekly Bulletin: Iron Gold, Mercs, and a Paperback Bundle #Giveaway

  1. Ahh love all of the sci-fi goodness – definitely a good way to brush up on my knowledge! Really do need to get onto Red Rising ASAP

  2. Can’t wait to read Iron Gold. And some of these other books look pretty good. I like science fiction for the fun of it. Imagining traveling to distant planets, warping through space. Gets the imagination flowing. That gif is hilarious.

    1. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book (Not a fan at all, really, given that I never even managed to finish it) but it seems like everyone else loves it! lol

  3. I love the idea of a bulletin. I like soft sci-fi – anything set in the real world which explores sci-fi issues, eg, but the second we get to space and aliens I’m out of my comfort-zone. Iron Gold sounds interesting. I love dystopia and revolutions. They couldn’t be more relevant right now.

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