By Evan Currie Narrated by Stephen Dexter Published on: September 1, 2019
Sometimes you find a book when you just need it most. I tend to really enjoy military science fiction stories, but oddly enough I don’t read them very often. Not sure why that is. I happened to run across this one when randomly searching on my Kindle for something new to read within science fiction. Kindle Unlimited offered this one in both written and audio format. I chose the audio version and it was a blast!
Greystone Secrets #1 by Margaret Peterson Haddix Narrated by Jorjeana Marie Published on: April 2, 2019
I had previously seen The Strangers as well as the next in the series The Deceivers, but never added it to my to-be-read list. However, when it became one the finalists for middle grade book of the year in GoodReads 2019 Choice Awards, I thought perhaps it was time that I should pick it up. It didn’t end up winning – The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan did and I suspect one day I’ll add that one to my list too.
By Kevin A. Kuhn Published on: October 21, 2019 Genre: Speculative Fiction/ Sci-Fi/ Anthology
The Twilight Zone! A TV show that ran from 1959-1964 that easily became a classic with its opening music theme and eerie concept. In the introduction to this short story collection, the author describes how in his youth he watched this beloved series. Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow is a collection of ten short stories written reminiscent to the show in multiple ways as well as pay homage to it and to his youth.
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By Jem Tugwell Published by Serpentine Books Genre: Techno Thriller/ Procedural Published on June 6, 2019
An entertaining, yet thought-provoking police procedural set in the near future where society has given away their person freedoms in favor of being more secure and more healthy. Now the government has the ability to monitor where each person is, what they eat, how much they exercise, how fast they drive…. all through the iME – an implanted device on each person.
Set in a world where dinosaurs such as T-rex’s are an integral part of the Houston Police Department, we get to see what it’s like to work as police officer paired with a velociraptor – at both work and home.
Smith & W’Sin Adventures Book 1 by Matthew McCray By Matthew McCray Published on November 12, 2019
Two privateers seems to find themselves with a lot of bad luck in this space adventure that is full of so much fun from start to finish. This may be a short story, but there is a lot of action packed in the 41 pages.
Short Story in the Upgrade Series Universe by Wesley Cross Published on: November 5, 2019
Helen is on the run from a deadly enemy. But as she heads deep into the slums of New Kowloon looking for refuge, things are only getting worse. Now local thugs and the triads are trying to hunt her down too. The problem is–she’s got the world to save.
If you liked Altered Carbon, Blade Runner, and The Matrix, and enjoy page-turner thrillers you’ll love this short story set in the universe of the best-selling Upgrade series.
Up until recently, life in New Kowloon had been peaceful-ish. The three major triads had had an understanding of sorts with no real gang wars for several years. But recently something had caused the dynamics between the triads to shift and now Helen finds herself fighting for her life. However, it isn’t just Helen that is caught in the cross-hairs so she devises a plan to engage with someone else that seems to be getting the brunt of this new gang war in the hopes that perhaps together they can help each other out.
Although, I found this short story in the science fiction section, for the most part if feels more like an action thriller as Helen is constantly running or fighting off triad members. However, somewhere in the middle there is a small piece of conversation that reminds you that the world they live in isn’t quite like ours, but other than that it feels pretty normal. But even in that small moment where the sci fi piece is mentioned you do get the sense that this story and the Universe Series it is part of revolves more around technology than other types of science fiction sub-genres.
Overall, I found Helen’s plan that she comes up with a little too easy, but it’s a short story so you really can’t get overly complex. Even so, in the 39 pages you can tell there is a fully-fleshed out world these characters live in that sounded pretty intriguing. Rogue is part of the Upgrade Series Universe and at the end there is a sneak peak of the first novel in the series – BluePrint. According to Amazon, book 3 – The Loop is due out later this year.
A science fiction story about a small group attempting to resist against a corporation that has enabled a scientific achievement to go off the rails and become militarized. However, first the main person who can help them needs to remember…everything.