‘Star Trek: The Next Generation – Takedown’ by John Jackson Miller

July 21, 2014 at 6:55 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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john-jackson-millerJohn Jackson Miller’s upcoming Star Trek novel now has a title and is up for pre-orders. Star Trek: The Next Generation – Takedown is slated for a January 27, 2015 release in paperback. You can put your pre-orders in here on Amazon or Barnes & Noble and check out the blurb below.

An all-new novel of Star Trek: The Next Generation—one of the most popular Star Trek series of all-time, featuring the adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise!

When renegade starships wreak destruction across the quadrant, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are shocked to discover the mastermind behind this sudden threat: none other than Picard’s protégé and friend, Admiral William T. Riker. The newly minted admiral is on special assignment aboard the U.S.S. Aventine, helmed by Captain Ezri Dax—someone who is no stranger to breaking Starfleet regulations. Her starship is by far the faster vessel…and Riker cannot yield, even to his former mentor. It’s a battle of tactical geniuses and a race against time as Picard struggles to find answers before the quadrant’s great powers violently plunge into total war…

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Book Review: ‘Cibola Burn’ by James S.A. Corey

July 15, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Cibola Burn is the fourth book in James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series, and like the others, it’s a great character adventure in tome sized format (a respectable 581 pages). With a new planet beyond the ring being colonized, humanity finds itself in conflict over who has the right to this strange alien world. But what no one bothers to ask is whether the aliens ever truly left. It’s up to Holden and his crew to sort things out and, ultimately, try to save as many lives as possible as everything goes to hell. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Release: ‘Shattered’ by Kevin Hearne

June 17, 2014 at 6:25 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Random House, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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ShatteredShattered by Kevin Hearne is out today. This is the seventh book in The Iron Druid Chronicles.

For nearly two thousand years, only one Druid has walked the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.

Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.

And Owen has some catching up to do.

Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki—or merely a pain in the arse.

But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.

As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time, three’s a charm.

For more information, ordering links and excerpts, you can check out the official product page.

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New Release: ‘Cibola Burn’ by James S.A. Corey

June 17, 2014 at 6:20 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Cibola BurnCibola Burn by James S.A. Corey is out today. This marks the fourth book in The Expanse series.

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity’s home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world. The struggle on Ilus threatens to spread all the way back to Earth.

James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the midst of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail.

And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilization that once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed it.

For more information, ordering links and excerpts, check out the official product page. If you’re in the Santa Monica, CA area, the authors will be there for a book signing at Barnes & Noble at 7:00 PM.

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New Release: ‘The Dark Between the Stars’ by Kevin J. Anderson

June 3, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Kevin J. Anderson kicks off a new trilogy in the Saga of the Seven Suns setting with The Dark Between the Stars.

Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy.

In Kevin J. Anderson’s The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against each other. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale seven years in the making.

Official product page.

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New Release: ‘Firestorm’ by Greg Keyes

May 27, 2014 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters on July 11 but to get fans fired up, Titan Books has released a prequel novel for the movie entitled Firestorm. Written by one of my favorite Star Wars authors, Greg Keyes, this book may be just the thing you’re looking for. You can head on over to Titan Books official product page for more info.

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Around the Web

April 25, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Dark Horse, Episode VII, Events, Fantasy, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars Insider, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Jason Fry‘s next book is up for pre-order on Amazon, The Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris.
  • Jedi News spotted a new book for Star Wars collectors called The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985.
  • Martha Wells‘ story “Rites of Passage” is now available online for free on her site.

Comic News

Continue Reading Around the Web…

Around the Web

April 11, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Detours, Episode VII, Events, Fantasy, Movies, Rumor, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Television, Toys | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Books News

  • Suvudu has a 50 page preview of Troy Denning‘s latest book The Sentinel which takes place in the Forgotten Realms.
  • Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller has been nominated for the 2014 Scribe Awards Speculative Novel Original category.
  • The Dance Like A Monkey kickstarter is raising money to benefit author CJ Henderson. The anthology will include short stories by authors such as Timothy Zahn, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Michael A. Stackpole, and even Ed Greenwood.
  • Star Wars author Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff was interviewed as part of an article on religious themes in science fiction films. It’s kind of interesting and worth a look.

Convention & Event News

Here’s a list of upcoming conventions and events this month. Continue Reading Around the Web…

New Release: ‘Mentats of Dune’ by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

March 11, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Mentats of Dune is out today. Written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, it’s available in both hardcover and digital formats.

In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Mentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity’s future continues.

Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School, a place where humans can learn the efficient techniques of thinking machines. But Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive the Butlerian fanatics, led by the madman Manford Torondo and his Swordmaster Anari Idaho. Mother Superior Raquella attempts to rebuild her Sisterhood School on Wallach IX, with her most talented and ambitious student, Valya Harkonnen, who also has another goal—to exact revenge on Vorian Atreides, the legendary hero of the Jihad, whom she blames for her family’s downfall.

Meanwhile, Josef Venport conducts his own war against the Butlerians. VenHold Spacing Fleet controls nearly all commerce thanks to the superior mutated Navigators that Venport has created, and he places a ruthless embargo on any planet that accepts Manford Torondo’s anti-technology pledge, hoping to starve them into submission. But fanatics rarely surrender easily . . .

The Mentats, the Navigators, and the Sisterhood all strive to improve the human race, but each group knows that as Butlerian fanaticism grows stronger, the battle will be to choose the path of humanity’s future—whether to embrace civilization, or to plunge into an endless dark age.

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Allston’s Legacy of Words

February 28, 2014 at 8:45 am | Posted in Books, eBooks, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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aaron-allstonWith the passing of much loved author Aaron Allston, I can’t help but think back on the stories he’s written. Every author’s legacy inevitably turns to the body of work they leave behind. In Aaron’s case, he left quite a few stories. Hopefully those adventures can continue to bring joy to reader’s hearts, smiles to their faces, and the magic that any good story brings when you escape into another world.

Aaron Allston’s Bibliography

Novels

  • Web of Danger (March 1988) Double Agent series
  • Galatea in 2-D (August 1993)
  • Double Jeopardy (December 1994) Car Warriors #2
  • Doc Sidhe (May 1995) Fair World Chronicles #1
  • Thunder of the Captains (July 1996) Bard’s Tale series, co-written with Holly Lisle
  • Wrath of the Princes (March 1997) Bard’s Tale series, co-written with Holly Lisle, followup to Thunder of the Captains
  • Wraith Squadron (February 1998) X-Wing series book 5 Continue Reading Allston’s Legacy of Words…
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