Author name: M Pax

#MPaxDimension Report: The Afterworlds, cats, gardening, and astronomy #scifi

 

Four months down in 2022. We had more snow in April than we did all winter.

Despite the schizophrenic weather, the garden is coming to life. I experimented with winter sowing and many of the seeds are sprouting. Some are not, but I’m trying to be patient. Patience is not my strong suit, however.

Our cat, Sarge, really wanted a playmate. So, Luna joined our family a week ago. I did not name her, despite the name being a good fit for me. She’s an older cat, but so is Sarge. She’s still hissing at him, though.

We started going into the office one day a week. This is a new job for me, so it was like the first day. I prefer working at home, but it was nice to meet some of my coworkers in person.

Pine Mountain Observatory will be opening for two weeks a month this summer. I plan on volunteering at least once. I need a stargazing fix. The orientation is in mid-May. It will be nice to see people I’ve volunteered with for years again.

The Afterworlds, Backworlds Book 9, is now 62,000 words. I’m happy with the progress and should be moving into the editing phase by end of August. Maybe sooner.

I’m also helping to organize an anthology. There are still open slots if you’d like a publishing credit. The theme is spring and fantasy. If you’re interested in some exposure with other published authors, let me know. You can email me at mpax at mpaxauthor dot com

My brain is percolating future stories. But first, I’m going to finish all the series I’ve started. Afterworlds is the last book in the Backworlds series (for now). Then in order, I will complete Rifters, Space Squad 51, and Hetty Locklear.

I have other plans for ramping up my author life and business, so be sure to stay tuned!

 

 

 

#SciFi Worth Reading: All Systems Red #BookReview

Robot stories aren’t usually my thing, but All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells changed my mind.

Murderbot was easy to identify with and to root for. It just wants to be left in peace to watch TV but is forced to figure out what it wants. The clients it is contracted to watch over end up in a pickle, and Murderbot decides to help.

Murderbot can ignore its programming and surprises itself by continuing to assist its humans.

The story stirs up all sorts of questions. What is life? If it can think and feel, does it have rights? Mostly, what will Murderbot do now?

I’m so curious, I ordered the second book. Yup, it was that good. There was suspense and action, and I got to spend some time on an alien planet. All pluses for me.

I would recommend this book, however, t’s a short one. It doesn’t take long to devour it. It’s also a pricey series.

“As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.”

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

 

 

 

The Mandalorian: #SciFi #Streaming #Review

If I see Darth Vader’s helmet when looking at a mountain, does that mean I’ve watched too much Star Wars? Is there such a thing?

At any rate, The Mandalorian is an excellent series. Warning: it’s hard to watch just one. The story kept unfolding, and I was eager to see where it went.

The series takes place about 10 years after Return of the Jedi, and looks at the Star Wars universe from a different angle. It’s a bit grittier, a bit darker. I like that. There’s no Darth Vader, of course. He’s quite dead, but the Mandalorian visits familiar planets and some familiar characters pop in now and then. Plus, the baby Yoda character is really adorable. Who doesn’t want one?

The Star Wars universe is vast and filled with thousands of stories. This series put out by Disney is a great way to explore one of them. The ending of season 2 had me cheering. There will be a season 3, and I have to wonder where the story will go next. I will for sure watch.

You don’t need beer to watch The Mandalorian, unless you want one. It’s not boring, and it kept me watching the screen instead of doing something else. If you haven’t seen it yet and love science fiction, I recommend it. It’s streaming on Disney.

 

 

 

 

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Not of this Earth Bookshop Special: Alien Double Feature only 50c! #scifibooks #scifi

 

Two great stories about alien worlds. It’s a sci-fi double feature!

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Use coupon code GNWD2NXIU4 for 50% off. Two great stories for only 50c all of April.

Wings of the Guiding Suns / Sita is born to be the emissary between dragonkind and a world on the verge of doom. If she saves the people about to become extinct, she will join her fellow dragons sailing on the solar strands. If she fails, her life will end the moment the dying world does. The choice is simple: leave and live. Yet, the people resist and time is running out.

Aftermath / Noret’s world is destroyed by an attack on the moon. It sends the city tumbling and kills thousands. Among the dead is her bonded, whom she cannot survive without. Her kind has never known violence, but an act of war must be answered. What will be her reply?

 

 

 

Monsters are Real, No Fooling! Get Your Fill in April for only #99c ! #fantasybooks #steampunk

The Rifters Box Collection Books 1-3 is on sale for 99c all of April!

After being laid off from her glamorous editing job in New York City, and then robbed on the subway, Daelin Long moves in with her sister to get back on her feet. Small town Oregon is more than Daelin imagined. She discovers Settler, Oregon, has more secrets than any New York City block.  Strange lights shine in the woods at night. A ghost works in the library with Daelin. Daelin’s sister is missing, and the bigwig in town is from 1888.  On top of it all, monsters are regular visitors.

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Buy direct from me and get 25% off all purchases. Use coupon code 4XCZKXTR2W / Referral Bonus: When you refer any purchased product to a friend who becomes customer, you both get 10% off.

 

 

 

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