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Science Fiction Worth Reading: Project Hail Mary #BookReview #scifi #sciencefiction

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir is an engrossing read. He has a real flare for writing hard science fiction and making it exciting and readable. I liked it as much as The Martian.

It was full of adventure and problems and solutions through science. One surviving scientist wakes from an induced coma with no memory and has to solve humanity’s biggest dilemma. Then he discovers he’s not alone.

What started as a bleak mission – a suicide mission to hopefully save Earth and humanity – ended up being inspiring and full of hope. Weir shows us how humans can be low and how we can be at our best. Why can’t we always be so amazing, question? (You’ll get that when you read the book)

If you loved The Martian, you’ll love this book, too. We spend most of the story in space and discover new life and new worlds. Discovery of new life and worlds is my favorite part of sci-fi, so I was glad to see those two things in this story. Usually, I find a lot of award-winning books don’t stand up to the hype, but this one does.

Here’s the official blurb:

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.

Or does he?

 

#ScienceFiction Worth Watching: Obi Wan Kenobi #StarWars

I recently watched the Obi Wan Kenobi series on Disney and was impressed with the quality of the storytelling and performances. The series takes place ten years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and follows Obi Wan as he tries to protect the secrets of the Jedi while living in self-imposed exile on Tatooine.

Ewan McGregor reprises his role as Obi Wan, and he delivers a standout performance as the iconic character. The supporting cast is also strong, with standout performances from Moses Ingram as a young scrapper named Katooni and Joel Edgerton as a familiar character from the Star Wars films.

The series explores the themes of redemption and responsibility, and it does so in a way that feels true to the spirit of the Star Wars franchise. The action sequences are well-done and the special effects are top-notch. Overall, I thought Obi Wan Kenobi was a great addition to the Star Wars universe and would highly recommend it to fans of the franchise. I give it a beer is optional rating despite the lack of dancing.

 

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2 for 1 #SciFi Sale! #scifibooks #ebook #sciencefiction #booklover

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Spaceberg Orbital Rescue Squad 51 is first on the scene with the most decorated first responder in the Sol. Nikili Echols battles the mega disaster to save her family, everyone in trouble, and entire worlds. With time running short, she’s forced to team up with her ex-husband in order to rescue their daughter and save what remains of the solar system. His superstitions irk her like gas, but luck and organic plastic are what her plan needs to prevail.

Semper Audacia The last soldier’s last stand. War took everyone Leda knew, leaving her in the company of ghosts. Or is it madness? The siren blares. The enemy is coming. In an aging flyer, Leda ventures out to meet her world’s fate.

 

New Audiobook Release: Beyond the Edge #audiobook #scifi #sciencefiction

 

Book 4 in the Backworlds series is now available in audiobook!

Listen to this fantastic sample!

 

Audiobook: Only $5.99 at Not of this Earth Bookshop / GooglePlay

Some truths are better left unfound.

For two years Craze’s dear friend, Lepsi, has been missing. The murmurings of a haunted spaceship hint at a message, meaning his old pal isn’t dead. The possibility spurs Craze and Captain Talos to search beyond the Backworlds. In an uncharted region of the galaxy, they stumble upon a terrible truth.

Meanwhile, Rainly remains on Pardeep Station as acting planetlord, dealing with the discovery of her man’s dark and brutal past. Alone and questioning her judgment, her introspection unlocks more than heartache. Latent protocols in her cybernetics activate, forcing her to face a sinister secret of her own.

 

The Angry Red Planet: #MovieReview #ScienceFiction

What to say about this one… First, I watch these movies so that you don’t have to.

Husband Unit and I both thought the lead actor, Colonel Tom, was annoying and creepy. If I met him in real life, I’d run away. Fast.

The special effects aren’t spectacular, and the storyline could have had some twists. It was a pretty straightforward plot. Rocket returns from Mars, female astronaut is too hysterical to speak, and something green is growing on Tom. We find out what happened on Mars via a flashback. As far as flashbacks go, it was better than most. It was the main story, and it was on Mars, so it wasn’t the boring kind.

What happened on Mars was pretty interesting, once we got past the boring bits of staring out the window a lot. There were some great monsters. I especially enjoyed the bat/rat/crab thing. The Martians then sent the rocket away with a warning not to come back. We had that warning from the Moon in another movie.

The acting was better than usual, the plot would have been better if they had emphasized the interesting bits and gotten rid of the boring parts, and the effects were below average. There was the helmet with no faceplate thing going on, too, and the spacesuits didn’t look like they’d protect anyone from a breeze.

The monsters take this from a 4 beer rating to a 3.5. If there had been more aliens/monsters, or dancing, or funny bits, the rating would be higher. Those cheesy moments were missing, however.

 

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New Audiobook Release: Boomtown Craze #scifi #audiobooks #sciencefiction

 

Boomtown Craze, Backworlds Book 3 now in audio!

 

Available fromNot of this Earth Bookshop / GooglePlay

To realize his dream of nurturing Pardeep Station into a destination all Backworlders want to settle on, Craze makes use of a weapon left behind by the Foreworlds. The enemy technology allows him to make advantageous trades. However, the advantage has a time limit, and time is running out. If he doesn’t hurry up, his next move may be his last.

Only days away from the grand opening of his shiny new tavern, the starway opens, bringing a loony Backworlder intent on mucking up Craze’s plans. Gaunt and trembling, she claims her spaceship is possessed. Turns out, she actually has a connection to the underworld shadowing the past of one of Craze’s closest friends. This past threatens to ruin everything Craze has built.

Will Craze’s plans for Pardeep Station end up in boom or bust?