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Unveiling the Mystique of Dante Grimes in The Rifter Series #fantasy #steampunk #scifi #sciencefiction

 

In the fantastical world of The Rifter series, where steampunk aesthetics meet magical rifts, one character stands out with an aura of mystery and power—Dante Grimes. As a Governor, Dante holds a position of authority where the rift is concerned. But Dante is not your typical ruler, nor your typical librarian; he harbors secrets that could shake the foundation of Settler.

the popular steampunk fantasy series The Rifters
The Disguised Governor

Dante Grimes wears the cloak of normalcy with finesse. In his assumed identity, he appears as a mild-mannered older gentleman managing the county library. Little does the world know that behind this façade lies a being of immense power and intrigue. Only a select few, including Earl Blacke, Daelin Long, and Charming Moon Knight, are privy to Dante’s true origins—he hails from the rift itself.

Dante Grimes from the popular steampunk fantasy The Rifters

Otherworldly Appearance

When Dante sheds his disguise, he reveals a form that transcends mortal beauty. With skin as blue as the deepest seas and tattoos of chrome that ripple beneath the surface as he channels his rift-based abilities, Dante presents a visage akin to that of a god. His long silver hair, composed of ethereal leaves, adds an otherworldly charm to his already striking presence.

Master of the Rift

Dante Grimes is not just a Governor; he is a master manipulator of the rift. His talents extend beyond the conventional, allowing him to traverse time and space effortlessly. He orchestrated the arrival of Earl Blacke from 1888 into the present day, as well as the appearance of Daelin’s ancestor from Revolutionary War times. Yet, his motives remain shrouded in secrecy.

The Puzzling Agenda

What drives Dante Grimes to weave the threads of time and bring individuals from different eras into the present? No one, not even those closest to him, fully understands his motives. He persistently urges Earl Blacke to become his general, insisting that without an army, Earth’s universe is doomed. However, the identity of the impending enemy remains a closely guarded secret, known only to Dante himself.

A Sandwich Shop Proprietor

After relinquishing his librarian position, Dante adopts the guise of a sandwich shop owner located 90 minutes from Settler. It is here that Daelin Long first encounters him. Despite attempting to keep a low profile, Dante’s presence is marked by an undeniable air of authority and an aura of unresolved destiny.

Tormenting Earl Blacke

Dante’s relentless pursuit of Earl Blacke as his potential general adds a layer of tension to the series. He remains insistent, undeterred by Earl’s resistance, compelling him to accept a role that may decide the fate of not just Settler, but the entire universe.

As readers delve deeper into “The Rifter” series, Dante Grimes emerges as a captivating enigma—a character whose motives, powers, and connection to the rift continue to intrigue. The path he treads is paved with secrets, and as the series unfolds, one can’t help but wonder: What lies at the heart of Dante’s cosmic machinations?

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The Psychology of Time Travel: #SciFi Worth Reading #BookReview #sciencefiction #booklover

best in science fiction booksThe Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas.

The story begins with four women, who invent time travel. The human trials are done by the scientists. They take all the risk as to whether it is safe. Everything goes fantastic until they do an interview for a worldwide broadcast and one of their fellow travelers has a bit of a breakdown. This is the little grain of sand that sends the novel spinning.

There is a thoughtful exploration of how time travel affects different travelers and how the woman in charge tries to prevent any further embarrassments. By trying to prevent any further mental issues, the preventions appear to cause more of them. Then there is the murder. Ooo! This mystery keeps driving the plot forward even as we sometimes jump back in time.

The author caught my attention early on and held it. Besides showing the effects of time travel through various perspectives, there’s also the murder mystery wrapped up in it all. The first question that has to be answered is, who is the body?

Well-written with interesting characters and cleverly plotted, this novel is well worth reading. The almost entirely female cast was a pleasant surprise as well. I enjoyed this book immensely and highly recommend it.

Here’s the official description for the Psychology of Time Travel:

In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.

Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?

Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must-read for fans of speculative fiction and women’s fiction alike.

 

 

#SciFi Worth Streaming: Paper Girls #MovieReview

 

Although the girls are from 1988, the comparison to Stranger Things stops there. Based on a comic series that was published before Stranger Things, Paper Girls begins on November 1, 1988. These are four tween girls who deliver newspapers. The morning after Halloween is a bit rough, so they band together for safety. They are then thrown into the future. Part of it is really scary. Part of it seems pretty normal.

The four girls don’t know each other and are forced into a friendship as the series moves on. They do meet their older selves to see how their lives turned out. Most of them are unhappy with what they discover.

Hmm, my 12-year-old self wanted to either train horses or be a writer. I got the writer thing going. So, maybe she’d be happy with me.

There’s time travel and a secret war and a strange phenomenon that sucks things into the future.  I heard it wasn’t renewed for a second season, but this series is definitely worth watching. I’ll go find the comics to find out what happens.

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The Adam Project: #SciFi #MovieReview

Time-traveling science fiction with a little bit of space action, The Adam Project is an entertaining watch. Ryan Reynolds plays his usual snarky character and goes toe-to-toe with a younger version of himself.

The story is engaging and the acting is very good. The story wasn’t anything new, but it was put together well. There was lots of humor and a few twists. Nothing too surprising, but good enough to keep me watching.

I wasn’t bored and didn’t resort to doing something else while watching, which means I give it a beer is optional rating.  It’s streaming on Netflix if you want to check it out. It’s good to get some decent sci-fi to watch.

Of course, as with any movie or show, it could have been better with people-eating reptiles or a cheesy dance number.

 

 

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