December 13, 2017

Free Fiction Friday-Helium Party: Part 6

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And here’s the long anticipated conclusion to our on-going tale Helium Party. And as always, you know the drill: be sure to start back with Chapter 1, or you can just read Helium Party and other great tales of Sci-fi in their entirety.

On to the conclusion!

Helium Party

by

Dave Dickinson

Chapter 6

“Get ready with those countermeasures, kid…”

I grabbed the trigger and toggled the switch marked “E/O CHAFF”. Several inbound guided flechette rounds were already zipping by our vessels, with the intent of slicing open our thin hulls.

“Now!”

I could hear the calliope music playing over the comm system as the dispensers emptied in rapid succession. If this was Lanky’s bizarre idea of combat music, it seemed to be working. The clouds of metal fiber would temporarily confuse the rounds as they sliced away at empty space. [Read more...]

Free Fiction Friday: The Hunt For Beagle Part 5

Here it ’tis; this week’s installment of our young adult Mars-spanning adventure. We’ve got lots more original science fiction available over on our Amazon author page!

 

The Hunt for Beagle

by

David A. Dickinson

Part 5

Andrea was amazed how clear the sky was, out from under the Saganopolis dome. The entire trail of the Milky Way could be seen, mottled with blackened scars. Earth was just off in the direction that the Sun had set, and squinting, Andrea could once again just pick out its solitary Moon. We all came from that improbable point in the sky, Andrea marveled. She tried hard to think of a place without pressure domes and air scrubbers. A place where they could walk free under the stars…but the thought made her dizzy. She wondered if they would ever go there. [Read more...]

Review: The Diamond Deep by Brenda Cooper

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Beware: there’s always a bigger multi-generational starship than yours out there in the universe. This month, Ruby is back in The Diamond Deep by Brenda Cooper out from Pyr Books, the second book in the interstellar saga known as Ruby’s Song. Fans of this space will remember our review of book one from last year, entitled The Creative Fire.

And just like in The Creative Fire, the title comes from the name of a multi-generational starship. But unlike The Creative Fire, revolution hasn’t yet come to The Diamond Deep, a station that dwarfs Ruby’s own. [Read more...]

Friday Review: Ride the Star Winds by A. Bertram Chandler

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The circle is now almost complete. Over the past few months, we’ve immersed ourselves in the worlds of science fiction author A. Bertram Chandler and his chief protagonist John Grimes. Followers of this space will remember our recent action-packed reviews of A. Bertram Chandler’s Galactic Courier and his outstanding saga First Command.

These are massive volumes, each comprising several original novels. This week, we finished the fourth compendium in the series, entitled Ride the Star Winds. Out from Baen Books, this only leaves the 1st volume of To the Galactic Rim for us to read. [Read more...]

2012-2013: The Year in Science Fiction Poetry

An excellent collection!

Some years ago, we toyed with the idea of writing a post on Science Fiction poetry. As it came up in the queue, we pondered if there would even be enough to write an entire blog post about. We’d encountered a few examples of sci-fi poetry over the years, but it still seemed to be very much beyond the purview of the mainstream… [Read more...]

Review: The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley.

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By now, we should have given you, the curious reader, a firm grounding in the sub-Sci-Fi genre of all that is Steampunk. From The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack to Mike Resnick’s The Buntline Special to the Society of Steam series of books, there are copious alternate history timelines to explore with a snifter of brandy by the e-reader cyber-light…

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Review: A World Out of Time by Larry Niven.

A Hard Sci-Fi Classic!

This week, we want to take you forward in time via an often overlooked science fiction classic. In the modern era of cyber-punk and sword and sorcery that masquerades as Sci-Fi, author Larry Niven gives us tales that are still rooted in hard science. I like to think of writers of this ilk as counter-revolutionaries, or authors that meld today’s science with the sensibilities of a Clarke or an Asimov. Ringworld put him on the map, and other tales such as The Mote in God’s Eye or Footfall are like manna from heaven for those of us who like our science fiction with a splash of Sagan’s Cosmos. [Read more...]

Review: Alien Pregnant by Elvis Edited by Ester M. Friesner and Martin H. Greenberg.

  

A Sci-Fi Classic!

Its gotta be true, it’s in print, right? This week, we dig back into the Astroguyz science fiction library of the strange and curious to bring you Alien Pregnant by Elvis, an anthology of 36 tabloid inspired tales that could have sprung right from the supermarket checkout line. From a Martian memorial to Elvis to 2,437 (who counted ‘em?) UFOs sighted over New Hampshire, it’s all here in tales woven in a stranger-than-fiction fashion. [Read more...]

Escape Pod: The Ultimate in SciFi Podcasting!

Pssttt! I’m gonna let you on a secret, a podcast that by very mention of its name will put you in the realm of the ultra-hip. For over a year now, topping our pod-catchers list has been a gem called Escape Pod. Run by the prolific guru of sci-fi Steve Eley, it is only one of two (including the Drabblecast) science fiction pod casts that make our must listen to list every week…in fact, the Drabblecasts’ Norm Sherman is now a frequent host on Escape Pod, perhaps in his evil bid to conquer sci-fi podcast-dom.

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Review: Moon, Directed by Duncan Jones.

Independent movies are a rare breed, and independent sci-fi flicks are rarer still. Perhaps, because of the meager budgets they garner and the special effects they require, there is a lower asymptotic limit to how shoe string a scifi flick can be. True, the Dr. Who look works for things like the BBC adaptation of the Hitchhiker’s Guide, but that’s a big exception. Its just plain tough to make a sleek looking low budget scifi flick! Recently, however, I’m happy to report that we indeed found one that delivers!

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