Category Archives: Science Fiction

The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land

Reviewed by Russell Ilg

The RisingThe Rising, a sumptuously entertaining, lightning-paced romp, is a difficult book to categorize. Bestselling author Jon Land, and even bigger bestselling author Heather Graham, have joined forces to pen a tale that’s part sci-fi, part young adult, part thriller, part mystery, part romance, part—well, just take your pick.

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The amazing thing is that this genre hybrid hodgepodge works. And it works in a big way—literally, since The Rising features a pair of teenagers who are only thing standing between the world and total annihilation. One of them is Alex Chin, a blond-haired, blue-eyed, high school football hero heartthrob who’s life begins to unravel when he suffers a concussion during a playoff game. The CT scan reveals an anomaly that will ultimately send Alex on a mind-bending quest to find not only the truth that’s out there in true X-Files fashion, both about himself and the world as a whole.

The Millennial Reincarnations (The Millennial Trilogy) (Volume 1) by Daniel Mark Harrison

Reviewed by Suzanne Odom

The Millennial ReincarnationsDaniel Mark Harrison’s book, begins with a forward explaining about China’s five different types of leaders. Reading this proved very helpful in understanding the rest of the novel which tended to jump from character to character throughout the book. It’s a collection of stories set in the time frame of 1990 – 2014 with a variety of interesting characters and story lines.

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The beginning tells of a man driving through New York City with his 14 year old daughter, Alyssa, and her friend. Tragically and unexpectedly, they are involved in a horrible car accident and the two young girls are killed.Thus begins a story whose characters are so interwoven amongst each other, and a story that asks the popular question, “Why are we here?’.

Telonaut: (Teloverse Series) (Volume 1) by Matt Tyson

Reviewed by Teri Davis

TelonautSero Novak’s current age is forty-six years old. However, he was born one hundred seventeen years ago. For the missing sixty-nine years, he was just code – a spider map – on a permaDrive, waiting for a body.

Currently, he is occupying his eleventh human body.

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Sero is the lead Telonaut auditor, whose responsibility is to evaluate the space colony of NineDee. As the auditor, he lives on a wet world planet while assessing construction progress and getting to know the residents and their aspirations..

Attitudes have changed substantially over the past centuries. Back in the twentieth century, people hoped their children would have better lives. People worked hard so that their kids could have a better life. Everyone competed to have more than their neighbors. This philosophy just didn’t work with so many people losing out in a competitively structured society and after the final global financial crisis, the world crumbled.

World Saver by Neal Goldstein

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

World SaverMeet Cy “LUVTR41N” Orbick, a teen hooked on the World Saver computer game, and the hero of talented author Neal Goldstein’s debut sci-fi novel. Cy’s father died while flight testing a plane in New Mexico, and his mother remarried her late husband’s best friend—Captain Trent, who happened to be manning the radar when Cy’s dad’s plane crashed. Cy aspires to solve the puzzle clues of the World Saver game, and to get hired at World Saver headquarters. Little does he realize his gaming chops will be put to use helping to save real worlds.

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Culmination by Holly Smith

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

CulminationThe apocalypse is a rather popular subject when it comes to books and movies. The important thing is to offer a perspective with a tint of freshness to it. Culmination uses this theme as a backdrop to highlight human condition and how people could react in the most difficult of situations.

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While a young couple is enjoying the first moments together as newlyweds, their honeymoon drastically changes due to a total electrical blackout, which they will soon learn was a global phenomenon. But at least they are not alone, as they find more people with whom they soon become close friends. As it turns out, two of their new acquaintances are survivalists who have long prepared for the dawn of civilization. So, the group moves into a high-end cave, equipped with anything they need to survive in luxury. However, even if things should have ran smoothly, since everything was anticipated, it seems that one element was gravely overlooked, human nature, and the cost of this oversight is to be discovered in the pages of the book. Actually, Holly Smith offers a good example of a self fulfilling prophecy, if you believe that something will happen strong enough, you will mold your perception of reality in such a way as to see it realized.

Station Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Station Eleven“I’m talking about these people who’ve ended up in one life instead of another and they are just so disappointed. Do you know what I mean? They’ve done what’s expected of them. They want to do something different but it’s impossible now, there’s a mortgage, kids, whatever, they’re trapped…You probably encounter people like him all the time. High-functioning sleepwalkers, essentially.”

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Control by Lydia Kang


Reviewed by Teri Davis

In the year 2150 genetics is common. While trying to create a more perfect world, there will always be errors. Unfortunately can be people creating “freaks” of nature. Life for these individuals requires them to be hidden away from society. For each of these people, they feel odd, left out.

Zel Benton is one of those people. She has her own physical mutation, Ondine’s Curse. Her lungs forget to breathe and she needs to constantly wear a device to assist her to live. Added to that, she is constantly studying molecular biology.

The Chronicles of Ara: Creation by Joel Eisenberg and Stephen Hillard

The Chronicles of Ara: Creation

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

The Chronicles of Ara is an eight-volume epic fantasy written by Joel Eisenberg and Stephen Hillard. The Chronicles of Ara: Creation contains the first two books of the series, and it is a companion piece to Hillard’s Mirkwood, A Novel About J.R.R. Tolkien, which Hillard had to go to court in a battle against the estate of J.R.R. It deals with facts and events in Tolkien’s life, in a fictionalized form.

Ara was a character in Mirkwood, and she is greatly expanded upon in The Chronicles of Ara. The Chronicles of Ara: Creation also has Tolkien as one of its major characters, along with many others, like Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, who Carroll was inspired by when he wrote Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, in Book Two.

The Circuit: Executor Rising
by Rhett C. Bruno

The Circuit

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

“There are no monsters… only different perspectives” says one of the characters from Rhett C. Bruno’s the The Circuit: Executor Rising. In this sci-fi dystopia there is no supreme good or evil, only humans caught somewhere in between. The author presents us with a captivating tale of human resilience and determination.

Mankind has exiled itself from Earth and created colonies spread throughout the solar system. Our home planet has become a harsh and unforgiving wasteland; it was turned uninhabitable by human curiosity and greed. A newly discovered element in the Earth’s unstable mantle, called Gravitum, was the catalyst to humanity’s exile from home. However, it became the core of the new system.

Even if people no longer walk the face of the Earth, it is still part of our race and that connection is not easily severed. This bond, this overwhelming yearning to return home is the foundation of the New Earth Tribunal. Both a religious sect and the government, the Tribunal tapped into a way to keep humans docile and obedient. Giant screens throughout the settlements repetitively display the same message, which promises mankind’s return home. They give people hope for a better future, so they can comply with the present. Still, there are those who oppose the current leadership.

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton is about how people react in unusual and challenging circumstances. This sci-fi thriller presents humanity facing the risk of extinction by the hand of a minute alien bacterium.

As the author says in the book, humanity has encountered many types of crisis, but so far, a biological one was not amongst them. So, Michael Crichton confronts humanity with the prospect of a biological crisis.