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Odd Couple Team Creates Inspiring Sci-Fi Thriller

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This shouldn’t have happened, not in today’s world, not in a million years. But somehow it did – and the result has been something electrifying.  How did a British-born guy with a Ph.D., living in Switzerland and working in the pharmaceutical industry introducing the world’s doctors to cutting-edge cancer therapies, link up with a rough-around-the-edges American SWAT Sniper from Alabama? One of these guys an Atheist, the other a Christian. One a little more politically liberal, the other conservative. Two people who, at a glance, couldn’t be more different somehow met, and through open minds and hearts formed a connection that would be the genesis of not only an inspiring work of science fiction but also lasting friendship. I met…

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Strange Stars: A Must-Read For Sci-Fi and Pop Music Fans

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Long, long ago, in a movie theater far, far away, a young lad named David Robert Jones watched a London screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 lost-in-space tale had a life-shaking effect on the person who would become David Bowie. At the time, Bowie was just a skinny singer with a dream, and a penchant for science fiction. After identifying with Robert Heinlein’s novel Starman Jones, about an Ozark farm boy who wants to go to space, Bowie devoured Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, Isaac Asimov and all that the Golden Age of sci-fi could provide. Some of his earliest songs were abbreviated science fiction plots of strange worlds, strange creatures, stranger things. And in 1969, five days…

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Video: Bestselling Author Tamora Pierce Talks with Signature-Reads.com About Writing Strong, Female Heroes

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Award-winning, New York Times Bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce knows a thing or two about how to write memorable female heroes who are tough, yet self-aware. On this International Women’s Day, Pierce shares with Signature-Reads.com (a site run by Penguin Random House) some insight into how she crafts strong characters who happen to be women, books she personally rebels against and the women whose writing serves as her inspiration. The video is also available on the YouTube channel Signature Views, which is the video arm of Signature-Reads.com, a site run by Penguin Random House. Books by Tamora Pierce https://www.amazon.com/Immortals-Magic-Speaker-Emperor-Realms/dp/0739438034 https://www.amazon.com/Immortals-Magic-Speaker-Emperor-Realms/dp/0739438034 Tempests and Slaughter: Book 1 of The Numair Chronicles  Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Series) First Test: Book 1 of the…

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Women’s History Month: 10 Bad-Ass Sci-Fi Women

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It’s Women’s History Month and we are looking forward to all the events and books that celebrate the impact that women have on the world. In addition to bringing you the latest pop culture news and reviews where women are the focus, this month, we are also going to share with you some of the best BookTrib articles of the past that celebrate women and diversity.  Today, we feature this piece from June 23rd, 2014 about 10 of the best, most bad-ass women from sci-fi. Who is the most badass of them all? The BookTrib Nerd Squad recently took a break from making the universe safer for nerdkind to reply to an article by Kieran Shea at the Huffington Post where he curated a…

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It’s Alive!: ‘Black Mirror’ & TV’s New Golden Age of Science Fiction

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Think of science fiction as a mirror for our times. Just as television’s first “Twilight Zone” (1959-1964) reflected cold war fears and anxieties, “Black Mirror,” the more recent Netflix anthology series is very much of the moment. Plots range wildly, from a dating site with ulterior motives. Genetic engineering by a creepy Captain Kirk clone. An underclass on stationary bikes earning credits for food while they generate electricity. One episode, “San Junipero,” about two women who are more than best friends won two 2017 Primetime Emmys, and was nominated for a Hugo Award for best dramatic sci fi short. “Black Mirror” segments are very much about how we are changed by technology, says Lisa Yaszek, science fiction historian and critic.…

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Free eBooks: Classic Science Fiction You May Have Missed

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If you’re an everyday reader, you’ve probably read some interesting science fiction along the line – but have you read some famous classics that end up on reader’s lists every year? Because we love sci-fi, from the awesome movies we’re all familiar with such as Blade Runner and The Matrix just to name two, we have some classic sci-fi novel suggestions for you! The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells When many people think of H.G. Wells, this is the novel that comes to mind. In Wells’ classic that turned into an unforgettable movie adaptation, a Martian invasion takes place in the nineteenth century, forever changing the world around it and causing mass chaos across the land. If you haven’t read the novel or…

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Top 5 Reasons to Binge Watch Emmy Nominated ‘The Handmaids Tale’ This Week

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Hulu‘s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s iconic novel, The Handmaid’s Tale,  premiered on April 26 and Elisabeth Moss, who plays Offred, is nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.  Alexis Bledel (known for her role on Gilmore Girls) won her first Emmy in an early award’s presentation for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. You may remember Atwood’s book from your high school English class, or simply because it’s still one of the best books ever written. While some of our standard required reading tomes feel dated, The Handmaid’s Tale is a fresh and relevant story that cautions against a horrifying totalitarian future. Despite being written over 30 years ago, it still feels distressingly…

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Just the Right Book! Podcast: Picks for the Solar Eclipse

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Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities. In Episode 39 of Just the Right Book!, Roxanne Coady sits down with Luanne Rice to speak about many subjects, including her recent and second young adult novel, The Beautiful Lost. Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels that have been translated into 24 languages. You may be familiar with her first YA book, The Secret Language of Sisters. Many of her books are known to…

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We Can’t Wait for the Intense Action in ‘Ready Player One’

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We love books about the future – even if that future happens to be bleak. And that’s definitely the case with Ernest Cline’s beloved 2011 novel, Ready Player One, which imagines a crowded 2044 where global warming has wrecked havoc and most places on earth have become overpopulated slums. Because reality is so uninviting, many people prefer to live in a virtual reality called OASIS. The book follows Wade Watts, a teen living in Columbus, Ohio, who’s obsessed with old video games and ‘80s pop culture, and who navigates OASIS as the avatar Parzival. Wade becomes determined to find a series of keys that will lead him to a hidden Easter egg, a game that was set in motion when…

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Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them: Advice for Writers of Fantasy

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Where do you get your news? If you’re like me, it’s a combo of Twitter, Colbert, and as little TV as I can get away with. (And then, the shower-crying.) As we continue to build and populate our fantasy world, it’s worth thinking about where your beekeepers, wenches, and princesses get their information. Does your agrarian worker’s paradise have the internet? (Trick question: by definition paradise has no internet.) Is your steampunk city (so many gears!) equipped with a brass and glass version of telephones? Does your underwater domed kingdom communicate with its neighbors by courier-fish? As always, that’s one of the pleasures of a DIY world–there aren’t any wrong answers. However, there must be answers. (And some of them will…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts Who Love Orphan Black

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Can we please talk about Orphan Black for a minute? Because OMG it’s so good. While some series lag in its later seasons, Orphan Black just keeps getting better and better, adding to the Sci-fi mysteries and building a complex world that sweeps the viewer along with it. Tatiana Maslany is a force to be reckoned with, playing each clone with so much skill that you often forget she’s the same person. We clearly love Orphan Black here at BookTrib, so much that we’re still Jonesin’ for it, three years after it first premiered. If you’re not part of the Clone Club like the rest of us, it’s time to remedy that ASAP. Just look at this trailer for season…

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Sci-fi Shows and Books that Should be on Your Binge List

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As a huge sci-fi fan, I’m always on the look out for a new mind-bending TV show to dive into (especially if it’s inspired by an awesome book!). But every once in a while a sci-fi show flies right under my radar. Maybe that’s because the bigger networks rarely tackle a huge science fiction drama, or maybe it’s just because sci-fi has always been slightly regulated to cult status rather than a part of the mainstream. Regardless, sometimes I need to educate myself on the best hidden science fiction shows out there. If they’re based on my favorite books, all the better. Here’s a list of sci-fi shows you probably aren’t watching, but most definitely should be –- plus, a…

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When Artists Compete: Make It or Break It Reality Shows Worth the Binge

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There are a lot of reasons to watch competition reality shows. Maybe you’re excited to see people hone a craft they’re really, really good at. Or maybe you just want to watch someone have an epic meltdown in front of all their competitors, a panel of judges, and a live studio audience. Competition shows bring out the best and worst of people. I like the ones that are visually pleasing, with clearly talented artists who have to design/make/or craft something that has the potential to embarrass them and the person they’re draping/painting/tattooing it on. So here are my favorite reality shows — plus one book! — to binge on when you’re looking for a little not-so-friendly competition: Project Runway From…

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The Martian: Where Science Fiction Meets Science Fact

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On Friday, Matt Damon’s long-awaited sci-fi suspense film The Martian hits the big screen. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Andy Weir, it tells the story of astronaut Mark Watney, who is stranded on the Red Planet during an expedition, and the furious efforts of his fellow astronauts and NASA to rescue him. The movie promises to be a thrill-inducing jaunt for movie audiences. On Monday, however, NASA announced that it has “the strongest evidence yet” that salty water may be flowing on Mars. That announcement affirms the possibility that life may exist on another planet—and its implications may be a thrill greater than any movie can provide. It also may push the space agency, U.S. policy…

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The Nexus of Nerdom: From Paul Rudd to Zoe Saldana

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During a recent conversation at BookTrib, we started to notice that there is some serious overlap when it comes to nerdy movie franchises. “Benedict Cumberbatch is in Star Trek, Sherlock Holmes AND The Hobbit,” someone said. “Well, John Barrowman is in Arrow and Doctor Who,” said another person. “Speaking of Doctor Who, Arthur Darvill used to be a companion, but now he’s going to play Rip Hunter on the new CW show Legends of Tomorrow, which is in the same universe as Arrow.” This went on for a while, until we realized something key: all roads lead back to Zoe Saldana. Yes, Zoe Saldana is the Kevin Bacon of the sci-fi world. Just take the new Marvel movie, Ant Man,…

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The 100 Author Kass Morgan Talks TV Series, Bellarke vs. Clexa, and Her Love of Sci-Fi!

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I cannot get enough of The CW’s The 100 (Thank you, Kass Morgan!). I would eat, sleep and breathe this show if it was socially acceptable. I wish I could articulate without sounding like a total fangirl (although I think I’m beyond that point now), how phenomenal this series is. Let me set the scene for you—it’s 97 years after a nuclear war destroyed the Earth, forcing the last known survivors to flee to a makeshift space station known as the Ark. Spoiler alert: the Ark is rapidly losing its resources (97 years orbiting the Earth will do that to you) and soon everyone will die. What to do? How about sending 100 of the Ark’s juvenile delinquents down to Earth…

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