Sci-Fi November: A Look Back

Today marks the third day in Sci-Fi November, a month long celebration of all things sci-fi across the media spectrum. First, a little bit of a catch-up. On Saturday, I posted about a Goodreads Giveaway of my sci-fi debut, Convergence, that is happening this month. Five winners will get a signed copy of my paperback novel. Yesterday, was a quick round-up of terrific sci-fi short films across them there interwebs, for your viewing pleasure.

Today, I wanted to take a look back at my year in sci-fi and remind you of some of the great books that have come out this year.

flightofsilversDaniel Price made a wonderful dive in the sci-fi scene with The Flight of the Silvers earlier this year. I hadn't gotten back into reviewing books when this one released, but mark my words now - it is phenomenal. This multi-dimensonal romp is heavily tinged by Price's love of X-Men, as a group of gifted people find themselves trapped on an alternate Earth just as their home world is ripped apart. It's a thick tome, but a ridiculously fast-paced read and one my of absolute favorites this year. I cannot wait for book two! Here's the description:

Without warning, the world comes to an end for Hannah and Amanda Given. The sky looms frigid white. The electricity falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground. But the Givens are saved by mysterious strangers, three fearsome and beautiful beings who force a plain silver bracelet onto each sister's wrist. Within moments, the sky comes down in a crushing sheet of light and everything around them is gone.

Shielded from the devastation by their silver adornments, the Givens suddenly find themselves elsewhere, a strange new Earth where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances.

Soon Hannah and Amanda are joined by four other survivors from their world. Hunted by enemies they never knew they had and afflicted with temporal abilities they never wanted, the sisters and their companions begin a cross-country journey to find the one man who can save them—before time runs out.

As for the titles I did review, each of these are a hit in my mind and I encourage you to check them all out. Enjoy!

  • The Heretic by Lucas Bale. Bale has two more titles coming out over the next few weeks - What It Means To Survive and Defiance, the second book in his Beyond The Wall series.
  • S. Elliot Brandis had a solid year with three(!) releases. I reviewed Irradiated and Once Upon A Time At The End of the World. Both are entry points into astounding new series, and I will definitely be in it for the long haul. Degenerated, the follow-up to Irradiated, is available now, as well.
  • J.S. Collyer made her debut this year, also, with the release of a terrific space pirate romp, Zero. You can check out my thoughts here.
  • Jason Gurley's Eleanor is a wonderful Speilbergian trip through other worlds and across time. It's emotionally resonant and consistently compelling, and, hands-down, one my favorites this year.
  • Finally, there's Chuck Wendig's Blightborn, the second book in his Heartland Trilogy, whose last few pages had me cussing at the year-long wait for book three.

That's a wrap for today. I'll have a new review coming up on Wednesday of a new anthology collection, The Telepath Chronicles, which releases later this week.

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Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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