ORbs I

Environmental Disaster, Aliens, and War: It’s the End of the World with Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Human beings have worked for centuries to build societies rich with culture, technology, and infrastructure. And as much as we strive for these ideals, we’re fascinated by the idea of watching it all blow up in our faces. I admit I’m a sucker for a good apocalypse novel and came across Orbs: A Science Fiction Thriller by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. In the book, Smith explores a cataclysmic solar storm coupled with a violent alien invasion. To make matters worse, the aliens are harvesting Earth’s water, leaving little for the meager number of surviving humans to subsist on. This best-selling story of Dr. Sophie Winston and her team’s struggles to save humanity continues in Orbs II: Stranded. Even more exciting than the apocalypse, Smith hails from my alma mater, the University of Iowa, where he took part in the hot-bed of literary culture that has spawned the career of many fantastic authors. I couldn’t wait to pick his brain on Iowa, aliens, and the apocalypse. Check out the interview below!

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Combining Genetics, Photography, and the Power of Smell: E.E. Giorgi Answers Her Muse

I’m not a huge traditional detective mystery reader. I’ve never read many hard-boiled or police procedural novels. But then this book, Chimeras, caught my eye. E.E. Giorgi, a scientist, writer, and photographer, managed to combine elements of science fiction and detective stories into a captivating novel that will titillate the senses. Seriously. I’ve never read a novel that evoked so many different olfactory responses. But it all makes perfect sense when you dive into epigenetically-altered Track Persius and his predatory instincts as a detective. It’s also one of the reasons E.E. Giorgi’s Chimeras just became a Reader’s Favorite Book  Award  Finalist. You’ve got to at least check out the blurb and give the book a spin for yourself. E.E. combines genetics, biotechnology, and mystery into a single package that reads like a sensory roller coaster. And, if that’s not enough, you can get a taste of here fantastic photography here: http://elenaedi.smugmug.com/  For more talk on books, science, and everything-in-between, take a peek at her blog: http://chimerasthebooks.blogspot.com/ If you don’t get too distracted by those awesome sites, E.E. answered a couple of questions regarding her scientific and artistic endeavors. Check it out!

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From Automotive Engineering to World Building: Mark E. Cooper

This past week, I had the opportunity to interview Mark E. Cooper, an author living in the south of England. A lifelong engineer, he recently made the jump into the world of words and turned his writing into a full-time endeavor. He’s the author of several series, perhaps most well-known for his Merkiaari Wars science fiction novels. You can get a taste of his science fiction work by downloading Hard Duty: Merkiaari Wars 1 or The God Decrees: Devan Chronicles 1 for fantasy. Both are free! You can find all of his works and more at his blog.

Check out my interview with Mark below!

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Eleanor

One “Very, Very Wet Book” by Jason Gurley: Thirteen Years in the Making

Recently, I had the opportunity to ask Jason Gurley a few questions about his upcoming release Eleanor. Jason is the author of the bestselling novel Greatfall and designer of covers for other bestsellers like Hugh Howey, Russell Blake, Michael Bunker, Ernie Lindsey, and Matthew Mather, among others. Personally, I’m stoked for the release of Jason’s latest novel. If you haven’t had a chance to read any of his works, I highly recommend one of his short stories, The Dark Age. In that short story alone (entirely worth the meager $0.99), you’ll get an excellent sense of what Jason can do to you with his words and you’ll see why I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Eleanor. Jason’s storytelling has the power to immerse you into fantastic, vast worlds, and make it deeply personal. His characters are vivid, realistic, and you cannot help but empathize with them, whether they are post-apocalyptic marauders or the lone caretaker of an orbiting space station.

Eleanor is a work that’s been marinating in Jason’s mind for thirteen years and is finally just about done with its time in the oven. Before Jason finished Eleanor, he wrote a collection of novels and short stories, telling captivating stories and honing his craft. It’s all led to this point. You can tell that this is one of those novels that has every inkling of being one to permeate through your thoughts long after you’ve read it. Just check out Jason’s interview to see why:

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