CONVERGENCE is SciFi365’s Book of the Week

Breaking news: CONVERGENCE was chosen as SciFi365’s Book of the Week. I’m absolutely thrilled by this. They write:

Our new book of the week, ‘Convergence’ by Michael Patrick Hicks, is one of those where it’s summary just doesn’t do justice to how good it is. It is truly an excellent Sci Fi novel and a worthy ‘Book of the Week’.

A cyberpunk thrillride…. The conflict between the humanity of the main character, Jonah, and the things he has had to do to survive in this harsh new world makes ‘Convergence’ an absolute pleasure to read.

Again, just sheer delight from me, and many thanks to the SciFi365 team for their support and their kind words.

CONVERGENCE is still on sale, for a limited time, for only 99 cents, so go feed your eReader!

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CONVERGENCE is SciFi365’s Book of the Week

eBook Sci-Fi Sale (But It Won’t Last Long!)

Hey there, readers!

I’m happy to announce that, for a limited time (i.e. today and tomorrow), you can grab some great sci-fi reads for cheap, including my book, CONVERGENCE, over at Amazon. Just click the links below to buy, but act fast because this won’t last for very long.

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And, as always, my short horror story CONSUMPTION is only 99 cents as well. Just don’t read this one on a full stomach…

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New CONVERGENCE Review

Waking up to a good review is always nice, particularly when it’s from a fellow sci-fi author. Michael Brooke’s, who recently released SUN DRAGON, reviewed CONVERGENCE on his site and gave it a solid 4 out of 5 on the Amazon/Goodreads metric. Many thanks to Mr. Brooke for his kind words and thoughtful analysis. Go give it a read!

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Sci-Fi November: WANDERERS – A Short Film

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Image source: erikwernquist.com

It’s hard to believe that November is nearly over, and with it the conclusion of this year’s Sci-Fi Month (you can find all my contributions here).

I want to leave you with this short speculative science fiction film, Wanderers, by . The voice-over is excerpted from Carl Sagan’s reading of Pale Blue Dot, and the visual imagery is inspired by Kim Stanley Robinson and Arthur C. Clarke, whose names should all be familiar to fans of science, both fiction and non-.

Wernquist writes about this film on vimeo:

Wanderers is a vision of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.
Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea with the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds – and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.

You can find more information on this film, as well as a gallery of images, at his website erikwernquist.com/wanderers.

Now, turn up the volume, play this film in full-screen, and enjoy.

Sci-Fi November: WANDERERS – A Short Film

Sci-Fi November: Review: Orbs II: Stranded by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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About Orbs II: Stranded

Dr. Sophie Winston and her team of survivors fend off the alien invasion in Orbs II: Stranded, the second book in Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s bestselling Orbs series.

At the end of the world, who can you trust?

The aliens have invaded, wiping out almost all life on earth. Their goal: water. Huge spaceships are draining the oceans, and the few remaining humans have been herded into farms, where their bodies are harvested to support the growing alien army.

Humanity’s last chance lies in the biospheres that have been planted secretly across the globe. But all is not peaceful in the biosphere led by Dr. Sophie Winston. With resources dwindling and tensions high, her small group of survivors is divided. Some want to fight, some want to stay hidden, and Sophie just wants to keep everyone alive.

When one of their own, eleven-year-old Jeff, is kidnapped by the Organics, Sophie is forced to pick sides. With the help of a promising new magnetic weapon, the biosphere team just might have a fighting chance to save Jeff and the world–if they live long enough to use it.


About the Author

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the author of several post-apocalyptic books and short stories. He worked for the State of Iowa for nearly 10 years before switching careers to focus on his one true passion–writing. When he isn’t daydreaming about the apocalypse he’s likely racing in triathlons around the Midwest. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his family and several rescued animals.

If you’d like to hear more about Nick’s books, you can join his spam free mailing list here: http://bit.ly/NicholasSansburySmith.

Or visit Nick at: http://nicholassansbury.com.


My Thoughts

(I received a copy of this title for review from the publisher via NetGalley.)

Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s Orbs II: Stranded continues the story begun in Orbs. As with most second books in a trilogy, the aim is to open up the world, make the threats an even larger obstacle, and put everybody into tight situations while paving way for the big finale in book three. Sometimes these ‘middle child’ books fail to deliver or lack a satisfying enough hook, but Smith does a good job of keeping his story flowing while making Stranded feel like a worthwhile read in its own right.

In the prior novel, aliens (dubbed the Organics in this series) invaded Earth and began stripping the planet of its water supply. The human population was decimated, and it seemed like Dr. Sophie Winston and her team of research scientists may have been the only survivors. So, it’s a bit of a shock to learn that the aliens are actually keeping a good number of people alive and imprisoning them for later consumption by the bug-like ground troops of Spiders and Worms.

After Jeff, a child that Sophie and a Marine named Overton rescued in the previous book, is abducted, Overton launches a rescue mission and discovers a few members of his old platoon are still alive.

This inciting event lays the groundwork for the story and allows Smith to expand the scope of his series. The human farms, and the existence of another survivor, Alex, from another one of NTC’s failed biosphere projects, help to round out the idea that maybe humanity is not so doomed after all. The introduction of two new aliens species, though, such as the Steam Beast, a massive triceratops-like behemoth, certainly put the team through their paces.

There’s also a greater focus on the characters and their relationships to one another in this outing. Sophie and Overton are at each others throats constantly and the fatigue of leadership is taking its toll on both, while Holly, the biosphere’s psychiatrist, struggles with hopelessness. Stranded is a more emotionally engaged novel than its predecessor, but the main focus is still on the war between humanity’s last remnants and the Organics as they battle for a drastically altered Earth. The focus on character development is certainly welcomed, and nicely done, and sets up a touching, emotionally charged climax.

Smith draws the various elements of Stranded together in an action-packed finale that has a few shockers and revelations, particularly in regards to the true nature of the Organics. As with its predecessor, this book charges on full-steam ahead and is a rousing, energetic read. Fans of fast-paced, military science fiction should find a lot to enjoy in the Orbs series, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Smith resolves things in the final book, Orbs III: Redemption.

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Sci-Fi November: Review: Orbs II: Stranded by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Trailer

It’s finally here! The first official teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Unfortunately, there’s still a whole ‘nother year before we get to see the final, finished film…

While it’s a brief tease, there’s some cool stuff on display:

  • Stormtroopers – with shiny new armor!
  • A broadsword lightsaber! (a broadsaber?)
  • Millennium Falcon/TIE fighter dog-fight
  • X-Wings skimming along the water
  • Nicely ominous voice-over

Sadly, we don’t get to see the crew of the original trilogy, but I suspect they’ll be on full display during the next, longer trailer. I’m pretty happy with what we get to see here, though, and the John Williams score still sends a chill down my spine.

What did you think?

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Trailer

Sci-Fi November: Review: Orbs by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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About Orbs

The first thrilling story of horror, adventure, and survival during the alien invasion in Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s bestselling Orbs series has been completely remastered and re-edited since its original publication and now features a sneak peak at Orbs II!

At the end of the world, who will survive?

The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing–to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars.Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare NTC for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winton’s team finds a changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, and they aren’t the only thing missing. The planet’s water is gone, too.As the team explores their surroundings, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets. It isn’t until they uncover what’s inside that they realize the nightmare that lies ahead.


About the Author

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the author of several post-apocalyptic books and short stories. He worked for the State of Iowa for nearly 10 years before switching careers to focus on his one true passion–writing. When he isn’t daydreaming about the apocalypse he’s likely racing in triathlons around the Midwest. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his family and several rescued animals.If you’d like to hear more about Nick’s books, you can join his spam free mailing list here: http://bit.ly/NicholasSansburySmith.

Or visit Nick at: http://nicholassansbury.com.


My Thoughts

(I received a copy of this novel for review from the publisher via NetGalley.)

I’m a bit of a sucker for novels like Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s Orbs. It’s got some cool speculative science, action, monsters, and a team comprised of military and scientists struggling to survive against impossible odds while finding themselves way out of their environment.

In Orbs, the setting is near-future Earth, in the year 2061. The US is recovering from the devastating solar storms of 2055, which left much of the midwest a radioactive wasteland. A plan is in place to evacuate to Mars before our little blue dot becomes completely uninhabitable. A team of scientific researchers are gathered to test a biosphere, tucked away in a Cheyenne Mountain base.

Of course, it’s not long before things go terribly wrong and the researchers have to scrub their mission and reopen the doors to the outside world. What they find is a desolate world in the midst of an alien invasion that is sucking up the Earth’s water content. The lakes, oceans, and rivers are sucked dry, and blue orbs dot the landscape, along with some very strange, very foreign creatures.

Orbs is a fast-paced read that gets by on pure enjoyment and seat-of-your pants thrills. The characterizations are a little bit thin, but the premise is top-notch and exciting. I had a hard time putting this particular read down, and found myself eagerly tapping away at my Kindle’s screen so I could find out what would happen next.

This book hit a particular sweet spot for me, blending together the spirits of Michael Crichton and James Rollins by way of the alien invasion video-game X-COM. Orbs is truly fun romp and well-worth the read. Now, onto Orbs II: Stranded!

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Sci-Fi November: Review: Orbs by Nicholas Sansbury Smith