Category Archives: Science Fiction

The Inspiration Games by Laxmi Hariharan

“It was India which invented the bow & arrow” my Dad blustered over the phone from Bombay, “remember Arjuna’s skill at archery? How he could concentrate till he saw nothing else but the target and shoot it with unerring precision time after time….”  He had just returned from seeing the Hunger Games at his local multiplex, when my weekly Sunday phone call had sparked off this conversation; with him insisting that the cross-bow was an Indian invention.

 “Uh! Dad” I protested, “not everything in science fiction comes from Indian mythology….” I was, as usual, embarrassed by his well known theme of India shining and claiming ownership of emerging trends. Yet his comment gave me pause for thought. I began to wonder if he had a point?

Rama with his bow from centuries ago!

Rama with his bow from centuries ago!

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You are going to live forever by David Simpson

I think that I am going to live forever (or at least as long as I choose to). I also happen to think that you are going to live forever (or at least as long as you want).

Okay. So I am nuts, right? I must be part of some sort of whacko cult. Or maybe it’s just because I am a science fiction writer who has started to take his fiction a little too seriously?

Are you at least a little intrigued? No? Well, keep reading, because I promise that by the end of this post, you’ll at least have opened your mind to the possibility.

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Interview with Curtis Hox, author of ‘Bleedover’

As part of the ‘Bleedover Blog Tour’ I will be giving away a copy of the eBook to one lucky winner. You can enter here.

The author is also giving away a $50 Gift card to one lucky winner who will be chosen from across the blog tour. You can enter here.

Today, I interview author Curtis Hox today. I have also reviewed the book here. The book is a great amalgamation of both my favourite genres: Fantasy and SF.

Interview with Curtis Hox, author of ‘Bleedover’

Describe your book? What genre would you classify it into?
Technically it’s science fantasy. It uses tropes from both genres quite liberally. But during our soft launch we experimented with this terminology and had trouble with it. People on the boards didn’t seem that interested in the genre, which makes sense because it’s a narrow sub genre. So, we’re calling it science fiction and contemporary fantasy.

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Noah Zarc Blog Tour – Interview with the author, D. Robert Pease

As part of the Noah Zarc blog tour, I interview the author D. Robert Pease today. I have also reviewed the book here. As you go through the interview below, you’ll find that Robert’s personality is clearly reflected in his book as well, which means this interview is going to be as much fun as the book was!

So. without rambling on any more, let’s get started.

Describe your book? What genre do you consider your book?

Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble is a middle grade, science fiction adventure geared toward kids about nine to fourteen. It’s a retelling of the classic Noah’s Ark story from the Bible. And I mean that in the very loosest of terms. It can be more accurately stated it was “inspired” by the biblical account. The story is about a twelve-year-old boy from the 31st century who, along with his family, travels through time in a massive spaceship called the ARC (Animal Rescue Cruiser). Their mission is to repopulate Earth after some kind of cataclysm destroyed all life on the planet several hundred years in the past. Of course no adventure is complete without bumps along the road. Noah’s Mom and Dad both disappear and Noah and his brother Hamilton, and sister Sam have to figure out where and when they are, and come up with a way to rescue them. All the while they must avoid the family’s sworn enemy, Haon, who has made it his mission to stop the ARC project at all costs.

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Noah Zarc Blog Tour – Review of Noah Zarc by D. Robert Pease

Noah Zarc: Mammoth TroubleNoah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert Pease

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The story of Noah Zarc is set in a future post-apocalyptic world where a cataclysm has rendered earth uninhabitable and killed off all plant and animal life. Mankind, being ingenious and highly adaptable, survive by moving to Mars and Venus. The Zarcs have been given the mission to travel back in time and bring back a male and female of each of the lost species to re-populate earth with the lost animals. This is of course a direct reference to the bible story of ‘Noah’s Arc’.

The Noah family consists of the three children Sam, Noah and Hamilton and their parents. On one of their sorties to rescue an extinct species in the ice age, the parents encounter their arch-enemy Haon, who captures Mrs Zarc and leaves father Noah stranded in the past. As the three kids rush to rescue their father, their ship gets damaged and they have to live for a few days in the ice age. There, Noah becomes friends with a girl named Adina who stows away in their ship on their return. There is a budding romance here between the two friends which has however not been fully developed. The rest of the story revolves around saving their mother from Haon’s clutches and stopping him from destroying all they have worked for over the years.

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