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Why Will McIntosh Is One Of The Most Underrated Science Fiction Writers - Plus An Excerpt From Defenders

BY Elisa Verna, MARCH 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Everyone has their favorite tropes and plot devices. In romancelandia we call this "romance cat nip," but readers of all genres have certain elements that will make them pick up a book no matter what. When it comes to sci fi, many of Will McIntosh's stories contain everything I look for in a SF novel, and I'm honestly surprised his work isn't more highly regarded. His upcoming May release, Defenders, just about blew me away. I wanted to email him and ask, "Did you write this story just for me? Be honest, Mr. McIntosh." Of course he didn't, but the book contained nearly every element on my Perfect Sci Fi Novel checklist.

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1. It was accessible.

Let's be real here, I understand science on a basic 10th-grade biology level, at most. I'm not going to be upset if your fictional science isn't completely perfect. In fact, I probably won't even notice. I feel like a lot of SF/F readers get hung up on the plausibility of science and magic in their stories, and rightfully so, but I'm already going into a SF/F book suspending my disbelief, so chances are I'll accept whatever science an author throws at me, proven that they've actually worked through all of it before crafting their story.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Science Fiction
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The 100 Recap: Episode 1.1 - "Pilot"

BY DJ DeSmyter, MARCH 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

We open on our main girl, Clarke, as she’s busy drawing and delivering a rather poetic voiceover, telling us how a nuclear apocalypse pretty much decimated Earth ninety-seven years ago. But don’t worry, there were twelve space stations, including one known as the Ark, with survivors! Woot woot! Turns out, though, the Ark isn’t exactly Happyville. Any crime is an offense, and Clarke is — you guessed it, a criminal! When guards come to get her, she learns she’s one of the 100 who are going to “the ground” — Earth. And then a guard drugs her and we’re treated to the nifty title logo.

The Ark, aka Our Future Home

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Clarke wakes and finds herself on a space shuttle with her fellow prisoners. And then Isaiah Washington pops up on screen as the Chancellor and gives the 100 a little explanation of what’s going on. Clarke and her sort of friend Wells, who’s the Chancellor’s son, try to keep everyone in check, but the lack of gravity is too appealing. Outside, the shuttle is nearing Earth and those who aren’t strapped in their seats have a bit of a, well, rough landing. Houston, we have a problem! All communication with the 100 has been cut off.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, TV Recap, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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The King of Horror Returns: Stephen King Announces New Novel Revival

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 | PERMALINK

Legendary and renowned author Stephen King has officially announced his return to the literary scene following last fall's Doctor Sleep. On November 11, 2014, eager fans can pick up Revival, a new and dark read sure to please readers across the board. Set in a New England town, the arrival of a mysterious and alluring minister and his wife stirs up secret obsessions, family tragedies and unexpected bonds. To read the full synopsis and announcement, visit King's official website here.

Alright, King fans, let the countdown begin!

Image courtesy of John Robinson via flickr.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Science Fiction
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On Space Travel and Nomads: Line & Orbit's Lisa Soem and Sunny Moraine

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 06, 2014 | PERMALINK

Listen, we love a good space adventure. There’s something so exciting and foreign about floating amongst the stars. So our interest was piqued when we heard of Lisa Soem and Sunny Moraine’s RT Top Pick! Line and Orbit. It’s the story of what happens when Adam is cast out of his genetically perfect society. Space nomad Lochlan rescues Adam and the two develop feelings for each other amidst the space travel and intrigue. Sounds so good, right?! We made Lisa and Sunny sit down and tell us everything.

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It's interesting that while your story is a male/male romance, it's a mild one, with no heavy sex scenes. Tell us more.


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Tags: Futuristic, RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
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Mars Rising: Pierce Brown On The Planet Of Passionate Fury

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 03, 2014 | PERMALINK

A book's setting is as unique as its characters, and often becomes a character of its own. In Red Rising, Pierce Brown puts a new spin on Mars and makes it more than the red planet we crave to understand. With such a unique and interesting location, we thought we'd ask Pierce what readers can expect to see and how the setting affects the book's characters. So without further ado, take it away, Pierce!

Mars is the planet of rage, of passionate fury. Since the gods of Greece and Rome, the red planet has been associated with the deadlier aspect of humanity’s carnal nature. Authors like Edgar Rice Burroughs, Isaac Asimov and Kim Stanley Robinson (among dozens of others) have set stories there, inspired by its craggy gulches and barren wastelands. But my Mars is a bit different from theirs.


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Tags: General Science Fiction, RT Daily Blog, Science Fiction
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