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Mythographers we Love: Netflix

Netflix’s marketing has been a blast. From Bright’s Orc auditions, to blending reality with Black Mirror episodes, to the upcoming Altered Carbon series with a real booth at CES promoting the fictional company’s services, they’re spinning their stories and firmly lodging them into everyone’s minds.

Netflix is doing exactly what we predict future corporations will do, meaning blend their own narrative into the real world and in the end it will become indistinguishable from reality. Of course, these are all PR stunts and viral tricks for now, but it won’t be long before these are used as real-world propaganda by more nefarious corps.

Happy New Year with Black Mirror

Orcs auditioning for Bright sequel

Psychasec Booth at CES

Image credit: Mat Smith at Engadget

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When they ventured inside, an army of slightly too pretty attendants, dressed-in-white offered vague sci-fi responses to questions (“It’s about transferring your conscious to a new, better body”), while screens all around scrolled through the benefits of replacing your body for a new (sexy, stronger, smarter) model. The aforementioned staff clutched tablets to take email addresses with promises of more information come February 2nd. Plenty took the bait, genuinely curious of where this company was based and whether this was all even possible.

The twist, if you can call it that, happens once you turn a corner, and you’re confronted with a vacuum-sealed human. This is another mannequin, although with some carefully-placed condensation inside the bag, made it rather unsettling. Naturally, I had to poke the “person” in a bag. Morbid fascination.

Needless to say that, at this point we frickin’ love Netflix.

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Binge-Worthy Reads: Feed – A Dystopian Collision With Reality TV

Start reading the Fooko series today for free. Feed 1 is a dystopian collision with reality TV. Don’t miss it!

I Wanna Get Dystopian

Seven years after the nanocameras switched on and the feeds began, nanoengineer Samuel Ramone becomes the subject of an addictive reality feed. As his heart sinks further into the crush he’s been nursing, his popularity rises. He is a married man, after all.

When it comes to the new world of the feeds, Enforcers are nothing but a rumor. But the Editors . . . they’re real. With every human monitored endlessly, Ramone hasn’t had anything to fear in a long time, except seeing himself in a feed. Or worse, seeing his wife in one. With another man.

That’s why he’s never looked. If you can’t see something, it’s not there.

But when Ramone finally plans a way to hide from the unceasing surveillance–disguised as entertainment, monitored and enhanced by those all-seeing Editors–he learns that his viewership is endangering his attempts escape the feeds, and soon the people he loves most.

Now he is hunted by an Enforcer. Running is pointless. But staying in one place means learning the rumors aren’t just rumors.

If you enjoy 1984, Black Mirror, and other dystopians about surveillance, Feed 1 is right for you.

Start reading Feed book 1 for free on Amazon

“Ms Grotepas has written a novel that has made me care about characters again. The intriguing subject and a look into the not so distant future are at once frightening and believable.” — Rita Kaye, Amazon reviewer

 

“This book is really, really good. It does not bog itself down trying to explain the science behind everything but is so descriptive in its simplicity that you don’t notice right away. It feels like a mix of Harry Harrison and Robert Heinlein.” — Joshua Allen, Goodreads reviewer

 

“Each of the characters is unique and interesting in their own way and watching the interaction and development of relationships between the characters kept me turning the pages.” — William Hall, Amazon reviewer

 

“This book drew me in immediately . . . Was so engrossed, I immediately ordered Feed 2 – at 11:15 PM – ready to read all night!” — Passing Pilgrim, Amazon reviewer

 

“The writing is polished, and the characters well developed. The world the author has created is believable and terrifying at the same time.” — Marcus, Amazon reviewer

 

“Not that far from the world we live in now with reality TV the opioid for the masses. She created great characters with intense passions and frustrations. Four stars for this one. Give me more.” — Dolly, Goodreads reviewer

 

I Wanna Read Feed for Free on Amazon

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Binge-Worthy Reads: The Coilhunter Trilogy, a Sci-Fi Western

Welcome to the Wild North, a desolate wasteland where criminals go to hide—if they can outlast the drought and the dangers of the desert. Or the dangers of something else.


Meet Nox, the Coilhunter. A mechanic and toymaker by trade, a bounty hunter by circumstance. He isn’t in it for the money. He’s in it for justice, and there’s a lot of justice that needs to be paid.

Between each kill, he’s looking for someone who has kept out of his crosshairs for quite a while—the person who murdered his wife and children. The trail has long gone cold, but there are changes happening, the kind of changes that uncover footprints and spent bullet casings.

Plagued by nightmares, he’s made himself into a living one, the kind the criminals and conmen fear.

So, welcome, fair folk, to the Wild North. If the land doesn’t get you, the Coilhunter will.

Dustrunner on Preorder

The third book, Dustrunner, is on preorder and releases on Feb 28. Get it now for 99 cents only.

Nox is a wanted man.

While searching for a criminal, the fabled Coilhunter wanders into a tribal village massacre. He didn’t do it, but that doesn’t matter. He’s the only one there, the clues point to him, and he’s made a lot of enemies over the years. Many would happily see the tables turned.

Get the Coilhunter Trilogy on Amazon
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Binge-Worthy Reads: Start With Star Nomad, Then Fall for the Empire

If you want to read a long series of space opera goodness, look no further than Lindsay Buroker’s Fallen Empire series.

You can start reading Star Nomad right now for free on Amazon.

The series is insanely deep and beloved by a ton of fans. It has also kicked-off a spin-off, so we’ll need Lindsay’s list of titles to keep track of it all.

Fallen Empire

Remnants — A short story that takes place 2-3 years before Star Nomad. It’s the adventure where Alisa and Mica first meet, and it’s currently only available in the You Are Here SF/F anthology.

Last Command — A novella that takes place 6 months before Star Nomad. It’s from Leonidas’s point of view and shows him carrying out his last mission before the fall of the empire. It’s currently available as a free bonus to those who sign up for the Fallen Empire newsletter.

Star Nomad — The first book and where the main adventure begins.

Saranth Three — A short story that takes place between Star Nomad and Book 2, Honor’s Flight. It’s currently a bonus for newsletter subscribers.

Honor’s Flight — Book 2 in the series

Starfall Station — A short story from Leonidas’s point of view. It takes place between Book 2 and Book 3. It’s currently available through the free Star Rebels anthology. (This is available on KoboApple, and Barnes & Noble, as well as Amazon.)

Starseers — Book 3

Relic of Sorrows — Book 4

Cleon Moon — Book 5

Arkadian Skies — Book 6

Perilous Hunt — Book 7

End Game — Book 8

Hope Springs — A honeymoon adventure that takes place after Book 8. It’s currently available in the Beyond the Stars: New Worlds, New Suns anthology.

Cyborg Legacy — This is a stand-alone novel that takes place a few years after the main series. It brings in a new hero, Jasim, but Leonidas also returns to go on the adventure.

Sky Full of Stars (Fallen Empire spinoff series)

A Sky Full of Stars takes place ten years after the events in Fallen Empire, with the next generation (Jelena, Thor, and Erick Ostberg) coming to the forefront for adventures of their own.

The Rogue Prince — Book 1

Angle of Truth — Book 2

Stolen Legacy — Book 3 (Upcoming Title)

So, grab the freebie series starters and get convinced that this journey is worth taking.

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Mythographers we Love: Greek Myth Comix

This is one of the educational ones. Greek Myth Comix has Greek mythology in stick-figure format, probably influenced by XKCD.

These can be used to teach kids of all ages about certain mythological figures or ancient Greek concepts, like Kudos or the Homeric Hero.

I especially like the Moirai and the Muses poster, I printed these out and have them on my board for reference.

Make sure you visit their store for neat merchandise or large posters.

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Get the Smashwords End of the Year Sale

Smashwords has a wide range of books on sale for Dec 15 to Jan 1.

You can browse the sale here.

Or you can find our own titles on sale here.

Possible coupon codes are:

EY100
(100% off 2017-12-25 thru 2018-01-01)

SEY75
(75% off 2017-12-25 thru 2018-01-01)

SEY50
(50% off 2017-12-25 thru 2018-01-01)

SEY25
(25% off 2017-12-25 thru 2018-01-01)

 

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Mythographers we Love: String Demons

What if Lady Gaga attended a Greek country fair? What if a Greek folk song steps into the realm of heavy metal?

You’d get String Demons, and their new album Rise of Strings.

Konstantinos and Lydia Boudounis are doing their own thing and remixing from all over the soundscape.

You can get their album from all major services, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Deezer, Tidal:

Get the Rise of Strings Album

I especially like their “Pirates” music piece. It’s not on the album but you can listen to it on Youtube:

String Demons Website

 

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Mythographers We Love: Eros and Psyche Project

There’s a very nice comic retelling of the Eros and Psyche myth, by two Greek girls, Myrto Gkiouli and Eirini Skoura.

It was a kickstarted project that got a lot of attention from fans. And it was well deserved, the design is lovely and very emotive.

Get Eros and Psyche in EnglishGet Eros and Psyche in Greek

You can find them on their page on Facebook, for orders etc.

Here’s a juicy taste of the story:

“A light breeze blew in from the window and put out the lamp’s flame, plunging the room in darkness. Using her surprise to his advantage, Eros seized the opportunity and slipped into bed next to her. Her eyes widened in shock; someone was in her bed. That was it, then; time to meet her mysterious husband. She was petrified; from fear or anticipation, she didn’t know.”

Some of the concept art and other mythographies

There’s a limited time promotion running for each ebook order with an added collection of short stories.

Here it is in their own words:

It’s been 2 years since the launch of our campaign, so, in order to celebrate the occasion, starting today, and for the following month, anyone who buys the e-book (at a special price too!), will be getting a bonus pdf with a collection of short stories/outtakes revolving around the myth! (make sure you read the introduction of that thing as well, it’s fun!)

Get Eros and Psyche in EnglishGet Eros and Psyche in Greek

 

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100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime

Amazon has a list of the year’s best books. What we care about is the Sci-fi list, so here it is:

Click to see the list on Amazon

I’ve already bought Oathbringer and Artemis.

Of the rest, Persepolis Rising is definitely on my list. David Wong’s “What the Hell Did I Just Read” is also on there, I loved the last book.

Ann Leckie has no chance of ever getting my time, ever again.

The Book of Dust is getting passed around all the time in my social media echo chamber, so I’ll give it a shot.

What else should I add to my TBR pile?

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Glitch Santa

Credit Rob Sheridan

They’re Coming to Town

You better watch out for airstrikes. You better not cry, when your buddy dies. You better not pout, when your house gets levelled. I’m telling you, they’re here and they don’t like you.
At all.
They’re making a list of captives, and they’re crosschecking them with our handy little check-ins and DNA databases.
They’re gonna find out who’s been naughty in their lives and who’s nice and stupid to a fault.
They’re coming to town.

They see you when you’re sleeping at night. They know when you’re awake in terror. They know if you’ve been bad or good, so no matter what you do it makes no difference at all.

You better watch out for airstrikes. Cause they like them a lot. You better not cry, when your family dies, cause you’re next on the red dot.

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Stop the Presses! Scrooge is Available on Paperback!

No, wait. Start the presses. Start them. Bad analogy.

Scrooge Is Looking For A Taxi

The retelling of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is now on paperback.

Scrooge is looking for a taxi to get home on Christmas Eve. But he will get the ride of his life, as he is walked through his past, his present and his future to end up a changed man.

Set in modern day Athens, this science-fiction version of the classic ghost story is guaranteed to bring shivers down your spine and a smile to your face.

“It isn’t too late for all us Scrooges, and this story did make me see more than the classic.”

“An entertaining, uplifting novella perfect to read during Christmastime.”

“This is a rollicking, hiccup producing, laugh out loud morality play that would make Dickens sit up and take notice. A lot of fun!”

Look at these gorgeous Victorian illustrations by Arthur Rackham, the book illustrator of Ebenezer Scrooge’s story. A fine Mythographer indeed. His gritty, realistic drawings inspired the director Guillermo del Toro, who cites Rackham as an influence on the design of “The Faun” of Pan’s Labyrinth.

Sounds fun. Can I get it in time for cozy reading with twinkly ambiance?

Get the paperback book just in time for Christmas:

Amazon says it’ll be there on time. Trust the AI. The AI never lies.

It’s available on Amazon and other regional stores.

Buy on Amazon.comBuy on Amazon.co.uk

Can it get it right now?

If you want the digital version find a store that suits you. Or enjoy the complete experience. Get the acted out audiobook version with the actor Steve White that does the voices and everything!

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Binge-Worthy Reads: This is Your Chance to Board the Starship JJ Green

I love a good space story. And there’s nothing better than J.J. Green’s series, Shadows of the Void.

Starbound is the prequel to the fast-paced, action-packed Shadows of the Void space opera serial.

Being a Martian isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Jas Harrington was only a baby when a massive fire at a fledging Martian colony took the lives of everyone close to her. After growing up in institutions on Mars and Earth, Jas travels to Antarctica to train as a deep space security operative.

All she wants is to graduate college and fulfill her dreams, but it isn’t long before she faces familiar prejudice against returned colonists.

For once, fighting her way out of her problems isn’t an option, until it is.

Starbound is the prequel to the fast-paced, action-packed Shadows of the Void space opera serial.

“Great story! Whether a first-time reader, or one experienced in this series, a must read!”

“…more than a couple of surprises that come your way when you least expect it.”

“I loved the characters, and the plot dragged you right into it.”

“Very well done, a great read.”

“Can’t wait to start the next book.”

Looks great. I wanna read it.

Download your copy today!

On Amazon.comOn Amazon.co.uk

 

Alternatively, you can sign up at J.J. Green’s newsletter and get Starbound for free.

But won’t she mind if I do that?

Nope. Because then J.J. can send you even more exclusive stuff. Just get on the spaceship right now.

I Wanna Give My Email and Download Starbound for Free

Wait. I can binge on that series?

Just dive right in.

The Books of Shadows of the Void – Complete Series

  • Prequel: Starbound (Start Here)
  • Book 1: Generation
  • Book 2: Stranded
  • Book 3: Dawn
  • Book 4: Shadowrise
  • Book 5: Underworld
  • Book 6: Burned
  • Book 7: Trapped
  • Book 8: Mars Born
  • Book 9: Shadow Battle
  • Book 10: Shadow War
  • Books 1 – 3 The Galathea Chronicles
  • Books 4 – 7 The Earth Chronicles
  • Books 8 – 10 The Galactic Chronicles (coming Sept 2017)

Start reading the Shadows of the Void series on Amazon.