Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope – Book Review

Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack

Synopsis:
A thrilling novel leading into the new CBS series, Una McCormack’s The Last Best Hope introduces you to brand new characters featured in the life of beloved Star Trek captain Jean-Luc Picard—widely considered to be one of the most popular and recognizable characters in all of science fiction.

Review:
When it’s discovered that the Romulan star will go supernova, Picard gives up the Enterprise to head up a monumental relocation of all the Romulans its potential wake. Starfleet and many officers are not as eager to help their long-time enemies. And even some of the Romulans themselves spurn the Federation’s assistance. Meanwhile, Commander Geordi LaForge is assigned to oversee the seemingly impossible task of creating a fleet large enough to relocate the overwhelming number of refugees. But an incredible tragedy threatens the relocation efforts and Picard’s future in Starfleet.

The Last Best Hope is essential reading for Star Trek: Picard fans. We’re given a deeper look at the events leading up to Picard’s resignation from Starfleet and the tragedy on Mars. I really enjoyed this well-paced, character-driven story. We’re given a better look at Raffi’s heartbreaking backstory. And I enjoyed the story behind where the rogue synth’s came from. And of course since the Romulans are one of my all-time favorite aliens, I really appreciated getting the story behind some of Picard’s efforts at relocation several unique groups. I loved this intense novel of drama, suspense, and intrigue. And this was a perfect tie-in to the fantastic, new show. I can’t get enough of this series.

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Gareth L Powell – Author Interview

Gareth L Powell joins SciFiChick.com today to talk about his latest release Light of Impossible Stars which releases today!

1. Tell us a bit about Light of Impossible Stars.

Light starts with the sentient warship Trouble Dog low on fuel and hunted by the Fleet of Knives. But with human civilisation crumbling, what difference can one battered old ship make?

2. This is the conclusion to your trilogy. Did it end the way you thought it would when you first began?

Broadly, yes. Some things changed; some characters went in different directions than I had anticipated. But the essential bones of the story remain as I envisioned them.

3. Do you have a favorite character? Are they someone to whom you relate?

Sal and the Trouble Dog are both very dear to me, but my favourite is probably Nod, the stoic alien engineer. He was a lot of fun to write.

4. What is your writing process? Did it change after first getting published?

I’m not sure I really have a process. I write a 4- or 5-page outline of what I think is going to happen in the book, and then I start writing. And I keep writing until it’s finished.

5. What’s next for you? What are you working on?

I’m currently working on two new standalone novels for Titan, both space operas.

6. What are some of your favorite science fiction novels?

Too many to list! Samuel Delany’s Nova has been a big influence on me, as have the Culture novels of Iain M Banks. More recently, I’ve loved books by Alliette de Bodard, Ann Leckie, Emma Newman, Nnedi Okarafor, Martha Wells, Adrian Tchaikovsky…

7. Do you prefer physical books, ebooks, or audio? Why?

I generally prefer physical books, but I do own and use a Kindle.

8. What is something your readers don’t know about you?

I am an extremely good shot. Last time I fired an air rifle, I got all five shots through the bullseye.

About the Book:
Low on fuel and hunted by the Fleet of Knives, the sentient warship Trouble Dog heads to the Intrusion—an area of space where reality itself becomes unstable. But with human civilisation crumbling, what difference can one battered old ship make against an invincible armada?

Meanwhile, Cordelia Pa and her step-brother Michael eke out their existence salvaging artefacts from an alien city. But when Cordelia is snatched from her home, she begins a journey that will help her understand the strange songs she hears in her head and the strange things that happen around her. What extraordinary affinity does she have for this abandoned alien technology, and how can it possibly help the Trouble Dog?

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The Life Below – SciFi Book Review

The Life Below by Alexandra Monir

Synopsis:
It was hard enough for Naomi to leave Leo, a fellow Final Six contestant, behind on a dying Earth. Now she doesn’t know who to trust.

The International Space Training Camp continues to dodge every question about its past failed mission, and Naomi is suspicious that not everything is as it seems on her own mission to Europa. With just one shot at Jupiter’s moon, Naomi is determined to find out if there is dangerous alien life on Europa before she and her crew get there.

Leo, back on Earth, has been working with renegade scientist Dr. Greta Wagner, who promises to fly him to space where he can dock with Naomi’s ship. And if Wagner’s hypothesis is right, it isn’t a possibility of coming in contact with extraterrestrial life on Europa—it’s a definite, and it’s up to Leo to find and warn Naomi and the crew.

With questions piling up, everything gets more dangerous the closer that the mission gets to Europa. A storm threatens to interfere with Leo’s takeoff, a deadly entity makes itself known to the Final Six, and all questions the ISTC has been avoiding about the previous mission get answered in a terrifying way.

If the dream was to establish a new world for humans on Europa…the Final Six are about to enter a nightmare.

Review:
The Life Below is the 2nd book in The Final Six series. Naomi and the chosen astronauts are bound for Europa, but there’s a saboteur on board. And ship and mission is still being controlled, and monitored, by people back on Earth. Meanwhile, Leo is training to take a secret ship to meet up with Naomi’s and warn them that there is life on Europa – right where they are set to land.

This sequel is much more exciting than the first, as it mostly takes place in space, with danger constantly looming. This thrilling adventure is fast-paced and unpredictable. I wish we’d get more character depth from the other crew members. But the strength of this story is the plot and suspense – like a scifi, thriller movie. I can see why this series has been optioned for film. And there is a dramatic finale that will leave readers eager for the next installment.

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