THE BEYOND SAGA

A science fiction book series by Greg Spry

Buy science fiction novel Beyond Cloud Nine

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Beyond Cloud Nine

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Ace star fighter pilot Brooke Davis lives for pushing hundreds of gees in orbital combat, but she’d give it all up in a moment to become the first human to fly faster than light. When Brooke stumbles upon a conspiracy involving terrorists, aliens, and the highest levels of government, she finds their goals seductive but their methods abhorrent. With the moral core of human civilization hanging in the balance, she must risk her shot at history, her family, and her life to prevent the schemers from forcing their nefarious brand of salvation upon the solar system. Learn more...

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Science fiction novel Beyond the Horizon

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Beyond the Horizon

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"Should we sacrifice another intelligent race to save ourselves?"

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Ensign Maya Davis has had her sights set on the captaincy of a starship since she launched her first toy rocket into Earth orbit at age four. But not long after she departs the solar system aboard humankind's first interstellar vessel, New Horizons, sabotage cripples the ship, killing a third of the crew and stranding the expedition light years from home under the siege of hostile forces. Without knowing who she can trust, Maya must risk her life to get the crew home and prevent the genocide of the very exospecies Horizons set out to contact. Read the press release.

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Science fiction novel Beyond Yesterday

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Beyond Yesterday

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"The fight for tomorrow begins yesterday."

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When Captain Maya Davis takes command of the space-time vessel Yesterday, she must travel back in time to figure out how a piece of 23rd century technology ended up 200,000 years in the past.

But the assignment is a one-way mission, for she and her crew can never return to the present.

Trapped in the distant past, Maya must choose between condemning humankind to slavery or erasing another civilization from history.

Science fiction novel Beyond Existence

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Beyond Existence

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"Fear not. All shall come full circle."

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The dreaded day Admiral Maya Davis has worked to prevent arrives. In response to a scientific team's successful attempt to create life from inanimate matter, a race of near-omnipotent exobeings conquers human civilization without firing a shot. Forsaken by both friend and foe, Maya must travel to the past, the future, and alternate timelines to prevent the beings from wiping mankind out of existence.

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Review: Alien Affairs

Posted by author on 4/28/2019 3:09:00 PM

Alien Affairs by Scott Skipper is a very well-executed first contact science fiction novel. The book gives the author's take on how the alleged UFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 might have transpired. As the story progresses, it covers the subsequent ramifications decades in the future.

I was pleasantly surprised at how many of the events and character actions seemed plausible. Even though the tone of the drama is light-hearted, the author still took the time to think through the logistics of how first contact with a more advanced species might truly unfold. In fiction, the underdog triumphs over a superior force all the time because it's satisfying. Such a feel-good result emboldens us to believe that we can each transcend whatever stands in our way. But in real life, Goliath slays David the vast majority of the time. With that in mind, the struggles and failures of humankind's efforts against the aliens in the story rang true, and the bittersweet ending concluded the tale appropriately.

The characters, while seemingly dry at first, eventually show a great deal of personality through their dialogue and actions. This, as opposed to descriptions given in prose, is a sign of effective writing. Along those lines, the story unfolds very fluidly. It was an easy read. I tore through the novel in a pair of four-hour flights. However, in the last quarter of the novel, the author increased the level of detail and made his prose a bit meatier. This is in contrast to the first three-quarters of the story where the exposition was more bare-bones.

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Review: The Lost Spell

Posted by author on 4/28/2019 3:00:00 PM

The Lost Spell (Tales from the Lost Horizon) by Michael Eging is an entertaining short story within the sword & sorcery (S&S) subgenre of fantasy.

When the cantankerous old wizard and main protagonist, Thondric, suspects the theft of one of his spells, he embarks on a quest to reclaim it. Along the way, Thondric's viewpoint is engaging enough to maintain reader interest.

Some of what transpires does so a little too coincidentally, and the tale has its typical S&S pitfalls (lack of firm magical rules, a character casting or not casting the right spell at the right time for the convenience of the plot, etc.).

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Review: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Posted by author on 2/23/2019 12:36:00 PM

In short, go see this movie. It's awesome. Alita: Battle Angel (2019) features an endearing main character who kicks butt, a plot and story far better than what the critics are claiming, edge-of-your-seat excitement, and excellent world-building. Refreshingly, the movie honors the source material. I rate Alita 9/10 = 4.5/5 stars. For a much more detailed review, keep reading.

Overview

Opening weekend, I had the opportunity to see the Alita: Battle Angel (2019) movie. I don't often write movie reviews (never mind the fact that I don't post to my blog anywhere near as often as I should). The exception, of course, is when the movie is based on something I've loved for a long time. Since the early nineties, I've been a fan of the original Battle Angel (1993) Anime and Gunnm comic (manga) by Yukito Kishiro on which Alita is based. My writing draws significant influence from Anime, and I would include Gunnm/Battle Angel as one of those influences.

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