Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

– By J.W. Fox – Yoon Ha Lee’s debut novel received plenty of attention from the literary elites, earning a Nebula and Hugo nomination. Early customer reviews were also strong. Throw in the colorful cover, and this one moved to the top of my to-read list this Fall. Sadly, the novel falls far short of […]

Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

– By J.W. Fox – Thrawn was my third Star Wars novel of the Disney Canon. Of the three, it is the first to focus on a real villain, and the first about a character from the Legends/Expanded Universe. My first introduction to Thrawn was through Star Wars Rebels, not the EU novels.  Hence my […]

Star Wars Rebels Another Worthy Addition to Franchise

– By J.W. Fox and Paulie Spiceflow – Warning: Season 2 Spoilers Follow… As promised, we finished the first two seasons of Star Wars Rebels in preparation for the season 3 premiere on September 24th. Like Clone Wars, Rebels is designed to appeal to a younger audience, indoctrinating them in preparation for life long service […]

Clone Wars Helped Expand Star Wars Fan Base Among Millennials

– By J.W. Fox and Paulie Spiceflow – We are pretty late to the party. Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiered eight years ago. Hell, we already have a new Disney animated series that has taken its place. So why are we writing a post on it? Well, we are entering a new Star Wars […]

Independence Day: Resurgence

– Paulie Spiceflow – Back in 1996, we didn’t have the grand scale, big budget apocalyptic movies that we have today. It was a time before Marvel and DC started making movies. CGI was still evolving. It was perfect timing for Independence Day, an alien invasion movie on an unprecedented scale with a brilliant promotional […]

How to Write Not Good: The Mary Sue/Marty Stu

– Jacob Foxx – When I was younger, I dreamed of being a Jedi fighting alongside Obi-Wan. In the climactic battle, I was the one who finished off the Sith Lord, of course. The force was strong with me, endowing me with epic Jedi skills. There was also a time when I fantasized of being […]

Fear the Sky by Stephen Moss

– Jacob Foxx – They don’t write many novels like this anymore. Fear the Sky is a combination of classic hard science fiction, technothriller, and spy thriller. Rich in detail and incredibly realistic, it covers just about every branch of the military as well as several advanced weapon systems in each branch. Author Stephen Moss […]

TC 011: Battlemechs and World Building Tips

Will we ever fight with battlemechs? On this episode I take on the question of whether a walking mech is or will ever be practical on the battlefield. Also, I talk about the prospects of a robot fighting league and a little advice for those writing military science fiction. Here are some links Fighting Robot […]

Poor Man’s Fight by Elliott Kay

– By Jacob Foxx – Amazon has been an excellent platform for self-published and indie authors over the past five years. As part of the enterprise, they established Amazon Publishing which has a family of imprints, including 47North and Skyscape. Elliott Kay’s Poor Man’s Fight is one of many success stories among the Amazon imprints. […]