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Amy J. Murphy

Author of the Allies and Enemies series.

Space Invasion Panel SFF Con 2020

Check out my recent panel at SFF Con 2020.

Space Invasion

From sci-fi weapons to ships, what makes a good futuristic battle force? What are some of the most iconic sci-fi militaries, and what makes them stand out?

Panelists: James S. Aaron (moderator), Rick Partlow, S.J. Schauer, Jonathan Brazee, Amy J. Murphy

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/XYe85kaY4ig

Military Sci-Fi Panel – SFF Con 2020

Military science fiction can be set on a planet or in space, but what makes a book truly MilSF rather than space adventure, or any of the other subgenres? What makes for a satisfying MilSF book? What makes a good military leader?

Panelists: Josh Hayes (moderator), Jonathan Brazee, Rick Partlow, Dean M. Cole, Amy J. Murphy

View the panel on YOUTUBE:
https://youtu.be/XbR-U9Ai6SU

Join me (virtually) at SFFCon! Nov 7-8

SFFCon – Nov 7-8

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The Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention—SFFCon—will take place November 7-8th online. The event will feature panels and discussions catering to both fans and creatives (mostly of the “writerly” persuasion). We have an all-star lineup of panelists, including A.G. Riddle, Catherine Asaro, Rhett Bruno, JN Chaney, Amy J. Murphy, and many more.

Hope to see you there!

Audiobook Now Available Allies and Enemies: Exiles, Book 3

Download at Audible, iTunes and Amazon.

Exciting news! Allies and Enemies: Exiles (Vol 3) is now available from Audible, Amazon and iTunes in audiobook. Talented narrator, Erin Bateman, is back in the third installment of the Allies and Enemies series. The action picks up where Allies and Enemies: Rogues (Vol 2) left off.

Desperate to help Jon and Corsair rescue Erelah, Sela agrees to a bloodthirsty bargain– assassinate a corrupt Guild Imperator and escape capture. What could possibly go wrong?

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Allies and Enemies: Exiles, Book 3 was a Dragon Award Finalist for Best Military Science Fiction novel hosted by DragonCon 2017.

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Audiobook Review: The Library of the Unwritten

The Library of the Unwritten
A Novel from Hell’s Library, Book 1
Unabridged Audiobook
Author: A. J. Hackwith
Narrator:  Lisa Flanagan
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Rating: [🚀🚀🚀] 3/5 rockets

It’s very rare for urban fantasy or contemporary fantasy (or whatever the cool kids are calling it these days) to catch my attention. No offense to the many fantasy authors out there, but I’ve always preferred space-ships over wizards. However, when The Library of the Unwritten was called out as a new release at DragonCon 2019 panel hosted by Penguin Publishing, I was intrigued. (Fun fact: At that same panel, I won a book with a dragon on the cover that I promptly gifted to a colleague that liked that sort of thing. Yes, I see the irony.)

I think it was the elevator pitch for Library of the Unwritten that appealed to me: “Characters from unwritten books come to life; hijinks ensue.

As an author, I imagined my own unwritten characters on the loose in the “real world”. (The idea is entertaining and horrifying– like watching a fight break out in a hockey game.)

Here’s the skinny: Unfinished books are kept in a neutral section of hell called the Library of the Unwritten which is overseen by a Librarian. If a character escapes their book, it’s up to the Librarian to hunt them down and get them back to their books.

Hackwith’s story follows Head Librarian Claire, and her assistant Brevity as they are joined by a teenage demon as they track down an escaped Hero. When they run afoul of an angel on the hunt for the Devil’s bible, they uncover a plot to upset the status quo between Heaven and Hell. Claire and her allies end up hunted by angles across different versions of the afterlife (Valhalla being one of them), looking for clues to thwart a demonic rebellion.

Hackwith’s writing uses some repetitive metaphors. (Who isn’t guilty of that?) Perhaps they stick out more during an audiobook experience than they might to a casual reader. Her world-building is detailed with seamless exposition. The characters are well-rounded and compelling.

Narration by Lisa Flanagan is nuanced and adds dimension. She does a great job with a pretty big cast of characters of different sexes, cultures and time periods.

If you’re a fan of The Good Place, Good Omens, Supernatural, Dr. Who, American Gods… you should check out The Library of the Unwritten.

Audiobook Review: To Be Taught, If Fortunate

Novella by Becky Chambers

By: Becky Chambers
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 09-03-19
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio

From the publisher…

A stand-alone science fiction novella from the award-winning, best-selling, critically acclaimed author of the Wayfarer series.

Told in the first-person narrative, Chambers spins the story of 22nd-century astronaut Ariadne O’Neill and her three crewmates as they explore habitable worlds. Earth and politics are decades in their wake. Through the process of “somaforming”, O’Neill and her crew survive the hostile environments of exoplanets. Combined with suspended animation, fragile humans can endure the long voyages to get to them. With their bodies transformed for each planet and with so much time elapsed back on earth, O’Neill and her crew are increasingly out of touch with the humans they’d left behind on Earth.

I came across To Be Taught, If Fortunate as I explored other books narrated by Brittany Pressley (narrator for the recent Elizabeth Moon books in the Vatta’s War follow up.) Her performance really makes the story shine. For a limited POV, she adds a fuller dimension with different inflections and accents to the other three crew members.

If you like Enterprise, Gravity, Interstellar, or, if you’re already a fan of Chambers, To Be Taught, If Fortunate is a fun fast read (or listen).

Available from: Amazon, Audible and iTunes.

Audiobook Review: Salvaged

Salvaged by Madeleine Roux

Salvaged by Madeleine Roux

From the Publisher: A woman on the run. A captain adrift in space. One of them is infected with an alien parasite. In this dark science fiction thriller, a young woman must confront her past so the human race will have a future.

Set in a future where human travel amid the stars is common, Salvaged is a mash-up Alien and The Expanse.

The main character, Rosalyn Devar, is a bit of a mess, by her own admission. She’s left behind a career as a bioengineer and a wealthy, influential family to be a space janitor that cleans up the aftermath of ill-fated research expeditions (i.e. the remains for former ship crews). But she can’t outrun her demons.

Called out for drinking on the job, she talks her way into a second chance by agreeing to salvage the Brigantine, a research vessel that’s “gone dark.” Devar arrives to find that reports of the Brigantine crew’s death are very much exaggerated.

The crew has been infected with an alien lifeform (nicknamed “Foxfire”) that’s smarter than your average microbe. This is where the comparison to The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey, comes into play. Like Corey’s protomolecule, Foxfire seeks to consume the humanity of its hosts and join them like a hive mind.

Stranded on the diseased ship, Devar’s near-constant fear of contamination by Foxfire is unnerving. As her mysterious back story unfolds, it seems Devar was fated to encounter the tragic crew of the Brigantine.

Written in the third person and alternating from the perspectives of the main characters, the plot unfolds to reveal the circumstances that sealed the Brigantine’s fate and set Devar on her self-destructive course. Some bright spots of wry humor and a fledging awkward romantic attraction between Devar and the Brigatine’s, Captain Edison Aries, defer some of the bleakness. Unlike other infected crew members, the Aries has managed to fight the organism’s influence and keep his humanity, so far.

The narration by Emily Woo Zeller is excellent. She seamlessly moves between the different characters. If you’re a fan of science fiction horror and space opera, I highly recommend, Salvaged by Madeleine Roux. I’ll be sure to look for more from Roux in the future.

  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Release date: 10-15-19
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • Available from Amazon, Audible, iTunes.

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Comedy4Cast At DragonCon

At DragonCon 2019, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Comedy4Cast, hosted by my good friend, Clinton. Follow the link below to hear the interview where I talk about writing, writing with ADHD and answer questions about Armageddon (sorta).

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