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Amy J. Murphy

Author of the Allies and Enemies series.

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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).

Allies and Enemies: Rogues Audibook available now!

Allies and Enemies: Rogues Vol 2.

Exciting news!

Allies and Enemies: Rogues (Vol 2) is now available in audiobook from Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

Narrated by the talented Erin Bateman, this unabridged audio production picks up there the action of Allies and Enemies: Fallen left off.

Sela Tyron and Jon Veradin lead mercenary lives in the rough and tumble region of space called the Reaches.

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Recap: DragonCon 2019

My “mid-list author” cosplay

Dragon Con 2019 has come and gone. This is the third year I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited as an “Attending Professional” to this intimate little gathering of over 80K humans. It’s likely the largest fandom gathering I’ll ever participate in. (I’ve been to a few world cons– but I can’t be sure what the average attendance is at one of those shindigs.)

This year, I was on four panels and a guest on the podcast, Technorama, Comedy4cast & Friends – LIVE!

Panels can be intimidating things, especially if you know the crowds is very likely there to see everyone else on the panel but you. (Especially, if one of your co-panelists is a big name when it comes to military sci-fi.) This was the case for me on the first “official” day of DragonCon for the “Media Military Sci-Fi Panel”. I did my best and hopefully added the valuable insights of an author that’s done not too shabbily in the genre regardless of my lack of actual military experience. No one threw things, at least. 🙂

The remaining panels went by in a blur. We talked about “Handwavium” and its impact on the story, saluted the recent 20th anniversary of Farscape and reflected on the Dragon Awards. The awards are a different creature than in the first 2 years that I was a finalist. For instance, there’s now a reception for the finalists and winners. (I’m bummed that I missed out on this. In 2016 and 2017, when I was a finalist, there was no reception. Or, at least, not one I was invited to.) The competition is steeper and now a larger proportion of my indie cohorts seem to know about it.

Where I once attended DragonCon as a “private citizen”, a large portion of my time was dedicated to hitting panels in the “Writing” track in an effort to absorb helpful insights from industry pros. Every chance encounter with another writer may be an important connection. You never know what may come from it. Plus, I just enjoy helping out other writers and hearing about their journey.

I’m definitely looking forward to DragonCon 2020.

Dragon Con 2019

Congrats to all the 2019 Dragon Award finalists! May the odds be ever in your favor.

If you’re going to Dragon Con in steamy Atlanta this year, please be sure to check out my panels. Be sure to say “hi”. Here’s the skinny on my schedule of appearances:

  • Military Sci-Fi Writers & Creators – Media Edition

Description: A roundtable of Military Science Fiction writers & artists–whether in tie-ins or independent worlds–discuss the genre, trends, real-world accuracy, & working within the complex worlds of Military Sci-Fi.

Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Chastain DE – Westin

(Tentative Panelists: David Weber, Van Allen Plexico, Marc Alan Edelheit, Amy J. Murphy, Chris Kennedy)

  • Handwavium: How Much Is Too Much?

Description: Handwavium or technobabble sounds great but doesn’t always mean anything in real-world terms. Our panelists discuss what goes into good & not-so-good handwavium.

Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt

(Tentative Panelists: Robert E. Hampson, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Quincy J Allen, Amy J. Murphy)

  • Farscape Anniversary Fan Panel

Description: Farscape was a monumental show for its weaving together of intricate stories, compelling characters, practical effects in puppetry, and strong visual storytelling. Come aboard Moya as we look back on 20 years of this fan favorite.

Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Chastain DE – Westin

(Tentative Panelists: Amy J. Murphy, Michael Falkner)

Description: This is a great way to see not one, but two podcasts do their shows live. We also adapt the shows to involve the audience in many of our favorite segments. They become an integral part of the fun.

Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Galleria 6 – Hilton

(Tentative Panelists: Chuck Tomasi, Amy J. Murphy, Dr. Pamela L. Gay)

  • Meet the Dragon Awards

Description: We are going to have a mix of Award Winners & Finalists from this year & years past. So many good books, so many great authors!

Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Embassy EF – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Amy J. Murphy, Russell Newquist, Christopher Woods, L. Jagi Lamplighter)

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Dragon Award Nominations

Here’s your chance to help the Allies and Enemies series make a little bit of history by making it a three-time nominee for a Dragon Award.

Please consider nominating my book, Allies and Enemies: Legacy for “Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel” in the 2019 Dragon Awards. [It’s the 4th category down on the list. Click the image or link below to visit the nomination page.]

There’s no cost to you and you need not attend Dragon Con to participate in the nomination or voting process. The link to nominate is located here:

http://application.dragoncon.org/dc_fan_awards_nominations.php

Once you register and nominate only one or as many choices as you are comfortable with for the many categories that include comics, movies, games and tv shows. Be aware that you get only one nomination per category. The deadline for nominations is July 19th.

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Cover reveal: Allies and Enemies: Empire

Allies and Enemies: Empire (Book 5) is due out soon. Thanks to some diligent beta-readers, it looks like I’ll be able to publish well ahead of my original target deadline. Look for pre-order info by the end of this week (June 28th). I hate to leave things on a “cliff hanger” but book 5 should be well worth the wait.

In the meanwhile, I’m very pleased to share the beautiful cover art created by Laercio Messias. [Check out his other work here.]

Allies and Enemies: Empire (Book 5) – On pre order soon!

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