Operation Chimera Excerpt

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Operation Chimera, by Matthew Cox and Tony Healey
Genre: science-fiction, action-adventure
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: October 20, 2014.
Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan (http://ricky-gunawan.daportfolio.com/)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22590305-operation-chimera

Description:

Generations of war with the savage Draxx have left humanity desperate for a way to gain the upper hand.

A chance to turn the tide in their favor is all legendary Captain Nicholas Driscoll needs to hear to lead an expedition behind enemy lines to the Chimera Nebula – a region of space so unstable it remains largely uncharted.

Lieutenant Michael Summers sees an opportunity to matter, a chance to let future generations exist in a universe without constant war. He and other brave young cadets join the Manhattan for its first dangerous mission – to penetrate the Chimera Nebula and discover what it is the Draxx are doing in there.

But first the ship and her crew will be tested by enemies both outside and within…

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About Matthew Cox:
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Hobbies and Interests: Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it. He is also fond of cats.

Find Matthew Cox Online:
Website (http://www.matthewcoxbooks.com/wordpress/)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MatthewSCoxAuthor)
Twitter (https://twitter.com/mscox_fiction)
Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7712730.Matthew_S_Cox)

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About Tony Healey:

Tony Healey is a best-selling independent author. Born in 1985, he has lived his entire life in the city of Brighton, UK.
In 2011, he found his fiction published alongside Harlan Ellison and Alan Dean Foster. A year later, his sci-fi serial FAR FROM HOME became a best-selling sensation, followed by similarly successful sequels. Since then he has collaborated with authors Bernard Schaffer, Matthew Cox and William Vitka on various projects. He has also had work published by Curiosity Quills Press. He is married and has three daughters.
For the latest on Tony’s various projects, visit his site http://www.tonyhealey.com

Find Tony Healey Online:
Website (http://tonyhealey.com/)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fringescientist?fref=ts)
Twitter (https://twitter.com/FringeScientist)

Excerpt: Chapter 4

A hundred or so men and women milled through two sets of doors along the south wall, filing among rows of auditorium seats. Fighter pilots in white, bomber crews in black, one squad of search and rescue in drab green, and a handful of electronic warfare operators in grey. The room sloped downward toward the front, a descending grade that ended at a large round holo-emitter table and a podium. The rear wall caused many of the arriving pilots to do a double take; the high-resolution star-map created the illusion of a hole in the hull.
Michael Summers took a seat on the right side, followed soon by Aaron, Liam, Emma, and Zavex. It seemed as though bunk assignments followed suit with unit membership; the clustering in Briefing Room A echoed the assignments of quarters. He leaned back in his chair, at ease as if they were about to use the giant star-map to view the latest Zinbaru game.
Emma kept her hands on her knees, staring at the tendons along the back as if the weight of her gaze would keep them from shaking. The reality of her surroundings sank in, leaving her second-guessing her decision. For a moment, she wondered if her father had enough pull to get her out of here. Rigid, she made fists and resisted the temptation. Across the way, one of the erratic Recon pilots decided to leap two rows of seats to get to an empty spot. His wild howl made her jump.
“That’s what I’m talking about,” whispered Aaron to Liam. He pointed at Emma with the hand he had used to shield his voice. “Look at her, poor little thing’s trembling.”
Liam scoffed. “You don’t honestly think she’s the only one in here that’s nervous, do you?”
“At least the others have the ability to hide it. I don’t want to get stuck out there with a nervous Nellie.”
She frowned at his less-than-quiet belittlement, and resumed the staring contest with her hands. Michael leaned forward, blocking the line of sight between Aaron and Emma, eyebrow cocked.
“I’ve seen her sim logs, Lieutenant Vorys. She’ll do just fine.”
Aaron squinted at him, then gave Liam a light elbow to the arm. “Why’d we get this guy anyway? What happened to Squid?”
Laughing, Liam rubbed his eyes. “Ahh, ol’ Squiddie had political ambitions. He didn’t fancy this hop; can’t run for office if you’re dead. You know this particular suicide mission was all strictly volunteer.”
Emma gawked at him.
“So…” Aaron glanced at Michael’s shoulder patch. “Dragon, eh? What’d you do to get that Callsign?”
“I had an old martial arts gi with a red circle on the back; it had a dragon head through it.” Michael coiled his right hand in the shape of a serpent about to strike.
“Spent most of his free time in personal combat holo-sims or watching bad movies where the words never fit the lips,” said a voice from the row behind them.
“Hey, Duck.” Michael shook hands with a pasty-faced man a head taller than everyone else in the row.
“Duck?” Aaron made a disapproving face. “That’s kind of a weak callsign.”
Michael laughed. “Academy guys always threw crap at his head, he never moved.”
“Hope he has better reaction times to particle beams,” Aaron laughed.
Eddie “Duck” Larsson frowned.
“What about you, princess?” Aaron leaned forward, challenging Emma with a glance.
“Sylph,” she said, in a voice much calmer than she looked. “Not sure if it’s because of my size or my sim score.”
“Sixteen kills, not one incoming hit,” said Michael with a raised eyebrow. “Impressive.”
“Only sixteen kills?” Aaron rolled his eyes. “I got ninety-three.”
“And you got blown up forty-one times. She doesn’t have a single incoming hit, that’s not death count.”
“What,” said Liam, blinking at Michael. “Did you memorize our dossiers?”
“Not quite, but I had to look at them.”
“Well, I don’t think my forty-four and eleven record is that bad.” Liam folded his arms.
Aaron put on an air of sanctimony. “You only got eleven deaths because you lurked at the perimeter in every damn match; real combat won’t afford you the opportunity to snipe.”
“Real combat won’t afford the opportunity to hot dog. You could get away with it in the sim because a helmet shock is a lot less permanent than getting vapped.” Emma couldn’t take it anymore. “It’s not about scores or kills; it’s about staying alive to go home. Dead pilots can’t stop Draxx.”

I am looking forward to checking this one out! You should too!!

Happy Reading,
~CC

New ‘Interstellar’ Featurette – “The Cast”

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“It’s a very human story.”

The cast of ‘Interstellar’ talk about their experience working together.

Synopsis:

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who use a wormhole to surpass the previous limits of human space travel and conquer vast distances on an interstellar voyage. The plot is believed to involve time travel and alternate dimensions, but other details are being kept under wraps.

Directed by Christopher Nolan. Written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan. Stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, John Lithgow, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Michael Caine, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn and David Oyelowo.

‘Interstellar’ is set to release on November 7th, 2014.

New International TV Spot For ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′

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Synopsis:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I is the first movie in the two-part finale of The Hunger Games franchise, based on the books by Suzanne Collins. In this chapter we follow heroine Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.

Directed by Francis Lawrence. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Stef Dawson, and Willow Shields. 

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ opens in theaters on November 21, 2014.

‘Doctor Who’ Series 8 – “Dark Water” Clip and Introduction

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Picture shows: Cyberman, PETER CAPALDI as The Doctor, MICHELLE GOMEZ as Missy

Introduction to “Dark Water”:

Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat introduce the first part of the epic finale to Series 8.

“Dark Water” Clip:

Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming.

Episode Summary:

In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn up.

Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming.

“Death is not an end” promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was.

“Dark Water” Stars: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Joan Blackham (Woman), Sheila Reid (Gran), Chris Addison (Seb), Andrew Leung (Dr. Chang), Bradley Ford (Fleming), Antonio Bourouphael (Boy), Jeremiah Krage (Cyberman), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Cybermen), Nigel Betts (Mr Armitage). 

Directed by Rachel Talalay. Written by Steven Moffat. Produced by Peter Bennett. Executive Produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin.

‘Doctor Who’ airs on BBC One at 7:30pm and on BBC America on Saturdays at 9pm.

First Clip From Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ – “Useless Machines”

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Paramount Pictures have released, via Time, the first clip from Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi movie, ‘Interstellar.’

Synopsis:

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who use a wormhole to surpass the previous limits of human space travel and conquer vast distances on an interstellar voyage. The plot is believed to involve time travel and alternate dimensions, but other details are being kept under wraps.

Directed by Christopher Nolan. Written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan. Stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, John Lithgow, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Michael Caine, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn and David Oyelowo.

‘Interstellar’ is set to release on November 7th, 2014.

New Promo Clips For ‘Big Hero 6′

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Synopsis:

“Big Hero 6″ is a heartfelt comedy adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, clean freak Wasabi No-Ginger, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a cutting-edge robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6″ is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).

Directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt). The film features the voices of T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, and Maya Rudolph.

‘Big Hero 6′ is set to release on November 7th, 2014.

WGGs Geeky Finds: HISHE ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Video, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Reubens’ Voice-over, Star Wars, and More

Welcome to We Geek Girls (WGGs) “Geeky Finds,” where we share all things geeky, from collectibles, geeky apparel, videos, and more.


How The Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Should Have Ended by HISHE

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hobbit Audition Tape

Paul Reubens Does the Avengers Trailer Voice-over

George R.R. Martin, Amy Poehler and Seth Play Game of Thrones Trivia – Late Night with Seth Meyers

OneRepublic – Counting Stars feat. Disney Villains

Benedict Cumberbatch does Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’ Walk – The Graham Norton Show on BBC America

Sesame Street: Furry Potter and The Goblet of Cookies

George Lucas on the Meaning of “Star Wars”

Filmmaker George Lucas talks to Charlie Rose about the mythology behind “Star Wars” and why he thinks the movie’s message is so universal. “What makes a hero, what’s friendship, what’s the idea of sacrificing yourself for something larger… They’re all really basic things. So you say, well, you don’t have to make a movie about that, it’s very obvious, but it’s actually not.”

Ambition the film

Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London.

Joss Whedon Talks “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Lorraine Cink heads over to Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Discovery Times Square to talk with Writer/Director, Joss Whedon, about “Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron”!

New TV Spot For ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ – “Peeta”

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“I want everyone who’s watching to think about what a war could mean. Everyone needs to lay down their weapons immediately. How will this end? No one can survive this. They’re coming Katniss.” – Peeta Melark (Josh Hutcherson) 

Synopsis:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I is the first movie in the two-part finale of The Hunger Games franchise, based on the books by Suzanne Collins. In this chapter we follow heroine Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.

Directed by Francis Lawrence. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Stef Dawson, and Willow Shields. 

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ opens in theaters on November 21, 2014.

‘Doctor Who’ Series 8 – “Who’s Missy?” Dark Water Preview

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The Cybermen have invaded and the Doctor confronts Missy…

Episode Summary:

In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn up.

Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming.

“Death is not an end” promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was.

“Dark Water” Stars: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Joan Blackham (Woman), Sheila Reid (Gran), Chris Addison (Seb), Andrew Leung (Dr. Chang), Bradley Ford (Fleming), Antonio Bourouphael (Boy), Jeremiah Krage (Cyberman), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Cybermen), Nigel Betts (Mr Armitage). 

Directed by Rachel Talalay. Written by Steven Moffat. Produced by Peter Bennett. Executive Produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin.

‘Doctor Who’ airs on BBC One at 7:30pm and on BBC America on Saturdays at 9pm.

‘Terminator: Genisys': Battle Scene Storyboards

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Endoskeletons outside a work camp

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Connor during the Future War

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John Connor and Kyle Reese fighting off endoskeletons

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Connor, Reese, and the rebels in battle as helicopters drop tanks in the background

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A frozen endoskeleton in the foreground as Connor and Reese pass by

Synopsis:

The beginning of Terminator: Genisys, the first of three planned films that Paramount hopes will relaunch the beloved sci-fi franchise, is set in 2029, when the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes. John Connor (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Jason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle Reese (Divergent‘s Jai Courtney) is his loyal soldier, raised in the ruins of post apocalyptic California. As in the original film, Connor sends Reese back to 1984 to save Connor’s mother, Sarah (Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator programmed to kill her so that she won’t ever give birth to John. But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like he expected.

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee, JK Simmons.

‘Terminator: Genisys‘ comes to theaters July 1, 2015.

[Via EW]