Here are the Top Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2018 So Far According to Goodreads

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We mostly talk about movies and TV shows here on GeekTyrant, but book lovers deserve love too! That’s why I have in my position two lists. 2018’s top 6 sci-fi novels according to Goodreads and the top 7 fantasy novels according to Goodreads so far. I will include the title, author, and a synopsis of the book.

Top 6 Sci-Fi Novels

The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

A meteor decimates the U.S. government and paves the way for a climate cataclysm that will eventually render the earth inhospitable to humanity. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated timeline in the earth’s efforts to colonize space, as well as an unprecedented opportunity for a much larger share of humanity to take part.

One of these new entrants in the space race is Elma York, whose experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too—aside from some pesky barriers like thousands of years of history and a host of expectations about the proper place of the fairer sex. And yet, Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions may not stand a chance.

Head On (Lock In #2) by John Scalzi

John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi’s trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports.

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent’s head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are “threeps,” robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden’s Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it.

Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

Is it an accident or murder? FBI Agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truth―and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.

Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown

They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever:

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe, and Iron Gold is the story of the creation of a new one. Witness the beginning of a stunning new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Times bestselling author Pierce Brown.

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3) by Becky Chambers

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat.

Tessa chose to stay home when her brother Ashby left for the stars, but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened.

Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn’t know where to find it.

Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong.

When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question:

What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?

Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy #1) by Tade Thompson

Tade Thompson’s Rosewater is the start of an award-winning, cutting edge trilogy set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction’s most engaging new voices.

Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless—people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers.

Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn’t care to again—but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.

Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars: Thrawn #2) by Timothy Zahn

Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader ally against a threat to the Empire in this new novel from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.

The sequel to New York Times bestseller Thrawn, Thrawn: Alliances will continue to follow the rise of Grand Admiral Thrawn to the heights of Imperial power—and accompany him into the past, witnessing his first encounter with the man who will one day become Darth Vader.

Top 7 Fantasy Novels

Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire #3) by Michael J. Sullivan

Rich in magic and adventure, Michael J. Sullivan’s soaring fantasy novels are masterworks of heroism, love, and sacrifice. Now, in Age of War, the epic battle between humankind and the cruel godlike beings who once ruled them finally ignites in all its fury.

The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile—and about to be tested as never before. Persephone keeps the human clans from turning on one another through her iron will and a compassionate heart. The arrogant Fhrey are barely held in check by their leader, Nyphron, who seeks to advance his own nefarious agenda through a loveless marriage that will result in the betrayal of the person Persephone loves most: Raithe, the God Killer.

As the Fhrey overlords marshal their army and sorcerers to crush the rebellion, old loyalties will be challenged while fresh conspiracies will threaten to undo all that Persephone has accomplished. In the darkest hour, when hope is all but lost, new heroes will rise . . . but at what terrible cost?

Circe by Madeline Miller

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews

Mercenary Kate Daniels must risk all to protect everything she holds dear in this epic, can’t-miss entry in the thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.

For Atlanta.

For the world.

The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang

When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

Port of Shadows (The Chronicles of the Black Company #1.5) by Glen Cook

The soldiers of the Black Company don’t ask questions, they get paid. But being “The Lady’s favored” is attracting the wrong kind of attention and has put a target on their backs, and the Company’s historian, Croaker, has the biggest target of all.

The one person who was taken into The Lady’s Tower and returned unchanged has earned the special interest of the court of sorcerers known as The Ten Who Were Taken. Now, he and the company are being asked to seek the aid of their newest member, Mischievous Rain, to break a rebel army. However, Croaker doesn’t trust any of the Taken, especially not ones that look so much like The Lady and her sister…

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed—and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth—especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.

Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor—the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for—is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both—forever.

A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time’s Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD Gets an Earlier Release Date

If you can’t wait to see How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, I have good news for you. Dreamworks has moved the release date up by one week! Instead of releasing on March 1, 2019, with competition such as Dwayne Johnson’s Fighting With My Family, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, Chaos Walking, and The Kid Who Would Be King, How to Train Your Dragon 3 will only have competition from The Rhythm Section when it releases on February 22, 2019.

What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic trilogy spanning their lives. In this next chapter, Hiccup and Toothless will finally discover their true destinies: the village chief as ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, and the dragon as leader of his own kind. As both ascend, the darkest threat they’ve yet faced—as well as the appearance of a female Night Fury—will test the bonds of their relationship like never before.

Dean DeBlois returns to direct the threequel which will feature the return of the excellent cast that includes Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, and F. Murray Abraham.

Source: Deadline

In Case You Missed It Here’s Another Fan-Made STAR WARS Anime Short Film is Awesome

Are you a Star Wars fan? Are you an anime fan? Chances are you’ll enjoy this short film made by Otaking77077 and it’s very well done. This is an older video but with that 80s style Star Wars anime that was released earlier this week, I thought I’d share this one again. There’s no dialogue in this, but the music is incredible and the animation reminded me of Robotech. Here’s his description of the film:

What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays?
Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards.
Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years’ worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts’ seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day...

WESTWORLD’s Jonathan Tucker Joins CHARLIES ANGELS

The Charlie’s Angels reboot has added Jonathan Tucker (Westworld) to the roster. Deadline does not reveal the role that Tucker will play though. He will join Elizabeth Banks, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Naomi Scott, Kristen Stewart, and Patrick Stewart.

Since the original films, The Townsend Agency has grown considerably and gone global, providing security and intelligence services to a wide variety of private clients with offices and highly-trained teams worldwide. This film focuses on one of those teams.

In addition to starring as a Bosley character beside Patrick Stewart, Banks will direct and produce the film. She has also worked with Jay Basu to write the latest draft of the script.

Charlie’s Angels is currently slated for release on September 27, 2019.

Secrets Around STRANGER THINGS Season 3 Are Making Casting Hard

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Carmen Cuba is the casting director for Stranger Things, and her job has not been easy for season 3. In an attempt to prevent spoilers, more and more shows and movies are upping their measures to maintain secrets. Unfortunately, that is making it hard for Cuba to fill some roles. In her own words:

There’s a certain storyline that’s challenging that we have to keep going back to the well for. . . . There’s a lot of secrecy, and we can’t say what parts we’re looking for, so it’s still a weird challenge. I know that if we said, ‘We’re looking for this and it’s for Stranger Things,’ we would have tons more options, but it’s still a lot of work.

This is quite the measure. Clearly whatever the role is will relay some meaningful information if it were to end up on the Internet. And let’s face it, it would very likely end up on the Internet. Sadly, we’ll have to wait until 2019 to see the third season of Stranger Things.

Source: CinemaBlend

Awesome Fan Art Shows Us What the Doom Legion Could Look Like in the DCEU

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The DCEU has not gone over well with many fans and non-fans alike. The films range from awful to decent with the only one with high praise from critics and fans being Wonder Woman. That’s one out of five and not that high. Hopefully, they’ll be able to turn things around with Aquaman this December and Shazam! in April. If DC gets their act together and turns out more successes than failures, we may get to a point where we could potentially see the Justice League take on the Legion of Doom (fans can dream, right?). Bryanzap is an artist that has shown what a team up of villains could look like.

You’ll notice that in addition to the likes of Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam and Michael Shannon as Zod, there are even some villains that haven’t been announced yet such as Reverse-Flash and Metallo. This art makes me want DC to get to a point where they can give us a Legion of Doom.

These Forced Perspective Photos Bring Action Figures to Life

Fans are awesome. Wire Hon is a toy collector in Malaysia who also enjoys photography. Combining these two hobbies has provided the Internet with some fantastic pictures. Hon used some Marvel toys and forced perspective photography to make it look as though he was able to interact with everyone’s favorite superheroes. Of course, he’s also taken pictures with Optimus Prime and Godzilla. Be sure to check him out on Instagram.

Come on guy ! take a break...😂 #deadpool #ryanrenolds #hulk #markruffalo #blackwidow #scarlettjohansson #natasharomanoff #hawkeye #jeremyrenner #avengers #infinitywar #marvel #mcu #comic #superheroes #actionfigures #hottoyscollectibles #hottoyscommunity #sideshow #onesixth #nerd #geek #awesome #forcedperspective

Take it...Tony ! 😁 #spiderman #ironman #robertdowneyjr #hottoyscollectibles #sideshow #marvel #onesixth #actionfigures #wirehon #9gag #toptoyphotos #photography #forcedperspective #geek #nerd

Good boy...🤣 #godzilla ##shfiguarts #bandai #toys #toptoyphotos #wirehon #nerd #geek #amazing

Beware...Kid ! #optimusprime #transformers #wirehon #forced perspective #nerd #geek #toptoyphotos #toys #actionfigures

JEOPARDY! Had a Video Games Category and It Was a Dud

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I would definitely consider myself a casual gamer. I don’t have a lot of time, but when I do, I enjoy playing video games. I got at least four out of five clues from Jeopardy!’s Video Games category from the other night though. The only one that I might have missed was the one about Destiny 2 since I’ve never played it, but I might have gotten it from context of the video the name of Bungie. The contestants on the show only got one out of five clues. I don’t know how well I would’ve done in the other categories (probably not well), but I could’ve easily claimed at least $2000 in the final category. How did you do?

Whoopi Goldberg Says Disney is Planning a SISTER ACT Reboot

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I have never seen the Sister Act films, but I have seen it performed on stage. I first went in not expecting much, and now I freaking love it. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it and I’ve heard the movies are fantastic. Since the release of Sister Act 2 in 1993, people have been wondering if we’d ever see Sister Act 3 and now, Whoopi Goldberg has provided an update.

So we’ve been all over Disney begging, and they’ve decided that they’re going to go in a different direction with ‘Sister Act.’ So it won’t be ‘Sister Act 3’, it will be a brand new rendition of ‘Sister Act’ - and I guess I’ll walk through a scene, and that’s how they’ll say I was part of it.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I struggle with reboots. I find them unnecessary most of the time and while I love the idea of seeing the story of Sister Act again, I don’t think I’m necessarily excited for it. You can see her whole interview below, the Sister Act question comes up around 3:30.

CROSSING SWORDS is Ordered by Hulu From Producers of ROBOT CHICKEN

If you love the irreverent Robot Chicken, then buckle up because they’ve got a new show for you. Crossing Swords comes from the minds of John Harvatine IV and Tom Root who are executive producers of Robot Chicken, and Hulu just ordered 10 episodes of it. Set to premiere in 2020, the show is said to be a stop-motion animated comedy series with the following synopsis:

Created by Harvatine IV and Root, Crossing Swords stars [Nicholas] Hoult as Patrick, a goodhearted peasant who lands a coveted squire position at the royal castle. His dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when he learns his beloved kingdom is run by a hornet’s nest of horny monarchs, crooks and charlatans. Even worse, Patrick’s valor made him the black sheep in his family, and now his criminal siblings have returned to make his life hell. War, murder, full frontal nudity—who knew brightly colored peg people led such exciting lives?

Hoult will lead the cast of voice actors that will also include, Luke Evans, Seth Green, Tony Hale, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Breckin Meyer, Adam Pally, Adam Ray, Tara Strong, and Alanna Ubach.

Source: Deadline