Wormholes and Swords is a blog dedicated to Science Fiction and Fantasy, with a bit of real world technical stuff thrown in from time to time. It is managed by T.D. Wilson, author of the Science Fiction book series, The Epherium Chronicles.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Review for Embrace!

Every now and then you get a terrific review from someone that is a real treat to read.  The latest one for Embrace came from Barbara Sumpter on Goodreads.  To be recommended by her for fans of Alan Dean Foster is absolute thrill.  He is a terrific science fiction author.

's review 
Aug 28, 14

Recommended for: Fans of Alan Dean Foster
Read from August 03 to 27, 2014 — I own a copy

I like space opera. What is it about space opera that I find so appealing? It is very character-driven and dramatic. I want to feel emotions with the characters and I like feeling that need to know how the story will play out before I can turn out the light and go to bed. I want to pick up the sequel as soon as I finish each book and feel lost and adrift if I have come to the end of the series. Basically, that is what space opera means to me.

I enjoyed reading Embrace (the Epherium Chronicles #1). It has those elements that I like most about space opera. The human characters are well-developed, diverse and interesting. I think it must be difficult for science fiction authors to keep characters and relationships interesting without relying on aliens to spice things up like in a McCoy-versus-Spock-style interaction. Surprisingly, the crew of the Armstrong is all human. One human in particular does have special abilities but still, not an alien. From the beginning of the book I felt as though a movie were playing out in my head, which is very good. That is what a person should experience when reading a book. I could easily visualize the characters and everything that happened to them.

Military Science Fiction is not a good genre for me although I am often drawn to it in hopes of finding drama and characterization embedded in the endless battles. Embrace does have military conflict with its war with an alien race and the Earth Defense Force is a military organization, but war and battle does not overwhelm the story like it does in, for example, Steel World (BV Larson). Old Man’s War by John Scalzi is full of battle but the endearing qualities of Scalzi’s characters and their relationships made up the real story. I felt that the ships and weapons in Embrace are described only in as much detail as necessary to carry on the story. This is science fiction, after all. The conflict with the Cilik’ti provides an element of danger and another opportunity to understand the motives and back-stories of the individuals in the crew of the Armstrong as well as the corporate “suits” of Epherium. We gain understanding for why they behave the way they do and how they were brought together.

But here is the real treat: while we are looking for a surprise attack from the Cilik’ti as the Armstrong races to the colony, the author springs on us a surprise case of espionage, corporate greed, and even murder! That is precisely what I am looking for when I read space opera. It’s not just about aliens and space ships. There are some elements of the storytelling that are universal to any genre such as mayhem, greed, love and friendship, mystery. I am not going to spoil it by going into any more detail than that. I remember reading Outland by Alan Dean Foster (about 100 years ago) and thinking how clever to have an old west type of story, complete with sheriff and gunfight, that takes place in orbit around Jupiter’s moon Io. I hope the Epherium Chronicles continues in this vein taking the otherwise ordinary and putting it in a new setting.

As book one ends I was disappointed that the author leaves a few things touched on in early chapters but never seen or heard about again. I know that certain chapters were meant to introduce a sub-plot or side-story which will be brought back around I assume in a sequel but it felt rather brief and therefore difficult to connect to the rest of the book. I hope I don’t lose the thread before I start on book two.

Overall, however, I give Embrace four stars and l look forward to getting to know the crew of the Armstrong in the next book. T.D. Wilson will be on my list of authors to watch for.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Creating an Audible Anthology for the Legend of Drizzt

A new and incredible anthology chronicling the legend of Drizzt Do'urden, R.A. Salvatore's famous Dark Elf character is in production   The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories includes 12 short stories from Forgotten Realms anthologies and Dragon magazine.

Look at this tremendous cast: Sean Astin, Felicia Day, Ice-T (yes, Ice-T), David Duchovny, Weird Al Yankovic, Melissa Rauch (Bernadette from Big Bang Theory), Wil Wheaton, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, and Michael Chiklis.

This release is all tied into the 40th Anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons.

Here is the link to the video.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Babylon 5 Reboot As A Big Budget Movie

J. Michael Straczynski has begun work on a big budget movie reboot of the popular Science-Fiction series, Babylon 5!  I am a huge B5 fan and this news is something that many of us have been waiting to hear. According the news release, the new movie will be a reboot of the series and not a continuation.  Release is scheduled for 2016.

Here is a link to the article in ArsTechnica:

Babylon 5 Reboot

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What would you do?

If you saw this coming and you had one shot, one incredible remote chance to stop it, what would you do?  Would you have the courage of Bard to stand in the face of certain death, steel your arms to give you a steady shot and wait for the opportunity to strike?  Share your thoughts.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies Teaser Trailer

The first trailer for The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies is out.  It is somber, it is epic, and even the poster of the destruction of Laketown shows just how awesome this movie could be.  Cannot wait for December.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

New Avengrers: Age of Ultron Posters

The release of Avengers: Age of Ultron is still in 2015, but posters have have already been created for current and some new members of the Avengers.  They were recently released at Comic Con 2014 in San Diego.

First up, Thor!

Great pic and it shows an army of Ultron bots attacking.

Here comes Cap!

I think the next one is surely telling of the power of these bots.  Look at Hawkeye.

But, he can always count on his friend, Black Widow to reach him.

If you can't tell, yes that is the Hulk rampaging through the bots beside her.  Here he is.

But we can't leave out Tony Stark as Iron Man.  After all, Ultron in this new version will spring from his own creation, JARVIS.

Now for the new additions,  Here is the Scarlet Witch:

Finally, we have Quickilver.

This one is especially cool.  If you look in the background, you see a man with a cape floating over the battle.  No it's not Magneto, but the best intel I have is that it's Vision.  We hope to know more in the next few months.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Review of Crucible on Goodreads

Another great review of Crucible, the second book in my series The Epherium Chronicles, was just posted to Goodreads(review link).  The buzz about the series continues to grow and I am excited that readers can immerse themselves in the story.  For those of you not on Goodreads, here is the review from Greg Dragon.

's review 
Jun 29, 14

Read from June 22 to 29, 2014

Though I have not read “Embrace” the first book in this series, I found The Epherium Chronicles: Crucible to be an enjoyable read on it's own. The attention to detail given to the situations, the military protocol, and the world in general was very impressive. What was even more interesting is that at no time did I feel lost or confused for not having read the first book.

For lovers of the classic style of military science fiction, Crucible will not disappoint you as it has all of the ingredients that we love, items like: space jumping, protecting clueless colonists, extending age through experimentation, and of course space marines kicking ass.

The author has a real talent for setting the scene, and it allows you to put yourself in the situation of Captain Hood, and see the action, the dialogue, and the events play out in real time. This is what made it such a fun read for me. The writing and editing is top notch, and while I found that sometimes the descriptions and the military items were a bit too much to keep up with, it was a very easy read otherwise.

The Epherium Chronicles: Crucible read like a well paced motion picture. It gives you time to meet people, form opinions, then have those opinions adjust as you find out more about them from the dialogue and situations that arise. I am a sucker for a mysterious femme fatale, and while I initially rolled my eyes at Lieutenant Maya, she grew on me as she opened up and it didn’t take long for me to become a fan.

There is quite a bit of intelligent dialogue and development through back and forths with the crew, so for readers that love conversation there is quite a bit of it here. Action? It takes a while for the situation to get there--which made me wonder if action-seeking, short attention spanned readers would fall off around chapter five or so--but when the action comes, it freaking comes. I love drawn out, detailed battles and Crucible did not disappoint.

I would highly recommend Crucible to anyone that loves Science Fiction. I can see this series becoming one that will be talked about.