Returning to Earth…

2014sfexp400Today marks the close of the 2014 Sci Fi Experience.  I’ve had a splendid time delving deep into some favorite sci fi worlds.  My goals this year were unusually focused and, for me, relatively modest–they were also made easier by having all the books sitting on my shelves!

Happily, I was able to do all the reading (and viewing) I had planned on.  Ages and ages ago, at the beginning of December, I took a trip to Pern.  I then spent almost two months on The Great Khan Adventure (thanks for riding along with me!) and finally this week I got my review up for the Thrawn trilogy.

Here are all the links in one convenient list…

Pern: The MasterHarper of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

This is not the strongest of plots, being more like a biography of MasterHarper Robinton.  And that’s okay, since the MasterHarper is one of my favorite characters, and Pern is one of my favorite places for a visit.

The Great Khan Adventure: tracing Khan Noonien Singh through books and screen
Star Trek: The Original Series (selected episodes)
The Khan Trilogy by Greg Cox:
The Eugenics Wars: Volume One
The Eugenics Wars: Volume Two
To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh
The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek Into Darkness
(Bonus: my spoof of The Wrath of Khan!)

The Great Khan Adventure was all I might have hoped for it.  I had read or watched all the pieces before, but putting them together gave me a new perspective on the characters, helped me see new depths, and enhanced every piece of the story.

Sci Fi Experience 2013Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command

I thoroughly enjoyed a trip back to the Star Wars universe too, and appreciated the reminder on how much I love these characters too.  I definitely need to read the next two books by Zahn…and I should do it before the new movies come out.  Zahn took things in very satisfying directions, and it’s best to read more before we run the risk of it all imploding through new movies!

The Sci Fi Experience this year reminded me just how much I enjoy these universes…so even though I titled this “Returning to Earth,” I’m going to try to get back to to the stars again before next year’s Experience!

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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