Archives de catégorie : Science Fiction

DUNGEON CRAWLER CARL de Matt Dinniman

The apocalypse will be televised! They call it Dungeon Crawler World. But for Carl, it’s anything but a game. This series is modern day Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Ready Player One meets Hunger Games (with a dash of The Running Man to boot!)

DUNGEON CRAWLER CARL (Book 1)
by Matt Dinniman
Independently published, September 2020
(via The Gernert Company)

A man. His ex-girlfriend’s cat. A sadistic game show unlike anything in the universe: a dungeon crawl where survival depends on killing your prey in the most entertaining way possible.
In a flash, every human-erected construction on Earth—from Buckingham Palace to the tiniest of sheds—collapses in a heap, sinking into the ground. The buildings and all the people inside have all been atomized and transformed into the dungeon: an 18-level labyrinth filled with traps, monsters, and loot. A dungeon so enormous, it circles the entire globe. Only a few dare venture inside. But once you’re in, you can’t get out. And what’s worse, each level has a time limit. You have but days to find a staircase to the next level down, or it’s game over.
In this game, it’s not about your strength or your dexterity. It’s about your followers, your views. Your clout. It’s about building an audience and killing those goblins with style. You can’t just survive here. You gotta survive big. You gotta fight with vigor, with excitement. You gotta make them stand up and cheer. And if you do have that « it » factor, you may just find yourself with a following. That’s the only way to truly survive in this game—with the help of the loot boxes dropped upon you by the generous benefactors watching from across the galaxy.

Book 5 in the series was published in February 2022.

Matt Dinniman is a writer and artist from Gig Harbor, Washington. He is the author of the bestselling Dungeon Crawler Carl series along with ten other novels and dozens of works of short fiction. He lives with his wife, family, and menagerie of animals.

MY MURDER de Katie Williams sera adapté pour Netflix et produit par Harry & Meghan

Netflix et la société de production du prince Harry et de son épouse Meghan, Archewell Productions, ont remporté aux enchères les droits d’adaptation du thriller de science-fiction de Katie Williams, MY MURDER. La plateforme de streaming prévoit d’en faire un long métrage. Aucune date n’a été annoncée pour le moment.

Dans le roman, qui paraîtra en été/automne 2023 chez Riverhead aux États-Unis, la mort de Louise, une jeune mère assinée par un tueur en série, scandalise l’opinion publique. Mais Lou renaît, clonée par le gouvernement. Pour essayer de comprendre ce qui lui est arrivé et qui elle est désormais, elle rejoint un groupe de soutien auquel appartiennent les quatre clones des autres victimes. Elles se réunissent chaque semaine pour s’épauler mutuellement au sein d’une société obsédée par leur existence même. Après avoir accepté d’aider une des victimes à rendre visite au tueur, Lou découvre un secret choquant et décide d’enquêter sur sa propre mort… (Lire la présentation complète ici)

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Le roman de science-fiction AURORA de David Koepp adapté au cinéma par Kathryn Bigelow

Après plusieurs années de hiatus, la réalisatrice américaine Kathryn Bigelow a choisi son prochain projet : elle adaptera pour Netflix le roman de science-fiction AURORA de David Koepp. L’auteur du livre, qui est aussi un scénariste chevronné (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Panic Room…), écrira lui-même le scénario du film. (Lire l’article du Hollywood Reporter)

La cinéaste a réalisé de nombreux films d’action ou de thrillers depuis les années 1980 tels que Point Break, Zero Dark Thirty ou encore Detroit. Elle est également connue pour être la première femme de l’histoire du cinéma à recevoir l’Oscar de la meilleure réalisation pour son film Démineurs (The Hurt Locker) sorti en 2009.

Dans le roman, qui paraîtra le 7 juin prochain chez Harper aux États-Unis, une tempête solaire met hors service la plupart des réseaux électriques. Aubrey, qui s’occupe seule du fils adolescent de son ex-mari repris de justice, commence à prendre les choses en main dans son quartier pour organiser le quotidien et assurer la survie de ses voisins durant cette crise. Pendant ce temps, son frère survivaliste, le richissime Thom Banning avec qui elle a perdu contact, s’apprête à aller se réfugier dans son bunker de luxe en plein désert… “Fantastic story, a real page-turner. Impossible to put down. » – Stephen King

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CORRECTIONAL de N.J. Crosskey

A near-future dystopian novel that examines themes of inequality, poverty and the cycle of criminality, whilst simultaneously shining an uncomfortable light on our obsession with the macabre and sadistic.

CORRECTIONAL
by N.J. Crosskey
‎ Legend Press, June 2022
(via Lorella Belli)

‘Twelve inmates, one chamber. It’s time to face justice, live!’
Saturday night – primetime. The nation settles down to watch a special edition of
Justice Live – the most popular, and sadistic, reality show ever made. Twelve of the country’s most notorious criminals are paraded in front of the cameras as the public vote to decide which one will face the horrors of the justice chamber. But correctional officer Cal Roberts has bigger things on his mind. Tonight, he plans to bring down celebrity guard Dax Miller, for good. Tonight, is his chance to put things right, once and for all.

N.J. Crosskey lives with her husband and two children in Worthing, West Sussex. She worked in the care sector for almost 20 years and now is a full-time writer.

SWEEP OF STARS de Maurice Broaddus

The first in a trilogy that explores the struggles of an empire. Epic in scope and intimate in voice, it follows members of the Muungano empire – a far-reaching coalition of city-states that stretches from O.E. (original earth) to Titan – as it faces an escalating series of threats.

SWEEP OF STARS
by Maurice Broaddus
‎ St. Martin’s Press, February 2023

The Muungano empire strived and struggled to form a utopia when they split away from old earth. Freeing themselves from the endless wars and oppression of their home planet in order to shape their own futures and create a far-reaching coalition of city-states that stretched from Earth and Mars to Titan. With the wisdom of their ancestors, the leadership of their elders, the power and vision of their scientists and warriors they charted a course to a better future. But the old powers could not allow them to thrive and have now set in motion new plots to destroy all that they’ve built. In the fire to come they will face down their greatest struggle yet. Amachi Adisa and other young leaders will contend with each other for the power to galvanize their people and chart the next course for the empire. Fela Buhari and her elite unit will take the fight to regions not seen by human eyes, but no training will be enough to bring them all home. Stacia Chikeke, captain of the starship Cypher, will face down enemies across the stars, and within her own vessel, as she searches for the answers that could save them all. The only way is forward.

Powerful, sweeping Afrofuturist space opera…. A hugely ambitious and notable work of postcolonial science fiction. This takes the genre in an exciting and challenging direction.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review

Maurice Broaddus is a fantasy and horror author best known for his short fiction and his Knights of Breton Court novel trilogy. He has published dozens of stories in magazines and book anthologies, including in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Black Static, and Weird Tales.