MIND MELD: Our Favorite Gadgets from SF

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In part 2 of our Mind Meld duo featuring fictional gadgetry (Part 1 featured magical items from fantasy), we asked our panelists this:

Q: Where’s my holo-deck, and aren’t we supposed to have flying cars?? What gadget (or gadgets) from SF(from Golden Age to the present), would you like to see go from Science Fiction to Science Fact? Are there any oldies that you were sure would be reality by now?

Here’s what they had to say…

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NOTE: This installment of Special Needs In Strange Worlds features a guest post from author Alex Hughes! – Sarah Chorn

Alex Hughes has written since early childhood, and loves great stories in any form including scifi, fantasy, and mystery. Over the years, Alex has lived in many neighborhoods of the sprawling metro Atlanta area. Decatur, the neighborhood on which Clean is centered, was Alex’s college home.

On any given week you can find Alex in the kitchen cooking gourmet Italian food, watching hours of police procedural dramas, and typing madly. The latest book in Mindspace Investigations, Marked, was released on April 1, 2014.

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In this series, I ask various publishing professionals (including authors, bloggers, editors, agents, etc.) to recommend 2-3 authors or books they feel haven’t received the recognition they deserve.
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New Author Spotlight: Alex Hughes

New Author Spotlight is a series designed to introduce authors with up to 3 books in the different SF/F subgenres.

Today’s spotlight shines on Alex Hughes!

Her debut novel is Clean published by Roc.

Here’s the cover copy…
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REVIEW: Clean by Alex Hughes

REVIEW SUMMARY: The first in a new sci-fi noir series that delivers!


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A telepath in a future Atlanta devastated by the Tech Wars helps police track down a serial killer while fighting his own addiction to a diabolical substance that might have, and might still, ruin his life.

PROS: Fast moving plot, likeable protagonist, neat worldbuilding.
CONS: Some repetitive phrases, a few pacing issues
BOTTOM LINE: Sci-fi fans will love the tech elements and superhero mind powers of those with Ability, like the hero, and urban fantasy fans will enjoy the character development and the possibility of a future romance.
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