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Waiting for the Next Episode of The Lottery? Try These Read-Alikes!

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 31, 2014 | PERMALINK

Two weeks ago, The Lottery premiered on Lifetime, captivating viewers like myself with its grim premise. In the show, the year is 2025 and women are no longer able to get pregnant and give birth. When a medical team succeeds in fertilizing 100 embryos, the government announces a lottery to select the surrogates. With intriguing characters who have secret agendas and plenty of suspense, The Lottery is off to a promising start. And if you’re like me and are already hooked and wanting more, here’s a list of books you should check out to make the wait for new episodes a bit more bearable.


The Jewel by Amy Ewing

What It’s About: Part dystopian, part fantasy tale, Ewing’s debut stars Violet, a teenage girl trained to become a surrogate for the royalty who can no longer get pregnant and who want perfect children with unique abilities. When Violet is sold to the Duchess of the Lake, her life takes a dark turn and she must fight to reclaim the freedom that was stolen from her.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Science Fiction
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Magazine Extra: More Questions For John Scalzi

BY Regina Small, JULY 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

The cover of Lock In by John ScalziIn our September 2014 issue, I was lucky enough to catch up with celebrated science fiction author John Scalzi, who is a particular favorite of the RT staff. We chatted a bit about his September release Lock In, which centers on a chilling pandemic called Haden's Syndrome — a disease that leaves one percent of the population completely physically paralyzed, but still fully conscious and aware. As nearly 4.5 million people are "locked in" to their own bodies, a global crisis emerges, one that reshapes the world politically, economically and socially. Scalzi came up with some ingenious options for the "locked in" to move about: 1) remote-controlled androids known as Threeps, operated by signals sent by the brain and 2) Integrators — able-bodied folks whose brains allow the Haden's-afflicted to take over their bodies. We were curious to hear a bit more about Scalzi's take on the latter, as well as the background that informed this tense near-future murder mystery.

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Have You Joined The Holy Taco Church Yet? - On Creating A Successful Collaborative Blog

BY Elisa Verna, JULY 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

For many authors, group blogs are a fun, relatively easy way to promote their work. And for readers, these blogs can be highly entertaining. There are tons of group author blogs, but the Holy Taco Church might be my new favorite. As far as excellent group author blogs go, the Holy Taco Church has nailed it.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
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More Genre Fiction Power Couples

BY Elisa Verna, JULY 01, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last week I wrote about some of genre fiction’s power couples, and the response was great. So many people reminded me of couples I missed, or told me about couples I didn’t know about. Today, I’m bringing you more genre fiction author couples who share both a life and a passion for writing.

Nico Rosso and Zoe Archer

A photo of Ilona and Gordon Andrews

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Nico Rosso and Zoe Archer both write romance, usually with some sort of supernatural edge. Steampunk romance, paranormal romance, historical romance with paranormal elements — between the two of them they’ve got it all covered. Most of their work is done separately, but together they penned the Ether Chronicles (Zoe wrote 3 in the series, Nico wrote 2), a western steampunk series. Currently, Nico is in the middle of his erotic, paranormal Demon Rock series, while Zoe is working on her Nemesis Unlimited novels.

Clay and Susan Griffith

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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance, Science Fiction
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Genre Fiction Power Couples

BY Elisa Verna, JUNE 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Many readers know the power couples of literary fiction — Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss (who, technically, aren’t anymore after they recently revealed their split), Zadie Smith and Nick Laird, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman — but what about genre fiction? There’s plenty of romance in romance … and urban fantasy, science fiction and YA! Below are some genre fiction power couples who just ooze mushy love.

Ilona and Gordon Andrews

A photo of Ilona and Gordon Andrews

The first genre fiction power couple that comes to mind is, of course, Ilona Andrews — the writing team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews. Ilona immigrated to the U.S. from Russia and met Gordon (whose real name is Andrew Gordon, fun fact), and together they wrote Magic Bites. Their Kate Daniels series is extraordinarily popular and the two have such a fun, playful dynamic in person. I’ve seen them on several panels at RT Con, and they’re absolutely delightful.

Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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