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Mia Manns

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1. Musings by Starlight

My thoughts on speculative fiction. Features commentaries of books, movies and shows of the Fantasy and Science Fiction genres. I review whatever I'm reading or watching at the time from the world of the imaginative and...

Tags: science fiction, fantasy, movies, books, literature

Latest Blog Posts

  • Cutting Room Floor: Always Trim 30% of Your Word Count
    on Nov 22, 2016
    You already know you need to do it. You’re sitting on a behemoth of a novel and everyone’s telling you it needs to be shorter. Complete at 150,000 words. Youch. That’s one sentence you don’t want to write in your query letter, trust me. Why?
  • The Importance of Diversity in Sci-Fi Worldbuilding
    on Nov 11, 2016
    A review of Sacred Planet, by Austin Rogers, Book 1 of the Dominion Series. 4.5/5 ★s.The word “Firefly” appears in a dozen Amazon reviews for Sacred Planet by Austin Rogers. That’s because from a debut science fiction author wh...
  • Buzz: Engaging the Soul of a Small Business
    on Nov 1, 2016
    A review of Buzz: Engaging the Soul of a Small Business by Lura Fischer. 5/5 ★s.A striking story with a pulse swirls together with practical wisdom. Buzz is a surprise, a business book with a unique heart. Taki Fujimori brings passion to her s...
  • Serial Killers in Space
    on Sep 22, 2016
    A review of Star Watch Book 5: Space Chase by Mark Wayne McGinnis. 5/5 ★s.A creepy psychological murder mystery wrapped in, you guessed it, a high speed race through outer space. While there's, of course, a greater plot to upset the balance of...
  • We Three Kings by Don Callaway
    on Sep 24, 2015
    "Frank, you were born, you grew up, you went to the Academy, you became a pilot, and you brought us in for a beautiful landing. You did all that, and you weren’t a god."We Three Kings by Don CallawayThis is the kind of classic exploration sci-fi th...
  • We Three Kings by Don Callaway
    on Sep 24, 2015
    "Frank, you were born, you grew up, you went to the Academy, you became a pilot, and you brought us in for a beautiful landing. You did all that, and you weren’t a god."We Three Kings by Don CallawayThis is the kind of classic exploration sci-fi th...
  • Alchemy of the Afterlife by Linda Kinnamon
    on Sep 8, 2015
    "It wouldn’t be heaven if we had to leave the people we love."Alchemy of the Afterlife by Linda KinnamonThose we love never truly leave us. It's a truth we all accept, but it can be so easy to forget. Alchemy of the Afterlife is a reminder of that,...
  • Alchemy of the Afterlife by Linda Kinnamon
    on Sep 8, 2015
    "It wouldn’t be heaven if we had to leave the people we love."Alchemy of the Afterlife by Linda KinnamonThose we love never truly leave us. It's a truth we all accept, but it can be so easy to forget. Alchemy of the Afterlife is a reminder of that,...
  • How To Survive A Minor Alien Invasion by C. A. Watson
    on May 6, 2015
    "In one day those two women lost their jobs, discovered a dead body, got grilled by the police and heard about the most incompetent alien invasion ever"Part sci-fi, part murder mystery, How To Survive A Minor Alien Invasion is full immersion into a w...
  • How To Survive A Minor Alien Invasion by C. A. Watson
    on May 6, 2015
    "In one day those two women lost their jobs, discovered a dead body, got grilled by the police and heard about the most incompetent alien invasion ever"Part sci-fi, part murder mystery, How To Survive A Minor Alien Invasion is full immersion into a w...
  • Call To Battle: The Final Scrapyard Ship Book is Here
    on Apr 17, 2015
    "Welcome to the final, heart-pounding episode of the Scrapyard Ship series books. It’s all about to end in one climactic crescendo.The story continues, with Captain Jason Reynolds, and his team: Billy, Rizzo, and the rhino-warrior, Traveler. They m...
  • Call To Battle: The Final Scrapyard Ship Book is Here
    on Apr 17, 2015
    "Welcome to the final, heart-pounding episode of the Scrapyard Ship series books. It’s all about to end in one climactic crescendo.The story continues, with Captain Jason Reynolds, and his team: Billy, Rizzo, and the rhino-warrior, Traveler. They m...
  • David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Promised Me Season Five of Game of Thrones Will Be the Best Season Yet
    on Mar 27, 2015
    In my books to tell you anything about the season five premiere episode of Game of Thrones "The Wars to Come" other than the fact that it exists and it airs April 12th would be a spoiler, but I attended the event in San Francisco on Monday and I can...
  • David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Promised Me Season Five of Game of Thrones Will Be the Best Season Yet
    on Mar 27, 2015
    In my books to tell you anything about the season five premiere episode of Game of Thrones "The Wars to Come" other than the fact that it exists and it airs April 12th would be a spoiler, but I attended the event in San Francisco on Monday and I can...
  • Con Man: A new comedy from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion produced by ME! (and YOU!)
    on Mar 20, 2015
    The past ten days have been a blur for any true Brown Coats i.e. those of us who obviously haven't gotten over Firefly yet. On March 10th Serenity's Pilot Alan Tudyk and Captain Nathan Fillion announced the Indiegogo campaign for Con Man, because Con...
  • Con Man: A new comedy from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion produced by ME! (and YOU!)
    on Mar 20, 2015
    The past ten days have been a blur for any true Brown Coats i.e. those of us who obviously haven't gotten over Firefly yet. On March 10th Serenity's Pilot Alan Tudyk and Captain Nathan Fillion announced the Indiegogo campaign for Con Man, because Con...
  • The Darkness on The Edge of Town — Once Upon a Time's mid-season return is everything that's good and bad about the series
    on Mar 7, 2015
    We all love how #OUAT boldly goes where no show has ever gone before, mixing fairy tales with out of place Disney flicks that aren't, working Frozen in before the movie's first birthday, turning Red Riding Hood into a werewolf, Snow White into a band...
  • The Darkness on The Edge of Town — Once Upon a Time's mid-season return is everything that's good and bad about the series
    on Mar 7, 2015
    images from ABC      We all love how #OUAT boldly goes where no show has ever gone before, mixing fairy tales with out of place Disney flicks that aren't, working Frozen in before the movie's first birthday, turning Red Riding Hood int...
  • Giving Up The Ghost by Brandon Arment
    on Mar 1, 2015
    Giving up the Ghost by Brandon ArmentThere's a new literary sci-fi out that really kicked me in the heart, possibly with the twelve-volt car battery that plane crash survivor Adam Trager uses to jolt himself into the past before the accident, back wh...
  • Giving Up The Ghost by Brandon Arment
    on Mar 1, 2015
    Giving up the Ghost by Brandon ArmentThere's a new literary sci-fi out that really kicked me in the heart, possibly with the twelve-volt car battery that plane crash survivor Adam Trager uses to jolt himself into the past before the accident, back wh...
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