6 Writers Of Addictive Sci-Fi And Fantasy Series
Science fiction and fantasy novels are great vehicles for those who want to escape into immersive new worlds. Whether they introduce mythical creatures and extraterrestrial beings to our reality, or take place in fictional universes where various races are locked in an intergalactic war, these books have the ability to keep readers coming back for more. In no particular order, here are some authors writing captivating stories that span several novels.
First up, at #1, we have Vera Nazarian, who immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a child and sold her first story at the age of seventeen. She is best known for The Atlantis Grail, a dystopian science fiction series that revolves around sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark, who must rescue her entire family by participating in a deadly competition.
Nazarian is also the author of the Cobweb Bride Trilogy, a romantic retelling of the Persephone myth set in an alternate Renaissance world. Additionally, she created the Supernatural Jane Austen Series, which is a collection of parodies of the eponymous author's classic novels, including Pride and Platypus and Mansfield Park and Mummies.
Taking the #2 spot is M.G. Herron, a freelance content strategist and independent science fiction and fantasy author based in Austin, Texas. In 2015, he published his first novel, The Auriga Project, a thriller about a freak teleportation accident and a lost Mayan tribe. It is the first book of the Translocator series, which revolves around archaeologist Eliana Fisk, who finds herself stranded in a strange new world.
His other series, The Gunn Files, is a sci-fi mystery set in the weird heart of Texas. It centers on a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter named Anderson Gunn, who, after tracking down a man named Cameron Kovak, discovers that there are aliens living among us.
Next, at #3, we have M.D. Neu. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley, he is an award-winning gay fiction writer whose novels feature diverse, strong queer characters. His debut novel, The Calling, is about a man named Duncan Alexander, a seemingly regular guy who gets thrust into the world of Immortals.
Neu is also known for his sci-fi series, A New World. Set in modern times, the story is about a race of aliens coming to Earth in need of help, and how humans deal with this new reality when it throws everything they believe into question.
Next up, at #4, is Leslye Penelope, an independent filmmaker and award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance. She studied film at Howard University and minored in computer science, which led to a graduate degree in multimedia and a career in website development. Penelope also runs a podcast called My Imaginary Friends, where she shares her perspectives on writing, creativity, and inspiration.
She is best known for writing the Earthsinger Chronicles, an epic fantasy series centered on an orphan named Jasminda, who possesses a magical ability feared by her own people. When war threatens her homeland, Jasminda's Earthsong may be the only thing that can prevent the bloodshed and heal the hearts of two nations.
Coming in at #5 is Amy J. Murphy. She graduated from the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in Communications and worked in marketing for nearly fifteen years. Murphy is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and her work has appeared in sci-fi anthologies such as Call of Courage and At The Helm.
Murphy's space opera series, Allies and Enemies, starts off with Fallen, which introduces readers to Commander Sela Tyron. She is a purpose-bred soldier of the vast and far-reaching Regime who's on a mission to quell an insurrection. Things take a turn for the worse when Sela and her team are abandoned on a planet full of insurrectionists.
Finally, at #6, we have Kayelle Allen. She is a member of RomVets, a group of current and former military women who write romance. Allen also founded Marketing for Romance Writers, which is a peer-oriented mentoring group where authors can learn how to create a professional image as well as ask for opportunities to join others in promotional efforts.
In her Bringer of Chaos series, a race known as the Ultras were designed by humans to serve mankind, until a scientist accidentally discovered how to free himself and others from slavery. The saga begins with the Origin of Pietas, which revolves around the eponymous Ultra leader, who must find a way to escape after he's imprisoned and banished to the planet Sempervia by a traitor and his human allies.