Out of Orbit: Guest Post

October 26, 2015 Giveaway 1

Out of Orbit: Guest Postby Chele Cooke
Dead and Buryd


“You are an inmate, not a medic. You should get used to that.”

On the planet Os-Veruh, the native Veniche have endured a decade under the oppressive rule of a race of invaders, the Adveni.

When Georgianna Lennox, a Veniche medic, discovers her childhood friend has been sold into slavery, she seeks help from a revolutionary outlaw group.

As Georgianna’s struggle to save one life ignites a battle to liberate her homeworld, is she about to discover that it is better to be dead than ‘buryd’?


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Fight or Flight

“This is nowhere near over. This is just the beginning.”

Georgianna Lennox is now a slave, serving an Adveni master and caught in the middle of a brewing war between oppressors and insurgents.

As the rebels increase their attacks against the Adveni, Georgianna is recruited as their eyes behind enemy lines.

But the lies she is forced to tell her owner are nothing compared to the secrets she must keep from her friends.

Secrets that could change the war in their favour, and lies that might destroy them all.


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Rack and Ruin

“You ready to break out of the cage, little bird?”

Georgianna Lennox has been released by her keeper Edtroka, who has sided with the Cahlven, a technologically advanced race exiled from her home planet hundreds of years earlier.

When Edtroka disappears, Georgianna and a group of rebel friends are forced to embark on a dangerous scouting mission behind enemy lines.

As the Cahlven’s true intentions become clear, Georgianna and the rebels hatch an audacious plan to turn the Adveni’s most powerful weapon against them — at a terrible cost.


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I am excited to announce Chele Cooke, authour of the Out of Orbit series, has elected to stop through Ms. Bibliophile to share a list of her Top Ten Favourite Sci-Fi Characters! Before we get into the list, though, I wanted to quickly share the giveaway that is also being offered by Chele Cooke.


Top Ten Sci-Fi Characters


When I first started writing, hell, even after five years of writing, I never expected that the first books I’d publish would be Sci-Fi. Before starting the Out of Orbit series, I mostly wrote Fantasy and Paranormal. I also didn’t read Sci-Fi all that often, and when I did it was classics like 1984 and Brave New World. Honestly, I never truly saw this coming.


What I did do, on the other hand, was watch a lot of Sci-Fi television and movies. I’m a really big fan of the different mediums we use to tell stories, whether it’s through the written word, performed stories (both on stage and on screen,) and even video games. Most of my early experience in Sci-Fi comes from these.


So, without further ado, here are my top ten Sci-Fi characters in no particular order.



  • Captain Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly


Firstly, Joss Whedon is a god! I love pretty much all of his shows and Mal probably won’t be the only character from a Whedon show on this list.

Mal Reynolds and Firefly in general really speaks to the type of Sci-Fi I love. Yes, it is a Sci-Fi/Western show with all the trimmings, but the truth is that Whedon’s shows are always so deeply rooted in the characters instead of the events that happen to them, that we would probably sit and watch a 40 minute episode of them sitting and having dinner and it’d still be the best TV we saw all week.

Mal is a fantastically flawed character with the perfect amount of humour, sarcasm, and deep emotional problems. He’s someone you just can’t help but root for.



  • Gale Hawthorne from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Here we’re going into the dystopian end of the Sci-Fi genre with the Hunger Games. The funny thing was, when all the Team Gale vs Team Peeta stuff was going on, I wasn’t really all that bothered. I didn’t care all that much who Katniss ended up with, but what I did care about were the male characters making up the argument, especially Gale.
Gale is such a strong-willed and good character who gets carried away in his desire to fight for what’s right. His love of his family and of Katniss’ family really spearheads an emotional plotline. While Katniss is fighting to the death in the arena, Gale is fighting for their families lives back at home. Whatever happened, Katniss would have been remembered, but Gale probably wouldn’t as he was one in thousands doing the same thing, fighting to survive. His character is the epitome of that daily struggle, and I love it.



  • Lukas from The Silo Series by Hugh Howey


I’m a big fan of the adorable dork, and when we first meet Lukas, he definitely fits into that category. His love of Astronomy, his intelligence, and his sweet nature makes him easy to like. It’s when he gets in trouble that we realise exactly what Lukas is made of. And it’s good stuff. He’s made of all good stuff!


  • Zoe Washburne from Firefly

Zoe is kick ass! Let’s just get that out there straight away. She’s strong, independent, and intelligent. But what I love most about Zoe’s kick ass-ness is that it’s never questioned. None of the crew of Serenity suggest that maybe she should stay back because she’s a woman, and the one time her husband tries to protect her by going with Mal instead of her, she ends up saving him. Because she doesn’t have to spend half the time convincing others of her skills, we get to see her shine all the more.



  • Topher Brink from Dollhouse


Another Joss Whedon creation, Topher Brink gathers together some of my favourite things about characters. Like Lukas, he’s a loveable dork with an obsession with science, his work, and his drawer of inappropriate starches. He’s also morally ambivalent, which I find so entertaining. The scientific advancement possibilities completely outweigh the means he’ll use to get there. When this all comes back on him later in the show, it’s painful to watch him question the things he’s done, and blame himself for the way his beautiful experiments have changed the world.



  • Adelle DeWitt from Dollhouse


Maybe it’s that she’s British, and it makes me happy to see more British people in American TV. Adelle is a fantastic character, and as much as I love morally questionable characters, I love female morally questionable characters all the more. She’s a very good businesswoman, but that’s not all she is, and seeing those well-rounded characters is one of the reasons I love Joss Whedon’s shows.



  • Titus from Feed (by M.T. Anderson)


I read this book when I was around eighteen, and I admit to finding it a bit weird the first time I read it. Titus is a bit of a jock at the beginning of the book, and his transformation after meeting Violet is great to read. I like characters failing, and Titus is one of those fantastic characters who is brilliant because he doesn’t completely change for the better. He remains weak-willed, even if he has his bright spots.



  • Samantha Carter from Stargate


Out of the SG1 crew, my favourites have always been Daniel and Samantha. I think it’s the geek factor of it all. They get so excited about their relative fields, it’s fantastic to watch. Samantha just clinches that, I think, because, like Zoe Washburne, her intelligence and scientific knowledge isn’t questioned. Even when others disagree with her, they’re not claiming she isn’t smart enough, but that they simply disagree. Seeing the equality of the sexes in this way really makes me happy.



  • Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games


“Want a sugar cube?” From the moment Finnick strode up wearing nothing but a knotted rope and was still able to be sassy as all hell, I knew I would love his character. A lot of the time, a character like Finnick’s would have been a woman, and the audience would have been pushed to hate someone who could use their sexuality the way he does. As we see more of him, we realise how good a person he is, even as he’s lethal in the games. I just loved the dripping reveal of his character from the man-candy victor to the desperately in love good guy.



  • Juliette from The Silo Series by Hugh Howey


Juliette, the protagonist through much of Hugh Howey’s Silo series is a no-nonsense, intelligent woman. She’s not entirely sure what she’s doing but she keeps moving forwards, trying to do the best for those she has been commanded to look after. She’s also a deeply kind person when needed, and takes care of the people around her. In the end, she’s a bit of a mothering figure, and I like having those in books… especially when they smack people down!


So, there they are; my top ten Sci-Fi characters. I must admit, if this was a general Top Ten of characters, that would have been a hell of a lot harder to cut down. Even with this one, there were a few more I wanted to include. Maybe next time I’ll push for top twenties.

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