It’s my stop for the blog tour of Range, the 4th book in the kickass science fiction and fantasy series I Am Just Junco by author J.A. Huss. Seriously folks, this series kicks ass. And because it’s so kickass, I’ve asked the author to give us her list of Top Ten Kickass SF Characters. Read on to know who made it to her list! And don’t forget to read more about Range and enter the mighty huge tour giveaway. Mighty huge.
Top Ten SF Characters (Books and Movies)
by J.A. Huss
10. Wolverine – Mostly because Hugh Jackson was hot in the movie. I’ve never read any of the comics or graphic novels, but I’ve always thought Wolverine was the best X-Man because he started out as the anti-hero, and I’m an anti-hero sorta girl.
9. Dana Scully – The X-Files was a favorite of mine in the 90’s and I always like Scully because she was reasonable and scientific. She was also kick-ass in her own subdued FBI way and she struggled with her faith, and I always like science better when mixed with faith.
8. Sarah Freaking Conner – Terminator 2 is one of the all-time best science fiction movies ever. Period. It was so badass, it’s in a category all its own. And it was not because of Arnold, either. It was 50% Sarah and 50% new terminator.
7. Ellen Ripley – Even badder assed than Sarah is Ripley. My father took me and my brother to see this at the drive-in when were kids. We played on the swing set the whole time, but later, when I got older and saw this again, it scared the ever-loving crap out of me even though Ripley took names.
6. Bean – From Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow (and all the other Bean books). I loved Bean way more than Ender. My son recently read this books and he agreed Bean is one cool character, mostly because unlike Ender, he was sane.
5. Data – From Star Trek: Next Generation. I have thing for robots and I really think we need an updated version of Data. I might write this story come to think of it. I like data because you can trust him. Your agenda is his agenda. He’s like the perfect man.
4. Yoda – I am not a big SW fan now, but Yoda just got cooler the more we learned about him. His psycho little Jedi moves were awesome! Plus, I do admit to being a total Empire fan back in the day. I really did want to marry Luke Skywalker, mostly so I could ride a Tauntaun.
3. Starbuck, aka Kara Thrace – From the new Battlestar Galactica. Kara was so mean and nasty you just had to love her! She flew fighter jets, she smoked cigars, she climbed INSIDE a Cylon Raider and then learned to fly it using really disgusting tendons and crap! That was gross, but she was down like that.
2. (Leeloominaï Lekatariba Lamina-Tchaï Ekbat De Sebat) aka Leeloo – From The Fifth Element. What more is there so say about Leeloo other than she’s got her own divine language and her biggest aspiration on Earth was to secure herself a multi-pass? Plus, she did save the world. That was cool too.
1. And my number one all-time favorite SF character in movies and books…Takeshi Kovacs from the Altered Carbon series, of course! If there was a male version of Junco, it’s Kovacs. He’s selfish, brutal, has no conscious, was trained as an Envoy in one of the most ruthless military programs in the known universe, and he always came out on top.
Who’s on your top 10 list of science fiction characters? Let us know in the comments!
Check out the latest books in the I Am Just Junco series!
Now Junco has to learn to live with the consequences. Her Siblings are suspicious and angry, half her team is dead, Tier is wreaking death and destruction, Lucan is holding his secrets close, and she is spiraling out of control.
There is only one partnership that matters anymore – only one person she will trust and take direction from – and only one way out of the Hell she’s been sentenced to.
Junco is tired of fighting and death. She’s had enough and this time she means to end it – once and for all. — Add on Goodreads
Tier reveals his part in the epic tale of The Seven Siblings, spilling secrets and motivations that will leave you breathless and wanting more. — Add on Goodreads
I Am Just Junco series
19 year old Junco Coot is the daughter of the Rural Republic’s ranking commander. She’s the most foul-mouthed, wildly unpredictable and ruthless sniper the Rural Republic has ever trained. But when her father’s death sparks a trip into forbidden places, she triggers events that will change everything she knows to be true.
As an elite avian military officer, Tier’s mission is to destroy the bioengineering projects, kill Commander Coot’s daughter, and return home immediately. There’s just one problem. Junco isn’t who she claims to be.
With no one to trust, not even herself, Junco must confront the secrets of her past and accept her place in the future, or risk losing herself completely. — Add on Goodreads
In most places the avian coming-of-age Fledge ritual would be nothing more than mass murder, but here in the capital city of Amelia, it’s called growing up. Junco has no choice; either fight to the death to prove her worth or get sent back to Earth in the hands of her enemies.
Her new military team is hostile, her body is being taken over by an illicit artificial intelligence, the avian president wants her dead, and her only friend is a ten-year old throwaway boy.
On a foreign habitat, in a foreign culture, and surrounded by people she can’t trust or count on, Junco must find a way to save herself and Tier without losing her immortal soul in the process. — Add on Goodreads
Morph into an avian body. Check.
Survive Fledge and Deliverance, soul intact. Check.
Bring her Siblings back to Amelia and restore the avian race? Not so fast, darlin’.
There’s a new twist on an old prophecy and this one brings the End of Days. Junco must make a choice, but the choices all confirm her only worth is tied up in killing.
Lucan has secrets. Secrets that will make the Stag Camp look like playschool. And the lies are flowing like a mountain river during spring thaw. But he needs Junco to cooperate just a little bit longer or it all falls apart.
The Siblings on Earth are waiting for the Seventh to return and pull their clutch together. But Earth has secrets too — secrets that change everything.
Junco has survived against impossible odds, but the cost of survival is higher than she ever imagined. Luck is about to catch up with Junco Coot and her debt must be paid. — Add on Goodreads
About the Author
J. A. Huss never took a creative writing class in her life. Some would say it shows. Others might cut her some slack. She did however, get educated and graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Equine Science. She had grand dreams of getting a Ph.D. but while she loves science, she hated academia and settled for a M.S. in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida.
She went on to write science curriculum for homeschoolers and now runs a successful home business that creates and offers online science unit studies. When she’s not writing science curriculum or fiction, she works as a farm inspector, traveling the Eastern Plains of Colorado in variety of environmentally friendly vehicles that never have four-wheel drive, so when she gets stuck in the mud in said vehicles, she has to beg for assistance from anyone who will help her. She is not bitter about that at all.
She’s always packing heat and she is owned by two donkeys, five dogs, more chickens and ducks than she can count, and of course, the real filthy animals, her kids. The I Am Just Junco series was born after falling in love with the ugliest part of Colorado and the Rural Republic is based on the area of the state she currently resides in, minus the mutants, of course.
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Signed copy of ALL FIVE Junco books
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