A Ninja Captain Plays Favorites?!

Hey, gang! As I'm sure you've noticed if you're even remotely plugged into the blogging world this week, our very own Alex Cavanaugh (AKA the Ninja Rocker, AKA the Ninja Captain, AKA the Blogging Maniac, AKA Robo-Alex...) released the third and final installment of his Sci-fi space opera series, CassaStorm.

As part of the occasion, Alex is storming the Web and answering a bunch of random questions from his blogging buddies. I've had a blast reading all of the Q&A, and am excited to finally be able to post my own.

Also, be sure to omment on Alex’s blog this week for a chance to win a Cassa mug, mousepad, magnet, and swag!

E.J.'s Question:  What are your top 3 science fiction stories (movies, TV, books, etc.) of all time? (I know this is going to kill you! bwahahahahaha)

The Captain Answers: EJ! That is so unfair. Well, I’m not going to play fair with my answer, either. (We knew you couldn't play favorites!)

Top science fiction stories of all time – Firefly/Serenity, Star Trek (all), and Stargate SG1/Atlantis. And yes, those cover television, movies, and books, as I’ve read adventures from all three.

You should have to name your favorite now…

E.J.: Fair enough! Star Wars (movies, books, & animated), Ender's Game (book), & Battle Star Galactica (2004 TV series).

Everyone else: Be sure to tell us what your favorites are in the comments!

By Alex J Cavanaugh

From the Amazon Best Selling Series!

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.
Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“CassaStorM is a touching and mesmerizing space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery.” – Edi’s Book Lighhouse

“Cavanaugh creates such an unforgettable world, and these characters will stay with you long after their story is over.”
- Cassie Mae, author of Friday Night Alibi and How to Date a Nerd

“…the racial conflicts propelled much of the plot in this story, driving home a message that's relevant to our own world and giving the book an interesting texture.”
- C. Lee. McKenzie, author of Alligators Overhead

$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.

Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera

Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019

$4.99 EBook available in all formats

Find CassaStorm:

Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1116848619?ean=9781939844002

Amazon -

Amazon Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/CassaStorm-ebook/dp/B00F2O9QMC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1378811366&sr=1-1&keywords=cassastorm

Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17670532-cassastorm

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

Website – http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/

Twitter – http://twitter.com/AlexJCavanaugh

Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4287922.Alex_J_Cavanaugh


  1. It'd be hard to miss Alex this week!

    Red Dwarf, Empire Strikes Back, Aliens. That's the three that come to mind right now anyway!

    1. Empire is my favorite Star Wars movie as well, Nick! Combined with your Aliens pick, I think you might have a taste for the darker sci-fi like I do. :)

  2. Thanks, EJ! Even with such an ornery question. Bet there will be lots of responses.
    And I'd also add Aliens which is one of the most awesome movies ever.

    1. You're more than welcome!

      Aliens completely slipped my mind until Nick brought it up. I'm not sure if it would bump any of my top 3, but it'd be very near the top for sure.

  3. So who's this Alex person I keep seeing around the blogosphere?? Is he new?
    Great question, EJ! Big ups for all mentioned. Can't wait for Ender's Game to come out in theaters. And I'm one of those weirdos who love Star Trek and Star Wars equally, tho I feel ST is more sci-fi and SW more space opera. I can movie marathon with either one. And Next Generation on TV was just awesome.

    How about some Doctor Who and H.G. Wells? And lately I've been digging Continuum and Fringe.

    1. I'm just getting into Dr. Who (I know, I know...) but LOVE it already. There's just so much continuity there I'm not sure I could ever grade it as a whole. Fringe definitely crossed my mind as a favorite, but it strays very close to fantasy at times, and I was thinking more straight forward science fiction, I think.

      I enjoyed the previous Star Trek iterations, but didn't really fall in love with it until the recent J.J. Abrams take. Really modernized the series for me. :)

  4. Alex is taking the blogosphere by storm. LOL

    I was raised on Star Trek (TV). That'll always be a fav.

    1. You were old school before it was cool, M! (Not an age joke btw :D )

  5. Yeah for Alex, Star Wars and Serenity! Both of you picked some epic sci-fi stories! (:

    1. There's a lot to choose from, thankfully. Honestly, I'm not as up on reading science fiction as I ought to be. The Ender series is probably the most hardcore sci-fi I've gotten into as far as novels are concerned--not counting the Star Wars novels I've read.

  6. YAY for Firefly/Serenity! :D

    Star Wars is definitely legendary as well, though for me the latest releases in the movie series brought things down a notch.

  7. Love the banter between you two :) Fun question--I've loved reading all of Alex's different answers this week. :D

  8. I'm barely plugged into the blogosphere this week, but I still see Alex everywhere. And Star Wars is classic. Even while we were walking around the flooded basement in chest-high water we were all joking it was like the scene in the trash compactor in Star Wars. :)

  9. Alex is an enigma ;D
    I love how you posted yours EJ!
    It has been fun to see Alex everywhere.
    Star Wars rocked-I remember waiting in line!

    Great question EJ!

  10. You both have picked several of my favorites: Star Wars, Star Trek, Battle Star, SG1, Enders Game. So many others - to many to just pull out of a hat.


  11. Have to agree! Some great favorites :)

  12. Today, all blogs point to Alex! Good luck with the launch!

  13. Really, Alex has a release this week?? ;)

    I absolutely love Joss Whedon but have never watched Firefly. Really need to remedy that soon.

  14. Alex is rockin' the blogosphere this week!

  15. Alex is busy this week!

    Let's see, certainly the first Star Wars trilogy, and Firefly/Serenity, obviously. Some of the Star Trek stuff, though I wouldn't call myself a trekkie. And who can pass up Blade Runner?

  16. As sci-fi isn't really my genre, it's hard to pick a favorite. I loved the Star Wars movies from my generation (now known as Episodes 4-6), and I used to watch the original Star Trek with my mom. With my hubs, I like Dr. Who. Considering Alex's answers, I think my hubs might really like the Cassa books. Good luck to all!


  17. EJ, that was a very cool question. I enjoyed both answers, Alex's and yours (here's to hoping the Enders Game movie is a huge success because I love the book!)


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