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Dad: A science fiction inspiration

IMG_9518I would like to offer a tribute to my father

since this weekend is Father’s Day.

He’s the person who inspired me to write science fiction.

He loved to read it, and often mentioned that when he had time, he would write a science fiction novel.

Then, one day he retired…and started a story, but it was harder than he thought. He came and told me that he could read it, but he couldn’t write it

And threw the torch to me.

My father has since passed; but his love, his encouragement, and his memory remain with me.

Writing good science fiction became a life long goal of mine that I worked on for many years while I managed a day job, ran a household, raised a child and tended a marriage.

Whew! Not easy.

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Persistence (stubbornness?) often is key to success. His spirit and his memory kept me going, and recently I published my fifth novel in the Alysian Universe series, and plan to publish the sixth, called Touching Crystal by November of this year. I’ve put that goal up in front of me and am working hard to get there in time.

Are you an inspiring father? Maybe mother?

So in honor of my father, I put the newest book Space Song on KDP Select and will offer it free on Kindle as an ebook for three days only over Father’s Day weekend. June 14, 15, 16. If you have a kindle, iPad or other device, you can download it.

I hope you like it and maybe take a look at the others in the series.

Ender's GameWhat is your favorite science fiction story?

I realized that with all the books I have suggested and discussed, I never mention Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. 

And now, they’re finally making it into a movie.

This is one of my favorites books, and over the past several years Card has added in prequels and sequels that are pretty good, also.

Like Space Song,  Ender’s Game deals with how to defend against an alien threat.

Card focuses on Battle School while my protagonist builds a space station and warships while getting distracted by a genetic mystery.

His newest novel in the series is a prequel that comes out this month (June 2013) called Earth Afire and Earth Afiredeals with the Formic Wars.

With the box office success of The Hunger Games, it appears Hollywood is more open to science fiction stories than ever before.

Hunger Games2001:A Space Odessey did pretty well, not to mention “Star Wars” and the subsequent prequels there.

“Catching Fire” will be coming out in the fall, so if “Enders Game” does well, there’s plenty of product in the many other books in the series.

Science fiction seems to be a genre that converts well onto the screen.

What book would you like to see being made into a movie?

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Aliens come to Earth?

IMG_9503There may actually be aliens that have arrived on Earth riding on asteroids, meteors or comets.

But we’re not sure.

Here’s the mug shot of what scientists have named, a Tardigrade. I can’t imagine anything more alien in appearance. This photo appeared on APOD or A Photo Of the Day, a free  Ap that I highly recommend you download…if you haven’t already.

This ap has amazing images from our world and space that are showcased, one each day. Along with each image is an explanation of what you’re seeing.

Image 1Here’s the explanation on our possibly alien friend.

Tardigrade in Moss

Image Credit & Copyright: Nicole Ottawa & Oliver Meckes / Eye of Science / Science Source Images

“Explanation: Is this an alien?

Probably not, but of all the animals on Earth, the tardigrade might be the best candidate. That’s because tardigrades are known to be able to go for decades without food or water, to survive temperatures from near absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, to survive pressures from near zero to well above that on ocean floors, and to survive direct exposure to dangerous radiations.

The far-ranging survivability of these extremophiles was tested in 2011 outside an orbiting space shuttle.

Tardigrades are so durable partly because they can repair their own DNA and reduce their body water content to a few percent. Some of these miniature water-bears almost became extraterrestrials recently when they were launched toward to the Martian moon Phobos on board the Russian mission Fobos-Grunt, but stayed terrestrial when a rocket failed and the capsule remained in Earth orbit.

Tardigrades are more common than humans across most of the Earth. Pictured above in a color-enhanced electron micrograph, a millimeter-long tardigrade crawls on moss.”

Sounds like a candidate to me.

space-song-cover-smashwordsIn Space Song, my forthcoming novel, Richard has to prepare his world of Alysia for an alien attack, but he hasn’t been given much information on them and he needs to know what might be coming.

Here’s an excerpt:  Richard and Treysa are having a dinner date. She has just told him she’s an astronomer and scans the sky every night looking for extraterrestrials.

“Extraterrestrials. Weren’t you listening?…Maybe they’re already here and we just don’t recognize them.” She calmly picked up another forkful of salad and watched him carefully, as if evaluating his candidacy for alien citizenship.

“We’d know if they’d invaded,don’t you think?” he retorted. He thought of bombs, laser attacks and the violence that Braden had suggested with the word, “hostile.”

“Why do you think we’d know?” she asked. “Do you expect them to come in big blazing ships? Have waving antennas? Maybe you suppose they’d have spiny appendages or be big globs of slime? What if our body style is one of the most efficient forms of life and aliens are configured a lot like us?”

“I’ve thought of that and there’s an enormous diversity of life here on our world. As an astronomer, surely you have seen the extreme variety of worlds outside our own. Most are very different from us and have hostile environments that are dangerous to our lifeforms here. To survive them, any creature would have to adapt in a far different manner from us and therefore look very different.”

Image 2It never ceases to amaze me how many strange life forms we have on Earth and how little evidence of life we’ve found on other worlds so far.

Here are some more amazing pictures from APOD.stars4

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