Amena’s Imagination, #4

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Smart chickens. Yes.

Maybe on this other world, a type of chicken has evolved with larger heads housing powerful brains, and they’ve invented all kinds of advanced machines that do the most wondrous…

Ohhh. Chickens don’t have opposable thumbs. It would be hard to industrialize without those.

Well, Xxryzikakian chickens could have evolved to have hands with opposable thumbs, but what are the odds?

No. The life on Xxryzikaki, or maybe it’s Roandia, or Qualidadiania, or something I can’t even pronounce, but odds are good the lifeforms are like nothing anyone has ever imagined.

Challenge accepted.

To be continued

Get to Know…Wade Garret

IMG_20121021_205528Meet steampunk/ dark fantasy author Wade Garret. Welcome, Wade!

Tell us about your book.

“The true test of Man, is to see if he can stand naked before himself without blinking. The same trial of existence for a God, however, even one created, is if when he blinks, will he change or the world…”

Putting aside the flash—races, technology, action, fantasy, landscapes and so on—the heart of Genesis centers on the challenges and tragedies of unwanted, yet unquestionable power and to some degree, the long and short cost of denying it. Continue reading

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Amena’s Imagination, #3

(See Part 1 and Part 2)

Who/what else might be there…?

Oh! Oh! Oh! Of course!

Xxryzikaki could be packed with super-evolved insects!

I don’t mean monstrous giant insects like in the old B-movies. Giant insects would swarm the whole world in no time, the way they reproduce. I’m talking regular little insects, just without the competition from us bigger species, so they get the run of the place.

But there are so many kinds of insects. How would that work? Which would emerge as the dominant species? How would they get along? Would termites and cockroaches wage war against each other? I can see the bees and hornets going at it with their stingers. That would be a fun fencing match to watch, probably less so with the bees’ kamikaze tendencies.

And there might be a problem with someone like me visiting such a world. I’d be the giant monster from an alien planet. Gigantism is not a great way to make a good first impression.

I should have Sela invent a shrink ray, just in case.

You know, seeing insects from that perspective would kind of make them look like movie aliens, with their numerous eyes and limbs and antennae.

So really, you could pretend to be on alien planet anytime without ever leaving Earth. You’d just need a shrink ray.

Better to actually be on the alien planet, though. Our insects don’t make for pleasant company. And alien insects might be comically cultured. Just think—a centipede painter! Ants discussing philosophy! Grasshopper martial artists!

Why can’t Earth insects be like that? Because they don’t really have much room for brains in those little bodies, do they?

Alien insects probably wouldn’t either…

So if there is an insect-dominated planet, they probably are just battling for global domination. Or trying to eat each other. Something like that.

Yeah, I think Xxryzikaki can do better…

To be continued

Get to Know…Keith Yatsuhashi

Joining us this week is fantasy author and former figure skater Keith Yatsuhashi. Welcome, Keith!

Tell us about your book.

Kojiki is the story of Keiko Yamada, a young woman who tries to fulfill her father’s dying by going to Japan and complete a mysterious task in his place. Unfortunately for Keiko, he doesn’t give much in the way of specifics. Only that ‘her camera will show her the way.’ Once in Tokyo, she comes face to face with ancient Japanese Spirits who are on guard for the return of the most powerful of their kind—an insane Spirit of limitless power. The rest of the story is Keiko’s journey from orphan to finding a new family and a new place in a world on the edge of destruction. In grand anime fashion, I fill the story with gigantic beast-like Guardians, everything from dragons to sea serpents, thunderbirds, bat-like creatures, etc. Essentially I thought, hey! Earth’s myths had to come from somewhere, so I made sure I represented a few choice mythic creatures. I tweaked them for Kojiki, figuring man couldn’t have gotten it right, and worked them into the story. Continue reading

Amena’s Imagination, #2

Continued from Part 1

Okay, so there could be this planet, let’s call it Xxryzikaki. Yeah, that sure is an alien name, but to their tongue, “Earth” would sound just as crazy.

All right. Xxryzikaki. It’s the land of gas. Or not so much land as just air then, but sentient air, you see.

And I guess they wouldn’t have tongues either. No. Wait. Air could have a mouth? Sure, why not? It’s alien air! Alien air has every right to be weird, just as I’d be weird to it.

“You’re solid? Freak.”

“Well, technically, I’m mostly water.”

“You’re mostly water, but you’re solid? Weirdo.”

So the Xxryzikakians are cloud people, but not people-shaped. Why would cloud people need legs? They float. Really, they just need their heads and brains. Brains are always good to have. Every species worth its salt should come equipped with brains.

No, no, no! They can’t have mouths! Silly Amena. If they had mouths, they’d need throats and larynxes. Is that the right plural for larynx? Larynxseses…No, I was right the first time.

I suppose cloud people probably communicate by thunder and lightning, like a type of Morse Code lightning flashes, with thunder as the punctuation.

Now how would they see and hear all that? Special sensitivity to photons, maybe, and the hearing’s a no-brainer. They’d just feel the vibrations passing through them.

Hmm. But no nervous system, so no sense of touch…

And what would cloud people even do with themselves? Float around and thunder at each other? And what if two cloud people collided?

It would be really hard to remain an individual when other cloud people keep passing right on through you, mixing their molecules with yours…

Ew. I do not want the life of a cloud person. Now the ability to transform into a cloud for brief periods of time, that would be downright nifty, except, what would happen to my brain while I was all smoky?

What if our clouds are alive and we just don’t realize it? Do clouds think? What would they think about?

“Sure is cold up here in the stratosphere, or would be cold if I had nerve endings capable of perceiving temperature…”

So there might not be a planet of cloud people. But there very well could a planet called Xxryzikaki!

To be continued

Get to Know…Hugh B. Long

hugh_typewriter_portraitA science fiction and fantasy author joins us this week, and he’s also an accomplished martial artist! So let’s get to know Hugh B. Long. Welcome, Hugh!

Tell us about your latest work.

I’m actually working on a couple of things at the moment. My big project is the second book in my Tribes of Yggdrasil series, called “Fury of the Northmen”. The first book is titled “Dawning of the Wolf Age”. The Tribes of Yggdrasil series takes place 115 years after mankind makes contact with an advanced alien race called the Alfar. The Alfar, and many of the races in the series, are taken straight form Norse Mythology. The premise of the series is that the Norse Gods ‘seeded’ the Earth, and other planets in the Galaxy, including the Alfar. Continue reading

Amena’s Imagination, #1

Welcome to the Amena’s Imagination, a weekly website-only series serving as a prequel to Earths inEIS1 Space.

Follow Amena Wharry’s insomniac mental ramblings on the night before the crew begins exploring other planets. Future installments will be posted at every Thursday.

This is flash fiction — just quick, brief, stream-of-consciousness writing to help lubricate everyone’s imagination, myself included.

And now we turn things over to Amena herself…

Amena’s Imagination

So tomorrow I’m going to do this thing, just a little thing I like to call exploring alien planets.

Yeah. Alien. That’s something, isn’t it? Of course, when I go there, they won’t really be alien, not to themselves, not to their world. I’ll be the alien.

I’m going to be an alien! Always wanted to be an alien. And I don’t mean transforming into some other lifeform. Well, it would depend on the type of alien, and I’m sure there are many lovely aliens worth stepping into their shoes, or whatever they have, for a few minutes or so. But to be myself as an alien—yes. We should all be aliens once in a while. Keep things fresh.

Whit’s got this whole map of planets he’s convinced have life on them. Thing is, we can’t be absolutely certain what kind of life, not until we actually go there.

Could be anything out there, anybody. And I’m going to meet them!

There’s no way I’m getting any sleep, not tonight, so there’s only one thing to do.

Speculate endlessly. Or at least until the morning. Whatever comes first. I sure hope it’s not an endless night.

Anyway. Begin speculation!

To be continued

Get to Know…R.A. White

Final Cover RAWThis week, we get to know a newly published author, R.A. White. Welcome, R.A.!

Tell us about your book.

My book is titled Kergulen. It’s a fantasy novel about a slave girl who escapes her master by crossing her country’s border into the Kergulen forest, where she hopes to find refuge. She does eventually find a refuge of sorts, but she’s attacked by various forest guardians, and the people of Kergulen are aggressively racist toward her. It’s more about overcoming fears and life’s oppressions than it is about monsters and dragons, but it has those, too. While it deals with some dark themes, it’s mostly a fun story with plenty to laugh at, and a couple characters that require a love/hate relationship with the reader. Continue reading

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