LONERS : themes behind the sci-fi series

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A look behind the curtain into the creative process.

I was asked by a friend last week, when discussing my progress on the science fiction series I’m writing, what the significance of the titles were? So I thought I’d share my answer to the inspiration here as well…

The main novels in this collection all bare names of a deity from ancient Earth mythology. The books themselves do not involve Gods, or their mythology. It’s merely symbolic. Although we could view aliens and their technology as god-like: and that’s as far as the collusion goes.

Each book in this series, with exception of the first (‘Prelude’) follows a theme that the name incites. Asherah in Semitic mythology is the God of the oceans. Or Mother Goddess. She is also purported to be God’s wife. What better idea for the conception for a series of books? So, when Taylor finds herself on a strange planet entirely covered in water, the only human in an alien world, I felt a kinship with the name.

At the beginning of each novel there is also a quote around the mythology of the deity pertaining to the theme of the novel. It’s from some imaginary tome in the LONERS universe. I’m a big fan of literary quotes at the start of books – they help set the tone.

Hestia is the goddess of the home and hearth. Which this next book in the series deals with Taylor surviving on a harsh desert-like planet with three suns. It appears to be inhabited by… something adept in advanced technology. But there’s a heavy theme of surviving in the outback on her quest to get back home with this installment.

Gemini is the most recognisable name, which needs little explanation, as both the stories of Asherah and Hestia collide in an unexpected way.

The final book in the collection (for the time being) is Isimud. Drawn from Sumerian mythology, who is a messenger of sorts, delivering news of consequences to other Gods. Isimud is usually depicted with two faces, one staring into the past, the other into the future. With the nature of space travel and the space-time continuum this deity was the perfect choice for venturing out into space answering a message… but that’s about the most insight you’ll get for this novel 😉 Not about to spoil you on any plot points.

Themes aside, I’m really proud of the mix of adventure and science fiction that follow our protagonist heroine Taylor. Who, after being caught in a weird explosion of light, finds herself having to fight for survival in a myriad of alien situations. A story of hope and humanities will to keep on keeping on.

Taylor is a mix of a nerdy biologist and a girl who loves hiking and the outdoors. She’s going to have to use all her intelligence, wits, and will to make it through another day to survive.

Aiming for a late 2017/early 2018 release date.

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LONERS : Prelude #bookteaser

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I’m just about finished with my second draft of ‘LONERS : Prelude‘ The start of a science fiction series where Taylor Kate disappears in an explosion of light, leaving her boyfriend Gavin devastated. Now Gavin is trying to make sense of his loss, and work out if the world is under attack by aliens, and if humankind even has the ability to fight back.

Something deep inside him keeps repeating over and over that Taylor is still alive. Somewhere. But how can he get the answer when he doesn’t even know the questions to start asking?

Exciting stuff is coming!

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High Def Daring

Sometimes living large means flexing your brain muscle!

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ImageIn the past few weeks I have managed to play with some alternate book covers for my works in progress (it helps keep the project fresh and new – plus it’s nice to have a break from the non-stop writing) and had an afternoon at the movies to catch the latest incarnation of Godzilla. I have to say I enjoyed the movie; it was an ohmage to the original Japanese Black and white films with massive monsters battling it out while reeking havoc on a grand scale.  The CGI version was so similar to the plasticine and suited versions of Godzilla’s conception – I thought he looked a bit spoony – but then again, it fit in with the features which started the whole craze. But I’m not reviewing the movie (but if you are a die-hard Godzilla fan it is a must see).

I was more astounded at the behaviour of other movie-goers… where has everyone’s manners gone? I like to go to a movie to submerge myself in the full High Definition experience: massive screens and the volume turned up so loud you feel it through your seats threatening to release your bowels; not compete with constant talking, excessive crackling of plastic wrappers and open-mouthed eating – some guy was even listening to his iPod so loud I could hear it four seats away – honestly dude, why bother watching a movie at all!? I felt like a Nanna reprimanding inconsiderate viewers at their ordasity. I attend screenings quite often – but this time I seemed to cop a bad crowd.

Hopefully next time I hit the cinema I’ll be able to indulge in bombarding my senses without distraction once more. Otherwise I’m going to have to switch to other comparable real-life experiences: swimming with whale sharks, skydiving, or being lost on an alien planet – the first two of which are on my bucket list, the latter is in development.*

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I’m hoping to get back on track with crossing some items off my bucket list this year, hardships in the recent six months have meant putting a lot of achievements and dreams on hold – but it’s all behind me now and it’s time to live and live large. Casey in HD!

*A new science fiction series LONERS hit me like a tonne of bricks out of the blue. Evolving from a recurring dream over a week and a half (just how Elliot for keeps started), It has grown into four volumes added to my WIP. You may have to wait a while to read an excerpt though, at this stage I won’t be finished my entire writing list until the end of 2016! Here are some of the ‘Craptastic Covers’ for the titles (I love designing covers for all my books to keep things fun, but they are not used for publication and images compiling these are purely for my own entertainment and not for distribution.)

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