In the last ten years or so, we got more and more news in the feed about the use of drones in all the major conflict zones. Acronyms like UAV or UCAV became part of our lingo and countless videos on YouTube or Vimeo showed us in full degree what happened in Afghanistan or in Iraq (or in other places) when a Hellfire missile hit its intended target on the ground.
Apparently the world discovered yesterday about the existence of the Kepler project and the social media today are full of news about one of the exoplanets discovered by the scientist that are manning this project… since 2009.
The golden arguments are the similarities between our solar system and Kepler-452’s own. Same kind of star, a planet in the “goldilocks zone“, other planets in the system that are probably the like of Jupiter and Saturn. The message is clear, “another Earth!”, and let there be a million of artist renditions of this newfound planet.
Well, take five. Or ten.
You have heard of the confrontation running between Greece and EU about economic matters and maybe you’re waiting for the results of today’s referendum to know if a tiny country will refuse or not to find another economic agreement with the so-called “troika” (that’s ECB, EU and IMF).
The best thing of all this noise is about the time dedicated by media on this kind of problems. Maybe, just maybe, more and more people will start to understand to monumental mass of lies that goes around modern-day economics, starting with the money itself.
Time for a self-promotional post, just to remember to everybody out there that there’s a new e-book incoming, hard and fast like any science fiction story should be.
The third installment of my ongoing series, Ghosts Of War, will hit the digital market July 15th, with the focus of the story about a young spaceminer in the Asteroid Belt and his dangerous journey to go back home.
This will be a long post. I hope it will be interesting too, because this arguments are the basis for some of my next projects. So, let’s start with the basics; there’s an ongoing conflict between the creatures of our plan (the reality we know) and a number of different creatures that comes from somewhere else (let’s say, other realities or different plans of this reality).
Basically it’s a matter of resources, like any other war we know from our history. The difference is in the nature of such resources, this time is about our bodies and/or our planet. For the sake of a simple way of writing this post down, let’s say that we can attribute the word “Darkness” to the whole of our enemies (this will not mean that humankind is on the right side or that we are in some way enlightened, it’s just a label).
Fact #1 – they know how to come here.
A common tract of folklore and narrative is about the knowledge of ways to come in our reality from the other places (dimensions, planets, parallel realities and such) for the creatures of Darkness. This may require active collaboration from our side and/or specific rituals or artifacts, but the concept is clear: they know how to come here and how to go back home. Keep this notion bookmarked, we will use it later.
Fact #2 – they know what they want from us.
All right, this one is easy. The whole reason for the creatures to come here is about us and maybe about our planet. That means that they know for sure that they can live here, feed on us and survive. That speaks volumes about biology, chemistry and physics. Some of them will mate with us and create some form of spawn on our planet, in such cases they should be genetically compatible. So we have common factors between us and them. Bookmark this too.
-> Fact #2.1 – there must be a physical contact.
To feed or to reproduce, they have to be physically here, right? They have to touch us. Or bite, or slash or whatever else. But if they can touch us, we can do the same. No matter how they could be stronger, smarter, faster than any of us. If they can grab one of us, they can be grabbed as well. We have a chance to fight back with all our might when they are on our plan. This is not new, of course. There are countless stories about monster hunters, some even about god hunters. Once again, keep this information aside for a moment.
Fact #3 – they have a dual nature.
If we can assume that the reality that originates the Darkness is different from our own and if we assume that they can feed and survive on both places then we can state that their physical nature should be dual. Maybe to the point of different forms to use on different planes. The logical consequence is that they can shift from one nature to the other with ease or a minimum effort. Otherwise, if they do not change, we can assume that we can go to their plan in the same way they come here.
So, let’s pick up the monster hunter basic scheme and see if we can spice it up a little.
A bit of salt – about weapons.
What if we need “dual” weapons to get down our visitors from the Darkness? I mean, physically dual. Twin spiked spear blades, for instance. Double swords. Something like that.
That was about the past, of course. Modern times gave us better weapons, a number of them twin barreled. This could be a good example.
A bit of pepper – about different weapons.
Now we can recover a bit of information from Fact #2; the similarities based on science (chemistry, biology, physics and genetics) lead to some consideration about unconventional weapons. Could Mustard gas affect a creature from Darkness? What about radiations or poisons?
A bit of chilli – about the level of confrontation.
What about to raise the level of this conflict? Some of them come here, right? So, we can go there and show how much we don’t appreciate their attention. With all the hardware needed for the task. Let’s become a part of their dark folklore for a millennium or two.
A bit of garlic – about the shift of perspective.
What if we gave them a hard lesson or two in the past? That will be about revenge, a plot against the humans that nearly wipe out their kind and/or colonize their dimension. They could have learnt a lot from us, applying all this knowledge against us for a massive payback.
These are just a few “facts” and hypothesis about the aforementioned “Monster Hunter” basic plot. What about yours?
Everything changes but the human mind. This could be a good title for this post and also a way to start thinking a bit about a false debate that’s running under the lines in the social media scene. Since the very start of the self-publishing modern era I’ve read thousands of post and status about how silly was the choice for an author to put himself/herself out in the market alone, away from the organization of the publishing houses. That was the very voice of fear, in my opinion. Fear about a market that was changing, for the first time since the 1800’s.
What day is today? It’s the right day to unleash a new story on the market, to show you the second issue of my ongoing “Ghosts Of War” series.
New issue and the same team. Elena Betti created another wonderful cover, Davide Mana provides insight and editing, it’s up to me to tell you another story.
This one is takes place in the space between Venus orbit plane and Mercury’s own. Here you will two young Indian spacemen, ready to get the choice of their lives while recovering a wartime wreck. But there’s more, of course. Two different warships, engaged in a cat-and-mouse chase. And…
We have ghosts, ready to do whatever it takes to get a grip on the living. And…
We have secrets. Of the worst kind. And…
We have war veterans. People who are not afraid to put everything at stake to accomplish their mission.
Well, it’s time to go shopping and here’s the LINK!