What if Extraterrestrials Revealed Themselves in 2015?

Alien Love, the novel that Kindle Scout has placed on its website so people can decide if it should be printed http://goo.gl/E0I8Dz assumes that the government is now working closely with aliens. There are all kinds of rumors to that effect, including revelations by some former astronauts.

So, what if the world learned the truth in 2015? How would it impact the world as well as individual people? Let’s start with the major impacts:

RELIGION: Massive impact, particularly in the red states with evangelicals. If God created Man in his own image, what do the aliens represent? In my novel, one evangelical assumes it is really Lucifer’s fallen angels. Isn’t that a distinct possibility? Religious people will begin to question everything they took for granted such as Heaven. What if aliens have their own views of life after death as I suggest in my novel?

STOCK MARKET: Massive impact in certain sectors. I imagine traditional oil stocks will implode since everything I’ve read suggests that aliens have warned humans to stop destroying the planet with pollution and radiation. New energy sources from alien technology would mean we’d have to rethink our entire transportation industry. Some science fiction writers have suggested that the presence of aliens with advanced technology would have a negative impact on science. Why even try if the aliens already are so far ahead in figuring things out? Alien knowledge regarding medicine would have an enormous impact – -think of the drug industry if there’s no longer a need to cure cancer with traditional medicines. Research institutions would begin to question why they exist. Why should people give money to a research institution when the aliens are offering us their medical knowledge? What about the Koch brothers? There goes their coal mine empire when the aliens provide proof of the harm coal is doing to our planet and offer clean alternatives.

EDUCATION  Traditional majors might undergo a major devaluation. Does anyone really want to study aerospace engineering when the answers are already figured out and available? Of course new majors would appear because of the need for eco-biologists, as well as experts in alien psychology and culture. If the aliens have a way of piping information into our heads, then why spend four years in college?

THE ECONOMY  There are rumors that gold is widely available throughout the universe. If so, then currencies that rely on gold will lose all value. Unload your goldmine stock as quickly as possible. What if the aliens are like the universe in StarTrek, a post monetary society where there is no poverty and no need to worry about providing for oneself?

GOVERNMENT  Here’s the trickiest part to predict. Most people believe the government has kept aliens a secret for over fifty years. Why should people believe anything the government says? Once the aliens are out in the open, is there a need for more expensive secret funding of projects ensured to keep everything secret? It is likely that people will come forth and reveal secrets kept from the people that will cause many to lose faith in elected leaders. I believe we’d see two parties –one pledging its undying loyalty to humans and vowing not to trust the aliens (kind of an off-shoot of the No Nothing element in American politics) and a second party that pledges to work with aliens. The military would be caught in the middle since the brass probably hungers for more super weapons built upon alien technology while fearing a revolt by the American people that would do away with the current military structure.

It should be an interesting year.

 

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Reaching Out to Touch Someone

I’ve always been more of an observer than a participant. I think that’s natural for someone who loves to write. I’m the guy at the party holding a drink and listen while people talk. Of course I’ll add my views, but I’m likely not to initiate a conversation with a stranger. Being more of an introvert has advantages and disadvantages for a writer. For one thing, I can spend the day writing without feeling cut off from people. It would drive more social people like my wife crazy.

So, having noted the advantage, I have to tell you the disadvantage. If we lived in the old world book age when publishers did all the publicity and all a writer had to do was show up for a book tour, there really wouldn’t be a major disadvantage. Today, though, writers are expected to generate their own word of mouth publicity. That can be a major challenge with a limited budget.

Recently my book, Alien Love, found a place on the Kindle Scout website:

http://goo.gl/E0I8Dz

That’s great, but the problem is that the author is responsible for finding people to vote for the book. I began by reaching out to my friends and former colleagues. Where should I go after I’ve exhausted that pool? I do have a lot of interests, so I’ve been exploring Twitter and trying to identify people who seem to share my interests. I was floored when someone I had never met wrote and said he not only voted for my book but also retweeted to spread the word because he found the link I sent him to be interesting. I realized that Twitter had replaced the phone as a way to reach out and touch someone, even someone you never had met before.

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Where Do Book Ideas Come From?

Have you ever wondered where a novelist find ideas for his next book? For some reason, probably all the meds I take, I have very vivid dreams. When I’m talking vivid, I mean full length features in color. Sometimes I take an active role in the action while other times I’m just an observer. In any case, the dreams generally stay with me when I wake up.

“Dying From Pleasure on Omega Epsilon,” the short story I posted on Amazon, is an example of a story that came right from a dream. How else can you explain the weird premise? Other stories start with a dream and then I wind up fleshing out the content.

I’m at a point now where I’m ready for my next project. Alien Love is still being considered by the Kindle Scout Program (Please vote before January 15th). That novel eventually will be published by someone; it’s too good a story to remain unpublished, and I’m perfectly willing to birth the baby myself (self-publish) if necessary.

I keep files on my computer that have names like “new idea for SF novel” and “YA novel idea” and “Cozy Mystery Idea.” Recently I went through some old files on my backup server and found a wonderful plot. Three double-spaced pages of elaborate details describing a science fiction story that grabbed me right away. Interestingly enough, the file was originally conceived around 2006. It’s been sitting there all this time!

So, I have my next project, and I don’t have to worry about plagiarism since I know where the idea came from. All I can say is keep those meds coming so the well doesn’t run dry!

Vote for Alien Love

Provocative title, don’t you think? Kindle has just placed my new novel, Alien Love, in nomination for its Kindle Scout program. That means that people with Amazon accounts who live in the US can vote for the book they want to see published by Kindle. You have until around January 15th to select Alien Love at the link below.

The website includes an excerpt. You can read the novel’s introduction and first couple of chapters online. The book’s premise is that extraterrestrials are already living here disguised as humans. Our government has lied to us about this as well as about activity on the moon. Add a plot involving a former SEAL who falls in love with an alien female, and the fun begins!

http://goo.gl/E0I8Dz

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Silent Partner Holiday Sale December 9th Through December 14th

My publisher is kind enough to offer a sizable discount to anyone who’s interested in purchasing the digital version of Silent Partner. Pen-L is pricing Silent Partner at 99 cents from December 9th through December 14th. The book will return to its original price art that time.

Quite a bargin. I really appreciate Pen-L’s willingness to broaden my readership by offering this sale even though it cuts into their profits (and mine). I’m just happy to find new readers who are interested in a quirky paranormal mystery, the first book in a series.

 

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