Today we have a special guest post from author Linda Andrews. Linda is the author of Blue Maneuver, an urban sci-fi fantasy about an Extraterrestrial Security Program. Yeah that’s right, a security program for Extraterrestrials. I must say, this is one of the most interesting guest posts I’ve ever had on the blog. Do you believe in aliens? Are iPads a part of the conspiracy? Well after reading Linda’s post…you might just question everything you think you know about technology, and the “humans” who use it.
- BN ID: 2940013738331
- Publisher: Linda Andrews
- Publication date: 1/9/2012
- Series: Extraterrestrial Security Program, #1
The extraterrestrials have landed and they’re human.
Rae Hemplewhite didn’t believe in aliens until a close encounter with out-of-this-world technology drags her into the extraterrestrial security program. Helping alien refugees adjust to life on Earth is difficult enough, but her first clients have a price on their heads. Plus, her new partner seems torn between the urge to kiss her or kill her.
And that’s the good news.
The bad news: Alliances are forming in deep space. If Rae doesn’t keep her witnesses alive long enough to transfer their top secret information to the right faction of humanity, Earth will become a battlefield.
I admit it. I love science fiction for the technology writers create. Who wouldn’t love a transporter or a food synthesizer? And having been stuck in rush hour traffic more times than I care to count, wouldn’t we all love a hover car or a laser to clear the road? Which put me in a bit of a pickle when I wrote my Urban SciFi book, Blue Maneuver. You see, aliens are here on Earth, in our time, living amongst us and most folks didn’t know about it.
How could this be?
I’d definitely notice a guy walking around with a laser pistol on his hip! Because I was unwilling to give up my technology, I sat in my thoughtful spot, stroking my cat and decided that the best plan was to hide in plain sight. I accomplished this several ways.
The first, and easiest, was to play off current conspiracies around aliens. Who hasn’t heard of the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle? The instrument disturbances experienced in the area are used to disguise an alien base and the planes are captured so the aliens can measure our technological advancement over time. Since there’s been hints of an alien base on the moon, I planted one there until, the ETs had to pull back to Mars (Face of Mars, anyone?) Then, I incorporated the lights over Phoenix incidents a few years back, because no technology is fool proof and some factions of extra-terrestrials want to be discovered.
Since native humans carry communicators (cell phones) and electronic tablets (ipads, pdas, tablet computers etc), the aliens could disguise their technology as one of them. As part of her employment package, Rae receives a very Smartphone that interacts with the nanotechnology inside her body and changes her appearance. Her partner’s MP3 player can access her memory that’s stored on her technology–the ultimate lie detector. Naturally, not just anyone can access these high tech apps. Each device has a biometric safe guard built in.
Yeah, yeah, but what about the weapons? Well, you know those fancy key fobs that can start your car, activate the alarm, open the doors and unlock them. Well, that’s where I put the weapons. Yes, there’s the good old fashioned lasers but I also created the Scrambler. It turns your insides to mush and the goo bobs around inside the flesh bag that once was your skin.
Alas I did not use transporter technology to beam my aliens down to the planet. In keeping with my theme, I have foreign visitors dropped into a pod in the Ort Cloud at the far reaches of our solar system. They approach our planet disguised as a harmless meteors. When they hit our atmosphere, the meteor magically dissolves into a shooting star until it gets low enough then a small plane appears which lands at an even smaller air strip (no flight plan required). Holograms, don’t you love them?
Much of the technology I used is standard SciFi equipment, but I did come across a really neat article in one of the journals I receive in the course of my job (I’m currently an organic chemist). The article talked about storing data in light waves. Very cool. I just had to use it. And how did I? Simple. My aliens carried his top secret information on a blue (light) tattoo on his forearm.
So next time you see a tattooed person talking on his phone and fiddling with his car keys, he might just be an alien.
About the Author:
Linda Andrews lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, three children and a menagerie of domesticated animals. While she started writing a decade ago, she always used her stories to escape the redundancy of her day job as a scientist and never thought to actually combine her love of fiction and science. DOH! After that Homer Simpson moment, she allowed the two halves of her brain to talk to each other. The journeys she’s embarked on since then are dark, twisted and occasionally violent, but never predictable.
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