Saturday, October 5, 2019

An alien craft - Snippet from ALARIK for #WeWriWa #SciFi Thriller



Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work. Enjoy!

This week, I’m switching to my new story, Alarik, book 4 in my series, Taxyon Space. This series stars alien mermen who’ve been observing humans from the oceans of Europa. Their secret is exposed in the first Book, Europa.

Here are the first lines of the new book. Please remember, they are from an unedited, incomplete draft.

     “An alien craft was discovered on Mars earlier today.”
    Alerted by the chirpy voice of the announcer, Alarik frowned at the image. Orange stains surrounded great holes in the roughened surface of the six-sided spacecraft. The metal-eating microbes, originally engineered to oxygenate the Martian atmosphere, were eroding the ship’s hull. The camera lowered through an irregular gap and the view switched to the interior. Yellow blotches of microbes stained the interior surfaces and obscured the details. Under the lumpy coating, he distinguished the edges of hexagonal control panels set in the stippled metal walls.
     The reporter, a young woman with a bouffant of purple hair, continued in a more subdued tone, “The spacecraft was found by a couple of teens on a joyride out of Mars 4. Microbes had eaten much of the hull, and the mangled remains of a crab-like creature were found inside. After our staff took this footage, the local security force closed off the site for evaluation.” 

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Note: If you are interested in the microbes, you can read my short story at https://books2read.com/u/bowMxL


 Europa

Free for the First Time:
Europa, Book 1 of Taxyon Space – SciFi Thriller and Romance
Dr. Nikki Bell’s plan to discover intelligent life on Jupiter’s moon hits a rocky start when her spaceship crashes on the icy surface of Europa. Seconds before she blacks out, she spies a man’s face in the water beneath the ice. When she wakes on the submarine Station, nobody believes her story. Convinced the mysterious stranger saved her life, Nikki searches for him while she explores the ocean and its alien inhabitants. 
Kiron Arqin Ramis chose exile as a Watcher on a remote outpost to redeem his family’s honor. He never expected to find an attractive Earther woman close to death. He violates the prime policy by rescuing her. Despite suffering the penalty, he strives to warn her about his hostile leaders.
Nikki’s unexpected meeting with Kiron triggers a chain of disasters in Europa’s perilous oceans. Can the daredevil scientist and scarred Watcher forge a new alliance despite their people’s antagonism?  


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24 comments:

  1. A very intriguing beginning! Great description!

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  2. Metal-eating microbes sounds really scary. It's like if they propagate, they won't be able to build anything there.

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    1. Normal pathogens often take iron from their host's blood.
      I've already described the scary part in my short story Lonely Hearts on Mars, which is set some years prior to this story.

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  3. Wonderful description. Bad possibilities with those metal-eating microbes? This could be interesting! SO, they are trapped there, now with a ship full of holes?

    I really liked the first book in this series. Now that you're writing more, I'd better get caught up!

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    1. I'm glad you liked the first book.
      The microbes appeared in my short story Lonely Hearts on Mars - https://books2read.com/u/bowMxL

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  4. You know how to stir this reader every time.

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  5. Terrific beginning and I'm wondering what his reactions will be. Loved the snippet!

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    1. Thanks. It's the event that will throw the hero and heroine together.

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  6. The beginning sucks the reader right in--just like the microbes! I'm definitely intrigued and want more! Great job!

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  7. I was expecting this to be the hulk of a human ship, but you sure proved me wrong.

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    1. I'm sorry to disappoint you. The first book in the series does start with a human ship crashing.

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  8. As others have said, this is a very intriguing beginning, I feel sorry for the alien spaceship's crew though - or am I rooting for the wrong side?

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  9. Great beginning. I like the story already.

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  10. Great beginning. Makes this reader ask all kinds of questions.

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  11. Great descriptions and an interesting start to your new story.

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  12. Intriguing story.

    Sounds like Mars now has its own "Area 51."

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