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The theme this year is Out of This World. After careful consideration, I decided to put my own spin on it, by talking about how alien our own planet can be sometimes. Specifically, and since it pertains to my current SFR series, the amazing, bizarre forms of life in our oceans.
Have you ever taken a look at what lives in the depths of Earth’s waters? We’re talking organisms that crawl through bubbling pools of molten sulfur or that have eyes encased inside giant bubbles atop their heads or ones that look like something you blew into a tissue. Just take a peek at this or this (both short 5 minute-ish videos) for a little taste of what I’m talking about here. Or go read the comic on The Oatmeal about the mantis shrimp. THIS STUFF EXISTS. And it doesn’t require FTL travel to see it, although the needed equipment to find it is comparable to that of space exploration.
I think my favorite of these amazing creatures are bioluminescent jellyfish (admittedly, I’m a bit of a bird and OOO! SHINY!). The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a whole exhibit on jellyfish and it’s amazing to experience and see these guys up close. They have a deadly elegance to them and that they exist at all leaves me breathless. These aquatic lifeforms are so varied, so strange, so beautiful, I wonder how you could resist being inspired and awed that they share a planet with us.
It’s mind-numbing how little we know about our own planet. I suppose this is part of why I chose to set the Endure series at the bottom of the ocean. I find the concept of living in that environment both fascinating and terrifying. It doesn’t require as much imagination as building a fictional alien planet from scratch, perhaps, but, oh… what a captivating setting this is. Aliens amongst us? Most certainly, but not because they are new to the planet, only new to us.
If you’d like to see how I’ve spun this idea into my own creative universe, I invite you to check out the Endure series, beginning with book 1, Maven (this link will take you to Goodreads where you can sample the first 6 chapters for free).
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