Aliens in the Barn

Sunday, July 10, 2016

2016 SFR Brigade Summer Blog Hop



Welcome to the 2016 SFRB Summer Blog Hop! This is the Brigade's 5th Annual Blog Hop. I have been a part of the previous four, so wouldn't miss this one for the world, or other worlds, lol. ;)

As you may already know from your travels to other worlds before stopping by mine, this year's theme is "Other Worlds." 

I want to tell you about Bazin and Miaxa's homeworld of Beryll. Bazin and Miaxa are energy beings that use metallic bodies to contain their energy. Beryll is much the same way. It is a planet full of ionized energy. The planet itself is composed of metals; even the sea is metal, a liquid metal. The Beryllians utilize the metals of the planet to harness its energy for everything from recharging their mechanical bodies to powering their infrastructure. 

The following is an excerpt showing what the planet looks like:

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They stopped at an overpass and looked out over the Mercury Sea. The silvery liquid metal rippled tranquilly against the horizon as the sky swirled with blue and violet ionized energy. The dancing light was reflected by the sea, and it was hard to tell where the sea ended and the sky began.

“I never get tired of looking at that,” Kiva said, turning to watch the equally beautiful lighting of the city. Each building was charged with contained electrons that traced patterns of color along the edges, smoothly flowing from one color to the next as they collided with nitrogen atoms.

Miaxa looked down, too anxious to appreciate the tranquility of the planet’s natural beauty, or the ingenuity in containing it. "Do you think they'll come to a settlement?"

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Blurb:

Four short stories of romance between Bazin and Miaxa, two alien beings from the planet Beryll. Finding themselves on a previously unknown planet, Earth, they grow fond of a human family. Cultural misunderstandings are a constant, the day-in-the-life misadventures of Bazin and Miaxa and their human friends.

Alexander Maddox has a special job with the government involving aliens from another world. The ones living in his barn were unexpected. Misunderstandings a daily occurrence, he is sure his resident aliens will be the death of him. A life in pieces collection of the Maddox family's everyday life with their alien residents.  

Aliens in the Barn:

--There’s a mechanical extraterrestrial living in Alex’s barn, but what will happen if the alien’s wife arrives? Wait, Bazin’s married?

Scared to Death:

--Beth has been married to Alex for over a year and he still can't make it home for dinner. Why do he and his coworker friend spend so much time working on that truck in the barn?

The Skellyd Hunters:

--With a core-bonded strength few understand, Bazin and Miaxa are Beryll's finest warriors. Sometimes they go a little too far and Andler is left with the consequences, for better or worse.

Meet Douglas Fir:

--Being human isn't easy with robotic alien residents misunderstanding the simple stuff. Alex can't imagine his family life without Bazin and Miaxa, however. Time to have them over for Christmas. 


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27 comments:

  1. Cool entry Kyndra. A liquid metallic sea would be interesting to view... but is it hot? :D

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    1. Thank you! Oh my gosh, I didn't even think about the temperature, lol. Greta wrote in her comment that since the mercury is liquid, it wouldn't be hot. I think I'll go with that, but it wouldn't be very hospitable for organic beings, hot or cold.

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  2. Wow, what an amazing world. And amazing beings. Mercury is liquid at normal temperatures, so it wouldn't be hot. But I think I'd pass on an invitation to try to swim.

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    1. Thank you! I didn't even think about what temperature it might be, so I'm going with your knowledge that mercury is liquid at normal temps. But, yes, swimming would be disastrous for an organic being. I'll pass too, lol.

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    1. Yes! Very much so. I like to think that the sky is like the aurora borealis at its brightest.

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  4. Storms tides on this planet must be killers. Imagine something as heavy as mercury (13.6 times heavier than water) slamming into a cliff that is lighter than the waves!

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    1. LOL, didn't even think of something like this. Perhaps since the planet is metals, maybe the cliffs are a heavier metal that wouldn't be eroded too terribly by the mercury. Or maybe storm tides are rare... Like a 100 year storm type of thing... Thanks so much for your comment! It's getting my mind churning on these possibilities!

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  5. Wow, Beryll sounds fascinating, especially how it is used to harness energy. But, I suppose there would be drawbacks as with any planet.

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    1. Thank you! I saw the Northern Lights last year and thought about what it might look like if it had energy enough to be harnessed. I haven't thought too much about the drawbacks yet, but Ed Hoornaert had an interesting thought about storms and tides with mercury being so much heavier than water.

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  6. I love the idea of a metal world.

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    1. Thank you. :) Me too, of course. Writing human reaction to something so foreign is a lot of fun too.

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    1. Thank you! I had fun dreaming about it. :)

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  8. Love your visuals! So imaginative! Your Aliens in the Barn sounds so fun!

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  9. I love the idea of a metal world, and aliens different on a molecular level is so original! Makes me think again about how we define life and love!

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    1. Thank you! I wanted to come up with something different in that everyone writes about organics, so why not have energy beings? And maybe even make those energy beings cyborg. The love is very different on some levels, but exactly the same. So fun to think about. :)

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  10. Very neat idea, energy beings in metal bodies!

    That would have been a challenge to write, too. Congratulations!

    Cheers,

    t.

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    1. Thank you so much!

      And, yes, it's pretty challenging. I have to slow down sometimes and look up stuff in my notes, as I tend to forget what I've done somewhere else in the storyline. It doesn't come so naturally, so I've created a biological dictionary and a time dictionary, etc. to try to keep it all consistent. But it's so fun to write!

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  11. Terrific image of a liquid metal sea!

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  12. Your world sounds super cool. A liquid metal sea would be quite the sight! PS) Still love that Aliens in the Barn cover!

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  13. When I read the description of you book my first thought was, Why haven't I heard of this one yet? So I went and bought it. :-) Can't be sure to read it quickly but I will read it.

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    1. Oh my gosh, thank you so so so much! You have made my day! <3

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  14. Sounds like a fun story! I love your world descriptions. My chemistry knowledge isn't the best so I believed everything and was interested by the comments.

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    1. Thank you! I spend a lot of time in research and even then I may not be getting things exactly right, so I'm glad it was believable. Thanks again!

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