Tuesday, April 10, 2012


January Bain

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,"
~Arthur C. Clarke~


One nation without boundaries: As human beings stretch skyward on highest tippy toe to swing for the brass ring of the second tier of the third level of the Kardashev scale for categorizing civilizations well ahead of the original schedule of one millennium, this dream of all citizens being of one denomination has been finally realized for all peoples of Planet Earth. With disaster about to strike in the form of the Comet Titan, a massive ice-ball from the Kuiper belt, a zone just beyond Neptune that has sent a steady rain of comets eastward for thousands of years, all inhabitants are preparing to evacuate their home planet just behind an army of unleashed von Neumann probes, those self-replicating robots that are “seeding” the galaxy with terraform, that is, changing the new chosen planet’s surface and climate to be like Earths, for the Titan is coming. . .

And so it begins anew. A brand new book, a familiar genre (hard sci-fi), and lots of great new research to do. I wonder, at times, where all the ideas come from. But as soon as the idea takes hold I feel that familiar exhilarating addiction coming on that means I get to create a brand-new journey for myself. (and others, I hope!) Lately, a new book means choosing a brand new realm to explore. This newest one, PLANET, came about because I was watching the series, Game of Thorns, in its entirety the weekend of March 10, 2012. The concept of creating a previously unknown world mesmerized this tenuous writer and my mind was immediately off and running with the stupendous thoughts the idea created for me. The what, where, when, who and how questions immediately surfaced and enlivened my feverish brain with numerous scenarios. Some will be put aside for future books, but one stood out for now. And PLANET was born. . .

Would you care to share one of the impetuses for one or more of your novels? I'd love to hear from you!


January Bain said...

Hey, where is everyone today???? Really enjoyed the awards last night at Champagne Books. Congrats to all the winners!

Unknown said...

You have me intrigued with that prologue.

I'll share. My Sci-fi manuscript was born from a desire to escape what quickly became a very dull, mundane life after finishing college. Needless to say my protagonist really gets away.

January Bain said...

Thanks for sharing, Chad! That's why I write to: to escape the bonds of this life. best, January