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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
A lot of Science Fiction deals with exploring what would happen if two species at technologically different levels were to meet. Most of it assumes that communication could be quickly established either through a universal translator like in Star Trek, or just assuming every one in the universe speaks English and has studied Shakespeare.
In reality human language has a biological basis we have evolved a full portion of our brains just for language, which is why computer translators are still only able to translate text into gibberish.
For humans to communicate with another species there would have to be a way to bridge that gap. The simplest way would be for one species to alter the language center of the other species brain.
That could be done with a retrovirus to change the other species cells. If an advanced civilization wanted to meet us they wouldn’t have to have their explorers come to release this virus, they could send it on ahead.
That got me thinking that if they are going to be bothered with “improving” our language skills they might want to improve other things about us while they’re at it. Of course the ones designing the virus would decide what to improve and what to keep.
Their engineers would face the task of redesigning interfaces so that humans could use them or just ask the genetic engineers to redesign humans to fit the interfaces. Naturally the engineers would feel the designs they’ve used for centuries are superior so us primitive humans would have to be redesigned.
After augmenting us, they’d need to be sure that we couldn’t use their superior technology against them so they would have to make sure we thought the same way they did, and get rid of individuality.
After they molded the Earth to be just like their homeworld it would be a great place to visit, just like the Western World has resorts in foreign countries that are designed to be just like any other place in the Western World.
After thinking up this powerful enemy, I had the hard part. Who could thwart this plan?
Then I realized that I would need an individual who could move among society without being part of it. I did some research and hit on people with extreme OCD. They can be productive, even super productive, members of society but still have to hide their disorder. Between having traits like touch sensitivity and the constant fear of being called out on their secret disorder, someone like that would be perfect to notice subtle changes as humanity changed in front of their eyes, things that a “normal” person would miss.
The real great thing about having a character who’s disability gives him an advantage, is it also works against him at times. It’s the kind of trade off everyone has to deal with on some level his is just more extreme.
It allowed him to be more determined than the average person, but more vulnerable at the same time making him someone the reader can truly care about.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
In writing this book I got creative and decided to put in a few (hundred) references to horror and sci-fi movies. The first one was the Deputy that Yar ran into, Deputy Brackett.
He was named after Sheriff Leigh Brackett in Halloween I & II.
# Pages: 384 pages
Being unique can be a curse when dealing with a rigid Bureaucracy, but it is a blessing when dealing with an alien virus sent to wipe out individuality on Earth.
All his life Simon Yar has been ashamed of his extreme Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and has gone to extreme measures to hide it from everyone, including losing the only woman he had ever loved rather than reveal his secret.
When he discovers that an extra-terrestrial virus has infected his city and is turning the residents into slaves, he must come to terms with his inner demons that have hunted him all his life or lose everyone he has ever loved to the slave-maker virus.
Darrell B. Nelson is a former Securities Broker and Insurance Agent who has decided to use the total meltdown of his former industry as an opportunity to pursue a writing career.
He has had numerous short stories published, “Invasive Thoughts” is his first published novel.