The Higgs, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and Real Life DRAGONS

The past couple of weeks have been incredibly hectic for me, so I apologize for not posting something new earlier. But let’s recap what’s happened lately, shall we?

First, the physicists at CERN confirmed the existence of the Higgs Boson, (aka The God Particle). A lot of people will argue that the discovery makes no real difference. I am not one of those people. The announcement of the discovery was long anticipated and with it, our understanding of the world is more complete. You know what that leads to? More high-tech gadgets for you and me! If you’re unsure about what the Higgs is, then watch this:

Second, this past week was one of the biggest in the comic world with the San Diego Comic-Con in full swing. I’ve never been to the convention, but it is definitely on my bucket-list. Aside from the Game of Thrones panel, (which could have been better), the most interesting showcase this year had to be from Marvel. The comic book giant confirmed that a Guardians of the Galaxy movie will arrive in 2014. For anyone who doesn’t know, Guardians of the Galaxy is like Avengers in space. IN SPACE, PEOPLE! Given that it shares themes with my own book, The Dark Matter Chronicles, I am terribly excited for this to come out. Like, a kid who has eaten 3 pixie sticks and then washed it all down with a jug of kool-aid excited.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Marvel

And last but not least, I’ve recently learned that scientists in Indonesia discovered what appears to be a tiny dragon. That’s right. Tiny dragon. There is no confirmation on whether or not it breathes fire, guards wizarding banks, or answers to a Khaleesi. If we’re being realistic though, it’s actually a species of gliding lizard. But screw reality! I’m counting on evolution to be awesome and turn them into the badasses they are in books and movies. Sooner rather than later please. Thanks science!

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Imaging Aliens (Part 2)

N = N* fp ne fl fi fc fL

Recognize that? It’s the Drake Equation–a formula that is used to estimate how many intelligent civilizations might exist in our own galaxy. It accounts for several variables such as the number of stars that have planets (fp) and how many of those planets might develop life (fl).

Of course it’s all speculation and we can only guess what each of those f’s and n’s are actually worth. People have used the formula to come up with anywhere from 0-182 million, (although we know the answer isn’t 0 thanks to us…unless…no wait, let’s not go there).

As a sci-fi/fantasy writer, the existence of 182 million alien civilizations is great news. It’s still great if the answer is only 2, because it means that there are whole new worlds out there waiting to be discovered, along with new species, perspectives, and story lines. And if the answer is 1, then we’ll have to start looking at the other 170 billion+ galaxies in the universe.

To infinity and beyond! Unless the aliens get to us first.

Imagining Aliens

A fun aspect of writing sci-fi/fantasy is that you get imagine what other worlds and alien species might look like.  Most of my main characters (James, Evra, and Psi) are not from Earth but are humanoid. I decided to give them features that are similar to humans because I think there’s a strong case to be made for Convergent Evolution.

In book 2, I’m going to present other species that will be very different There’s one animal in particular I’m excited to write about and I’m surprised it hasn’t been done before. That’s all I’m going to say about it for now…oh and that it will be mind-bendingly awesome. Yes, mind-bendingly is a word…now. My grand-wizard/writer powers make it so.

If want to check-out something interesting about aliens between now and when The Dark Matter Chronicles comes out, I suggest watching the Discovery Channel’s Alien Planet documentary. Here’s a link to the site for more info:

http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/alienplanet/splash.html

So, if you could design your own alien, what would it look like? Leave your response in the comment section or on twitter @MXKremzen.