The Request – The Chariots of Orion 1 is my first sci-fi novel to be published! But why does a producer and singer turn into a sci-fi author?
First, I’ve always loved astronomy and science fiction. When I was little, my dream was to become an astronomer. We know that this didn’t work out. But that didn’t stop me from loving astronomy. Maybe it was because of this fervour that I wanted to create a novel about what could happen if we met an intelligent, highly advanced civilisation from outer space.
The world of Iphael and its countries I’d say were built on logic, rather than only fantasy. I wanted to create a completely fictional, but still realistic – somewhat believable – world for my extraterrestrial civilisation. As much as I love H.P. Lovecraft and especially the Cthulu series, I wanted to create extraterrestrials that were similar to us, not monsters with tentacles. Don’t get this wrong, I love stories with monsters with tentacles, but I thought that the message of the book, “what would happen if we met a highly advanced civilisation from outer space? What if they would attack us?” would be easier to limn when the civilisation is physically similar to us, because they’re looking similar like us, but don’t function like us.
But then, I wouldn’t dare to claim that my kind of civilisation is realistic… Who knows what aliens might look like? They might actually have tentacles, like in “Arrival”, and be terribly advanced, too. And who knows if they would be friendly inclined?
Readers might also wonder why the alien civilisation in the book is a society without any money. Well, I do have a degree in Finance Management and Business Law. So economy was a huge part of my lectures. During the degree, I played with the thought of a hypothetical society that doesn’t know capitalism like we know it. And it seemed just not realistic that an alien civilisation would have the same system as we do. The system of my civilisation was formed by generations of searching for a new planet in a spaceship colony, after their own planet had been destroyed, and it seemed logical that such experiences would cause a society to have other ideals than we do. Shares and Hedgefonds might not seem that important once your planet is destroyed, so the civilisation in the book would not care about those things. They also would not approve any form of voracity, with the resources on a spaceship being very limited. Why voracity still is ubiquitous in the story? You’ll have to read the book to find out:)
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