The dream of his childhood was slipping through his fingers, and he was helpless to stop it. His shoulders slumped with the weight of defeat. He was like a ship without a nav system or gravity, listing to starboard and floating aimlessly through space.
My Pets in Space story, SPACE RANGER, begins at a time when post-invasion Earth is a wild and sparsely populated planet. Not unlike the Old West once was, but on a planetary scale. Ranger and her people, Simone and Graig, are survivors of the alien invasion. In fact, Graig himself is an alien, but from a different race than the green-skinned Anferthians who wiped out most of Earth’s human population. He is a Matiran, and his skin is blue.
After routing the Anferthians, the Earthlings and Matirans begin exploring their newfound relationship in earnest. There is a kinship between both peoples. One of the joint ventures they are in the process of developing is the Unified Defense Fleet, a military branch designed to protect both worlds.
On Earth, Simone and several other botanists and scientists are working on ways to enable Earth to produce enough food to feed its survivors so they won’t have to depend solely on Matir. The town she lives near is called New Damon Beach (formerly Damon Beach, where her friend Alexandra Bock was born and raised before the invasion.) Some miles inland from New Damon Beach, a new military facility is being built. Earth Base One. Like the UDF, Earth Base One is jointly operated by the Earthlings and Martirans.
The parents of Ranger, the puppy in my story, are backyard escapees who have survived for months in the coastal hills between New Damon Beach and Earth Base One. These two tenacious dogs manage to not only endure the elements and dangers of the wild, but also raise a litter of puppies.
To me, one of the best things about writing is world building, especially in science fiction. I love the challenges presented by creating—or recreating in Earth’s case—a new world. What are the challenges presented by the elements, cultures, and personalities? As the Prophecy Series universe expands, so do the challenges. There is always something new and exciting that crops up. Sometimes even I’m surprised. Just when I think I have a handle on the direction it’s going, bam! Something changes. It’s fun and somewhat addicting, if you can imagine that.
Lea Kirk loves to transport her readers to other worlds with her romances of science fiction and time travel. Her fascination with science fiction began at six years old when her dad introduced her to the original Star Trek TV series. She fell in love with the show, and was even known to run through her parents’ house wearing the tunic top of her red knit pantsuit and her white go-go boots pretending to be Lieutenant Uhura. By nine years old she knew she wanted to be a writer, and in her teens she read her first romance and was hooked. She lives in California with her wonderful hubby of twenty-six years and their five kids (aka, the nerd herd). You can find out more about Lea at her website, website, or on Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you for stopping by to share how you built the world for your story in Pets in Space, Lea.
So, peeps, what would you consider the biggest challenge in settling a new world? Would you do it?
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