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Tardigrades Make the Best Aliens

tardigrade_1In the Sentients of Orion series, I use tardigrades as my aliens. As you can see here on Astronomy Picture of the Day website, they truly are perfect for it. Here is why I picked them – in APOD’s words:

“Is this an alien? Probably not, but of all the animals on Earth, the tardigrade might be the best candidate. That’s because tardigrades are known to be able to go for decades without food or water, to survive temperatures from near absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, to survive pressures from near zero to well above that on ocean floors, and to survive direct exposure to dangerous radiations. The far-ranging survivability of these extremophiles was tested in 2011 outside an orbiting space shuttle. Tardigrades are so durable partly because they can repair their own DNA and reduce their body water content to a few percent. Some of these miniature water-bears almost became extraterrestrials recently when they were launched toward to the Martian moon Phobos on board the Russian mission Fobos-Grunt, but stayed terrestrial when a rocket failed and the capsule remained in Earth orbit. Tardigrades are more common than humans across most of the Earth.” (taken from APOD site)

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Sentients of Orion – Graphic Novel Cover Reveal

SOO_GN_finalThe beautiful sketch you saw the other day features Mira Fedor, Insignia (the organic ship) and Wanton. It portrays a very dramatic scene from Mirror Space where Mira escapes from captivity and is rescued by Insignia. As you can see Mira is pregnant – so she is protecting her baby as well as herself.

Now I get to share the first colour look. This is still the rough version but I’m staggered at how close the likeness is to my own imagination of the three. Wayne and I have talked a little about Mira and Wanton but his interpretation of Insignia is wholly his own and quite spot on.

The series will be available later this month. I’ll let you know as soon as I do! If you haven’t read it then you can check out many of the reviews here. I’m very proud of these books they pushed me and changed me.

Here’s my review favourite quote of all:

“The Sentients of Orion is a complex, highly textured and riveting space opera. It’s set across an entire galaxy populated by ‘humanesques’ and other, more alien beings; the action veers from intense family drama to planet-wrecking destruction. It considers genetic engineering, religion, politics, personal responsibility and the different forms love can take. It’s both character and plot-driven, and the conclusion totally astounded me. This is a series that has changed my way of thinking about space opera, and the characters that populate it.” Asif.

Now to have Wayne Haag illustrating a boutique graphic novel of the series is kind of a dream come true. I’m honoured to be collaborating with such a great SF talent.

Sentients of Orion Graphic Novel

I’m very excited to sneak preview this for you. The amazing Wayne Haag (aka Ankaris)is drawing a boutique graphic novel for the Sentients of Orion US release. It will be available free, electronically, for all fans of the series and will centre around a pivotal and dramatic scene in Mirror Space where Mira escapes. I’ve seen the roughs and you are going to love it!

There will be a press release and dedicated web page for it when it’s ready to go but I couldn’t help but share this early pencil of the cover. Excited!!!!!

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Sentients in the US Update

Pleased to say things are moving forward on track for a November release of SENTIENTS of ORION in the US from E-Reads. November will be a big month for me as it’s also the release date for the final book in the Night Creatures trilogy, SHINE LIGHT. It also happens to be the month my youngest finished school and I am officially enter a new phase in my life.

ROLL ON NOVEMBER!

I’d like to thank Walker of the Worlds for featuring the covers on the e-book release of Sentients on his website.