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Writing science fiction novels for science fiction readers
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The crux of the novel is that the Earth has been transported to another solar system. NOTE: I would prefer a cover that does not slap anyone in the face with this knowledge, it's meant to be a mystery what exactly happened for the first 150 pages or so. The cover can allude to the Earth being moved in an abstract way, but not an obvious one. (Apologies to not making this clear in the original brief) At first people on Earth only notice that the satellites (including the moon) are gone, and the devastation that causes (earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.). Eventually other planets in the solar system contact the Earth, some for bad reasons, and some for good. The cover could either be a traditional sci-fi cover with aliens or spaceships or something like that... OR (and this is more where I'm heading) a more abstract representation of the Earth being placed in a new solar system. Another possibility that sticks out to me is a scene where a black nanite swarm encapsulates a female soldier (USAF pilot) on a sand dune. She cries out and is frozen in place by the nanites (sort of like the carbonite in star wars, but no "box"). The cover could focus in on this. The look of the nanite covering could be similar to the opening credits for the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film adaptation.
The tentative name for the book is The Filter Trap, which refers to both a combination of the Great Filter theory and it being a trap. This refers to one of the solutions to Fermi's Paradox of why we can't find any intelligent life in the universe. If a designer wants to do an image of a ship or alien let me know and I can provide descriptions of a few key scenes and what the aliens look like. Actually: here are a few descriptions and events in the story: A species of aliens invades the planet via "spike" shaped ships that slam down into a pool of energy absorbing black nanites (that land first). The aliens that emerge are about 3-4 feet tall and are shaped like four legged starfish, but with multi-colored "fur." They can grow tools from the nanite material from the "mitts" at the end of their arms/feet. They have no heads, but instead have multiple dark eyes around the central part of their body, which also has a small opening to breathe/eat. These are the aliens that encase the air force pilot in the desert in the black nanite material. One of the tools they can grow from the nanites is a "laser" which they use as a weapon in battle. Another species of aliens on a different planet is very tall and thin (15 feet or so), with long limbs and fingers. Their heads are roughly shaped like a deer and have very ornate and intricate antler-like growths extending from several points on the head. Eyes are large and single-colored (but the colors vary from person to person). A scene that stood out to a beta reader was when a "council" of these aliens talked with two human scientists (a man and a woman) in a large ovoid chamber. The aliens floated on unseen chairs and wore robes. The room was underground and had light filtering down through a series of mirrors. Behind the floating aliens was a carved panorama of the aliens' civilization in the stone wall. These aliens can communicate telepathically, so they do not open their mouths. Another alien species is based on an older evolutionary cousin of the tardigrade. It's gray with elephant-like skin and has multiple stubby arms/hands and dark red eyes at equidistant points along the body. Unlike tardigrades on earth there is no head and no openings on the body. These aliens travel through space in enclosures like a barium chamber and may be present at the birth of suns/worlds/galaxies. In the novel they have the ability to communicate telepathically, and are the oldest characters. They have the ability to manipulate matter via thought, and at one point build a ship in an underground "warehouse" of alien technology to tunnel through the rock overhead and then travel through space. The "ship" is about the size of a saturn V rocket. One of these tardigrades at one point engages all the humans on the earth in a simulation of floating in space in successive spheres around it, while it answers their questions about the invation/great filter/etc. Other possibilities are scenes of destruction. Boston, Hawaii, San Francisco and Los Angeles are all nearly demolished by 100+ foot high tsunami waves. A group of American soldiers at one point has a battle with the "starfish" shaped aliens in the Los Angeles wreckage at one point. Another battle, an all-out one, takes place with thousands of troops in the Mojave Desert as they launch an assault on one of the miles-long alien ships (black, spikey). The "starfish" like aliens are slicing through American helicopters and jets as they try to drop bombs, etc. Soldiers attempt to lead three scientists through this to get into the ship...
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Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at €269.
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