Friday, August 18, 2017

Titan, similar to Earth but not.


There is much about Titan we do not know.


Such as: How can Titan be older than Saturn? 
It is possible that Titan did not begin its life in our galaxy. Instead, it might have been snagged as it passed through.

Liza adds:  Or, perhaps it was purposely sent so the workers on the ship Pan could have a pleasant place to visit on their time off.
or
Perhaps a superior alien planet sent Jupiter and Titan here when they discovered valuable, hard to find materials in Saturn's outer ring.

Seriously, Pan  does looks far more like an 18 mile long ship mining the rings than a planet. The symetrical indented markings on its top dome are a dead give away. 

As crazy as it being a spaceship mining Saturn's ring might be, it's more sensible than declaring it is a planet that accidentally made identical indentations on the oval top and smooth, slender, pentagonal fins around the oval 'rock'. The chances of that happening has to be close to zero.



Also, why does Saturn have such a massive electromagnetic shield that protects Titan and the other moons from radiation poison? And how is this electromagnetic shield maintained?  (It's huge! Like 600 times more powerful than Earth's shield.) Yet currently we can't explain the matter.

But let's stay focused on Titan. 


It has a huge atmosphere. Now that's partly because gravity is only 14% of earth's, so it doesn't pull at the little particles in the sky as hard as earth does. But this atmosphere is huge compare to Earth's.

Liza's thoughts: perhaps the reason is more subtle. Perhaps there is already life on Titan and it really doesn't want company. so organic substances are intentionally injected in the atmosphere to hide their world at the two poles.




Here's a strange thing: It appears one of the layers of inner Titan is made of water and ammonia (that's what we call Anti-freeze). 
Scientists think that because the 'land' appears to move over time.  They even suspect Cyrovolcanic activity that spews out water and ammonia, which they call dirty water (don't drink it!) 
 And be warned. If you touched the lava, your hand would freeze rather than burn.

Some scientists believe, but have yet to prove that the inside of Titan is liquid and 'warm'.

 I suspect 'warm' might mean a temp of -150F rather than the surface temp of -183F.

The reason they believe there is a liquid layer under the shell: 
Titan changes shape as it orbits Saturn. 
Cassini was able to measure Titan's tidal bulge and determined it rises and falls on the order of 30 feet. If Titan were completely solid inside, the tides could not be that large.


If the liquid causing the 30 ft bulge is actually ammonia and water (Anti-freeze) then we still need another generator of heat, since Ammonia will freeze at -148F and the surface temp is -183. The tidal pull itself creates some heat, but the scientists insist it's not enough to account for 30-foot change.


There is also the possibility that the surface of Titan, is floating on an Anti-freeze layer. 


Another oddity:  The vortexes on each pole appear to be hurricane winds, yet the water beneath is very calm, causing some scientist to conclude the winds are soft at ground level, given their analysis indicated the waves were only a centimeter tall.

 I find that to be a ridiculous conclusion. I believe that most of the lakes are frozen or have a rubbery like covering. For I fail to see how both poles could have hurricane force upper winds, and on the surface there is basically no wind.

Liza notes: In my story I'm having the winds at ground level to be much lower, but there are winds and they do worry about them.

And here's a mystery: Methane should have disappeared long ago, but it's still there. So something on the planet is creating methane. Perhaps volcanoes, or biological substances (that could include farting and dying life forms).

And the next oddity: While Titan appears older than Saturn, it's surface appears to be very young, which means it might still have volcanic activity. If so, the scientists are still predicting it would spew Anti-freeze. 

A last oddity: The Dunes in the center of the planet appear to be backwards to the winds (compared to how dunes on earth are shaped). They suspect Titan dunes are not fully shaped by winds, but electrostatic charges shapes the dunes on Titan. It is possible the dunes are highly electrical and might be lethal to walk on.

Below is someone far more scientific, but even he leaves out a few things 

https://youtu.be/fN5w33cLDj4
Liza is an imaginative author, don't complain about her conclusions.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Beautiful, Strange, Jupiter

Beautiful, strange, Jupiter



In my story, the planet is actually a sophisticated eye in the sky allowing visual contact with the ships mining Saturn's rings. And the red spot is a giant incinerator to get rid of unwanted items.

I know you think I've gone off the deep end.
Well, I'm allowed to. I write FICTION!


Have you seen the penetrating images of the South Pole?

There appears to be various alien faces magnified in in the South pole. I'm not saying there are giant creatures IN Jupiter. I'm saying that perhaps Jupiter is an electronic device, rather than an actual planet. An 'eye in the sky' if you will.
Supporting that, there are new findings that indicate Jupiter may not have any core at all.
What if it is just a powerful source of chemicals that can capture and send clear messages back to a home planet in a different Galaxy.

In my story, Perv watches over Saturn's solar system.
Yes, that would also be Earth's solar system, it's all in the perspective of the sentient's mind set. Perv actually resides in a far away galaxy, but just like we can skype, Perv can communicate with those on Saturn's moon and rings via a very large satellite, which we call Jupiter.  In fact, you can actually see Perv in Jupiter's south pole below.
If you asked me to describe Perv, he looks like a big eyed, red faced, stubby-nosed lizard with huge fangs. But otherwise, he behaves like most other male sentients. 
In his case, he likes to see through female sentients' clothes and admire their naked form. 
Thus, his name: Perv.

I swear, I did not alter the pic below. Go to Nasa.gov if you don't believe me.
Why is it that we don't see Perv when we admire the planet Jupiter? Simple. The beautiful mosaic of Van Gogh creations are only there to sooth the various sentients. 
But behind the paintings, on the South Pole, 
Perv is watching...always watching!

Here's a video, with just the facts, rather than my what ifs.  And don't scold me for my what ifs. I write science fiction, not facts, which is a good thing since we are still a bit shaky on facts.


https://youtu.be/NmHOj8VQvNE

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Babies in space



Here are the facts:

Studies indicate fertilization could occur in deep space, however, further development of the embryo would not progress in zero and low gravity situations. Instead, the body would reabsorb the cells, resulting in no child.

Titan's gravity is only 14% of Earths, thus without an artificial pull, the re-population of humans would fail.

Here is my solution:

The females going to Titan remained on birth control until they Quantum leap into deep space. (The negative effects of Quantum Leaping requires no female to be pregnant until after they arrive on Titan). 

The two days they spent on the ship as they ascended to Titan's North Pole, they traveled in an artificial gravity that was 80% of Earth's gravity. This was done to improve the chances of fertilization. 

Once they landed, the ship's electromagnetics continue to run an 80% gravity pull. 

However, the humans spend much of their time outside, where gravity is only 14% of earth's. Thus, they wear magnetic boots that produces a field large enough to gently tug them to their boots. The actual pull is calibrated for each human. The female's boots are weighted minimally to 80% if they are potentially pregnant. Otherwise, they may drop the pull to 50% to reduce potential damage due to the electromagnetic force.

Since fertilization was determined not to be constrained by the existence of, nor the lack of gravity, the men are allowed to choose whatever level of gravity that suits them. 

However, the male teenagers were forbidden to change the gravity level selected, until the soldiers had further assessed the dangers of Titan. Colonel Lancaster did not want the boys lowering their gravity pull so they could 'fly', possibly resulting in a wind gust blowing them into the methane lake.

So naturally, the first thing one of the youngest teens does is break the rules.


Early Excerpt for Arrival: Titan



Tamara opened her site finder and frowned as she realized Benjamin wasn’t registering on any of the teams. “Ben, where exactly are you? You were supposed to stay with your team.”

After a long silence, Ben responded. “You should be happy with me. I found life on Titan.”

Lt. Yarrows snapped, “Give me your coordinates, now!”

Dead silence replied.

“Benjamin,” Tamara said softly. “Please give me your coordinates. I need to send a guard to protect you at once.”

Benjamin ignored her. Lt. Yarrows would take him back to the ship, taser him, then lock him up. But he was sick of being treated like an idiot. Hell, he had discovered life on Titan. He should get a medal, not tasered.

He turned to take a picture of the moth, but to his shock, it lifted from the surface and flew towards a rock ledge to his right. Without the moth, he’d be doubly tasered, so he turned down the gravity pull on his boots so he could keep up with the moth.

He noticed a dark opening in the black rocks. Naturally, the moth would choose to go inside. He slowed and quietly entered the dark cave. The only sounds he could make out were from the wind outside, and a piercing high electronic sound somewhere deeper in the cave.

Thankfully, he had turned off his transmitter the first time Yarrows yelled at him. This would give him more time to retrieve his moth before the storm troopers could find him.

As he slowly moved toward the mechanical hum, his infrared light illuminated not just the moth, but a man with blue skin. The fellow turned from the moth and faced him. Ben realized his eyes moved separately, which was a bit creepy, and his nose was very wide. When he spoke, his words made no sense.


Not surprising, given he’d just met what had to be a native Titanian. Great, now he had discovered intelligent life on Titan and absolutely no one was ever going to believe it. There was no way he could capture this fellow and take him back to the ship. This Titanian fellow had really long arms and legs. He suspected he’d be eight feet tall if he stood up from the rock he sat upon.


Hope you enjoyed the peek.


The series will be coming out in early 2018

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Alexandra Christian shares Naked (Phoenix Rising #1)


Naked (Phoenix Rising #1)
by Alexandra Christian
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Paranormal Romance

Librarian at one of Earth's last paper libraries, Phoebe Addison is about to have a romantic and interplanetary adventure wilder than anything she's ever read.

OUT OF THE STACKS


Librarian Phoebe Addison has lived her entire life within a seventy-five mile radius of her small Louisiana town, but when she receives a strange medallion from her adventurous, off-world sister, reality tilts toward the bizarre. Everything Phoe thought she knew is…well, wrong. Dead wrong. But bone-numbing fear has no place in this brave new world—nor by the side of the dangerous, exquisite man who saves her life.


…AND INTO THE FIRE


Following the tragic slaughter of his family, operative Macijah “Cage” St. John understands evil in a way no man ever should. He traded happiness for a magnificent and terrible power, and fate isn’t done with him yet. He wasn’t looking for comfort. He didn’t need tenderness. But today he’ll play hero to a damsel in distress, and his quest will deliver him to the uncanny Martian colony of New London—and his heart to the demure Phoebe Addison. The bookish beauty’s hidden talents and deep abiding love just might save Cage from himself.




BUY LINKS:


EXCERPT:
“Hey…” she sighed, taking the curve of his jaw in the palm of her hand and raising his eyes to meet hers. “I’m okay. You saved my life. For like… the millionth time.”  He didn’t move, so she didn’t pull away, finally able to observe him. His jaw was set, tense as he stared at her with those dusky, changeable eyes. But Phoe could feel a tremble there. A fear lurking underneath that she would never have expected a man like Cage to possess. “I’m fine.”
“And what in hell were you doing?” he said, snapping his head up to glare at her. “I told you to run away and you did exactly the opposite of what I said! You could have been killed! Or worse, bitten! You just… you don’t understand, Phoe. I’m supposed to protect you, and I didn’t protect you. I can’t lose another…”  His words trailed off. She could tell he wanted to say more but wouldn’t. She held his gaze, but he looked away, as if he were hiding some weakness he couldn’t stand for her to see. There was some trauma lurking there.
“What are you talking about?” she said. “Help me understand.” 
“I can’t,” he said, pulling back and shaking his head as if to clear it. “I won’t.”
“But why…”
He rolled back on his heels and rose quickly, his shoulder brushing against the bedside table and nearly toppling the glass of tea, an uncharacteristically clumsy movement. “Just leave it alone, Phoe. My demons are my own.”  The weakness was gone, and now that hard-edged, barely contained anger returned. She knew if she pressed him that he would lash out. She was starting to understand, to be able to read his moods that had seemed so random and mysterious when they’d first met. There was a scab, healed over but still burning. “Rest up,” he said, turning to walk away. “We’ll leave at sunset. Addie has a car.”
Swallowing her nausea, she threw back the blanket and stumbled out of the bed toward him. “Wait… Cage…”
He stopped but didn’t turn.
“Look, I don’t know what’s happened to you in your past. But we all have demons. Some of us, more than most people. I get it.”  She lay a hand on his shoulder, feeling the tremble of muscles pulled tight. The sensation of gentle touch had evidently become a foreign concept, and his first reaction was to flee. His head turned, staring down at where the cool, pearlescent flesh of her fingertips rested against him. Such a profile, his eyes gazing downward and just the faint glisten of a single tear resting just under his eyelashes. Phoe’s heart broke for him. “You can trust me.”
“I do trust you, Phoe.”  She slid her arm along his shoulder, and he turned, enveloping her body in a gentle embrace. He brushed a hand over her brow, smoothing back the stray locks that fell around her face. Being so close to him, she felt small and skittish. If he loosened his grasp even just a little, she feared she would retreat. He took her hand, bringing it to his lips and then pressing her palm against his cheek. Instantly his body relaxed, as if her touch were some sort of calming drug. Phoebe could actually feel the tension melting from his embrace. His eyes were full of fire and his breathing labored. Phoe couldn’t believe that it was her doing this to him. That all of this was for her. “I don’t trust me,” he went on. She was mesmerized by the curves of his lips as he spoke and without even realizing, she’d moved closer. Only a breath between them, and then their lips touched. He kissed her, lightly at first then more insistent. Phoe was stiff, the sensation so unfamiliar as his sumptuous mouth caressed her lower lip, worrying it gently, teaching her what to do. She melted into his embrace, and he teased the crease of her mouth with the tip of his tongue, coaxing it open before taking possession. Cage stole her breath and then offered his own. His arms tightened around her waist as he pulled her in against him, letting his hands rest on her hips as their kiss went on and on. When he let her go, Phoe stumbled, holding her dizzy head. A fluttery feeling rose in the pit of her belly, and all she wanted to do was kiss him again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep fried eccentricity. As one-half of the writing team at Little Red Hen Romance, she’s committed to bringing exciting stories and sapiosexual love monkeys to intelligent readers everywhere. Lexx also likes to keep her fingers in lots of different pies having written everything from sci-fi and horror to Sherlock Holmes adventures. Her alter-ego, A.C. Thompson, is also the editor of the highly successful Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series of anthologies. 
A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexx is a native South Carolinian who lives with an epileptic wiener dog and her husband, author Tally Johnson. Her long-term aspirations are to one day be a best-selling authoress and part-time pinup girl. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Broad Universe—an organization that supports female authors of speculative fiction.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

SM Schmitz & Lisa Blackwood join forces to launch Vengeance For the Dominion Rising BoxSet.


S.M. Schmitz on co-writing and launching a new sci-fi romance series in Dominion Rising


In 2016, bestselling urban fantasy author, Lisa Blackwood, and I began talking about co-writing a sci-fi romance novel that could potentially become a series with as many books in it as we wanted to write since each would follow a different warship. The original idea for Vengeance, the first book in the Warships of the Spire series, follows the story of an artificial intelligence whose sentience controls not only the warship but a number of sentinels and drones—including a partly organic humanoid cyborg. Ven’s story, while definitely be filled with the action common to space operas, is a familiar one to romance readers as well, because it’s also a novel about love and loss. And even AIs like Ven can fall in love.

When we joined the Dominion Rising project in the fall of 2016, we decided to write and launch Vengeance as part of this exciting box set. All twenty-three novels are new and written exclusively for Dominion Rising, and we’ve been honored to work with some of the most talented indie authors in science fiction and fantasy. Lisa and I also discovered that we work well together because we have such different writing styles and strengths—she brought high intensity action sequences to our story, and I focused on relatable dialogue and emotional connections. Ultimately, we hope we’ve created a story that brings all of the elements readers love from space opera and sci-fi romance to the pages of Vengeance.

The best part? We’re already planning book two. Citadel will be launching in the Spring of 2018, so grab your copy of Dominion Rising for the launch price of $0.99, and ward off that dreaded book hangover…because with twenty-three novels, there’s plenty to fall in love with. And you might just find your next boyfriend in the pages of Vengeance, book one of the new Warships of the Spire series.





Purchase Dominion Rising at any of these retailers:


Learn more about all of S.M. Schmitz’s science fiction and fantasy titles at www.smschmitz.com.


Excerpt from Vengeance:

Aboard his warship, Commander Lisk barked, “Vengeance, report!”
Renee had just boarded one of his transports so she could reach the warship currently engaged in battle with two determined opponents. Warhawk and Wolverine, the Nuallan warships, were busy with their own battles. Vengeance was particularly concerned about Warhawk. The smaller battlecruiser had sustained substantial damage to seventy-nine percent of his hull with breaches in sixteen locations. His port side engine had been completely destroyed, and his shields were almost depleted.
Vengeance was faring better, but his own opponents were keeping him hemmed in, unable to help Warhawk without leaving the planet and evacuation ships more vulnerable than they already were.
Commander Lisk barked again, “Vengeance, report!”
“Link Renee is now safely on one of my transports, and my drone is taking a squadron of sentinels to fight the enemy units converging on the school,” Vengeance answered using the ship-wide comm.
Commander Lisk grunted in acknowledgment then shouted for more reports about what was happening on Nualla. The last enemy weapons fire had knocked out his close-range sensors so the energy webs were only displaying warnings and error reports to the crew.
“Large parts of the city and spaceport have sustained damage. The evacuation is still underway. Twenty-three ships report that they are already accelerating away from Nualla. The enemy ships show no interest in following them,” Vengeance reported.
Commander Lisk leaned forward in his chair. “For now. We’ll make sure they don’t have a chance. Have the individual fighters flank and provide escort for the—”
A blast from an enemy’s cannon penetrated Vengeance’s shields and struck his hull. The bioskin absorbed and dispersed much of the impact, but Vengeance still rocked hard to the side before thrusters matched the force.
“Sustaining rapid-fire pulse cannon damage. Port side energy admitters have failed causing the foremost shield arrays to weaken. Diverting power from all other admitters to compensate. Shields holding at twenty percent,” Vengeance told his crew. “Returning fire.”
“Vengeance, can you identify what models are attacking you?” Lisk asked, his voice tense.
“Birth stamps on hulls identify them as Basilisk, Warlock, Relentless, Danforth, Agrona, and Warhammer.”
“Look out for Warhammer,” Lisk advised. “He has energy harpoons.”
“He’s bringing them online now,” Ven replied.
“Don’t let him sink his claws into your shields,” Lisk ordered. “It’ll hamper your maneuverability too much and weaken your shields.”
“I’m aware of that,” Vengeance snapped.
Flashes of weapons fire lit up the screens, revealing glimpses of the enemy ships against the darkness of space. Two seconds after Warhammer released his harpoons, Vengeance returned fire with secondary weapons’ arrays. While Vengeance was battling Warhammer, fire from the three enemy ships made Vengeance shudder under their attack.
Enemy fire began to breach his shields where energy harpoons had latched on and diverted the shield’s resonance. As his shields continued to weaken, his hull shook under the impact. His sentinels remained upright, but the crew was getting knocked around.
They were likely to get far worse if the tide of battle didn’t swing in his favor soon. However, since he was much older than his two opponents and had been built during a time when the Spire was less peaceful, he had one weapon they lacked.
“Bringing main fusion cannon online,” Vengeance announced. Deep within his engineering section, just a few decks above his primary core, his secondary power station came online and diverted power from the rest of his extremities.
“Vengeance, no!” Lisk protested.
All over the ship, lights dimmed and screens went dark. On the bridge, the energy webs blanked out, plunging the room into darkness.
“Diverting all remaining power to main weapons’ array,” Vengeance told his crew.
“Damn it, Vengeance!” Lisk yelled. “You can’t fire on them while we’re this close!”
Vengeance knew the risks, of course, but if he didn’t do something, Nualla could be lost. And he couldn’t lose Renee or Hayley.
Vengeance’s voice drifted out of the darkness. “Main Fusion cannons at eight-five percent and climbing. Nine-five percent.” His exposed hull continued to take a battering, but he was a Neit Class warship and had been designed to take more punishment than the newer, lighter models.
“Targeting Warhammer. Firing main fusion cannons. Full strength, continuous ten second burst,” Vengeance announced.
During the initial blast, Vengeance was blinded by radiation and battle damage but within seconds, his other systems normalized, and his shields and sensors both came back online. “Assessing damage.”
Throughout the bridge, energy webs flickered back on. Their feeble glow grew stronger, weaving lights and colors together until the space battle was pictured once more. Danforth, Relentless, and Basilisk were still engaged, but Warhammer was dead, the deep wound in his hull still bleeding fluids and sparks of energy.
Warhammer’s corpse rotated slowly in space, drifting toward the planet’s surface in a decaying orbit.
Warhammer destroyed. Radiation levels inside my hull are minimal. Scrubbing commenced where shields were insufficient,” Vengeance said as he locked on to the next target.
Lisk may have thought Ven’s decision to employ the fusion cannon was madness, but Hayley was on this planet. And if he had to, he’d destroy every last Warship of the Spire to protect her.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Jumping the Gun for waves on Titan

Well, this caught my attention...in a bad way.


Conclusions from a Space contributor:
The liquid-hydrocarbon lakes and seas on Titan are incredibly calm, suggesting that future missions to the huge Saturn moon could enjoy a smooth ride to the surface, a new study reports.
The waves rippling the three largest lakes in Titan's northern hemisphere are tiny, according to the study — just 0.25 inches (1 centimeter) high by about 8 inches (20 cm) long.
"There's a lot of interest in one day sending probes to the lakes, and when that's done, you want to have a safe landing, and you don't want a lot of wind," study lead author Cyril Grima, a research associate at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), said in a statement. "Our study shows that because the waves aren't very high, the winds are likely low." [Amazing Photos: Titan, Saturn's Largest Moon]
The liquid-hydrocarbon lakes and seas on Titan are incredibly calm, suggesting that future missions to the huge Saturn moon could enjoy a smooth ride to the surface, a new study reports. The waves rippling the three largest lakes in Titan's northern hemisphere are tiny, according to the study — just 0.25 inches (1 centimeter) high by about 8 inches (20 cm) long. "There's a lot of interest in one day sending probes to the lakes, and when that's done, you want to have a safe landing, and you don't want a lot of wind," study lead author Cyril Grima, a research associate at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), said in a statement. "Our study shows that because the waves aren't very high, the winds are likely low." [Amazing Photos: Titan, Saturn's Largest Moon]


Liza responds to the comments above:

There has always been an oddity about Titan's lakes.

But here are facts we know: Gravity is only 14% of Earth's Gravity.

Light from the sun is less than 1 percent of the light on Earth.

When the probe landed on  Titan, the winds swung that puppy all around. The winds were also quite erratic, going one way and then another.

Based on those facts, if there are high winds, which clearly existed the day the probe landed, they should be able to send giant waves across the lake areas given gravity is only 14 percent as strong as Earth's.

Yet, Cassini reported back the waves were less than an centimeter tall. Which means, it might not even be a wave at all. The lake surface could have a frozen cover of methane ice which could be more flexible than our water ice on earth. Thus, it might be a bit wiggly, allowing faint movements in the frozen surface. Or, these "waves" might simply be sand or surface snow on an otherwise frozen lake.

Sadly, their conclusions were simply the winds aren't strong and landing near the lakes will be a breeze. Maybe, maybe not. (probably NOT)

Even a small breeze would create huge waves (given the 14% gravity vs. Earth's gravity) and I find it hard to believe if there are winds blowing over the planet, the north and south poles escapes the wind.

I believe it is far more likely the surface of the lake IS FROZEN. The fact it can reflect light is no surprise at all...Ice is far better at reflecting light than water is.

So I was very disappointed with the analysis provided above.

However, I agree with another comment made, that the lakes could hold life. 

I think it very likely. As to the observation that the life would be nothing like us, yes and no. 

First, we are made of different liquids. Water vs. Methane, but given all the creatures we have on earth, some of which seem to be miniature copies of other creatures, I think it is possible that some life forms will take on forms similar to creatures on earth only they will be methane based. 

Life is both amazing, complex, and copycatish. 

And here is a not entirely accurate video (Not all the lakes on Titan are Methane.) but otherwise it does a good job about the possibility of life on Titan.




I see no reason why there won't be life in the lakes of Titan. However, don't expect to drop off a submarine to check things out. The surface of the lake might be far more difficult to enter than you think. If you drop an AI controlled submarine drone on its surface, it could very likely be stuck there on the surface forever.


If you listened to the entire video, you will discover that key scientists believe (at the time this was made) that Titan has mild winds. Compared to Jupiter and Saturn, yes they are mild. But in my opinion, they probably won't be mild enough to travel safely by balloon, especially around the equator. 

But I could be wrong. Titan is a master at hiding it's secrets.


I continue to read all updates from NASA, because I'm writing a two books series. Destination: Titan and Arrival: Titan and I'm trying to be accurate as I can be so when it comes out next year, it will still be believable.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Jessica E. Subject shares Love In A New World.

Writing “What You Know” in Sci-Fi Romance


One of the most common pieces of writing advice I hear is to “Write what you know.” That means to use familiar settings, character types, and experiences. In sci-fi romance, that advice seems impossible when I’m penning tales of aliens, space travel, and serving in the Galactic Military. Some of my stories take place on Earth, but many are set on spaceships or foreign planets, places just as unfamiliar to me as Antarctica. And while I have no idea what it’s like to fly a spacecraft, fight with an evil alien, or even to find out what it’s like to learn the person I have feelings for is an alien, I do know what it’s like to fall in love in my early twenties while I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. That is generally the stage in life my characters are going through, and how I “write what I know.”
In Beyond Reach, Prince Mekai does not want marry his betrothed and flees the planet before his wedding. And Nixie has just finished learning the art of erotic massage and is taking her first clients while not sure if she made the right choice in professions. When they meet, sparks fly, but the secrets they learn about each other could destroy their lives.
Accidental Romance isn’t sci-fi, but Leanne has finished college and is getting ready to take over the family dairy farm. An accident changes her life forever, and she finds love where she least expected.
Missy and RJ have returned home for the summer after their second year of university in It Took a Zombie Apocalypse. While they’ve crushed on each other from across the driveway, their families have always stood in the way of them ever getting together. But when zombies invade their small town, they must depend on each other to survive.
It’s just days before Christmas in Hey, Santa, and Claire is dared by her best friend to ask the sexy mall Santa out so she won’t be lonely over the holidays. Little does Claire know that the man in the costume is from another planet.

So, with all these new events and people in their lives, the characters must make decisions that will be key turning points. It’s not an easy time, and can be made even more difficult while falling in love for the first time. I certainly remember those years. Visit them again with the characters in the five stories included in Love in a New World...

LOVE IN A NEW WORLD
New Adult Romance on Earth and Beyond

by Jessica E. Subject

Release date: July 31, 2017

Genres: New Adult Romance, Anthology

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-988428-07-9
Print ISBN: 978-1-988428-06-2

Cover artist: Fantasia Frog Designs



# of pages: 270 print (268 ebook)



BLURB:

An alien prince, a farm girl, two university students from a small town, and more are all ready to begin their lives as adults. They have everything planned out. But when drastic events crush their dreams, they must carve a new path. And they just might find unexpected love along the way.

Includes the New Adult Romances Beyond Reach, Accidental Romance, It Took a Zombie Apocalypse, Hey Santa, and bonus story Alien Kisses at Midnight.

EXCERPT

(It Took a Zombie Apocalypse  PG-13 – 449 words)

“Fifty dollars for a kiss.” RJ held the bill and waved it across the counter. “It goes in the jar if I get a kiss from you.”

“I’d do it for five.” She pointed to the paper sign on the jar. “But if you’re willing to donate more, go ahead.”

He walked into the booth and sat on the bench. “You misunderstand me, Missy. I don’t want a peck on the cheek. I want a real kiss, your lips on mine.”

Her cheeks reddened, making her all the more adorable, and she stepped back. “I, um.... It’s not.... I can’t.”

“It’s one kiss.” He waved the money around again, enjoying her discomfort. “The same money you’d make kissing ten old guys with beards, or ten creeps who gawk at your cleavage when you bend over to kiss them.”

The flush on her face disappeared. Maybe he shouldn’t have included that last observation.
“Hey.” He needed her attention back on him. “One kiss, and you never know, you just might like it.”

“Really?” She placed a hand on his knee then waltzed in front of him with a confidence he’d never seen from her before. “You’re that confident of the power of those full brown lips, are you?”

Before he had the chance to think of a response, she snatched the bill from his hand, leaned between his spread legs, and kissed him. He barely had a chance to close his mouth when it was all over.

“Thank you so much for your support.” Missy curtsied then stuck the money into the collection bottle.

RJ gripped the bottom of the bench, trying to process the fact the kiss had already happened. He’d hoped for so much more.

“Another.” He stood and yanked his wallet from his back pocket. “I’ll give you one hundred dollars if I can kiss you.” Yanking the bill from inside the leather fold, he held it out in front of him to prove he was good for it.

“Now, that’s against the rules.”

Her jaw shifted to the side, but when she tilted her head, he hoped she was actually considering his proposition.

RJ hopped off the bench and took a tentative step forward. He’d didn’t want her to automatically say no. “You know I’ve never played by the rules. Why would I start now?”

With a laugh, Missy playfully pushed on his chest. “You’re trouble, RJ. And you’re looking to get me into trouble with you.”

Returning to the stool, he stared into her crystal-blue eyes and smiled. She hadn’t said no. “Just a kiss.” He nodded to a patch of bushes with a bench set amongst them. “No one will see us over there.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you can not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to go to fitness class and walk her Great Pyrenees/Retriever her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com.

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