Way Out in Outer Space
I never intended to write about aliens.
True, I’ve enjoyed watching Star Trek, Firefly, and Stargate. I love science fiction romance books, such as Aubrie Dionne’s New Dawn series, Beth Revis’ Across the Universe series, and Nina Croft’s A Blood Hunter series, but I feel more comfortable in fantasy realms than amongst the stars.
But I had this character named Linia. She was different (blue skin and cute alien antennae different) and lived on the planet Persea. Bit by bit, she told me her story, and my writing universe expanded in a big way. I had to write about her, an alien. Her tale shot me higher than the moon into unknown galaxies filled with so many different aliens that I also had to write about.
I’ve taken a lot of liberties with aliens and space in my Gravity trilogy (Defying Gravity, Fighting Gravity, and Pull of Gravity) and pulled from Greek mythology and fantasy to create these alien worlds of Persea, Medusa, Aresia, and Cupidis. Part of the series takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth. The people (humans and aliens) battle in space, travel through wormholes, and fall in love.
Writers sometimes have to open our minds to new ideas, and I’m glad I took the leap into outer space.
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Forced into executing Aresia’s people, Phoebus escapes the Aresian Guard by flying his spaceship through a wormhole.
The only single woman of marrying age, Marissa flees her prospects of becoming Elder McGee’s third wife for a chance at freedom upon the New Atlantic Ocean.
When Phoebus’s spacecraft crashes upon an asteroid-ravaged Earth, he is captured by a rogue Earthling youth and thrown into a cellar. Marissa stumbles upon the spacecraft, but it explodes before she can find any sign of the alien. When she awakens, she discovers the alien’s whereabouts and vows to help him. They plot his escape when they learn Phoebus’s Aresians have landed and are searching for him. Phoebus and Marissa must battle against their despair and their peoples in their quest for freedom and love. And through it all, an Earthling and an Aresian will find it easier to fight gravity than their love for each other.
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Homesick upon the SS Perseid, Linia, a young linguist, thinks she signed up for a mission of peace, but her crew members have another plan: attack the planet Medusa.
Bored with his dying planet, Alezandros, a space cruiser pilot, joins the Medusan Army in his quest for adventure.
When the SS Perseid clashes with the Medusans’ space cruisers, Alezandros and Linia’s lives intertwine. Sucked through a wormhole, they crash upon a post-apocalyptic Earth and are captured by cannibals. In adjacent cells, Alezandros and Linia cast their differences aside for a common bond: escape. But when romantic feelings emerge between them, they might do the unthinkable because for a Medusan and a Persean to fall in love, it would defy gravity.
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Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor and library assistant. She enjoys writing horror, fantasy, and mysteries, but she doesn’t let that stop her from trying other genres. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her e-books include Once Upon a December Nightmare, The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk, and Defying Gravity. She is a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Valley Writers and placed third in Roanoke Valley’s BIG READ writing contest.