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A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice.
Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends and a husband.
After the attack on San Jose, Todd is appointed to Special Envoy for Terran Affairs by the nentraee, a position many world leaders question. Undeterred Todd wants to build bridges between both people. However, this new position brings with it a new set of problems that not only he, but his new allies Mi’ko and Mirtoff must overcome. Will the humans and nentraee learn to work together despite mistrust and threats of more attacks by a new global terrorist group, or will the terrorists win? Will this bring an end to an already shaky alliance between nentraee and humans?
Warning: Graphic Violence
Thank you to MM Good Book Reviews for having me here today. I thought I would share a bit about how I became drawn to Sci Fi and paranormal story telling.
When I was a kid, growing up in the 70s and 80s my dad would talk a lot about the space program and we would go to local exhibits that NASA would put on. It was amazing to see what our vision of the future were at that time. It was especially exciting to see what NASA wanted to build and how they wanted to explore. I remember viewing the concept art for these huge space stations and they were beautiful. It was great fun. About the same time Star Wars came out, I fell in love. The adventure was amazing and a lot of what we saw at the exhibits from NASA was up on the screen, maybe not 100% but some of it was close.
That lead me to find more Sci-Fi. Like Star Trek, Buck Rogers in the 25th Centaury, Battlestar Galactica all those cheesy Sci-Fi shows that were on TV and in theaters in the late 70s and early 80s. There were great and so much fun. The characters had these amazing adventures and got to have all these great techie gadgets. It was the best. Then in the late 80s Star Trek: The Next Generation came out, we were back in space, and it was hopeful and fun. My friends and I had a standing date that we would all get together and watch each week. We even bought the Star Trek books to read, which was a blast to get, especially with all the detail and character development in the novels. For me Sci-Fi has always been about hope, adventure, and a better future, so I love seeing shows that reflect that.
When it comes to paranormal, again, when I was a kid my mom, sister, and I would watch Creature Features on Saturday afternoons once we finished cleaning the house. That was the best. We would have our lunch and sit in front of the TV so we could watch all the old black-and-white movies (Dracula, Frankenstien, The Wolfman or whatever they had on that day. Sometimes it was even the comedy versions like Abbott & Constello Meet Frankenstein). Some of them were campy and others got scary, but they were always entertaining and fun to watch.
When Poltergeist came out, I wasn’t allowed to see it, but I wanted to. Finally, when the movie came out for home entertainment, we bought it and I loved the movie. As I got a little older I found Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, she is amazing and I would watch her show when I could. I didn’t only watch the fun scary stuff I would watch the more creepy too. I would find a lot of paranormal documentaries about real-life events. It’s crazy to think there is this whole other side to our world we know nothing about. Ghosts, Entities, Spirits all that. What’s interesting about it is that no one can explain it and science hasn’t been able to completely debunk it. So, the idea of the unknown and all things that go bump in the night is fantastic. I’ve read several books on the subject, which I find fascinating.
With both Sci-Fi and Paranormal stories embedded into my brain from a young age, it was a given that at some point I would start telling my own stories, which I hope people enjoy as much as I enjoy telling them.
Conviction, M.D. Neu © 2019, All Rights Reserved
“I believe this should be adequate.” Mi’ko checked his datapad to ensure all the proper requisitions had been finalized. He glanced around the room again with a pleased smile.
“Do you think he’ll enjoy living here?” Mi’cin asked.
They were here to inspect the quarters he had selected for Todd in the secured area of the speaker’s ship. He could have left it up to Vi-Narm or one of his other aides, but this was important and he needed to handle these details personally. Todd was important, and he wanted to make sure everything was perfect. Plus, it was an opportunity to spend more time with Mi’cin.
“Mister Todd Landon was adamant about staying in his own home and commuting, but it’s not practical.” Mi’ko ran a hand over the desk, then checked his fingers for dust. “And with the rise in protest against us across the planet, it’s not safe. Even though his government insists it is.”
“If you say so,” Mi’cin said. “He didn’t strike me as very logical after our brief meeting.” He went to one of the windows and opened it. “It would be nice to have quarters like this for myself. Does he need all this space? He’s one male.” He inhaled deeply and viewed the park below. “It smells like home. But it’s a replica, not the real place.” His nose crinkled.
“Mi’cin, don’t sulk. Our living situation isn’t that bad, and you are not a child.” Mi’ko put a hand on his son’s arm and squeezed. “I know you hurt. We all ache for our home, but these ships are our home, for now. It’s a pain we all share. By working with the humans, especially Todd, that pain and the loss of our home will lessen.”
Mi’cin’s expression fell. “Assuming the humans will work with us.”
“Please be supportive.” Mi’ko frowned. “I understand you have your misgivings, but please.” He inhaled, smelling the damp trees. “And since when have you not enjoyed the ship’s gardens?” He looked out to the woodland where several tall trees, paths, and waterways ran in countless directions.
The grounds were replicas of some of the famous parks on Benzee and her satellites. The ship’s builders gave as much space as feasible to allow people the chance to enjoy the open space. The artificial light that mimicked the day-night cycle of Benzee had gradually been adjusted to the length of Earth’s day.
“He does, indeed, have a better view than us, but that’s all right.” Mi’ko grinned and thought.
This new position for Mi’cin will help focus him. Give him a chance to interact with the humans and learn about them.
“A view of space would have been equally nice,” Mi’cin said, “but I doubt he’d be used to such a thing.” He turned back to the window. “Such a waste.”
“I assure you it’s not a waste.” Mi’ko ran a hand over the soft fabric of the chair. “Considering the nature of this position. Plus, I thought a view of nature and all the fresh scents would make him feel more at home. It will give him a sense of what Mentra Park was like.”
Mi’cin clucked his tongue.
“What?” Mi’ko questioned. “That was one of your favorite parks on Mentra. You made me take you there whenever we went to visit my parents. You loved the views of Benzee.”
Mi’cin said nothing.
“As you wish, Father.”
“I’d like to ask you to assist Mister Todd Landon to help him acclimate,” Mi’ko said. “It’s going to be hard for him at first. Even though he’s been studying our language and culture—”
Mi’cin’s sigh muted his father. “Of course. I’ll do my best. You have my word. Besides, isn’t that what your aide is supposed to do?”
“True, but this is the first time I’ve had an aide who’s my son.”
“Well, Vi-Narm can’t do it all, and your other aides are busy,” Mi’cin said. “I can use the experience, as you and Mother both keep telling me.”
“I can think of no one better to support me.” Mi’ko focused on his son. “You know, you’re both very quizzical, so you will be good for each other. I hope you can become friends.” He reached out and gently touched Mi’cin on the cheek.
A soft chirp came from the door. It opened to reveal Vi-Narm. Her tightly braided hair had a few wisps out of place; her breathing was heavy.
“Vice speaker, there is a problem with the Envoy position. General Gahumed, with the support of General Fanion, is calling for a special session in the council chamber.”
“What now?” The muscles around Mi’ko’s eyes twitched and the tips of his ears started to warm. It had been like this for several weeks. These continued issues with his own people were taking far too much of his time..
M.D. Neu is a LGBTQA Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he’s always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal television and novels, M.D. Neu was inspired by the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, Alfred Hitchcock and Kim Stanley Robinson. An odd combination, but one that has influenced his writing.
Growing up in an accepting family as a gay man, he always wondered why there were never stories reflecting who he was. Constantly surrounded by characters that only reflected heterosexual society, M.D. Neu decided he wanted to change that. So, he took to writing, wanting to tell good stories that reflected our diverse world.
When M.D. Neu isn’t writing, he works for a non-profit and travels with his biggest supporter and his harshest critic, Eric, his husband of eighteen plus years.
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