I've been flying around the galaxies at FTL! (faster than light) Spending lots of time with my Science Fiction characters. The Galaxy in the photo is Pegasus. It's where my hero lives. You know, the one with the strange skin color and odd features. His home planet is in a Solar System near the Pegasus outer rim. His world, called Asconage differs from ours in several ways. For one thing, it's more arid and dry like a desert with lots of oranges reds and purples. And it's hot. Really hot. But he can take it.
His culture is way far technologically advanced than ours. He's an explorer and First Contact Diplomat. He spends a lot of time in his small one-man spacecraft light speed jumping through the Event Horizon, studying and sometimes rendering aid to planets and cultures on the cusp of deep space travel.
It's about time he met his heroine, don't you think? She's from a planet much like our Earth, called Terrain. The cultures there are just about ready to give space flight a shot, though they have spent way to much time and energy warring amongst themselves.
My hero ventures into the Terrain Solar System near the Orion Nebula because his long range sensors detect their emerging technology so he goes to investigate. He takes up a distant orbit in his cloaked spacecraft, but it doesn't take him long to discover that the beings of this world have a way to go before they are ready for an authentic alien encounter!
When he prepares to leap back through the Event Horizon, something happens to his spacecraft and he spins out of control. He makes an emergency crash landing on Terrain. Of course he aims his craft for the nearest desert basin. Guess who is in the desert near where he crashes researching wildlife habitats? Right. His heroine. She hasn't exactly been waiting for him, but here he is, almost in her backyard. What happens between them is, well very interesting to say just a little. Stay tuned. You'll be hearing lots more about my space hero and heroine soon...
And while we are on the subject, I must congratulate my friend, Linda Banche. She just finaled in the Eppie Awards with her Regency/Sci-Fi Romance, Lady of the Stars. Yea, Linda!
And I haven't forgotten! I'm posting all the Best Opening Lines everyone has sent to me on Wedensday the 18th!