Guest post on alien races in Operation Earth by author Maria Hammarblad
Today I have Maria Hammarblad here with us to talk about the different alien races in her new novel, Operation Earth. She has one fascinating premise for them in her book you should definitely check out. It was certainly a new concept for me! Her guest post, along with details about her novel are below.
by Maria Hammarblad
Take it away, Maria…
Aliens in the world of Operation Earth
Once upon a time, there was a race of people who reached astonishing technical proficiency. They still weren’t happy. Everywhere they looked things appeared the same, and they couldn’t help but wonder what would have happened if they’d chosen another path.
Only one thing to do: find out.
They rolled out a gigantic plan where DNA was seeded onto worlds all over the galaxy. Each was given a specific amount of time to develop, and when time ran out, the peoples who survived would be re-assimilated and evaluated.
Complicated? Absolutely, but when you’ve reached eternal life, seen everything there is to see and done everything one could possibly do, complicated might be a good thing.
On some worlds, life died out completely. On others, indigenous species took over. On some, the new DNA thrived and developed.
Guess what? Earth is one of these worlds, and now it’s our turn.
Assuming there are other life forms in the universe advanced enough to build a craft and travel all the way here, I would like to believe they’re also socially developed. I associate technological prowess with happiness, advanced culture, kindness, and forgiveness.
Unless it describes a dystopia or an urge to harvest worlds for their natural resources, science fiction is often a celebration of technology. The aliens of Operation Earth differ from the typical sci-fi aliens, because technology didn’t make them happy, and it didn’t make them particularly wise.
I would have a hard time living without all my gadgets. When working on Operation Earth, I attempted to imagine my world without computers, cell phones, TV, and all cool stuff that’s still to come. Does technology make me happy? Maybe. I’m sure stressed when it doesn’t work. Does it make me a better person? Doubtful.
What do you think? Does technology makes us better? Happier? Kinder? I’d love to hear your take on it.
Thanks, Maria, for that fascinating background on your alien races. I think I have mixed emotions on technology, but do believe life would be a lot more difficult without it. Sometimes, though, you wonder what it would be like to live in simpler times where you aren’t checking your email all the time and beholden to your cell phone!
Born in Sweden in the early 1970’s, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, “The Sun Book.” They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother’s horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.
As an adult Maria’s creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.
Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.
Seven billion people on Earth go about their daily lives, and no one is prepared when a global EMP slows the world to a crawl. With all our technology incapacitated, everything changes. Within days alien soldiers line the streets, and life will never be the same. Rachael struggles to adapt to the new order, doing her best to keep herself and her cat alive.
On a ship far above the planet surface, Peter just got his new Earth name, and can’t even remember his identity from the last world he visited. It’s another day on the job, one more world on a never-ending list. That is, until Rachael bumps into him, dropping exotic objects all around his feet. His culture taught him females should be obeyed and protected, but he never had an urge to leave himself at a woman’s mercy until now.
Rachael’s neighbor Ryan hounds her to join a brewing resistance movement and make a stand against the newcomers. She still befriends Peter, enthralled by his enigmatic personality and hypnotic golden eyes. Would falling in love with an alien be treason against humanity? When the rebellion gains momentum and open conflict with the newcomers is a fact, Rachael’s personal insurrection might be her doom, or bring salvation to us all.