Thursday, 7 June 2012
Author Spotlight - Human Aliens by Maria Hammarblad
From time to time, people ask me why my aliens seem so human. Shouldn't they be eight foot tall, blue, and have tentacles and ray guns? Well, some do, but in my imagination most people the heroine runs into are more or less human. I concoct a convenient explanation of a common past, where the race spread or was sent all over the universe. The species might have developed differently on different worlds, but is basically the same. There are definitely culture clashes, though.
Why do I do this? It is interesting to imagine what life on other worlds might look like. If there is life out there, I'm convinced it doesn't look anything like us. (I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!) Life takes on so many forms on our planet alone, and it might develop along quite different lines on another world.
I write science fiction romance, and while I like to think love is indifferent to species - I love my dogs, for example - I do think romantic love and attraction is connected to more basic needs. Romance is about falling in love, about physical attraction as well as attraction of the soul, and there has to be a certain genetic compatibility to make it feasible. Would a human heroine from Earth fall for a spaceman that looked like a giant purple jellyfish? Maybe, but it seems more likely she'd fall for a humanoid.
Book trailer link: http://youtu.be/GDmhI7c69iM
Buy-link Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00825645A
Buy-link Desert Breeze Publishing: http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-292/Kidnapped-Maria-Hammarblad/Detail.bok