Alpha is the world’s first robotic soldier, but he would rather woo his mechanic than wage war. This probably has something to do with his human heart, given to him in hopes that it would prevent him from enslaving the entire human race.
Once the greatest soldier the Planet Earth Military Forces had seen, Meat can’t help but think this new age of robotic soldiers will leave people like him in the dust. Forced into retirement, he has nothing left to do but stew in his bitterness toward the organization he once loved.
Lucas Sharpe wishes he’d managed to work his way to CEO of the Planet Earth Military Forces before its leaders traded their plasma rifles for stacks of paperwork. Now he’s just bored.
Alpha is having enough trouble winning his mechanic’s heart – as it turns out, robots aren’t her type – but when Meat begins to stalk Alpha’s inventor, Lucas sees a chance to return to action, even if it means breaking a few rules. Unfortunately, Lucas’s involvement only makes Meat angrier, and before long, the ex-soldier’s obsession escalates into all-out suburban warfare. Everything Alpha loves is threatened, and it becomes clear he will have to fight. And he would fight – he really would – if not for an unfortunate, deadly malfunction that should come as no surprise to anyone who knows his inventor is the worst Military scientist of all time.
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I think the cool thing with science fiction, and really any speculative fiction, is that you have license to do almost anything you want. The only rule is to make it fit with the world. And as a light and humorous sci-fi, the burden wasn’t on me to come up with believable-sounding science. I could explain things with jokes or just a big pseudo-science word. That’s totally liberating for a creative person to just demolish those walls.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
The best advice for any creative person I’ve ever heard came from John Acuff. He said the secret to being funny is being willing to be unfunny. I think that works for any creative person. Don’t just sit and wait until you have a brilliant idea to write. You don’t get better at writing that way. Be willing to be un-brilliant. Be willing to be awful. You have to practice to get good, and sometimes practice is going to look pretty bad.
Taylor Hohulin is a DJ at a Christian rock radio station in Dallas, Texas. He lives in Arlington with his wife, two cats, and a dog. He wrote Alpha in novel form after deciding maybe the story wouldn’t do so well as a concept album influenced by Ke$ha and Depeche Mode.
Like most good things in my life, the book was inspired by my wife. I was telling her how I’d always wanted to write a book, and she said, “So write one. Nobody’s stopping you.” Then I wrote the book. Short story, I know. There was a lot in between that conversation and the publication, but those are the highlights.
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