Landscape architect jixX is way out of his depth when mistakenly appointed captain of a dangerous space mission. He’s never flown a spaceship before, but at least he’s not alone; none of his crewmembers have, either. To make matters worse, the ship’s computer thinks it’s a comedian.
So the last thing jixX needs is an encounter with aliens, particularly a nutty bunch of religious fanatics. They believe in the existence of The Ultimate Inferior Beings, a species so totally inept at everything that, according to an ancient prophecy, their incompetence will bring about the end of the Universe. One alien becomes convinced that humans are this bungling species and that the only way of saving the Universe is by destroying them.
So it comes down to jixX to save Humankind.
Targeted Age Group: 14-104
Book Price: $0.99 for 12-15 July 2013
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
In sci-fi, you can get away with things that wouldn’t be acceptable in, say, a historical romance. Phonon-drive spaceships, for example, or slimy green blobs, or smart aleck computers. You can populate your world with bonkers humans and nutty aliens. And threaten them with total annihilation. That kind of thing.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write loads and get as much feedback on your work as you can. The more the better. Join a writer’s web site and give and receive reviews. This way you will see where others go wrong and will learn where you go wrong, too. Positive feedback can let you know what you’re doing right, but can often be insincere or not telling the whole truth. Far more useful is negative criticism. Even if it hurts, your reader often has a point. Consider it and decide how you might use the criticism to improve what you’re written.
I am a research scientist living in London with my lovely wife and two cheeky children. I have degrees in Physics and Astrophysics as well as a PhD in Computational Structural Biology. The Ultimate Inferior Beings is my first book, and I am currently writing another.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The main inspiration was rubbishy science fiction. There’s so much of it and I thought the genre needed another contribution. So, it started as a spoof, but then the story took over and it became a simple sci-fi comedy, with a little dash of spoof.