To Own Two Suns is a novel about a crew of scientists who are exploring our solar system when they encounter an alien spacecraft.
The plot focuses on two main characters: Captain Jerry Jerrison and Muni of the Green Hill Clan from the Morgi planet. Jerry Jerrison is the captain of a Solar Missions Ship (SMS) from Earth. His dream since childhood has been to encounter extraterrestrial life. When the Morgi spacecraft decelerates and is detected by Jerrison’s ship, Jerrison and his crew make a daring decision to act before command back on earth can tell them to avoid contact. Two of the crew explore the craft to discover what life, if any, is occupying such a superior vessel.
Muni, the sole occupant of the craft, is in a state of deep sleep. The ship’s Artificial Intelligence must decide what to do about the humans and their failing spaceship without Muni’s guidance.
Muni’s mission is to find a way to claim the earth’s solar system for his clan. If he fails, his entire family will be killed. He is his family’s last hope. As the novel progresses, Muni and the humans must find a way to communicate, to understand each other, and to form a compatible relationship that will hopefully not result in the extermination of either or both groups.
Jerrison learns the Morgi civilization will accept humans as true “people”, not just clever animals, only if they can prove their greatness. Morgi law: Only against great odds can greatness be revealed. Jerrison, a scientist, must become a warrior if he is to save both humanity and Muni’s clan. If he fails, the human race and Muni’s clan will be exterminated.
Targeted Age Group:: Teen to Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Faster than light travel is a science fiction trope, but what is FTL is limited, and most interstellar travel is slower than light? What if, therrefore, a spaceship can arrive expecting ice age earth and cavemen instead discovers an interplanetary human society? Why would that be bad?
What if E.T’s believe anything that communicates with ‘fuzzy’ sound waves instead of precise light signals (as do cuttlefish in our oceans) puts spacefaring humans in the same category we do clever ant colonies?
How many ways does biology control our emotions?
Can two species with very different biologies develop true friendships?
This book provides a few guesses to those questions.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The humans were inspired by the many scientists I've read about and met.
The human crew on the exploratory mission to the Kuiper Belt beyond Pluto see themselves as peaceful scientists — as is the image of many scientists. I believe people willing to explore the fringes of ideas possess the courage it takes to be true warriors, and to meet the challenges their encounter with the Morgi will demand of them. Since their round trip voyage would take a minimum of twenty years, they are as much warriors as are any of our exploring ancestors.
Muni, the primary alien was fun. I wanted to make him as different as possible from humans, and yet nobly motivated to save his family. I gave him an amphibian type biology, with an assumption of many young hatched, with the expectation only a few would make it to full adulthood. This pattern would repeat throughout their culture. Each clan would start with many, but expect at any time to be exterminated by others just like their young expect a high mortality rate. Hence the constant pressure to reveal their idea of greatness: Only against great odds (the one in a thousand survival rate) can greatness be revealed. At the same time, great love can be expereinced between indiviuals.
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