Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Fiction Becomes Fact (Maybe)

Weird writer moment #9999 #100000: sometimes real life imitates your fiction.

I wrote a short story back in 2002 that, I admit, was definitely one of my stranger ideas. At the time I had returned to world-building K-2 from my SF series with plans to write Bio Rescue, and had thought about aquatic life forms that develop in hostile environments, like jellyfish. The deep sea varieties can grow to incredible sizes (one captured in the Antarctic was reportedly twelve yards long and weighed 90 lbs) and their hydrostatic skeletons enable them to live under conditions that would pancake almost anything else. The idea of something thriving in such frigid temperatures also intrigued me.

From there I tested it out in a short story called Untouchable. The idea for the Titan life forms never made it into the StarDoc series, but I did publish the story for my readers on my old web site as part of the Do or Die anthology.

In honor of this latest scientific discovery, I've posted an updated version of Untouchable by itself over on Scribd. Note 9/3/10: Since Scribd.com instituted an access fee scam to charge people for downloading e-books, including those I have provided for free for the last ten years, I have removed this document and temporarily transferred it to Google Docs here. See my post about this scam here.

3 comments:

  1. Wow! What a strange coincidence Lynn! I think I asked a couple days ago if you liked Science fiction, and if you had any recommendation!

    Thank you for posting Untouchable. I converted it to a format my Kindle can understand. I'll read it soon. :)

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  2. That is soooooo cool.

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  3. Anonymous9:59 AM

    Wow! Very cool stories. I can't believe I hadn't heard the Titan news -- that gave me a shiver -- and I loved your short piece. It was a great way to start my day -- fiction and coffee. Thanks. :)
    JulieB

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