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About Moon Life
It is the year 2051 and the International Space Institute has just sent two rival astrobiologists to search for extraterrestrial life on Europa, the mysterious ice moon of Jupiter. What they encounter could not only revolutionize science, it might make one of them the most famous person on Earth. Or does the Universe have other plans?
Description of Moon Life
Charlie was right, the phenomenon was curious. If these holes had been created by gas bubbles, why were they uniform and spaced so evenly? Dismissing the peculiarity, she began a photographic assessment of the tunnel wall.
At one point, she discovered a fissure wide enough to squeeze through and marked her location on MySpeak’s guidance system so she could retrace her steps. Then she crawled into the fissure on her hands and knees. As her light relaxed the shadows’ grip, she stared in amazement at the spacious chamber before her. Her headlamp revealed a domed ceiling interlaced with natural archways reminiscent of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Shimmering bulbs of water the size of walnuts hung from the arches like crystal ornaments. One by one they broke loose and fell in a reluctant rain, delicately splashing into a shallow pool cradled on the rocky floor.
A translucent brilliance caught her eye, and she centered her light on a glimmering mineral cluster that resembled a cache of rare gemstones. Pale green crystals seemed to come alive as her light danced across their facets. This is what he saw, it must be. Now she was grateful for her hammer. Striking the crystal as hard as she could multiple times, she finally broke off a small sample.
The raw beauty of this chamber invoked an overwhelming sense of awe as well as a realization that nothing could live on this barren moon; her mother had nothing to fear. Ming Yue conceded that she was relieved as well.
She took one final picture, then closed her eyes and spoke a silent prayer. Please let Pleiades find us so my brother can see these. A sobering possibility crept over her: she was the first human to see this fantastic grotto, and she might also be the last.
Interview with the Authors
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Hank’s favorite ice cream is coffee (also his favorite morning drink). Marlene’s favorite color is pink so she is attracted to cherry cheesecake ice cream.
What mythical creature are you most like?
The easy answer would be to say that we’re both a Great Roe. To quote Woody Allen: “A Great Roe has the head of a lion and the tail of a lion, but not the same lion.” Upon reflection, Hank’s Chinese zodiac sign is the dragon and he has characteristics of the Chinese dragon which, unlike its Western counterpart, is a benevolent sky creature that delivers rain to parched ground. Marlene is like a bit of a chimera, a lion-snake-goat, since she is a Gemini and enjoys juggling multiple projects.
What was the first book that made an indelible impression on you.
We both agree that the first book to make an impression on us was “To Kill a Mockingbird” because of its unique voice and relevant message.
How do you develop your plot and characters?
The plot of our stories is invariably sparked by current events or speculation based on scientific articles. The first thing we develop is the world that cradles the story. Our characters are created to compliment the plot as this world evolves in complexity.
Describe your writing space.
Hank and I are fortunate to both have computer rooms where we can hide out and work with only occasional intrusions from spouses and pets. Both rooms are crowded with ideas in the manifestation of books and papers.
About Authors Marlene Fabian Stiles and Hank Fabian
The family that writes together stays together, so siblings Marlene Fabian Stiles and Hank Fabian co-authored a science fiction adventure that explores Jupiter’s moon Europa as two rival astrobiologists race to be the first to find extraterrestrial life. This discovery should ensure the winner fame and fortune, but the Universe has other plans.
Hank is the guy walking around with a long lens camera and binoculars, a tourist of the world fascinated by every creature that moves and every plant that grows. He teaches biology and helped devise a college genetics program. As a scientist he likes to work with facts, so there’s a possibility that the creatures he’s created actually exist!
Marlene is the president of a nonprofit, The I Will Projects, dedicated to advancing educational venues that include a middle school aquaponics program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club which received a NASA grant. She writes in multiple genres and also has published “Elderchild,” an Alzheimer’s narrative written in the first person. She shares Hank’s love of the natural world and is dazzled by the interconnectivity of all living things.
Hank Fabian Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/stores/author/B0B9HTNXX7/about
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