|David Bowie by Mike Allred, for Gosh London. Bowie's|
inspiration will be apparent when The Spaceman is released.
The basic concept is one I have touched on before in the pages of Quadrant, but I really wanted to explore more in an original novel. I am fascinated by the idea of aliens walking among humanity, so much so I produced an anthology called Aliens Among Us, a sequel to which is in the development stages. But I wanted to take a look at what it would mean if an alien truly tried to replace a human intelligence. The Spaceman of the title is an energy being that inhabits the mind and body of a struggling rock star after he is left nearly dead in a gruesome automobile accident.
From there, the adventure becomes something of a travelogue of our hero's adventures, as well as his interactions with his body's wife, loved ones and acquaintances.
|Phoenix TV series title card.|
As I write this, I'm about ten thousand words into the new book, a bit behind my planned schedule but still on track to finish at least the first third of the novel by month's end. It already has went in directions my work hasn't traveled before, but I am sure I will talk more about that in future installments of this column.
And with that I have only one thing left to say: keep reading and I'll keep writing.