When an alien ship lands unexpectedly in the middle of her clan’s territory, Bast is sent to investigate as part of her scout trial. After an accident, she meets these new visitors. She and her senior scout Rrrark are invited to return with the aliens to their home planet to open diplomatic relations. What started out as a simple diplomatic mission becomes complicated when they discover a pirate scheme that might be more than it seems. Only Bast, Rrrark, and two of the aliens called Pysgens are capable of stopping the pirates.
Title: A New Threat
Series: The Psygen Chronicles
Author: Aaron Demott
Published: April 21st, 2015
Publisher: AltWit Press
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Bast rushed through the forest while trying to maintain some measure of stealth. She flicked her ears in every direction and listened for anything unusual. So far, only natural sounds filled the forest.
The air was crisp and sunlight filtered through the leaves. The perfect day for her first assignment. She clenched her jaw, measured her breathing, and straightened her tail. She needed this assignment to go well. Only then could she be recognized as an adult.
Scouts from every one of the clans had seen the giant metal ship—something that large and with such an unnatural shape could only be a ship—come slowly down to the ground. If it kept going without a change in its speed or direction, it would land in the part of the Large Grassland which fell inside in her clan’s territory. Besides, where could it have come from? What sort of creature would travel through the stars on such a craft?
She approached the edge of the forest and looked around for a nice bit of cover. She found a line of bushes between a stand of trees. It would work perfectly and provide an escape back into the forest if it became necessary. She sat on her haunches behind the brush, curled her tail around her feet, and licked a speck of dust off one of the white patches of fur on her paw. The ship should land soon.
“It could be crashing too…” she mused aloud.
But the scouts and scientists had reported it was on a stable course and wasn’t on fire or anything. She liked surprises–for the most part–and this would certainly be an interesting sight. A faint, high-pitched noise came from the west. She poked her nose from the bush and raised her whiskers in that direction. Nothing yet. She waited a little longer. The sound grew louder, and a slight wind blew across the plain.
Aaron has had a few different jobs, ranging from computer tech support, to real-estate, and lawn and farm sales and service. He also enjoys photography and reading, and has been a Star Trek and Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember.
The Psygen Chronicles, Book 1: A New Threat is Aaron’s first novel.
Interview between me (purple) and Aaron (brown)!
1) Describe your relationship with a good book.
Well, I like to take it dinner and just talk for a while… 😉
Okay, seriously, a gook book sucks me into story. It’s kinda like the holodeck in Star Trek. I don’t notice the outside world, and I don’t want to put it down.
2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?
I first started writing in kindergarten. I think my penmanship was better then than it is now…
My first effort at a novel was in Jr. High. We were assigned to write a short story, and mine kinda got carried away. It was a Robinson Crusoe type story. I got an A on the assignment, but never finished the novel as I lost the floppy disk it was saved on.
3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.
That’s something I need to work on… I have periods where I’ll obsess over the story and crank out a lot of words, then periods where I’ll all but ignore the story. I need to be more consistant with writing output. In the meantime, If anyone asks, I’m not slacking off, I’m letting the story rest, and/or letting my subconscious work on a problem… 😉
4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?
Ug, that’s hard. See the above question.
5) Why did you write this book?
Whenever I’m not doing something, I’m off in imagination land. Some of it’s fan-fic (and I don’t want to inflict that on the word.. 😉 ) and some of it I just had to tell. This story is one of those. I just had to write it, and that reminded me of how much fun I had working on that novel in Jr. High (and that got me to wondering why I hadn’t kept writing…)
6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?
I don’t think there’s one theme I keep going back to, other than love of science fiction: cool gadgets, exploration, and what people would do if this stuff was real.
7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?
Right now I’m editing a story with the working title of Wings of Truth. It’s kind of a sci-fi/action adventure/romance. I’d like to get that published, as well as the next book or two in the Psygen Chronicles.
I get to have an outside life? *wanders outside* AH! Evil, bright yellow thing! *scurries back inside*
8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.
I really despise technology, and just write sci-fi to point out the follies in relying on all that new-fangled stuff.
Thanks Aaron for answering my questions! I know I ask hard questions, but they’re what people really want to know.
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