One of the most vivid early memories I have, after learning to write, was sitting down at the kitchen table with pencil and paper, to write a story. Since I am left handed I struggled at the basic writing lessons we all have to learn, so my mom spent a lot of time early on helping me learn the skills needed to communicate on paper. She would have me write out something, a story, and then read it and make corrections for me. I have written a few fiction short stories here on Newsvine but I have always wanted to write a science fiction novel.
After many starts and stops, that eventually fizzled out over the years, I finally have what I think is a good story, I have the main characters fleshed out, I have the basic story line worked out, and I have the first chapters worked out.
But I am working on something that has bogged me down with a myriad of ideas, facts and social issues, and that is creating an in depth look at an alien life form.
So I thought it might be fun to pick your brains a bit and let you add suggestions, so here is the basics I have on my alien life form so far.
The are called The Shorn, and they are humanoid, they have been developing their people using genetic editing and introducing various aspects of micro-technology onto and in their bodies for enhancements. Their basic social structure is like a hive but much looser, and they have a royalty like leadership made up of the first families who were successfully altered over a thousand years ago.
They are highly curious of other people and cultures, they are traders, but they are highly secretive about their culture and themselves. In fact they wear clothing that hides what they look like when they are dealing with other sentient life forms.
So, what would these people look like, how were they altered and what would be an interesting addition to their social lives?
You can also come up with your own alien life forms and have some fun with that.
Happy Monday Writing.