Posts Tagged ‘Earth’

As you may or may not know, fifty years ago David Bowie released his first record. To commemorate this life achievement, a new best-of album Nothing has Changed just has been released. Fifty years, that’s impressive! From the generation that pretty much invented rock, there are not many important characters left and I’m pretty sure over the years to come, this kind of 50-year albums will be few. Pick whatever name you want from the 90’s or 00’s, and look at if they are still there now…

Love the cover by the way

Anyway, not the point. The point is David Bowie is releasing a new album! Full with classics, mostly from the 70’s, Nothing has changed is the perfect occasion for the newest generation to get to know the music of a man who litteraly changed the face of rock with his avatar Ziggy Stardust. It’s the occasion to see (well, listen to) the evolution of his own style, how he chose to redefine himself over 5 decades to push the music forward. On the downside, from what I gathered on the vinyl tracklist, songs are not sorted chronologically… maybe a choice, maybe not, those who are not familiar with the evolution of Bowie’s style, it might be surprising to jump from a genre to another.

For those who already know the drill, a best-of album is always the occasion to get back into the music whitout looking for 10 different albums to listen to a medley. But let’s face the reality: if you’re like me, you don’t need this “new album”, you already have the vinyls or CDs and you already know Let’s Dance, Ziggy Stardust, Golden years

But there is another way to “listen” to a best-of album of David Bowie! And this way, my fellow Bowie fan, is Sol Sunburst! Indeed, Sol Sunburst is a sci-fi novel loosely based on David Bowie’s songs from ’69 to ’74. A brand new way to rediscover songs you already know mixed into an original ecolo-rock story.

solsunburst-cover-lowres

2169. War, climate change and animal extinctions will soon overwhelm an Earth ravaged by human greed and neglect. In a last desperate attempt to save endangered species from extinction, humans combine animal genes with human DNA to create animoids – a half-human, half-animal breed.

While the rest of the world is pinning its hopes on Major Tom and his colonisation of Mars, the Diamond Dogs – an animoid eco-terrorist group – is busy trying to save the planet from imminent destruction.

Meanwhile, Sol Sunburst, a rock star whose prophetic songs and charm have turned him into a new messiah, is predicting an Apocalypse in five years. But this is all too soon for Angela, a Diamond Dogs rookie who is on a mission to transform this condemned world…

Sol Sunburst is available only on Amazon and Kobo for very small price, and a part of the benefits will be donated to the WWF. And if you wonder whether you’ll like my novel, I made a list to present it in 10 key points. Hope to see you around…

Advertisements

Angela is the main protagonist of Sol Sunburst. She’s a young woman, full of ideals, strong-willed and passionnate.

She’s a Diamond Dogs rookie who jumped into the cause because she thinks Earth is not to be abandonned, that it can still be saved. Her convictions are strongly opposed to the education she had received, and even if she’s the sister of the very famous Major Tom, she doesn’t share any of his love for space or destructive progress.

She has a cat, likes to be almost naked when she’s alone in her apartment, loves red wine mixed with magic pills and music. Especially Sol Sunburst’s.

Her father is from formely known as South America, so she bears on her beautiful face Latine origins. Her olive skin and bright blue eyes draw attention of men but she only has her eye on Sol Sunburst, the rock star.

Here is the first concept from Lys Lydia for Angela as she would appear on the cover.

AngelaWIP01

After some discussions, we landed on another version that corresponds much more to the woman described in the book, physically as well as mentally (“strong” and “weak” as the same time for instance). I hope you can see the duality of her in the picture. In my opinion, she’s perfect!

AngelaWIP02

 

As promised in a previous note, here is the very first rough sketch of Lys Lydia for the cover of Sol Sunburst.

First Sketch by Lys Lydia for Sol Sunburst Cover

 

Click to enlarge

Final cover will of course be a lot different, but here you have a sneak peak of the general intentions and main characters.

 

DiamondDogs_LogoSmall

According to the police, the Diamond Dogs are no less than eco-terrorists who use terror and violence to prevent humanity from its true purpose: Mars and Space. Of course from their point of view, Diamond Dogs are merely eco-activists who struggle with propaganda and controled media to deliver their message: Mother Earth is worth saving.

Nobody knows who the leader of this underground organization is, but the Inspector Kornisoff has sworn to bring him or her to justice, along with every single one of his/her followers. The influence of the Diamond Dogs took a huge importance after the events and manifestations set after the death of the last panda, therefore increasing the pression on Kornisoff and the United Kingdoms government. They have discovered the Diamond Dogs’ treat is actually not only located in the UK but spreads worldwide as their actions tend to toughen.

If the arrested members were almost exclusively animoids up until 2170, it seems that more and more of the convicted are actually pure humans. The Inspector Kornisoff is thinking of a new leader, expanding their ranks within a the weakest minds of the great nations of the United Kingdoms.

The Diamond Dogs believe a renaissance for Earth, even if the planet is on the edge of destruction. They also believe in the Gaia Hypothesis developped by James Lovelock, and that someone can re-establish the neutral balance within 5 five years.

Are they refering to Sol Sunburst ?

After WWIII, the world was left consumed and countries scattered. Wild life found inhospitable lands to live in and remaining species couldn’t survived in the environment they used to. To take a common analogy to the world we’re currently living in, just imagine a polar bear with no ice floe to walk on (which is already pretty much the case…).

As there would be no use in cloning species that could not survive on a post-WWIII Earth, scientists tried to merge genes of disappearing animals into human DNA. As it was the only way to prevent  their genomes from total disappearance, in hope of finding another planet that, one day, could allow proper cloning of the animal DNA from animoid.

After years of experiences, failures, public outcries, the first animoid was born healthy, survived and lived almost like a real human. The year was 2031. Half-human, half-gorilla, this animoid – ironically named Kong – was no more than a lab rat and outlived only 32 years. Many more breeds from other species were created, refined up until the point the Homo Animalis became the intellectual equivalent of the Homo Sapiens and could live almost normally into society.

In 2099, the United Kingdoms Governement was the first one to recognize animoids as civilians and granted them – against public opinion – the same civil rights as any other humans. Many other countries did the same shortly after. By 2120, sustained by fertility programs, the animoids reached nearly 30% of the global population. An animoid benefits from the animal DNA by getting stronger senses or muscles. They can mate with pure human or other animoids, even from different species, and have babies either animoids or humans.

Until recently, only terrestrial mammals could be saved after their extinction. A breaktrought in 2173 allowed to create the first human/cetacean animoid. Scientifits are still looking for a way to merge insect DNA into humans…

Now, to know more about the novel Sol Sunburst, check out this page!

This could be a representation of an animoid. (Yes it’s Ajani from Magic The Gathering, but you get the idea)

This could be an animoid from early stages of researches when scientists struggled with DNA sequences, this shape does not happen anymore.

This is NOT an animoid!