Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wig Nelson "Sirens" and "The First Church Of Siren"

Author Wig Nelson has written six novels and The Little Shop Of Lyrics. The poster is a composition of the author's photo and his book covers. Today Wig talks about the two books currently in his Sirens series.  Special book offer below.

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The First Church of Siren

This second book in the Sirens series is a fast-paced, action-packed, sci-fi adventure, which takes place on three planets: Earth, Siren, and Preculis.

After making the decision to join an exodus back to their home planet in the first book of the series, Sirens, the sirens from Earth were enjoying a heroes’ welcome on Siren until they realized something was missing in their lives. They prayed for the answer and found that indeed what was missing was prayer, which had been banished to The Monopole Valley on Siren centuries ago.

Unfortunately, outward display of emotion be it public or private, was looked down upon as well. Love was also limited to the primitives of The Monopole Valley.

The Earth sirens once again enlist the help of their benefactor, Grand Master Phodan of Preculis, to help them relocate their church to Earth on a lake in central Florida, where they hope to worship free of religious persecution. However, Earth has bigotry of its own with which they will have to deal. Regardless of the planet you’re on, religious intolerance is a part of history that seems doomed to repeat itself.

Author’s Note on First Church

First Church is the sequel to the novel Sirens and was an absolute joy to write.  I became a fan of my own work and finished 85,000 words in thirty-one days.  My wife nearly killed me for doing so because the first book, Sirens, put me in the hospital for eight days with a DVT (deep vein thrombosis).  The doctor told me it should have killed me, but I told him not to worry, I hadn't finished the book yet.

I got to put myself on another world and take a good look around at the conflicts that mirror our own here on the planet Earth.  If I had to choose an overall theme of these books, I would have to sum it up as intolerance.  Religious intolerance raises its ugly head in many venues, as does racial intolerance, as well as intellectual intolerance.  In a word, bigotry.  It has been such a friend to writers throughout time, from Mary Shelley to Harper Lee.  Bigotry is an easy tool to wield giving motivation to the characters and evoking sympathy from the readers. They can identify with injustices and get a sense of satisfaction when the bad guy gets his due.  We all love a good villain and in the case of First Church, it happens to be the people of Siren.  Their society is very cerebral and peaceful with plenty of sex, unlike the poor Vulcans of Star Trek.  However, what the society of Siren didn't have was love or religion.  When the sirens of Earth returned home to the origin of their ancestors, they thought they would fit right in and their values would be accepted.  Not so.  They found the need for another exodus back to Earth to establish their church.  They perform miracles with a kind of collective faith healing, but little do they know, it often comes about with the efforts of the two most powerful characters, Durbah Purness and Grand Master Phodan. Phodan actually cures a sixteen-year-old girl of SIV, Siren immunodeficiency virus.  When she comes to Earth, Phodan leaves a clone of her to pacify her parents on Siren, but that doesn't protect her from the desperate factions on Earth who covet her precious blood with its miraculous antibodies.  That's an intriguing scenario to write about.  Look for it in the third book, The Return of the Priestess.  I haven't finished that one yet. 

Another really imaginative thing to write about is the Monopole Valley. A monopole is a magnet with only one charge, be it positive or negative. Since like charges repel, you can gather together some charged matter and make belts to wear that allow you to fly. It has a down side, though: it is highly addictive. Fliers pass up food and even sex for a change to fly over the valley.

Finally, another noteworthy device in the series is the space/time exchange chamber. Since no two objects can occupy the same space without canceling each other out and causing a galaxy-wide colossal explosion, teleportation is not only dangerous, it’s impossible. It is, however, possible to isolate a fixed area in space and exchange it with an identical fixed area over long distances on a sub light-speed blue colored beam of light. We just haven’t invented it yet. That was fun, too.

I hope you enjoy the Sirens series, and I hope I can finish the third book and avoid any more future blood clots from sitting in this damned chair!


Nearly five-thousand years ago, twelve sirens were sent to Earth from the Planet Siren to do two things: protect the precious secret that Earth has a sister planet located at L-3, the LaGrange point on the opposite side of Earth's sun, and use their powerful pheromones and incredible beauty to be a constant force of disruption in order to thwart the spiritual development of mankind.  Mankind has a hostile nature due to the gamma waves caused by an exploding star that resulted from the climax of the Xeries - Preculis war.  Preculis won the war and assumed the responsibility of protecting Siren from their war-like sister planet. They sent the sirens to Earth.  In the twenty-first century, their number grew to four hundred and eighty-six souls and a curious thing happened.  The gamma waves bathed Earth once again.  This time, the sirens all of a sudden became aware of their true origins, which were hidden from them by their handlers called sensors.

The sensors recruited the sirens into their ranks at the age of sixteen and gave them unconscious agendas during their bi-yearly retreats to lavish health spas.  After lounging in the baths for two days, the crystals in the water suspended their awareness of the retreats and they went about their lives with a hidden agenda.

Once they learned of their home planet, they were given the choice to travel there or remain on Earth. Four hundred of them completed the exodus out of Egypt to a new land. History repeats itself.

Author’s Note on Sirens:

I began writing Sirens way back in 2003.  I wrote the first sixty pages and then put it down.  Seven years later, I picked it back up when I finally realized what it was all about.  The basic theme is that mankind has always and will always use his advantage over others to gain the upper hand.  Mankind has a hostile nature that began with the story of Cain and Abel.  I had to ask myself . . . Why?  What for?  Why not peace? Peace . . . what a ridiculous notion.  The monkeys in 2001 A Space Odyssey would no doubt respond: Peace . . . what for?  Not when we can gain an advantage over our fellow man.  Is it oil?  What do you have that I want?  That's what humanity is all about.  Well, I wanted to give us an excuse.  It was the gamma rays.  Otherwise, we would be peaceful as lambs.  We would be as benign as our sister planet Siren, but think of the impending risk of occupying a solar system with such a war-like species as man. Best to hide your identity.  But what about when man achieves space travel?  How do you hide yourself then? Obviously, with The Great Shield.  That was a curious invention.  The planet Siren, with the help of their benefactors the Preculians, had about five thousand years to construct the shield.  It consisted of eight satellites in orbit around Siren completing a cube of photo-reflective planes rendering the planet invisible. But what about the planet's magnetic signature? That had to be rendered neutral with a series of iron-gas balloons tethered together and strung around the entire planet in a counter rotation around its axis.  Five thousand years was barely enough time to complete the task, but their very existence was in the balance. An accidental occurrence like an asteroid strike can be averted, but not the intentional attack from a planet that has conquest in her blood.  Mankind is to be feared by all of the wary neighbors in the cosmos.  We can't behave here on Earth, so what makes anyone think we can behave in space?  Which brings us to the moral message of the book.  Sirens is a book about pointing out the insanity of sending up weapons to space.  There is a very private military vehicle which is launched from Cape Canaveral that resembles a small space shuttle.  I have no idea what it is, but I will tell you what it is not.  It is not a manned vehicle.  It is not a satellite used for communication with Earth in any capacity.  It is not a space laboratory conducting experiments in zero gravity like the space station.  It is not something intended to make a few orbits and return to Earth shortly thereafter. (It stays up for nine months.)  So what do you suppose the military is using the XB-37 for to orbit the Earth for nine months at a time and then land at Andrews Air Force Base?

That is the basic story of Sirens. The space/time exchange chamber invented by the Preculians plays a major role in the outcome. I’m sure you can guess what the message is. I’m sure the message will fall on deaf ears, but if we are doing it, it will be a short time until many nations are orbiting mini-space shuttles around the Earth for nine months at a time with no apparent reason for being there. This makes me nervous. That’s why I wrote the book.

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