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Stars and Wonder
There have been movies to make me wonder on the big screen, awesome flicks which had me pondering the future and the galaxy. Wonder is what I capture in my stories. My biggest influences are:
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
Wowza, what an odyssey. After seeing the movie, I read the book. Arthur C. Clarke really made me think and wonder. His novel inspired me as much as the original moon landing. I like stories that make my jaw drop.
- Star Wars
[cue creepy breathing] Loved this blend of science fiction and fantasy. Have you tried moving rocks with the force? I really stink at it, but I love blurring the line between science fiction and fantasy.
The pyramids were landing sites for alien spaceships? What a really cool idea. With Kurt Russell and James Spader, what’s not to like? My alien mysteries take place in the stars, and I’ll sprinkle them with some profound meaning.
- Star Trek
I thought the reboot would be stupid. Color me surprised at how much I absolutely love it. More please! A high adrenaline space adventure. The Backworlds shares a lot with the new Star Trek.
I still miss the crew of Serenity. Several elements of this great space opera inspired the Backworlds — the new frontier explored with regular people.
I’m drawn to stories that allow me to explore the galaxy and the people living in it. The human drama fascinates me more in the stars than on Earth.
Which movies have inspired you?
Meet Ryder MacKenzie: Ryder is the son of Cade and Dreama MacKenzie and was born and raised on a space ship in the Beta quadrant. His favorite way to travel is in his star ship and his most fascinating trip was through a wormhole to an uncharted part of space. Here he found the Patchouli planet where the women were Alpha, the leaders of society.
Ryder developed an anti-viral compound to give to his crew members. He mixed it with chocolate to improve the taste. It protected them from certain death and tasted like the famous Earth delicacy that was known throughout the quadrants.
Ryder is having a frustrating day. His girl won’t marry him and his nemesis has him over a barrel. He’s sick and asking for help. Should Ryder save him or let him die?
The MacKenzie clan is forced to flee from the devastating destruction of a supernova and is challenged to a ruthless game of survival. When all seems hopeless, a new generation arises to battle their worst enemy in a unique battle of wits. Will the MacKenzies survive betrayal, pirates and wormholes to the outer quadrants? Here they find a new race of people on the Patchouli planet where the female is Alpha. They learn wisdom from the mystics and seers on their jaunt through the universe and from across the galaxy two brothers are reconciled to each other. They experience love and hate in the Merridian sector when a prince is abducted and must be rescued before a cruel cousin steals the throne. An epic read that will send you spiraling at warp speed through all the MacKenzie generations.
About Karen Elizabeth Brown: My passion for writing is what fills my life with excitement. I spend my days writing, doing research and studying to develop the characters in my stories. In my earlier years I traveled to Europe and Japan, and those experiences influenced me with a variety of ideas for characters and the places they live. When I’m not writing, I enjoy music and reading, especially fantasy and sci-fi. Born in Southern California, I migrated to Southern Oregon in 1974 where I now reside in the Rogue Valley with my family and friends.
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