My keystone science fiction novel, “The SETI Trilogy,” has been living with me for many years. For the years it took me to write the three-book, two hundred twenty thousand word trilogy and the years before, during, and since, I have been thinking about alien life on other planets in our galaxy, The Milky Way, and our universe.
It is going to happen. Sometime in the near or far future we will discover intelligent life living beyond the surface of our planet. The latest estimate of habitable possible planets now stands at one billion just in our galaxy. Those are planets within the “Goldilocks Zone, ” planets that are not too hot and not too cold in relation to their suns (stars.) And those are planets that may be rocky worlds with large stretches of both fresh and salt water. Of course, the biggest question of all that has to be answered has been and will forever be, has life evolved into intelligent, sentient, and communicative life that we can carry on a conversation. And if so, the further question is, will they befriend us, conquer us or just ignore us thinking we are too primitive to waste their time.
Now in the scheme of everyday life I can understand that these questions can have absolutely no relevance to our jobs, our families, are future plans, or our own personal past histories. But if and when that First Contact with an alien world does occur, I can assure you, it will change everything on this earth. There are those who will be frightened toward immobility. Others will consider how we can take advantage of advanced technology. The Survivalist Movement will focus on defending themselves against alien invasion. And most of the inhabitants of earth will, after the initial excitement of such a discovery or two-way communication, go on with their lives…UNTIL that alien civilization imposes their will, for good or bad, on every part of the planet we all share.
On April 7, 2015 chief NASA scientist Ellen Stofan said in panel discussion exploring these possibilities of extraterrestrial life that with in 10 years from now, we earthlings will have detected or will have found strong indications of life on other planets. Further, in 20-30 years we will have definitive evidence. “We know where to look and how to look,” she stated.
If there is water even on Europa or Titan or other bodies in our solar system then our Milky Way galaxy may be flooded with water throughout its spinning mass of stars and the billions of planets surrounding those stars. If it is or was on Mars, and we know it’s on Earth, then we know that water is everywhere in our galaxy and throughout the billions and billions of galaxies stretching into infinity in the universe.
If those assumptions of omnipresent water are true then intelligent extraterrestrial life, in my humble opinion as a science fiction writer, is an absolute certainty. I thought so when I first started writing my SETI Trilogy and believe it to this day. And in my books, “The SETI Trilogy,” I describe how that extraterrestrial life may discover us rather than we discover them.
All of the above is my literary foreplay to announce that I have decided to carry the narrative forward. I have made an executive and a literary decision to continue the story of “The SETI Trilogy.” I have started work on book number four in my continuing saga. Following books will be shorter than the first three books but will continue at a steady pace.
Now, my request to you is to let me know, my precious readers, if this is what you want, more of my SETI saga. Use the contact email form on my website, www.frederickfichman.com, to get in touch with me. Let me know if this is what you want and if you think this is a good idea. I can tell you that from my initial work so far on the storyline that storyline takes off in a completely new direction. Locations and characters on Earth and beyond will be revealed in wild and unpredictable discoveries. I’ve started writing and I can hardly wait to see where it takes me. I hope you will take that ride with me. And in the mean time, please go to Amazon Kindle and pick up your copy of, “The SETI Trilogy.” From that point forward it will all be unexplored territory for both of us.
bye for now