Friday, April 3, 2015

Straight Browsing from the Library - Earths in Space 2

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Life can evolve. Amena saw the evidence on an ancient Earth. It wasn’t pleasant evidence, and it wasn’t evolution into sentient life, but she saw evidence.

So okay, she accepts that no little green men exist on alien worlds, but maybe one of these other Earths holds evolved humanity.

Evolution faces a powerful obstacle, however — humanity itself.

Volume 2: We Must Evolve begins with the discovery of a mysterious ark full of refugees caught in orbit over Pluto...

Wait, an ark full of refugees...?

Well, that’s one Earth that’s not evolving. But another could be doing better. It’s possible, Amena keeps telling herself...

Continuing the action-packed Earths in Space series, We Must Evolve features a novel-length journey told in four novellas — “The Pluto Factor,” “Worlds to Save,” “The New World,” and “On Hold.”


Evolution was a real thing. Amena Wharry knew this for a fact. She had witnessed it in action on an Earth that no longer existed. That giant swimming eyeball was forever etched in her memory. She saw it, felt its slimy tentacles as they ensnared her, and she had regrettably killed the poor thing, though she never learned what species it had descended from. Did a race of giant eyeballs already exist deep within her Earth’s oceans? But those snakes were clearly evolved, the way they stretched their mouths unnaturally wide. Then again, that could’ve been a species of snake that had remained hidden in rainforests or was driven to extinction long ago, and those little dinosaurs might never have gone extinct over there in the first place...

The slender redhead swiped her paintbrush across a side wall in The Patrick Henry’s control room. The dull metal got old on day one, and she finally found time to rectify the horrid situation—rectify it as much as her limited artistic talents allowed. Intricate murals were beyond her abilities, and she didn’t have that much time anyway, but she could slap assorted streaks of color up and down the walls. She preferred detailed images that merited close inspection— the sort of work she’d find in art museums’ historical wings—but she settled on abstract expressionism. It was color. It broke the monotony, stimulated the brain even.

Surely people were capable of evolution. If those animals could evolve on that ancient Earth, then humanity likely had the same potential. They just never got the chance there. That civilization died young, lasted for a teensy fraction of the planet’s ten billion years. But maybe on some other Earth...


Daniel Sherrier is a writer based in central Virginia. This is the guy who writes the Earths in
Space and RIP series, which you’ve doubtless heard much about. Occasionally, a play he’s written gets performed somewhere. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2005, where he earned a degree in the ever-lucrative fields of English and Theatre. Recently, he achieved his black belt in Thai kickboxing. And there was that one time he jumped out of an airplane, which was memorable.


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  1. A really fascinating excerpt. I really enjoyed it.

  2. Thanks for the post! I'll check back in later today, so if anyone has questions, please ask away. What would you like to know about Earths in Space?

  3. What inspired you to write this book?

    1. I started Earths in Space primarily just to have a fun action/adventure series. That's basically what the first book, "Where Are the Little Green Men?" is all about -- good escapist fun with colorful characters, with the alternate Earths as a way to have an endless variety of story possibilities. Then while working on this second book, a theme of evolution organically emerged, which became more interesting to write about and allowed the series to "evolve" beyond its pulpier origins. The driving force behind this book, then, is the question of "Can humanity be better?", with the sub-question, "What would 'better' even look like?" Both strike me as valid questions to consider, even in the midst of fun action/adventure shenanigans.

  4. This sounds like an interesting read, great excerpt! Entering under the name of Virginia

  5. This sounds like an interesting read, great excerpt! Entering under the name of Virginia

  6. Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?

    1. The main marketing mistake I've made thus far is not doing enough of it. One thing I knew to avoid going in was hiring any company that simply distributes a press release and does nothing more. Having worked for newspapers for several years, I've received many press releases about new books, and I've ignored the overwhelming majority because they had nothing to do with my publication -- they clearly didn't research what my paper was all about before emailing me. So authors should be careful about those types of companies.

  7. Enjoyed reading the excerpt.