Today, I’m welcoming author M.D. Neu with a brand-new sci-fi series. The first book, A New World – Contact, is already out. The sequel, A New World – Conviction, is due to be released very shortly. One thing I love about sci-fi is how topical it can be while staying firmly in its imaginary world. And if you read M.D. Neu’s post below, you’ll see how very topical the new series is…
Thank you, Jackie for hosting me here today. I appreciate the opportunity to talk not only talk about my newest Novels, A New World-Contact and A New World-Conviction but also to share more about what lies behind the story and the series.
Fear of the Other. That is a big topic right now and it’s seeped into every part of our society, not only here in the United States but around the world. As our world has become more connected than ever before we are also becoming more isolated and more afraid of strangers. Some of it justified, but most of it I’m not so sure.
Immigration. Refugees. When I started writing this series, I had no idea how important these topics would become to each of us. But look around, countries around the world are making it harder for immigrants and refugees to come to their lands. How are our current politicians dealing with this issue? What about our faith leaders? How is this humanitarian crisis affecting global politics? Remember, it’s not just here in the US. Look at Italy, Malta, and Greece with the refugees and migrants from Africa. Mexico is dealing with immigrants and refugees from South America. We are dealing with a humanitarian crisis that has no easy solutions. We simply either don’t have the will to address the issue or the crisis is larger than any one country can handle on their own.
Currently, we spend so much time picking at each other. Picking at our differences, that we don’t remember we are all one species. That we are more similar than different, and that all this petty BS we throw at each other is unimportant and only drives a wedge deeper between us.
I’m not saying there are easy answers to any of these issues, but they have to be addressed somehow and in some way.
What would happen… what would we do if aliens arrived at our planet tomorrow? How would we act if the President of the United States or the Secretary General of the UN came on TV and announced that in 24 hours 430 alien ships were going to arrive, with a race of beings called the Nentraee. They weren’t coming to invade, but instead they needed our help. Their world was destroyed and they had nowhere to go. They were inter-galactic refugees. How would we react? Would all of our prior petty stupidness matter? Or, would we realize just how immature we’ve been and work for a better future? How would this affect global politics, religion, social issues? How would we react? How would you react?
Well, Todd Landon is us. He lives and works in Silicon Valley. He and his husband live in San Jose. We get to live this reality through him and through our other two main characters Mirtoff, the Speaker General of the Nentraee, and Mi’ko the Vice Speaker, her second in charge. Mirtoff and Mi’ko see our world for all it’s good and bad, they shine a light on us in a way that plays to all our social ills.
These three beings hold the weight of two civilizations in their hands. Will they be able to bridge the gap for both the Humans and Nentraee, amongst mistrust, terrorist attacks and personal loss? Will this be the start of a new age for both species or will bigotry and miscommunication bring these two people to their knees and final end?
Exploring these social topics in this book and the series has been a lot of fun. I’ve said from the very start there are no easy answers and that continues in the books. We simply don’t know how to deal with this new reality and this new world we live in.
I want to thank Jackie for having me here today.
A New World
A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice. Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends and a husband.
On the cusp of the greatest announcement humankind has ever witnessed, Todd’s personal world is thrown into turmoil when his estranged brother shows up on his front porch with news of ships heading for Earth’s orbit. The ships are holding the Nentraee, a humanoid race who have come to Earth in need of help after fleeing the destruction of their homeworld. How will one man bridge the gap for both the Humans and Nentraee, amongst mistrust, terrorist attacks and personal loss? Will this be the start of a new age of man or will bigotry and miscommunication bring this small world to its knees and final end?
About M.D. Neu
M.D. Neu is a LGBTQA Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he’s always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal television and novels, M.D. Neu was inspired by the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Alfred Hitchcock, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Rice, and Kim Stanley Robinson. An odd combination, but one that has influenced his writing.
Growing up in an accepting family as a gay man he always wondered why there were never stories reflecting who he was. Constantly surrounded by characters that only reflected heterosexual society, M.D. Neu decided he wanted to change that. So, he took to writing, wanting to tell good stories that reflected our diverse world.
When M.D. Neu isn’t writing, he works for a non-profit and travels with his biggest supporter and his harshest critic, Eric his husband of nineteen plus years.
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