When I grew up, stories of alien contact were everywhere. Made for TV movies, specials, and the like told me about Area 51, and the Grays, and made alien abduction seem like an almost common phenomenon.
Even Leonard Nimoy covered topics like aliens every week on In Search of… I was at that most impressionable age of childhood (not even ten years old yet), and here was Mr. Spock himself telling me about how actual aliens had visited our planet.
It was always maybe. Never any guarantees. But that just fired my imagination all the more.
Then, of course, Blue Öyster Cult added songs like E.T.I. (Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) and Take Me Away, even The Vigil (and arguably others). More tales of alien contact, the Men in Black, and so on.
I used to watch the sky, hoping against hope that I’d see strange lights moving in the night. And every once in a while, wondering if maybe, just maybe, I did.
It was, perhaps, inevitable that I would fall in love with stories of aliens among us.
And now, I get to participate in a StoryBundle about one. My alien contact novel Fade to Gold. Alongside big names like Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kevin J. Anderson, Dean Wesley Smith, Robert Jeschonek, and Mike Shepherd. And then there are the big up-and-comers, like Blaze Ward and Eric Edstrom.
(Oh, and I’ve got a short story in No Humans Allowed, an anthology that’s part of the bundle too.)
On a personally amusing note, the cover of my novel and Kris’ novel look like before and after shots.
I’d tell you about the books, but Dean does a better job of it than I could. (Or maybe I’m just trying to get you to read the nice things Dean said about my book.)
Click any of the images in this post to check out the bundle yourself.
And watch the skies (or maybe your neighbors), because you never know…