4.25.2017

Disaster! What to do When it Strikes. Get Popcorn! #sciencefiction #fantasy



Disasters were always on the TV when I was young: Towering Inferno, Godzilla, The Poseidon Adventure, Jaws, the many TV airline crash movies. Maybe that's why I enjoy this type of story so much. Whether it's a budget-buster of high quality like Titanic, or a low budget hokey thing like Atomic Twister, I'm a fan.

It's not just the popcorn. It's man against nature, man against machine, man against bad guys, man against beasts/aliens/space. Oh my gosh! How can anyone survive against a mechanical shark? What if I was stranded in space? These movies bring up larger-than-life scenarios, and somehow our heroes survive. It's fantastic. Some of the stories are completely fantastic and out there. I love it!

I watch to have fun and be entertained. Maybe it's the grand-scale problem that appeals to me; a problem way bigger than myself. I mean, a tornado of sharks... yikes!

I've always wanted to write one and recently I was given the opportunity. Some folks stopped by my inbox in the fall and asked if I wanted to be part of Pew! Pew! – Sex, Guns, Spaceships… Oh My! The idea for "Spaceberg" popped into my head and I replied with an emphatic yes. Here was my chance to write something funny and disastrous, my favorite kind of story.It involves an iceberg in space, moss balls with teeth, organic plastic, and dancing plastic flowers. There are also a lot of references to TV shows and movies (some very obscure). It was a hoot to write.

Over 30,000 words, "Spaceberg" is close to a full-length novel. Pew! Pew! – Sex, Guns, Spaceships… Oh My! releases June 1, 2017 and is up for preorder on Amazon.






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Do you have a favorite disaster story/movie? I enjoy sharks and dinos most, but am a succor for any of them really. I can't resist.

11 comments:

  1. Hi Mary - what a great opportunity - which you've obviously grabbed with both hands ... well done and congratulations on the book and its shortly to be released date ... good luck - cheers Hilary

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  2. Disaster movies are so much fun, and I can't wait to read Spaceberg. I'm up for just about any disaster flick that keeps me on the edge of my seat and/or makes me laugh. Syfy Channel is good for them!

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    1. The Syfy movies can be fabulously fun.

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  3. Congrats, Mary! I've always enjoyed a good disaster movie. Spaceberg sounds awesome!

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    1. I love disaster movies... unless they contain zombies.

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  4. I've got my copy preordered! I love disaster movies, especially earthquake or weather-related disasters. It's fun to watch cities and monuments crumble under the force of nature.

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    1. Awesome! I really like weather disasters, too. And, of course, sharks and dinos.

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  5. Congrats to you writing what you enjoy which includes those fun flowers:) who doesn't love The Towering Inferno or Land of the Giants

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  6. Ooo, Land of the Giants was awesome.

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  7. I have to admit, I also love disaster movies. Armageddon, The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day...etc...Mary, sounds like you had fun writing and contributing to this anthology. Good Luck.

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