The Inspiration for Spectacular Silver Earthling

Once upon a time, back when I watched a lot of Dirty Jobs and Mythbusters, it occurred to me to wonder, “What if a show like this took place in outer space?” The idea grew from there. I decided there should be two co-hosts, for all that witty banter potential, and they definitely shouldn’t both be human. What fun would that be? No, one had to be a robot. With an ego. I went through several names, but Hubcap’s personality was clear from the start, and a driving force of the story.

When figuring out other trivial details like plot and setting, I was delighted to find a use for an idea I’d been rolling over in the back of my head since the beginning of college. Another writer had told me about a story she was working on, with a world-building concept for an alien planet that I found both compelling and completely unlikely. (I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s fascinating.) I tried to think of a way to make it plausible. Years later, I found one. And it was just what this book needed.

I wrote the first draft quickly, and edited slowly. I wrote short stories and eccentric poetry about the characters, drew concept art and comic strips, and even made a sculpture of one character who only shows up at the end of the book. These folks have lived in my head a long time, and I am overjoyed to be able to share them with everyone.

Maybe other people will draw art of Hubcap and the others. He’ll be the first to say he deserves it.


Summary

Hubcap used to be a rescue bot, getting humans out of every boneheaded scrape imaginable. His new career as a TV star suits him much better: he can poke fun at the humans instead, while harvesting jetpods and tackling alien predators faster than any of them. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also immune to the mysterious “space frenzy” that keeps sending his coworkers into a froth. The robot worries for his human friends, though he would never admit it. Not when it’s much more fun to deploy weapons-grade sass.

Making sure the meatheads don’t kick the bucket while filming is hard enough, but when a rival show pops up aiming to steal their sponsor, the pressure is on. Hubcap has to film the most spectacular footage yet, while avoiding dangerous wildlife, plantlife, and emotions.

The frenzy is getting worse, and this planet might not be uninhabited after all. The entire galaxy is watching. Time is short. But if anyone is up to the task, it’s the robot with skills second to none, and an ego to match.

You can read a review about Spectacular Silver Earthling on Emily Ansell’s site here. This brilliant book is available on Amazon and other online retailers.

MEMBER POST BY MARA LYNN JOHNSTONE

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