Welcome Everyone, today's guest is Jessica E. Subject with her book that I've been hearing a lot about, THE ZURIAN CHILD.
I asked Jessica to tell us more about the world she built in this story that has such an alluring cover. She's here to share those thoughts with us today. So, with much ado, I turn the floor over to her.
Thank you so much, Claire, for hosting me on your blog today.
When I started The Zurian Child, I had to do a lot of online research to figure out the details of the planet I wanted my aliens to be from. By searching through the NASA sight, I learned about Planet Quest and set out to find a planet that fit the description I had in mind. When I checked “planets within multiple planet systems” and “Terrestrial”, links to nine planets appeared in my search results. When I do the same thing today, seventeen planets pop up, most of them discovered since the Kepler mission began.
From the nine planets, three of them were only twenty light years from Earth, the Gliese family of planets. Now, Gliese 581c, and 581g have been in the news a lot over the past few years, at least one of them possibly containing life. And thus, these two planets became my inspiration for Alectrona. And here are some facts about Alectrona, the fictitious planet in The Zurian Child:
1. Located twenty light years from Earth in the direction of the Libra constellation.
2. Its orbit around its parent star, a red star, lasts 37 Earth days.
3. Alectrona is tidally locked to its star—like the moon is to Earth—and therefore, one side of the planet is always hot and light, while the other is always cold and dark.
4. It sustains two intelligent species of life, the Hemera, and the Erebus.
5. The Erebus are plant like and live in the warmer area of the planet. But due to solar flares, they moved toward cooler zones.
6. The Hemera live in the middle of the two zones in twilight, where the planet contains many mountains and valleys.
7. In the mountains are large pockets of quartz, which the Hemera mine, and use as a power source. They also have communities living in the mountains.
8. Auroras are always visible toward the colder, darker side of the planet.
9. The atmosphere of the planet helps to protect life from the solar winds and flares, and distributes some of the heat to the middle/twilight region, thus keeping the lakes there from freezing.
10. With so many lakes in their region, the Hemera spend much time in the water as well, where they can breathe underwater with specialized gills, and travel far with their webbed toes.
There is a lot more revealed in The Zurian Child, but those are some of the more important pieces. It was definitely fun to create this planet and the species who live there.
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