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As a kid, Rann Murray's parents signed him up for a subscription to the Science Fiction Book Club, then they bought him a Robert The Robot toy with a fancy control module, then a telescope. So how could a spoiled brat like that not end up writing science fiction? His background as a Computer Store owner, astrophotographer and a life long interest in anything to do with science sprang from those early days.
Rann graduated from Michigan State University and still lives in the Great Lake State with his wife and three spoiled brat cats.
It’s difficult for me to conceptualize what an alien might look like because they could travel along a completely different evolutionary path. That’s probably why I’ve avoided writing any stories that include aliens.
Here are two creatures on our own planet that look like they couldn’t possibly have evolved here. Maybe they developed from alien spores that drifted in from space.
Below is the Red-Lipped Batfish found near the Galapagos Islands. He doesn’t even know how to swim but walks on the bottom of the ocean floor. He looks like he could start singing the theme song from Rocky Horror Picture Show at any moment and take a jump to the left.
I had an exchange with him on Twitter the other day that went like this:
Batfish: I’m a fish that can’t swim. I walk around on the ocean floor all day. What fish does that. Duh! Can you say Alien.
Rick: You’ve got a point. Where on earth did you get those lips.
Batfish: Not on Earth dummy. Come on, you know you want to kiss them. If you think my lips are something you should see my sisters. Hey let’s just get down to it. I’m an Alien, if you had half a brain you’d know I’m an Alien. All humans are stupid.
Rick: Whoa there Batfish! You’ve exceeded the 140 character limit.
Batfish: Bite me! How do you think I did that? Stupid human.
This Venezuelan Poodle Moth was discovered in 2009 and looks like he just stepped out of Seth Brundle’s telepod from the movie The Fly. We discovered this guy in 2009? Are you kidding me. He probably stopped by for a vacation and will fly back to Venus’ upper cloud deck any day now. You can see the resemblance to Seth below.
About Richard MurrayI've been interested in astrophotography for some time now and more recently began writing science fiction. Half a million words plus later, I continue to write every day. I share some of the things I learned along the way as well as some of my writing, plus an occasional astrophoto I’ve taken just for fun on my blog site Fictional Astronomer at www.rmurrr.com .
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