When I first started the Tapped series, I made the conscious decision that I didn’t want to set my science fiction in “a galaxy far, far away” with planets we only just now are discovering. While doing that may have afforded me a little more freedom in writing those planets, imagining what they might be like and what challenges we might face trying to reach them, I wanted to concentrate on what is already right next door to us.
Because what we already know about our neighboring planets is fascinating and if we are serious about space travel, then Mars and Jupiter and the planets orbiting our sun with us must necessarily be stepping stones.
That’s why Devon and Seach go spelunking on Pluto in the early chapters of Tapped.
Well, that and I was trying to put myself in the mindset of a teenage boy constantly confined to a space ship. I imagined it would be natural for him to want to get out and stretch his legs, as it were.
The research that went into this sequence was extensive, which I neither regret nor bemoan. I enjoyed learning about Pluto and trying to imagine ways around the obstacles we would naturally face trying to live there.
For those who might not know about it, NASA has a website. You should really check it out, if you haven’t already. It’s like a space museum you can visit on your computer.
Well, not really, but with COVID and all, I think we’ve all learned to try and escape quarantine via internet.
Anyway, the link you’ll find up there will take you to Pluto In Depth! Which is where I got a lot of my information, like the strange orbit it takes around our sun (about 248 of our earth years for one loop) and the craters littering its surface. I really hooked into the idea that there might be an underground ocean.
As an author, I could only use so much of this information without bogging down the narrative. So I tried to stick with only what directly affected the characters on the page, that way I didn’t digress into; “Look at this cool thing about Pluto!” too much.
I mean, I wanted to, but that would have derailed the whole novel.
For Enemy Souls, the sequel to Tapped that is due for release September 9th, the novel takes us to Saturn. Or, well, to Daphnis, really.
Daphnis is the “wave maker” moon located in the Keeler Gap of Saturn’s rings, but I’ll touch more on why I picked her and what I did with her next week. Right now, I’m just excited to announce that Enemy Souls will be available for purchase September 9th!