Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Why I hate humanoid aliens – #ScienceFiction #Astrobiology #Aliens #Giveaway

Moon Life cover

By Marlene Fabian Stiles (Guest Blogger)

I heard that Gene Roddenberry wanted aliens who looked like giant crabs for the initial pilot of Star Trek. However, there wasn’t enough money in the budget so they settled for humans with over-sized, bald heads. Now it seems the humanoid form with a head and torso as well as arms and legs has become the ubiquitous pattern for almost all alien life forms in our galaxy and those that are far, far away. Skin color, facial features and the number of digits may change but the basic design remains the same. In one Star Trek episode even Spock acknowledged the proliferation of humanesque aliens but dodged a logical deduction to explain why this had occurred.

Humanoid aliens have become my pet peeve because they stagnate the imagination. In writing Moon Life, my brother Hank and I wanted to create a unique life form and discovered there are multiple models both in Earth’s fossil record and in everyday creatures, especially those invisible to the naked eye. We were particularly fascinated by extremophiles that thrive in toxic environments and in the deep sea creatures of the Mariana Trench who survive without light, deriving energy from chemical reactions. These beings are wonderfully bizarre in their multi-form body shapes and sizes, offering exquisite paradigms for life forms that have evolved under unique circumstances to thrive in intricate ecosystems. Most importantly, the creatures we imagine should be drawn from specimens grounded in reality. To dream of possibilities is the core of science fiction.


It is the year 2051 and the International Space Institute has just sent two rival astrobiologists to search for extraterrestrial life on Europa, the mysterious ice moon of Jupiter. What they encounter could not only revolutionize science, it might make one of them the most famous person on Earth. Or does the Universe have other plans?


Charlie was right, the phenomenon was curious. If these holes had been created by gas bubbles, why were they uniform and spaced so evenly? Dismissing the peculiarity, she began a photographic assessment of the tunnel wall.

At one point, she discovered a fissure wide enough to squeeze through and marked her location on MySpeak’s guidance system so she could retrace her steps. Then she crawled into the fissure on her hands and knees. As her light relaxed the shadows’ grip, she stared in amazement at the spacious chamber before her. Her headlamp revealed a domed ceiling interlaced with natural archways reminiscent of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Shimmering bulbs of water the size of walnuts hung from the arches like crystal ornaments. One by one they broke loose and fell in a reluctant rain, delicately splashing into a shallow pool cradled on the rocky floor.

A translucent brilliance caught her eye, and she centered her light on a glimmering mineral cluster that resembled a cache of rare gemstones. Pale green crystals seemed to come alive as her light danced across their facets. This is what he saw, it must be. Now she was grateful for her hammer. Striking the crystal as hard as she could multiple times, she finally broke off a small sample.

The raw beauty of this chamber invoked an overwhelming sense of awe as well as a realization that nothing could live on this barren moon; her mother had nothing to fear. Ming Yue conceded that she was relieved as well.

She took one final picture, then closed her eyes and spoke a silent prayer. Please let Pleiades find us so my brother can see these. A sobering possibility crept over her: she was the first human to see this fantastic grotto, and she might also be the last.

About the Authors

The family that writes together stays together, so siblings Marlene Fabian Stiles and Hank Fabian co-authored a science fiction adventure that explores Jupiter’s moon Europa as two rival astrobiologists race to be the first to find extraterrestrial life. This discovery should ensure the winner fame and fortune, but the Universe has other plans.

Hank is the guy walking around with a long lens camera and binoculars, a tourist of the world fascinated by every creature that moves and every plant that grows. He teaches biology and helped devise a college genetics program. As a scientist he likes to work with facts, so there's a possibility that the creatures he’s created actually exist!

Marlene is the president of a nonprofit, The I Will Projects, dedicated to advancing educational venues that include a middle school aquaponics program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club which received a NASA grant. She writes in multiple genres and also has published “Elderchild,” an Alzheimer’s narrative written in the first person. She shares Hank’s love of the natural world and is dazzled by the interconnectivity of all living things.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Marlene & Hank,

Thanks for visiting Beyond Romance.

I agree with you... there's really no reason to assume that extraterrestrial life would be anything like us. Although that does make it easier for human readers to identify with aliens.

If you drop by, I'd love to know a bit about how you two collaborate. What's your modus operandi?

aerokorngal said...

Always amazing to imagine what life elsewhere could be like! reneela2000(at)gmail(dot)com

Michelle said...

Hello Marlene & Hank I am a great lover of sci-fi & was wondering what gave you inspiration for this book?

Hank Fabian Sci-Fi said...

The myth of Gilgamesh was one of the stories that inspired us.

Hank Fabian Sci-Fi said...

Thanks so much for hosting us! Hank

Cyntha Gioia-Puel said...

I totally agree about humanoid aliens! Thanks for publishing this.

Colleen C. said...

I love to see where an author's imagination can take them...

Marlene Fabian said...

Thank you for letting us share our sci fi adventure with its twists of murder, mystery, discovery and romance! It has been a labor of love for fifteen years and evolved from a short story Marlene wrote. Hank lives in California and I live in Colorado so we wrote over the phone and by email. Sometimes I would read chapters aloud so Hank could listen for the rhythm of the words.

Mary Preston said...

I think it's easier for people to relate to humanoid aliens - that's why they are so prevalent.

Sherry said...

Sounds like a good book.

Cindi Knowles said...

I think that writers make aliens look like us because we can relate more to the stories.

bn100 said...

interesting post

Maryann P said...

Great blurb! Sounds interesting!

Cindi Knowles said...

The book sounds great!

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