- While exploring an unknown planet, always wear your helmet. Especially with dead alien bodies scattered around.
- If team members are trapped overnight in an alien ship, have someone stay up to watch their helmet cam footage.
- If said team members mysteriously die overnight, have someone rewind and watch their helmet cam footage (at least before sending more people inside, also without helmets).
- Don’t split the party.
- If you happen to get lost inside a spaceship, and it has already been thoroughly scanned, look at your map.
- Flamethrowers are not the first weapon of choice in space.
- Axes are even less useful—at least against the ancient aliens which created the human race and the newer squid-aliens you birthed from your own body.
- Make sure your medical pods are equipped with procedures for both genders.
- Never accept drinks from a robot.
- If you launch out on an exploratory mission to question and challenge your creators–don’t name your ship Prometheus.
So my wife read that this Christmas lots of folks were going old school and giving Christmas presents that carried nostalgia appeal. You know, stuff we loved as kids and can now pass on to our kids and get all misty-eyed and “back in my day” about. That sort of thing.
It must be true, because the most exciting (in my mind) gifts I got for my kids were the first seasons of Conan the Adventurer and Exo-Squad on DVD. Yes, you heard me right–those most awesome of television cartoons, the only shows that really warranted getting up at 6:00AM on Saturday mornings when the test patterns were still on (well, maybe add G.I. Joe to that list), have finally returned in all of their glory.
Exo-Squad follows the adventures of Lieutenant J.T. Marsh and the Exo-Fleet as they battle the brutal and blue Neo-Sapians. This show always stood out to me for its developing plot-line and its great space battles. If you missed it as a kid, I’m sorry for you. But it’s not too late!
Then there was Conan the Adventurer. This probably took pride of place for me as a kid, even over Exo-Squad. Conan and his sidekicks had some pretty rocking fantasy adventures–the kind of adventures I took to the back yard to have myself. There’s something about that theme song that gets me even now…
Now my only problem is figuring out whether my just-turned-four-year-old is really ready for these. Yet deep down I think I’m ready for both of us!
You may wonder why exactly I went with the name acrosseyesky. First off, I thought it rolled off the tongue rather nicely. Second, it can be interpreted in a variety of ways, which lends itself to the double and triple meanings I love so well.
Probably the main interpretation in my mind is actually “across eye sky,” in the sense of going across the skies that exist only in someone’s eyes. This strikes close to the heart of the speculative sort of fiction I aim to write.
As I searched the web for photo manipulations of eyes and stars, I came across several that really stood out to me. The following is one such work by Ali Ries, who does a ton of sci-fi related digital art. You can visit her website here. Enjoy!
So as I was hunting the internet for a rockin’ header image, I came across this photo manipulation by Death-Summoner, with an original image by Ali Ries. It was exactly what I was looking for, an eye manipulation featuring space imagery with an otherworldly feel.
I had to crop it to fit the header, so here is the original image. Thanks, Marta and Ali!