I received my MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I’ve had over a dozen short stories published, but my main focus now is Young Adult books. My previous series, The Grimm Chronicles, is an award-winning (really!) fantasy adventure series about a hero who must vanquish the monsters of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
My newest series is The Earth-X Chronicles, a YA sci-fi adventure that spans time and space. Alien ghosts, backstabbing clans, and mysterious keepers of knowledge all conspire to make this an entertaining series! I’m so excited about it that I just swallowed my gum!
7 Aliens in Movies, Ranked by Order of Significance
By Ken Brosky
- Thermians – These lovable aliens from the acclaimed Galaxy Quest just want to not be bullied, so can you really blame them for abducting a bunch of actors? They asked nicely. In all honesty, I remember seeing Galaxy Quest and not being impressed. But now I can honestly say I’ll watch it anytime, anywhere … the references to Star Trek and the humor get better and better every time!
- Vulcans – Cold? Yes. Dispassionate? That’s a matter of opinion. In all honesty, it’s easy to dismiss Vulcans at a young age as being heartless. But their impeccable logic and evolution of a set of ideals makes them more attractive once you start comparing them to their common ancestor, the Romulans. Where the Vulcans favor logic over emotion, the Romulans represent a Roman ideal: passionate. And that passion puts the Romulans in some tricky situations. So give me the Vulcans!
- Riddick – He’s the last of his race of beings, so I suppose using his name is more proper. Unlike most, I had absolutely no problem with The Chronicles of Riddick, the sequel to the incredibly terrifying Pitch Black. In fact, I have to confess I spent more than a few lazy afternoons rewatching these two classics and eating reheated pizza.
- The Predators – Wow, an entire alien race that hunts and pretty much nothing else? You gotta wonder what their TV shows are like! I would imagine: Hunting Humans at 7 p.m., followed by Hunting Weird Aliens at 8 p.m., and then maybe a 9 p.m. news report that gets viewer up-to-date on all things hunting-related. Still, you can’t deny that this is one cool alien … I suppose with cloaking technology and cool laser guns, hunting isn’t just a sport—it’s probably pretty fun, too.
- The Body Snatchers – There’s a bunch of these, but they tend to come in two different varieties: either parasitic bugs or overwhelming bacteria. Mind control is one option, but others prefer to simply take over their human hosts. I think these are personally the most frightening—after all, at what point do you become aware that you’ve been taken over? Do you ever? These are also the most fun to spoof: see various episodes of Futurama for this one.
- Wookiees – Chewbacca owes his buddy Han Solo a life debt. That matters, because the Wookiees as a species are probably one of George Lucas’s best creations. They have a complex society and a deep back-story that has ties to the evil Empire. If you’re ever visiting their homeworld of Kashyyk, be sure to book a hotel located high up in the trees … the closer you get to ground level, the more dangerous it is!
- Humans – Come on, you had to have seen this one coming. We’re awesome! Well, I mean, in all honesty we as a species could probably do a little better. But in terms of full-scale grandstanding, I think we’ve got this list in the bag. After all, we’ve blown up our entire planet (Planet of the Apes), controlled each other with subliminal advertising (Repo Man), and even concocted a variety of diseases to wipe ourselves out (The Stand, 12 Monkeys, etc.). Not to mention the little things! Building cyborgs (Robocop), killing each other over a baby (Children of Men), and of course thinking it would be a great idea to design A.I. smarter than us (The Matrix, Terminator, etc.). When we finally do make contact with other species, you’d better believe we’re going to be number one on lists like this.
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About the Book:
It’s been 133 years since the Specters invaded Earth. Like ghosts they haunt the planet, devouring anyone foolish enough to venture outside the last remaining protected cities. For some, venturing out isn’t a choice–it’s a necessary evil to prove yourself to your clan as you come of age.
But when a team of ambitious youth—New Adults—undertake a mission deep in Specter territory, they discover a terrible secret. Everything they’ve learned may be wrong … and Earth is in grave danger.