A New World – Contact
Publication date: February 4th 2019
Genres: LGBTQ+, Science Fiction
A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice. Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends and a husband.On the cusp of the greatest announcement humankind has ever witnessed, Todd’s personal world is thrown into turmoil when his estranged brother shows up on his front porch with news of ships heading for Earth’s orbit. The ships are holding the Nentraee, a humanoid race who have come to Earth in need of help after fleeing the destruction of their homeworld. How will one man bridge the gap for both the Humans and Nentraee, amongst mistrust, terrorist attacks and personal loss? Will this be the start of a new age of man or will bigotry and miscommunication bring this small world to its knees and final end?
Author Guest Post
“Mr. Neu, how did you become drawn to the Paranormal and Sci-fi genres?”
When I was a kid, growing up in the 70s and 80s my dad would talk a lot about the space program and we would go to local exhibits that NASA would put on. It was amazing to see what our vision of the future was at that time. It was especially exciting to see what NASA wanted to build and how they wanted to explore. I remember viewing the concept art for these huge space stations and they were beautiful. It was great fun. About the same time Star Wars came out, I fell in love. The adventure was amazing and a lot of what we saw at the exhibits from NASA was up on the screen, maybe not 100% but some of it was close.
That lead me to find more Sci-Fi. Like Star Trek, Buck Rogers in the 25th Centaury, Battlestar Galactica all those cheesy Sci-Fi shows that were on TV and in theaters in the late 70s and early 80s. They were great and so much fun. The characters had these amazing adventures and got to have all these great techie gadgets. It was the best. Then in the late 80s Star Trek: The Next Generation came out, we were back in space, and it was hopeful and fun. My friends and I had a standing date that we would all get together and watch each week. We even bought the Star Trek books to read, which was a blast to get, especially with all the detail and character development in the novels. For me, Sci-Fi has always been about hope, adventure, and a better future, so I love seeing shows that reflect that.
When it comes to paranormal, again, when I was a kid my mom, sister, and I would watch Creature Features on Saturday afternoons once we finished cleaning the house. That was the best. We would have our lunch and sit in front of the TV so we could watch all the old black-and-white movies (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman or whatever they had on that day. Sometimes there was even the comedy version like Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein). Some of them were campy and others got scary, but they were always entertaining and fun to watch. Then Poltergeist came out, I wasn’t allowed to see it, but I wanted to. When the movie finally came out for home entertainment, we bought it and I loved the movie. As I got a little older I found Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, she is amazing and I would watch her show when I could. I didn’t only watch the fun scary stuff I would watch the more creepy too. I would find a lot of paranormal documentaries about real-life events. It’s crazy to think there is this whole other side to our world we know nothing about. Ghosts, Entities, Spirits all that, no one can explain it and science hasn’t been able to completely debunk it. So, the idea of the unknown and all the things that go bump in the night is fantastic. I’ve read several books on the subject, which I find fascinating.
With both Sci-Fi and Paranormal stories embedded into my brain from a young age, I guess it was a given that at some point I would start telling my own stories, which I hope people enjoy as much as I enjoy telling them.
M.D. Neu is a LGBTQA Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he’s always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal television and novels, M.D. Neu was inspired by the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Alfred Hitchcock, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Rice, and Kim Stanley Robinson. An odd combination, but one that has influenced his writing.
Growing up in an accepting family as a gay man he always wondered why there were never stories reflecting who he was. Constantly surrounded by characters that only reflected heterosexual society, M.D. Neu decided he wanted to change that. So, he took to writing, wanting to tell good stories that reflected our diverse world.
When M.D. Neu isn’t writing, he works for a non-profit and travels with his biggest supporter and his harshest critic, Eric his husband of eighteen plus years.