Like millions of people around the world, I am also on edge waiting for the release of Starwars, Episode VII, The Force Awakens. I fell in love with very first movie and, like so many other fans, I have viewed all six movies countless times. My favourite character is Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. His transformation from good to evil and then back to good is quite touching and the audience can understand and feel the pain he felt when he lost his mother. Kudos to George Lucas! You have been very influential in my journey to becoming a science fiction writer.
As a child, I was extremely captivated by the gadgets, space crafts and alien species in science fiction. There is no limit to which the imagination can stretch or go beyond in creating science fiction worlds. My imagination is extremely vivid, so becoming a science fiction writer came naturally to me.
Allow me to introduce you to one of my many imaginative features in my book, a transportation device called a Floater Board. This is a transportation device used mostly be teens and young adults in The Time Manipulator’s Son. There is also a Floater Board Competition in the book which is quite exhilarating, in which acute timing, quick reflexes and fast thinking are some of the skills required to navigate the Floater Board. Do you think you are up to this challenge? Below is a brief extract from the novel:
Floater boards were triangular in shape with rounded sides, made from titanium. They were about half a metre in both length and width, and there were two pockets to insert the feet. On the heel of the left pocket was the start/stop button, and inside the right pocket was a long, metal pedal. The front of this metal pedal was the accelerator and the back was the brake.
Once the floater board was switched on, it ascended about half a metre, then repeatedly sent out short-range signals that would bounce off impermeable surfaces and return to floater board.If no signal returned to the board, it would beep for five seconds, then descend and shut off. They could travel at any angle—even upside down—as long as the signal could bounce off a hard surface.
Each floater board was equipped with a helivisor that provided the navigation system. A green, straight line indicated the floater board was at a horizontal level. Once a turn or angle was up ahead, a dashed, red line plotted the degree of turn required to prevent breaking the signal from bouncing from the surface.
The Time Manipulator’s Son is now available at: http://tinyurl.com/TTMS-P and bookstores in Trinidad.