Somehow, the cat that lives with me had to make his way into Little Gray Bastards. Following are the illustration I created and the accompanying text from the book:
“I live with a gray cat. At the level of individual organisms, our relationship is surprisingly complex. Sometimes we are in competition for resources (territory, food, affection, etc.), and sometimes we are in a state of happy mutualism. When the gray cat is hungry it looks at me with its hungry eyes and screams for food. If the gray cat is sitting in my favorite chair and I move it so I can sit, it looks at me with its angry eyes. When I pet and groom the gray cat its green eyes go all glossy. These are the eyes that I recognize. But sometimes, the gray cat looks at me with a deep, unblinking stare, and in those moments I do not recognize the gray cat looking into my eyes. Suddenly, it is a Gray cat, and it is scrutinizing me with alien eyes and intent…”
I was 12 in 1985, so maybe I was just done with Transformers by then. I doubt I still collected or played with them. So that’s probably how Autobot “Cosmos” slipped my attention. In 1985, a Transformer was produced that looked precisely like an Adamski-style bell-shaped UFO. Cosmos is an Autobot, which makes it a good guy.
Adamski’s space brothers from Venus were good guys too. I wonder if there was ever a Decepticon (bad guy robot) “Reticulan” UFO. That and just one more would make a pattern of indoctrination via desensitization. Toys can be controlled by children. Toys of UFOs train children to disregard any real UFOs they may see without any fear.
In fact, there are two other versions of Autobot Cosmos…
Updated Autobot Cosmos
And then, the really expensive version of this character…
The cost-prohibitive Autobot MW04 UFO Transformer.
The Adamski-style bell-shaped UFO Autobot Cosmos Transformer from 1985 is still the best…!
I’ll be on the Veritas radio program September 25, from 1-3 PM PDT:
Abducted by Portlandia?
Apparently, Saucerville may appear on Portlandia. Their art department was looking for a sci-fi book for one of their characters to read. Here’s the official request:
“It will be part of a quick montage sequence that shows our main character coming up with new ideas, hence we are looking for an imaginative, sci-fi book for the shot.”
Great! Do it!
UPDATE: Portlandia never showed up to pick up the book. That’s show-biz…
This will be an interesting experiment, whether the final actual product bears up, the color, detail, etc., I still think it’s important to push the tech here, especially considering the topic.
In any case, it will make a fascinating artifact from Saucerville:
3-D Render of Zeta Reticuli Symbol.
Undoubtedly one of the most frightening foes the kids face in Conifer is the private security contractor Graywater. These are ex-military who have joined a private company that employs their tactical skills for a price. Very expensive in every way. These men are dangerous psychopaths who gleefully murdered innocent civilians in Iraq. And aliens. Grays. Hence the company name. They are the only company able to boast the successful tactical containment of a nest of Grays, this one discovered under a dock at Cape Canaveral–a USO with a crew of five Grays. All five Grays were drowned (during waterboarding, a procedure that doesn’t work on the Gray species). The USO and five little wet bodies were flown to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio (45433) under a five man Graywater security team.
Don’t ask for details. They can literally kill anyone anytime.
I hope I am not on their kill list.
While I have been scrambling to finish my essays for Little Gray Bastards, I’m also growing aware that the folks who read and enjoyed Saucerville want its sequel. Conifer is still coming along quickly, considering all the other writing I’m doing. I am also writing a “Choose Your Own Path”-type book called Welcome to Saucerville!
Here are some concept covers for Conifer:
And here is a reworked cover for Welcome to Saucerville! from the Saucerville cover:
Keep reading, and keep watching the skies!