Today I am interviewing Bloxnor from Chad Descoteaux’s sci-fi novel The Inter-Terrestrial. Not that long ago I interviewed Chad (you can find his interview here)
Hello, it’s great to have you here. Can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself. My name is Bloxnor. I am a scientist from the planet Neptune and a senior member of the United Scientists Guild (U.S.G.). We are an interplanetary group of scientists and diplomats that strive to protect those were affected by political conflicts on their home worlds. I am married to my brilliant wife Zi and we have our first child on the way.
Where are you from and what is it like there? I grew up in Kratek, the largest city on Neptune. We moved around a lot because my dad was in the military, so I got to see a lot of the natural beauty of our planet at a young age. What I love about our planet is the way that even the biggest cities are constructed in harmony with the surrounding nature, the gigantic tree-like extensions that both hold our planet together and provide food for our people.
What was it like growing up? What’s the happiest memory from your childhood? My happiest moments from my childhood are from before my father died. Whenever he would have time off from his military duties, we would always do something fun where I learned something about whatever new place we were living at the time. After he died, my mother took me aboard this refugee commune called Phase Six and I spent two years there. Even though I hated it at the time, I met many people who would serve as dear friends and mentors to me later on. So, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.
Who do you admire most in your world? Why? I admire Commander Drachma the most. I can understand why he and my father were best friends. Drachma is the most-stubborn person I know, but always fighting for some cause that will benefit those around him.
What’s the most embarrassing moment in your life? Having to explain to my now-wife what happened to me during my two weeks on planet Earth, the reason that I have a half-human son.
Do you have a best friend? Yes. My best friend Arkna comes from a family who helped Neptune during the Lunar War, defecting from their own government on Triton. Once I got past my own prejudice and saw Arkna for who he truly is, I found his qualities most admirable.
What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you? Those of my species have a rather impulsive survival trait where we can impregnate a living organism involuntarily, using a latent form of telekinesis, when we fear for our lives. I can explain the ins and outs of this trait, the biochemical synopsis that fire in the Neptunian brain, but…yeah, it’s still weird.
What’s the greatest adventure you’ve ever been on? Well, hiding out on Earth for two weeks, wearing a human costume and trying to blend in was kind of an adventure, especially for a teenager. But rescuing my half-human son from a space station full of genetic mutations was probably the biggest adrenaline rush I’ve ever had. Thankfully, I was surrounded by capable colleagues who aided my quest.
Are you in love with someone? Tell us about them. Did it work out? I am in love with my wife and soulmate Zi. She is a scientist. We were high school sweethearts and toughed out a long-distance relationship through college. Now, we work together and it continues to “work out”, as you say. Each new experience draws us closer to each other.
Do you hate someone? Why? I do not hate anyone, but I hate certain qualities, such as selfishness and arrogance. Years of being prejudiced against the race of moon dwellers who killed my father (and overcoming that) has taught me that people are affected by so many things that we know nothing about. So, compassion is always a strength, a by-product of knowledge and insight.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Living inside my head, working out a problem that will only benefit others once solved.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Proving to the narrow-minded Martian Prime Minister Wolrab (and others) that human beings should not be quarantined on their planet, cut off from other civilizations in our solar system.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned about life? Every sentient being has their strengths and weaknesses. Knowledge of these strengths and weaknesses helps us look past them and overcome conflict.
What is the greatest obstacle you have ever had to face? Finding my son when I finally had the chance to land on planet Earth after twenty years apart.
Do you have any regrets about your life? What are they? I regret starting fights with Triton youth when I was kid. I regret the prejudice that I allowed to fester for so long, making me so angry back then. As an adult, I regret not getting back to Earth to see my son sooner, but I don’t know what I could have done differently or how I could have worked harder.
Thank you for being here today and for sharing a bit about yourself.
Synopsis of The Inter-Terrestrial:
An alien scientist has a half-human “inter-terrestrial” son on the primitive planet of Earth. Aliens from neighboring planets (Mars and Venus) think they own the Earth and are adamant that it not be used by higher species without their consent. For twenty years, this alien father has been trying to figure out a way to get back to this forbidden planet to see his son, desperately looking for an opportunity to present itself.
But how did this “inter-terrestrial” come to be? How has his human mother protected him on a planet where many people hate and fear what is different? And what role would this hybrid play in proving that humans are not inferior to our alien brethren?
The Inter-Terrestrial is available on Amazon.
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