|Posted by douggoodman on April 26, 2017 at 10:40 PM|
Hello, everyone! My new monster book, Kaijunaut, is out now. Please go check it out. Download it for free on Kindle if you have unlimited, or download a copy from Amazon for $3.99.
Every time I see this book cover, I get a Steve Irwin voice in the back of my head, saying "Isn't she a beaut?" She is!
Seriously, I had such a wonderful time writing and researching this book. I originally pitched it as "The Martian" meets Godzilla. What it allowed me to do, however, is talk to so many of my friends and co-workers about life at JSC and get their opinion on things like, say, how many ways can we die between here and Mars. We talked gravity, gravity reacclimation, space protocols, and this was all before I sent the book to them for review. Trust me when I say they had no problem telling me, "Doug, that doesn't work." So I like to say that after all that research and referencing, this is probably going to be the most realistic "astronauts meet kaiju" book you read this week. Not only did I work with people on this book, but I also did some reading of my own. Chris Hadfield's "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" and Robert Zubrin's "The Case for Mars" were big influences on this book, as well as Andy Weir's "The Martian." (Duh!)
In Kaijunaut, five astronauts have ventured across the galaxy to the system 51 Golgotha. They are there to investigate the first known remains of an ancient alien civilization. They are really excited to be there, and they all work really well together. Except for Cole. Cole is a good man, but he is also the replacement linguist on this expedition. He was chosen as the replacement because a. he is an expert in the language, and b. his wife is the commander of the expedition. And this couple is a happy married couple. In fact, everybody is pretty happy and excited about the whole adventure until the mountains they just crossed start to rumble, and things start turning upside down on them, and what they assumed to be one thing becomes another thing altogether. Pretty soon, they are caught between an alien race that's come back to life and the kaiju monsters out to raze the aliens. I don't want to spoil any more of the book, but let's just say things get weird, and the astronaut's training gets really pushed because who trains for kaiju? Not these astroanauts!
So if any of this sounds interesting to you, go grab a copy! Have an adventure. Learn about the ancient language of the Jedik-ikik. Walk among their pyramids. Fight giant monsters in your NASA-made mechs! Debate whether, as a famous NASA astronaut, you'd rather have a school or a porn star's move named after you!
Thanks for reading!