While writing The Kaligen Experiment, I thought it would make one heck of a survival video game if given the chance. I did some research and discovered that there are a lot of independent dinosaur survival video games out there. With this in mind, I might try and contact one of these independent video game companies and see if they can make an adaptation of The Kaligen Experiment. I am currently toying with the idea, but it seems like a good idea considering that there are so many dinosaur survival games out there, which means the market is hot for them. I will keep you updated on this development.
In one of my future volumes of The Kaligen Experiment, I will be featuring a subplot where a farmer discovers a litter of baby dinosaurs and decides to raise them. However, there will be a number of drawbacks to raising these animals. Eventually, having these little dinosaurs causes all kinds of problems for the farmer and his family.
One of my all-time favorite museums would be the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. I have visited it countless times with my family and it is an enriching experience that never gets old. I get to see the fossils of ice age animals such as saber-toothed cats, mammoths, dire wolves, and giant ground sloths. I got to watch the fossils being cleaned and catalogued in the museum’s laboratory. I have always been amazed by the size and majesty of these ancient mammals.
I have a number of new story ideas for The Kaligen Experiment series. The one that will take place after the first volume will revolve around an expedition that is sent to investigate the unexpected secrets of the island. The next one will involve a small town being stalked by two of the predatory dinosaurs. The one after that will revolve around a mountain town being gradually overrun by dinosaurs. That’s what I have so far and I am bound to have many others. I will keep you updated on any new developments.
“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”
The gates of Hell, Dante’s Inferno
I just finished reading an intriguing retelling of Jules Verne’s classic tale, Journey to the Center of the Earth. It has its own unique twist to the original story. Instead of prehistoric monsters, the center of the Earth is inhabited by the arthropod equivalents of dinosaurs and other invertebrate abominations. In the center of the Earth, there are a million ways to get killed or eaten. Every creature, plant, and even the elements want to kill humans. A team of cavers follow a series of clues that lead them to the center of the Earth, but they get far more than they bargained for when they find themselves in a land of giants and nightmares. Now they are constantly hunted and on the run as they struggle to find a way back to the surface. Every character is fair game and you are constantly guessing on who would die next. It has been an enjoyable read and I am currently reading the sequel.
I am pleased to report that my editor has completed the manuscript for the dinosaur guide for The Kaligen Experiment. She said that it blew her mind on how knowledgeable I was when I wrote it. That brought a smile to my face. I will be doing her corrections over the weekend. After that, the dinosaur guide will be ready for release alongside the main book of The Kaligen Experiment. My editor also said that the dinosaur guide will make a good supplementary addition to The Kaligen Experiment. I will keep you updated on further developments.
“The Ultimate has at long last defeated death! He is . . . IMMORTAL! He does not breathe or eat. He has no internal organs and minimal fluids.”
Bertron, DC Comics
As I ponder on my potential story about immortality, I find myself asking an intriguing question. How would an immortal body be able to function? Anyone who has taken a biology class knows how a mortal human body functions. However, what if a human body does not require the usual necessities to sustain itself? An immortal body would not age, decay, tire, hunger, or even breathe. Even though such a body would eat, drink, and sleep, it would physically not require such things. It would recover from any and all injuries and be immune to disease, which would make it indestructible. I am guessing an immortal’s senses would be different from mortals. Would such a body feel pain, experience pleasure, or have a sense of awareness that is different compared to mortals. Essentially, an immortal body would transcend the human condition as we know it.
“Every man, woman, and child on Nathema died that day. Every beast, bird, and fish; all the insects and plants; every living being touched by the Force was consumed. When the ritual ended, Nathema was no longer a world. It was a husk sucked dry. Lord Vitiate sacrificed millions, stealing their life force to make himself immortal.“
Darth Nyriss, Star Wars
For the longest time, I have wondered what it would be like to be immortal. While becoming immortal in real life is unlikely, I can definitely imagine what it would be like to cheat death. I have a pretty good idea of what I would do if I no longer needed to fear death. I can imagine my personality would change greatly if death no longer applied to me.
How would the world react if they discovered I was immortal? Would I be worshipped like a god or hounded like a demon? If I wanted the world to know I was immortal, how would I accomplish it? If I became immortal, would I be able to live with the consequences for cheating death?
In order to fuel one’s immortality, I would think a hefty price would need to be paid. With this in mind, I look to characters such as Sith Emperor Vitiate from Star Wars and Father from Fullmetal Alchemist. Both characters drained the life out of entire civilizations in order to become immortal.
With all of these thoughts and ideas, I have decided to write a future story about what I would do if I had the opportunity to become immortal. How far would I be willing to go to cheat death and what price would I be willing to pay to stay alive? Those will be questions I will ponder on as I brainstorm this potential story idea.
The planet has seen its share of monster-sized amphibians. These giant amphibians first appeared during the Devonian Period as some fish crawled out of the sea. One such example is Hynerpeton, which was about two meters long and a favorite prey item for killer fish like Hyneria. During the Carboniferous Period, these monster amphibians grew to the size of crocodiles and alligators and they frequently preyed on the super-sized insects of the era. Two examples of these Carboniferous amphibians are Proterogyrinus and Crassigyrinus. During the Mesozoic Era, some amphibians such as Koolasuchus became large enough to attack and feed on dinosaurs. In my upcoming dinosaur book, one of the characters gets an up close and personal encounter with a seven-foot-long primeval amphibian. I won’t say if the character survives or not, but it will be beyond creepy.
In future volumes of the Kaligen Experiment, I am planning to include something that will add a little extra layer of chaos to the overall story. Because of the story’s emphasis on genetic engineering, I am thinking of depicting some of the biological consequences that will afflict humanity after playing God. I looked to films that featured infected humans such as The Crazies and Maze Runner for inspiration. Like those stories, I am thinking of featuring mutated humans that have degenerated into mindless monsters. Mentally, these people would be like animals with rabies, but their physical deformities will take on an unexpected form. I will not say when these creatures will appear or what will cause their appearance. All I can say is that the biological nightmare will intensify when they appear.