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CORPORATE ESPIONAGE

One thing that is evident about corporations is that they will ALWAYS covet the ideas of their competitors and will try to supplant them. In some cases, rival corporations would either steal or reverse engineer their competitors’ ideas and products. I am thinking of including this theme in my dinosaur book series. The consequences of this espionage will be apocalyptic in nature. I’m getting chills just thinking about the aftermath of this espionage.

A BITTER BETRAYAL

Like several complex stories, I decided to thicken the plot of my first dinosaur book by depicting a bitter betrayal. This betrayal will be the catalyst that causes everything to go wrong. The identity of this traitor or traitors will be saved for the end of the story. When their identity or identities are revealed, it will be one heck of a plot twist. As the characters try to escape the island, they experience a sense of paranoia as they wonder who betrayed them.

T. REX’S HEIR

Tyrannosaurus Rex is famous for its title “King of the Dinosaurs”. However, even the biggest and baddest king inevitably withers and dies. A king has his reign and then he dies. Tyrannosaurus Rex had its reign and the title “King of the Dinosaurs” is without a successor. With this in mind, I have been imagining what kind of dinosaur would be worthy to inherit Tyrannosaurus Rex’s crown. I am envisioning the biggest and baddest dinosaur I could think of and I strongly believe it to be a suitable heir to Tyrannosaurus Rex’s legacy. This dinosaur will be the apex predator of my dinosaur series.

ISLAND DESIGN

I have given some thought on what the island in my dinosaur series would look like and I think I have a pretty good idea of what its terrain would look like. I am envisioning an island that looks like a combination between the novel version of Isla Sorna from The Lost World by Michael Crichton and Skull Island from the 2005 King Kong film. Like Isla Sorna, my island will have a coastline consisting of cliffs, mountains, and crags. Like Skull Island, my island will have a broken and uneven landscape. I went through a number of island designs for inspiration before settling on this desired design.

DUNE 2020 TRAILER

It’s finally here! The trailer for the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune! I must say that I like the darker feel it has compared to the 1984 film and 2000 miniseries. After seeing this trailer, I spent five whole minutes reciting my favorite quotes from the book such as “He who controls the spice controls the universe” or “Muad’Dib”. I look forward to seeing this film assuming the theaters will be open by then.

NEW READING: PRIMITIVE WAR

I found a new interesting book to read called Primitive War. It takes place in the Vietnam War and a bunch of soldiers come in contact with dinosaurs in the war torn jungle. The book is like a combination between Apocalypse Now, Predator, and Jurassic Park all rolled into one. The characters are believable with their own set of relatable problems while the dinosaurs are more scientifically accurate with feathers. The dinosaur killings are definitely more brutal than Jurassic Park, but the dinosaurs have been described as animals instead of monsters. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dinosaurs and war stories.

LIFE SUPPORT SUITS

My dinosaur book will take place in a hostile environment. Due to the testing site’s unique atmosphere and climate, human beings cannot survive in it without a specially designed life support suit. Without this suit, the human characters would die within a matter of hours. These suits will play a prominent role in the story as the characters struggle to escape. These suits will even have features that allow the wearer to eat, drink, and even go to the bathroom while in the suit.With these factors in mind, the characters will be spending most of the story in these suits. I have taken inspiration from life support suits from scifi films such as Underwater, Prometheus, and The Martian.

A BEAST’S GRUDGE

One of the themes of my dinosaur series will be nature’s tendency to bite back when it is meddled with. When the human characters become vulnerable to the wrath of the surrounding dinosaurs, some dinosaurs will be hunting them. These particular dinosaurs will not be hunting the humans for food, but to satisfy a grudge. I got the idea from how lab animals would feel if they got the chance for revenge. Based on this, these dinosaurs will remember all the experiments that were done to them during their creation. When their creators are out in the open with no safe haven to retreat to, they will be coming for them with a vengeance!

A PREDATOR’S ARMS

Everyone is familiar with the famously small arms of Tyrannosaurus Rex. Some experts believe that they were meant to counterbalance its massive head. Recently, I discovered that despite their small size, these arms could each lift two hundred pounds. If these semi-vestigial limbs were that strong, how much stronger would they be if they were more developed? For my dinosaur series, I will not be depicting a predator with small arms like these. Instead, I will be featuring a beast with larger and more developed arms than Tyrannosaurus Rex. They will definitely make my predator even more deadly than Tyrannosaurus ever was.

CARNIVOROUS PLANTS


One of the strangest oddities of nature would be carnivorous plants, flora that have evolved to become predators. Some plants like the Venus fly trap develop jaws while others grow into living pitchers filled with liquid to trap and digest unsuspecting insects. For both my zoology book and dinosaur series, I will be featuring two highly evolved breeds of carnivorous plants. These plants will be taking their predatory tendencies to the extreme.