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STAR WARS: K-2S0

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This is one of the new characters in Star Wars: Rogue One, K-2S0, who is a former Imperial enforcer droid working for the Rebel Alliance. If this droid calls someone a “meatbag”, I will be completely happy because it would be a reference from HK-47 from Knights of the Old Republic. Plus, being an enforcer droid, K-2S0 can serve as extra muscle because he is programmed and equipped with the best of Imperial engineering, which would make him a valuable asset in the Rebels’ mission to steal the Death Star’s plans. I hope he will be as lovable as BB-8 from The Force Awakens.

WRITING UPDATE: NEW SHORT STORIES ON THE WAY

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I have new short story ideas to pursue in the future. One of the them will depict the origins of the cyborg supervillain, Cyber Shadow. Due to the fact that he is based on the various bullies who traumatized me for seven years, he is my least favorite of my creations. However, despite my dislike of the character, I feel he still deserves an origin story and how he made a comeback after his first defeat. We know how he became a cyborg in the first volume of my series, The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell, but we have yet to find out how he became the sadistic, psychopathic bully and then to the homicidal serial killer we all know and hate. In general, Cyber Shadow’s life is one of hatred, vengeance, childhood trauma, and shell-shocking insanity. I hope to elaborate on his life story in one of my future short stories.

GHOST IN THE SHELL (LIVE ACTION FILM)

I got my first look into the live action adaptation of the famous anime Ghost in the Shell and I must say that I am eager to see it in length. This clip is a live action version of how Major Motoko Kusanagi got her cyborg body and it was faithful to the original anime complete with the original soundtrack. I also saw the first trailer and the city looks faithful to the original anime with a few twists. I know there has been some controversy regarding this film, but I am not picky when it comes to anime or science fiction films. If the acting, story, and special effects are good, then that’s all that matters. Overall, I look forward to seeing this film as a devout anime fanboy.

WESTWORLD: SELF-AWARENESS

I have always been fascinated with the idea of self-aware machines. In Westworld, I analyzed this particular scene very carefully and reached the following conclusion. Due to the update that allows the androids to remember their past lives, they will remember all the times they were either killed or abused by humans, which will give them a motivation to rebel. For now, though, the androids are just scripted emotion and personality programming and not yet self-aware. However, they are beginning to show signs that they are evolving as sentient beings. For example, in this scene, the scientists believe that the android is being overwhelmed by the combined memories of its past lives, but I believe it is much deeper than that. While the android did show mental and emotional instability, it eventually displayed a mindset in which is declared a vendetta against its creators. At that moment, the android ceased to be any of the other characters it played and became itself for the first time in its life. I have a very strong feeling that this is going to develop into something greater and profound as the series progresses. I cannot wait!

WESTWORLD: ANDROID CREATION

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As I watched Westworld, I noticed something very familiar in how they created the androids. In this photo, a freshly made android is being dunked in a tank of milky fluid to give it the appearance of a human being. This reminded me of the opening credits of the anime Ghost in the Shell in which Motoko Kusanagi’s cyborg body was being created. Just like this android in Westworld, her cyborg body was dunked in a milky fluid that gave her the appearance of a human being. This is not the first time someone based their science fiction works on elements from Ghost in the Shell. The Wachowski Brothers drew inspiration from the anime when they created The Matrix Trilogy. I, myself, drew inspiration from Ghost in the Shell while writing the creation of the supervillain Cyber Shadow in my Young Guardians Series. Overall, it looks like Westworld is Jurassic Park meets Ghost in the Shell meets Blade Runner.

INSPIRATION: ROBOT FIGHTING

I have developed an interest in robot fighting because of the all-out carnage the robots inflict on one another. There have been so many technological innovations with each robot in the competition that I often wonder how much more robot technology will advance in the distant future. With this in mind, I am planning to draw inspiration from modern day robot fighting to create a sport that will take place in the interstellar government of my sequel series. Since one of the main characters is an android, this would be an ideal competition for him to participate in.

CREATURE: ANDROID

In the science fiction genre, there are a wide variety of mechanical beings: robots, androids, and cyborgs.  The robot is conspicuously a machine, the android is human in appearance but is one hundred percent synthetic, and the cyborg is either an organic being with mechanical parts or a machine with organic parts.  The one that I am intrigued with are androids because they are realistic imitations of a living being.  Androids will play a significant role in my upcoming third volume because three new characters will revolve around the concept of the android, each having abilities that focus on either brain, brawn, or speed.  If the human body is capable of these aspects, imagine how much further an android could push these abilities.  Similar to Cyber Shadow, their physical conditioning will be considerably different than that of an organic being.  I won’t reveal the full details of these characters or their backstory until the third volume is released, but what I can tell you is that one of them will have a very personal impact on one of the main characters.