Anyone who downloads my book “Aquatropolis- The Two Queens” as an ebook using this link today will receive the limited Halloween cover edition of “Aquatropolis” with a Halloween cover created with a drawing I made.
This cover edition will only be available today, so be quick!:)
The city of Aquatropolis is the New York of the planet, the London of the confederation, the most powerful city of the Realm.
The one that rules Aquatropolis rules the planet of Osiris B-1, and every planet within its grasp.
While every force in the Realm schemes for their opportunity to take control over the monster of a city that could give them unfathomable power, the ways of three humans meet, their fates intertwined by the “water-town”, seeking their part in the emerging war for the predominance of Aquatropolis.
The futuristic city – by Ámaris Wen
I love cities. I am fascinated by the way cities evolve.
Some of my favourite books are about cities. One of the central inspirations for this story was Morus‘ „Utopia“, and the question whether such a city could be possible in the future. And if yes, what it would look like.
Guessing what the world will look like in the future is a central influence for science fiction, and I am positive that the more realistic the worlds in those stories are, the more intriguing they become.
„Aquatropolis“ is a futuristic city with a billion citizens, on a planet called Osiris B-1, a thousand light-years away from the Earth.
Why on an extraterrestrial planet? Because I thought that some kind of distance between the story and the Earth allowed me to concentrate on being creative, and on the story of the city, without having to compare to the appearance and development of actual urban centres on the Earth, that it doesn’t matter where the city is located. I felt that this would allow me to be more creative with the appearance of the city and its story.
Why a science fiction book? I started to seriously work on “Aquatropolis” with 23, and worked more than 3 years on it. I had lived with fatigue because of thyroid problems for 23 years. And although I started to work as an actress with 19, and started to make music even earlier, the fatigue always pulled me back. You cannot treat it, all you can do is to rely on medication to give you the energy that you would not experience otherwise. I guess that is what made me want to do more than “only” being a musician. And maybe that is another reason why I’m so into progress—without it, I would probably not be able to do what I do.
Today, on World UFO Day, I wanted to share this article from Futurism that I found today on Twitter, which claims that apparently, the UK Seti Research Network wants the average person to share how they would respond to a sign from an alien civilization.
As we know from a couple of movies and books, the outcome from those contacts isn’t always that much in favour of the earthlings, so it might actually be quite useful to have a collection of opinions from all kinds of people, not only from scientists. I’d love to hear what people would propose to do if we were contacted by aliens.
The problem here is; how do you respond to something that none has ever experienced? Where no studies, no analytics exist?
And, if you’re an Ancient Aliens Theorist, the Nazca lines cannot be counted as a study, so this will not help us. So I guess it will have to be figuring out what kind of extraterrestrials we are dealing with, and how we should respond to them. Maybe they are bacteria and wouldn’t be able to talk the way we are used to.
First, sorry for the clickbaity title, but earlier this morning I noticed this article from Futurism on my Twitter timeline so I thought it was time for a little analysis again.
The article mentions that now a growing number of Americans believe in aliens, and that they might hope that the aliens could turn out to be our saviours, rather than a religious character.
In the article, a professor describes how the belief in aliens works like a growing new religion, and that the threats that our planet and our civilization currently face (such as pollution, climate change, inequality) could add to the belief – and maybe even demand – that an external being could actually save us.
First, I have to admit that although at this time there still is no hard proof that aliens have visited or are currently visiting the Earth, there are many reasons to believe that they exist. While we have not managed to actually make contact with aliens yet, it is likely that they are out there, and that they might be more advanced than we are.
There are shows like Ancient Aliens that investigate the possibility that aliens have visited the Earth in the remote past and actually helped our civilization evolve, or even helped creating us. The problem that occurs is, why would aliens have visited us? And for those that believe they have helped create us, why would they do this? Would they do this to help another species because they’re nice fellows, or maybe for another reason? Could it be possible that they maybe do not want to visit because they think we’re jerks?
We will have to wait for the aliens to tell us, should they visit soon, because everything else is guesswork.
But for the time being, at least the growing belief in aliens might stand for something good: the growing acceptance of new concepts.
Do you believe in aliens? Let me know in the comments.
Dr Moone has worked hard for her job as a scientist. She even moved to Atacama, where she is working together with scientists at an observatory to discover a new planet.
Only Jim, her boyfriend, doesn’t like the idea of her staying in Atacama for months and tries to convince her that her search for the planet does have nothing to do with “reality”.
Moone, realizing that Jim apparently was never interested in her job, decides that her job is too important to her, and that she can’t return to London with him in a moment of disillusion.
Visit part 1 of the film here:
The film was inspired by the song “Supernova“, which is about emotions that can heat until they burst and turn into a “supernova”. Moone being disenchanted when she discovers that Jim doesn’t approve of her job as a scientist fits into the topic of the album “26”, which is about disillusion, which is why I recorded a new version of “Supernova” for the album and for the final version of the short film.
I’m proud to share that “26” is about to be released. This is my 5th album, and obviously, I recorded it with 26. The theme of the album is “disillusioned”, and the inspiration for the record includes everything from districts in London to jelly babies fighting for equality and humanity.
Below, I will give an introduction to the tracks and what to expect in “26”.
Jelly (The Jelly Baby Song) is about feeling all jittery when you spot your crush on the dance floor with a not-so-hidden message against racism. The idea for the music video emerged as a protest against hate speech on Twitter, and the idea to use jelly babies for the message that we can dance and celebrate together without giving “colour” a second glance was intended to stand against racism without any negativity, but with something that will make you laugh, like dancing jelly babies.
I wrote this song after writing this article, and after having received – you may have guessed it – a severe (oh yes, and utterly painful) sunburn not “all over my body” but all over my arms and head.
The inspiration for this album was “disillusion”, so this is the most disillusioned song on it. “Diamond” is the reflection that something you wanted has become something you don’t want. What better to use as a synonym for reflection than a diamond?
The moment that you are realizing that a relationship won’t go into the direction you had hoped because a person moves away from you or would not relocate can be painful. In this moment you are free from egoistic emotions and feel numb.
Last Day In The World
Art is a way to express yourself, and passion gives you that expression. The song is about passion. I was inspired when I was walking about Piccadilly Square, and through Soho in London at night, feeling those vibes in those creative and vibrant districts that give you a certain energy.
I Need You
When I was a kid, Celine Dion’s “The Colour of my Love” used to play in our home, and “Everybody’s Talking My Baby Down” actually inspired me for this track, after I suddenly discovered the album again on Spotify whilst working on “26”.
I actually wrote the song in the summer, and the atmospheric instruments made me think of snow flakes prancing through the air. It is about feeling disenchanted when a relationship becomes mundane, like snow melts when spring arrives.
Who has listened to “Aquamarine” knows that I’m sometimes getting inspired by the sea. It may be because my ancestors were seafarers, or because the sea is just so fascinating. I picture a relationship heading towards a fight as a ship heading towards a storm. Whether you make it through the storm or not will determine if there will be a breakup or not.
A song to remind us of the most important thing; to be grateful. As a person affected by a thyroid disease that hadn’t been diagnosed until I hit 23, I had to remind myself a couple of times to be grateful that treatments allow me to do what I do, and that everything you receive is a gift.
Long Way (Disillusioned)
As artists we have that voice inside us. We have a second Spotify inside our heads playing songs we have not produced yet, a collection with stories that could be turned into books, a private cinema that only plays our thoughts. The noise all of this makes can be not half as amazing as people who are free from this voice may think. Still, could you imagine not having all those ideas all the time? It can be a long way from inspiration to a record, and only half of all the songs I produce usually make it on the album. But it wouldn’t work without that noise on my mind.
This is a song about Instagram, and how it tricks us into keeping scrolling like a lover that wants our attention. We’re scrolling through the feed, which becomes blurred, and we become blurred.
Supernova (Bonus Track)
Those that have listened to my stuff for a bit longer will already know this one. Supernova is THE disillusion song, because it is about the moment you are realizing that someone used to be everything for you, and then suddenly, those emotions are replaced by fury, and then by a feeling of “whatev, they ain’t worth it”.
The short film accompanying the song, on which I am working, tells the story of Dr Moone (me), a scientist that is disenchanted when she realizes that her boyfriend Jim (Flamur Blakaj) never was interested in her becoming a successful scientist. Andy Quan directed this short film that reminds us how important equality is.
Music video for Jelly (The Jelly Baby Song) on YouTube