Muse-Inspirational – Abell 39

Muse-Inspirational - Abell 39

Abell 39, about 7000 light years away, is a ghostly remnant of a Sun-like star and one of the largest existing spheres in the Milky Way. Six light-years across, it was once a sun-like star’s outer atmosphere expelled thousands of years ago. The nearly perfect spherical nature of Abell 39 allows astronomers to accurately estimate how much relative material is actually absorbing and emitting light.

Observations indicate that Abell 39 contains only about half of the oxygen found in the Sun, an intriguing but not surprising confirmation of the chemical differences between stars. The reason why the central star is slightly off center by 0.1 light-years is currently unknown. Several galaxies millions of light years away can be seen through and around the spectral nebula.

From The Daily Galaxy


J.A. Marlow

Muse-Inspirational - Abell 39

Welcome to Salmon Run, Alaska! A place of wild animals, wild land, and wild inhabitants…oh, and native legends come alive and an inter-planetary alien conflict at their backdoor.

When Zach Callahan and his father, Hawk, arrive unprepared for a new life in the wilds of Alaska they find the first challenge is just getting to the small town of Salmon Run. They think they have it made once they get to the Solar Express, the unique train that will take them through a dark roadless wilderness to their new home.

The same night a massive display of the Aurora Borealis lights up the sky.

With the Solar Express shutting itself down, stranding its passengers in the middle of nowhere, Zach and a new friend find themselves on a collision course with an alien spaceship hidden under the snow and ice.

Right under the path of the rescuers. A spacehip also feeling the effects of the light show…

A 37800 word, 152 page (approximate), Alaskan science fiction novella by J.A. Marlow.

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HD 10180 – Record 9 Planets Found

I found another Muse-Inspirational:

HD 10180 - Record 9 Planets Found

The sun-like star, called HD 10180, located approximately 127 light-years away in the constellation Hydrus, is home to a record nine planets, making it the most populated system of extrasolar planets yet found…

“They are certainly not in the habitable zone and likely have no prospects for hosting life,” Tuomi told “However, one of the Neptune-sized planets in the system with an orbital period of 600 days is actually in the middle of the habitable zone, which makes it an interesting target when the better detection methods enable us to observe moons orbiting exoplanets in the future.”

(More at The Daily Galaxy)

The skies are crowded up there! So many places for fun stories. 🙂


J.A. Marlow

HD 10180 - Record 9 Planets Found
A planet-wide conspiracy is waiting at Grandmother’s house…

“Always wear the red hood and cape while you are in the forest,” Grandma admonished.

For a teen with purple and red hair, and an attitude to match, the small claustrophobic city of Oburos grows ever smaller with Uncle Travis’s attempts to take over her and her mother’s life.

An invitation to visit Grandmother’s house, nestled among the giant trees filling the planet, gives Kate a welcome respite. But, there is no time for rest. A conspiracy among the forest inhabitants, moving trees, and other mysteries await her at Grandmother’s house.

Kate learns just how little she knew of the forests, much less its animals. To survive she must learn fast, and that includes trust and teamwork.

And just where was Grandma, anyway?

A Science Fiction 335 page (approximate) word stand-alone novel retelling of the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood”.

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Monday Zombie and Carina Nebula Photo Inspiration

Day 9 Wordcount: 35 (Glint of an Artifact, Short Story #3)

Yes, only 35 measly little words. That’s what happens on a Monday where the wind is blowing causing an allergen alert. Oh and then financial month-end at work coupled with system glitches resulting in a 10-hour workday.

I’m hoping for a better day tomorrow. 😉

Here’s a lovely space-shot for inspiration. I love the colors and movement!

Carina Nebula


This is a Hubble shot of a stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Carina.

Scorching radiation and fast winds (streams of charged particles) from super-hot newborn stars in the nebula are shaping and compressing the pillar, causing new stars to form within it. Streamers of hot ionised gas can be seen flowing off the ridges of the structure, and wispy veils of gas and dust, illuminated by starlight, float around its towering peaks. The denser parts of the pillar are resisting being eroded by radiation.

Nestled inside this dense mountain are fledgling stars. Long streamers of gas can be seen shooting in opposite directions from the pedestal at the top of the image. Another pair of jets is visible at another peak near the centre of the image. These jets, (known as HH 901 and HH 902, respectively, are signposts for new star birth and are launched by swirling gas and dust discs around the young stars, which allow material to slowly accrete onto the stellar surfaces.

From the ESA/Hubble Website


The challenge in question is the Forward Motion May “Story-A- Day” challenge. See my previous post about the rules. The goal is to achieve the 10 short story level.


Muse-Inspirationals: holographic rock star

After all the anime showing a holographic rock star, you knew they would eventually make it happen, right? Well, yes, it has happened now, including a #1 single and a sold out 2009 ‘live’ tour.

So, what’s next? A holographic politician? :shudder:

In any case, this is more fodder for fiction. Oh, so much fodder!

Of course, a lot of anime/manga has using this idea for years. 😉

Muse-Inspirationals: Ocean City

Inspiration for new fiction come from all over. This series explores possible ideas for science fiction.

I’ve seen variations of these before. Cities on the water, making use of all that watery space on planet Earth. For science fiction, this might also include other planets, water worlds, or maximizing Earth’s capacity as population goes out of control. Or, perhaps, the land is no longer habitable?

Lots of ideas, all starting out with a neat location.