Monday, August 15, 2011

My First Impressions of Sandworms - Guest Blog with Aubrie Dionne

When you think of sandworms and science fiction, most people think of Dune. But, as a kid, I was more interested in scary Christopher Pike books and the Adventures of the Unicorn Queen.  I hadn’t read Dune or even heard of it. My first impressions of sandworms came from two of the oddest movies.

Impression #1:

The 1988 movie Beetle Juice

Starring Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, and Michael Keaton, this movie sparked my imagination. I watched it over and over again singing the banana song as they danced around the table. A friend of mine boasted that she knew the girl in the beginning that looks out of the car and says one line: “They died.” I used to look for that line and see if I recognized the girl from any distant memories I could have had. Never did.

One thing Beetle Juice had was sandworms: striped sandworms to be exact. They had a head inside a head, and attacked any ghost that tried to leave their house. How utterly awesome is that?
In the end, Geena Davis punches one in the head. She’s not afraid anymore, and because of that, little Aubrie wasn’t either. J

Impression #2:

The 1990 movie Tremors

Starring Kevin Bacon and a cameo from Reba McEntire, this picture portrayed some scary, gigantic beasts. People died, and others starved on top of buildings, afraid to come down. One man thought he was safe on a tire, and got pulled underneath the sand in seconds. If anything put the idea of sandworm into my head, it was watching this movie.

In the end, when they run out of bombs, they outsmart the last worm, running it off a cliff. I always thought that last scene with the worm flying through the air and Kevin Bacon’s shocked face was the best.

When you hear “sandworm” what do you think of? The classic Dune worms, or the more contemporary, cinematic versions?
A New Dawn Book One by Aubrie Dionne

Title: Paradise 21
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: August 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-02-2
Mobi ISBN: Coming soon!
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-03-9

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  Book Blurb:

Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity can begin anew—a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe, she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries-long voyage.

But Aries has other plans.

When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers the rumors about pirates—humans who escaped Earth before its demise—are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses the freedom Aries envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns her freedom will come at a hefty price.

The life of the man she loves.
“Might as well stay here and make camp for the night.”

His casual tone stung her composure. How could he talk of such mundane things when they’d almost been captured, when she’d touched him so tenderly?

“We’ll let them get farther away,” Striker explained, reasonable as always. “We’re going in their direction tomorrow.”

The sting of rejection grew, burning a hole in her heart. “Why?”

“Why what?”

Her lips trembled. “Why not kiss me like you did before?”

“I can’t.” He shook his head, and the air cooled between them; so much so, Aries wondered if the desert had turned into deep space.

He’d teased her with such affection before, it was cruel to take it away. “I don’t understand,” she said, wishing she didn’t care, wishing she could stop all the emotions he’d started in her heart.

Aries caught a glimpse of pain etched in the wrinkles around his eyes. Striker turned away and started pulling supplies out of his backpack. “I can’t do this.”

“Do what?”

Striker shook his head and Aries prompted, “Can’t kiss me, can’t trust me? What?”

“I can’t allow myself to get tangled up with someone. Not again.”

The thoughts of Striker with another woman confused her. On the New Dawn, everyone had one lifemate and that was it. “You mean you loved someone before?”

Striker’s hand tightened on the backpack. “I trusted someone a long time ago, allowed myself to love, if you will. She hurt me so much I lost my entire life and ended up here. I can’t experience that kind of pain again.”


Aubrie said...

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Nicole! :)

Christine Rains said...

Interesting post! I thought Tremors first off. I also think of sandworms from the Final Fantasy video game series.

Aubrie said...

Thanks for stopping by, Christine!

Nina Croft said...

Hi Aubrie - for me it's definitely Dune worms. I read Dune at a very early age and it's still probably my favorite Sci-fi book.

Theresa Milstein said...

So many sand worms! I forgot about Beetlejuice. I should find that one again. I bet my kids would like it.

Aubrie's book is fantastic! I posted my review on Friday.

E.R. King said...

Sand worms always make me think of Tremors. I can thank cable TV for playing reruns every few months or so. My husband can't turn it off!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I usually think Dune, but I saw that movie first. However, Tremors made my list of great B-movies today!

Cherie Reich said...

I think of Beetlejuice first when I think of sandworms. I kinda forgot about Tremors until you mentioned it. Fun movies. Now I want to watch Beetlejuice again!

Sheila Deeth said...

My husband-to-be loaned me Dune at college--possibly a ploy to make sure I didn't avoid him next term since I had to give it back. So, my first sandworms were Dune ones, and they always make me think of falling in love :)

Aubrie said...

Great answers, Everyone!

M Pax said...

Congrats to Aubrie.

I associate sand worms with Dune, too.