A Madcap Science Fiction Adventure Across the Universe.
- Released: April 16th, 2016
- Pages: 94
Finsbury Park likes his life just as it is: quiet and uneventful. The universe has other ideas and forces him into having fun and exciting adventures whether he wants to or not.
Teleported to the other side other galaxy, he gets attacked by fast food before being mugged by a naked harpy, and inadvertently ticks off the most insanely violent and unhinged warship captain of the deadliest alien species in the galaxy. And that’s just in the first twenty minutes of his arrival.
With the help of the highly distracting harpy and his disinterested pet cat, Finsbury reluctantly sets out on his forced adventure in the hope it’ll satisfy the universe and he’ll get his old life back.
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Genesis of Finsbury Park
Finsbury Park is a humorous science fiction adventure which is a type of story I’ve wanted to write ever since I first read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which has influenced by reading preferences ever since I first read it.
The main character, Finsbury Park, is named after massive park in London, England. I’ve never been to the park, but I saw the name on a visitors map while I was checking out other sites in London. The name always stuck with me as a great name for a character in a humorous sci-fi novel, so here he is.
The entire plot of Finsbury Park came along really quickly, which was a first for me. I was in the middle of writing a different short story when the general overview for the plot came to me. I stopped what I was writing and wrote the first draft of this much faster than anything I’d done in the past.
This is also the first time I ever sent something I was wrote to a beta reader, who gave me great feedback on various parts of the plot.
I took some liberties with the harpy character (I won’t name her, so no spoilers if you haven’t read it yet 🙂 ), depicting her as more of an angel/bird hybrid than how they’re depicted in Greek and Roman mythology… (in other words: wings coming out of her back rather than in place of her arms). To demonstrate, she is more along the lines of this:
The combined wing/arms I figured would be too difficult to work with in a story where she has to interact with things.
Looking at the first picture above, that’s quite close to how I pictured her, especially the clawed hands and feet transitioning into limbs.