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Writing Challenge – What if viruses were an alien life form?

You killed my people but we shall conquer all!

You killed my people but we shall conquer all!

Everyone always tends to think of aliens as the sort of creatures portrayed in Star Trek or Star Wars, or any other science fiction TV and movie series. But … what if aliens were already here? What if they were viruses?

How would the alien aspect then work? Would the virus be a collective intelligence, working to take over the world? Are we trying to wipe out a ‘race’ of refugees who are seeking nothing but safety? Have they been trying to communicate with us? Do they even realise that we are here, viewing everyone that they infect as a whole different galaxy, maybe even a universe?

Do they view us a diseases? Hosts that try to destroy them by introducing medicines that – to them – are invaders, genocidal killers from a place they were totally unaware of? What does it feel like to see your loved ones killed, whole generations of your culture wiped out?


About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


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