We are pleased to have author Erica Hayes here today to talk about Evil Lairs, in honor of her newest contribution to the romantic Sci-fi genre. Dragonfly is the first book in this science fiction series and is available now. Quick, go get it! Read Sheila’s review here.
Thanks to Erica Hayes, we are giving away a $20 gift certificate to Amazon!
Erica Hayes was a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician, before finally landing her dream job: fantasy writer. She writes dark paranormal romance, urban fantasy and romantic science fiction, and her books feature tough, smart heroines and colorful heroes with dark secrets.
She hails from Australia, where she drifts from city to city, leaving a trail of chaos behind her. Currently, she’s terrorizing the wilds of Northumberland.
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Hello everyone! Thanks to Sheila for inviting me to Dark Faerie Tales to celebrate my new romantic sci-fi book, DRAGONFLY. I’m stoked to be here!
Creating your own Evil Empire
The Evil Empire is a must-have in space opera. Whether it’s a military dictatorship, a ruthless corporate dominion or a galaxy-wide cult of religious nutbags, one thing is clear: empires are the way of the future. And eeevilness! goes without saying. No point having all that power if you’re nice to everybody.
Also, our sci-fi good guys – who, let’s face it, aren’t all that virtuous – need something vast, corrupt and unimaginably eeevil! to fight. Someone who makes them look good by comparison. After all, one girl’s crew of sexy rebels on a rusty planet-hopper is another girl’s galactic terror cell. It’s a blurred line.
So: how to go about setting up your own Evil Empire? Well, you’ll need a figurehead in charge – that’s you! Get yourself a lair – preferably a sexy space cruiser or an impregnable station of enormous power – and a cool, evil-looking costume. Black robes are good, or a shiny leather suit or iron carapace. If you can speak with a British accent, that’s a plus.
If you possibly can, get a vast spaceship fleet and millions of obedient minions. Brainwash them if you have to, or feed them mind-altering drugs, or inject them with a mutant nano-virus that turns them into mindless drones. You can even clone them from your favourite bounty hunter or other wicked scumbag, if you’re patient and have the cash.
Magical powers come in handy, to strike fear into your staff and terrify potential rebels. If you can use the Force, that’s a great start. If not, pretend you can. Or find everyone who really can, and slaughter them right away.
And of course, a loyal henchman (or henchwoman) is a must – a powerful, ultra-nasty villain who you can send out to crush all opposition, so you won’t get your hands dirty. Just take care that he/she doesn’t steal your Empire out from under you.
Looking for some examples on which to model your Empire? I present four popular Evil Empires, graded from 1 to 10 for Evilness! and Effectiveness. Let the darkness begin!
The Galactic Empire (Star Wars)
Rule by virtue of: the Death Star, enormous spaceships, and storm troopers who can’t hit the side of a barn.
Figurehead: Emperor Palpatine. Looks like a skeleton and shoots lightning from his fingertips. Chances his Empire isn’t evil? Slim.
The real bad guy: Darth Vader, force-choker extraordinaire. He finds your lack of faith disturbing.
Evilness: 9/10. Would be a ten, if they’d only raise the bar at storm trooper recruitment. “This door’s locked. Let’s move on.” Uh-huh.
Effectiveness: 5/10. Sadly, the Old Republic is barely limp in its grave when Vader is defeated. Fail.
The Peacekeepers (Farscape)
Rule by virtue of: cool uniforms and a solid work ethic that involves ‘recreation’, forced breeding, and taking kids away from their parents to brainwash them. Nice guys.
Figurehead: Captain Crais, specialising in pigtails, smarmy smiles, and murdering amorous subordinates. Ruthless and quite cool, just not very smart.
The real bad guy: Scorpius, fetish-leather-wearer and all-round fun guy. Ruthless, cool and very smart. Bonus points for being a half-breed cyborg.
Evilness: 6/10. Secretly, we kind of like them. That’s not very evil.
Effectiveness: 8/10. They do okay, until the super-powered aliens arrive.
The Necromongers (Chronicles of Riddick)
Rule by virtue of: killing everyone in the entire universe who won’t submit. Simple, but effective.
Figurehead: Karl Urban in a sexy metal suit. With a truly epic mullet.
The real bad guy: religious nutbag-ism.
Evilness: 10/10. These freaks would rather die than let you live in peace. Reason can’t compete with that. Bonus evil points for the best big-head-shaped spaceship ever.
Effectiveness: 9/10. Only the singular ultra-coolness of Vin Diesel can defeat them. No shame in that!
The Borg (Star Trek)
Rule by virtue of: adding your biological and technological distinctiveness to their own. No, really. They mean it.
Figurehead: the Borg Queen.
The real bad guy: drones. Millions and millions of indefatigable drones.
Evilness: 8/10. Zombies in space. Bonus evil points for being mindless and utterly indiscriminate.
Effectiveness: 7/10. Would be higher, but for getting whupped by Species 8472. Interdimensional stick insects. Honestly.
So there you have it. Do-it-yourself Evil Empire. For extra pointers and to avoid potential traps, be sure to carefully peruse the Evil Overlord List.
This contest is provided by Erica Hayes
One lucky winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to Amazon!
Available December 1, 2012 from Pan Macmillan Australia/Momentum
About this Book:
Carrie Thatcher is a tough Imperial counter-terrorism agent. Her mission: pose as a sexy cyber-thief to entrap the notorious rebel Dragonfly, who’s planning a heist on the space station Casa de Esperanza – an orbital casino on the fringe of Imperial space.
And this assignment’s personal: Dragonfly murdered her closest friend, and she’s in no mood to show him mercy. Even getting stuck with the partner from hell—Malachite, her sociopathic ex-lover and the Empire’s most dangerous agent—can’t dampen her relish for the kill.
With Carrie’s expert weapons skills and penchant for cracking codes, insinuating herself into Dragonfly’s confidence should be easy. But is he the ruthless killer she was led to believe? Or has her precious Empire deceived her? With Malachite watching her every move, the slightest flinch in loyalty means death.
Carrie is soon racing to uncover an audacious treachery that will shock the Empire to its core … if she can stay alive for long enough to expose it.
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