One Nashville science fiction writer is wondering how Tennesseans would respond if aliens landed here.
In author Eric Melcher's creative mind, Cheatham County is the place the aliens pick when they decide to visit Earth, and the mystery that follows is full of Tennessee and extraterrestrial activity.
"I can't think of a prettier spot than Ashland City," Melcher said. "You really don't want to land in New York City, with all the security and tensions and problems, so logically picking a small town might be better."
When it comes to aliens, Melcher thinks "why not us?" His new book, The Ashland City Landing, mixes humor with space, science and the streets of a local town.
"There's a scene at the Sonic, a scene outside the courthouse, and at the library at one point," Melcher said.
The important thing about writing far-out stories, he said, is making sure the facts aren't fiction.
"Everybody takes liberties, but it's got to be based in a solid foundation of fact," Melcher said.
The rest, however, you just make up, and that's the fun part of fiction that gives Melcher a break from reality and the real job at Vol State Community College.
Now, if you like Ashland City the way it is, never fear: Melcher's aliens have no intention to change the landscape.
"Nothing blows up in this novel. It really is fairly tame, by Hollywood standards. It's more how real people would react, because that's what it comes down to, 'How would humans handle this if it really happened?'" Melcher said.
Melcher hopes his readers have a strong reaction, too.
"And, then, because it's a trilogy, I hope they say, 'My gosh, I gotta get the second book.' Which means I've got to get writing the second book," Melcher said.
The Ashland City Landing is on sale at Parnassus Books, as well as on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online.
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