Surviving Terranue - Liza O'Connor
Why don't the colonists realize
Tamara is different?
When reading book 3, you might ponder this yourself,
But the truth is we see what we expect to see and rarely notice the oddities.
When you see something really weird, your brain will search for something in your memory to explain it away. Thus, strange shaped ships in the sky become weather balloons or birds, or reflections of sunlight.
And when Tamara appears in front of Mrs. Jones while she’s stealing food canisters and hiding them in the rocks of the cliff, she is startled, but assumes she just hadn’t seen Tamara approach, being so intent upon stealing food…
When the men see Tamara ride the giant bear down to the ground, their minds alter what they saw into something believable: The bear almost crushed her as it fell to the ground, shot by the hunter.
Here are some of my personal ‘what’s real?’ events:
Once I was in the ocean in about four feet of water when a large manatee swam by right in front of me. (The radio said a sewage line had broken one of the water inlets of Miami. So I immediately believe the manatee has left its defiled home to find better water, but that requires it to swim the Miami shoreline looking for a better inlet.) That is what I saw and I’m 100% sure that’s what really happened.
However, my friend standing right beside me saw a shark. And she was 100% sure that’s what she saw, insisting manatees do not live in the ocean. Clearly one or both of ours brains recorded this event wrong from the start.
Turns out human brains are notoriously bad video cams. Rather than accurately recording an event, our brain attempts to make sense of things based on previous input.
Generally speaking, people see what they expect to see. I, of course, expect to see weird things, so I do. I have seen a fourteen foot water moccasin, a deer with a four foot tail, a red and black baby fox, a six foot deer and a fourteen foot tall moose with a rack of horns wider than the length of my car. In none of those cases did I have a camera with me. (Actually I did have a camera for the moose, but I refused to take my eyes off the enraged moose for safety reasons and could not locate my camera by feel).
Probably the least credible of my claims is the first one: the 14 ft poisonous snake. You can google it. Water moccasins do not grow to fourteen feet. Oddly, I had witnesses to the size of the snake... Only my mother thought it was twenty feet long. To be honest, it might have been. I declared it fourteen because both its head and tail were not in view but I could ten feet of snake.
We were in a fair sized boat on the backwater of the Arkansas river fishing. Well, I was trying to fish. Not sure what my mother and boyfriend were doing.
However, I finally concluded no fish were anywhere near us, so I hooked my minnow so it remained alive and pretended it was my pet on a leash. (Hey, I was twelve, don’t judge.) My pet minnow swam to one of the many trees in the water, only this foot wide tree had a pattern…a familiar pattern, but I couldn’t place it. The pattern was so familiar, that it was driving me crazy. And why was the tree so shiny? Then it finally hit me. It wasn’t a tree at all. It was the largest water moccasin possibly ever to exist and it was sleeping a few feet away from our boat. I could see about ten feet of it, but its head or tail were not visible. However, now that I had expanded the size category for snake, this was unquestionably a water moccasin. So I brought it to my mother and her boyfriend’s attention, expecting them to marvel at the sight as well.
Instead, Mother goes berserk and her boyfriend pulls out a gun. Now Mother goes berserk over the gun, yelling at him for bringing a gun on her boat. I am at this point very sorry I told either of them about my incredible find, especially since the jerk boyfriend starts shooting at the snake. Suddenly the snake is moving. I think time may have slowed down for me, because it took forever it to leave.
Mother was still carrying on about the gun and I was mad at her boyfriend for shooting at it, but at least he didn’t hit its backbone, so I’ve always hoped the snake survived. I felt bad about getting it shot, because had I not pointed it out, they would have never seen it, since it was not within their parameter of things possible, until I forced them to see it by leaning over the boat and pointing, just a few inches from its body.
You have to admit, that is an unbelievable story, yet I still, to this day, believe it to be a true story. But is it? Do I see so many strangely sized animals because my parameters of what’s possible have been stretched, or because my brain loves to exaggerate? Am I seeing what’s actually there, hello deer with a four foot tail, and it’s everyone else ignoring the animal outliers, or am I looking at a normal size animal, but to amuse me, my brain alters what I see?
Here’s a video of what a really large water moccasin SHOULD look like:
We may never know what’s actually going on in Lizaland, but it is scientifically proven that, in general, brains are not reliable recorders, and often change the weird into what we expect to see.
So don’t be surprised that the colonists on Terranue fail to see that Tamara isn’t actually human. Later in book 4 they will start to realize that, but only because Councilman Brenner spills the bean about their second son being grown into a man in a single day.
In book 3 they have enough of weird things going on, what with giant T. rexes and giant bears roaming their world. They just see Tamara as bossy, strong, and powerful.
Leading a colony of frightened people on a new world is rarely easy. The human colonists of Terranue have as their leader, Tamsarandem, the only Soul-bond of Three that has ever existed. Unfortunately, some perceive the innate kindness in the shaman’s choice of leaders as a weakness, thus, challenges begin. From the moment they arrive on the planet, self-survival instincts take hold among the colonists, putting the survival of the colony at risk.
To survive, they must act for the good of the colony rather themselves, even when their natural instincts tell them to do the opposite. First, they must befriend the dominant intelligent life form on the planet, long-haired blue cattle, only slightly smaller than the blue bull Tamsarandem brought with them. Second, they must find a way to survive three of the planet’s five seasons. Otherwise, they’ll be baked, frozen, and pummeled to death. Third, they must protect themselves from the giant bears, saber tooth lions, and T. rexes that roam their planet. But worst of all, deep within the planet, a seed of evil grows, waiting to devour every living creature on the surface.
Every day in their new paradise is a challenge to survive. Despite all the advantages the Gods have provided, success is neither easy nor certain, and people are rarely as good as they need to be.
Book 3: Surviving Terranue
Book 2: Surviving Outbound
Book 1: The Gods of Probabilities
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Liza is a multiple genre author of 16 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series. A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series of five books. She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015. In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey
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