Guest Post by Tyrean Martinson
If you enjoy science fiction movies and books, you might have noticed a tendency for writers to give a unique twist to beverages. For instance, the famed Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster from Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Created by ex-President of the Universe Zaphod Beeblebrox, the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster has a pretty heart kick, according to the famed Guide:
“It says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the effect of which is like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick. The Guide also tells on which planets the best Pan Galactic Gargle Basters are mixed…” – Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
If you haven’t read Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, within which you can find tidbits from The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (a book within a book), you might want to go find it and read it. It’s a blast of humor, adventure, and wild world-building. The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is one way Adams creates authentic world-building with his innovative and irreverent humor intact.
Also, if you want to discover how to mix a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, you can read the book and check out the numerous sites dedicated to discovering how to re-create it on Earth, including a recipe at All Recipes. In addition to those, some enterprising brewers have come up with their own version which I discovered in a quick web search.
In The Rayatana Series, “awak” is like a mixture of coffee and tea with similar properties. I created awak as a YA-friendly homage to all the other science fiction beverages out there in the books and movies I love.
And why beverages for my guest post theme? Well, I feel like every party, even book parties, have beverages, right? Caffeinated, alcoholic, or non-alcoholic, there are usually beverages at parties. So, I raise my beverage holder of choice and say:
Cheers! Salut! Prost! Slainte! Salud!
Amaya is supposed to bring peace to the galaxy. Which is tough when she’s being held for crimes against the Neutral Zone. Her imprisonment is on her own ship with her own crew. But close quarters create tension.
Honestly, her role as Rayatana is a mess.
She may never get to use her powers for anything good. Not if her teacher continues to keep secrets, and not if her powers keep harming others. Putting her mother in a coma should put her in prison, but she has a mission. She wants to bring peace to her people. She needs to become the Rayatana.
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About the Author
Tyrean Martinson is a word hunter. She forages for words both sweet and tart in the South Sound of Washington State. An eclectic writer, she writes speculative fiction, contemporary and historical fiction, short scripts, devotions, writing books, song lyrics, and poetry. She has been a fencer (long ago), a kickboxer (for a short minute), and an action-movie fan. Tyrean is a life-long book lover, a Christ follower, and walker. Once upon a time, she was a Girl Scout who sang too loudly, and now she’s a podcaster and praise team member. Since childhood, her imagination has been swept away by fairy tales, science fiction, tales of overcoming the odds, and redemption arcs.
Tyrean’s Writing Spot Blog: https://tyreanswritingspot.blogspot.com/
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