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Tevun-Krus #1 - First Contact
Tevun-Krus #1

  First Contact

  Copyright 2016 Contributing Authors

  It's what we want, what we crave. The majority of us on this tiny blue planet in the galactic equivalent of the middle of fuckin' nowhere, would love nothing more than to turn on the telly or pick up a newspaper and be told that there's proof we're not alone in the big wide universe.

  The moment that event occurs has been imagined time and time again, everywhere from the big screens of Hollywood to much loved and sadly missed TV shows, and works of epic fiction.

  Inside this first issue you'll find a couple of very different short stories, an interview with an extremely well known SFer, a review of a story right here on @Wattpad that, to be fair, has very little to do with the subject of First Contact, a contest open to all, and one or two articles written by Tevun-Krus staff.

  We chose the First Contact sub-genre for issue #1 for a reason. It's our first issue, our first contact with you and vice-versa. @Ooorah has been part of the @Wattpad community for a fair while now, and this ezine is our way of ensuring that continues to be the case. We welcome any feedback you might have, especially if you've ideas as to how we can make Tevun-Krus even better!

  I'd like to thank you all for taking the time to read this first issue, and for supporting us as we set off on an adventure epic proportions.

  And of course, special thanks go out to @ashiqtnt as the name of this ezine was his idea! Three cheers for Ash... Oorah! Oorah! Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooofuckingrah!

  Watt's Inside?

  1 - The Search Begins - An Article by @DavidGibbs6

  2 - Interview With Gavin Wilson - @TheOrangutan

  3 - Prime Contact - A Short Story by @JJMarmite

  4 - My Sci-Fi - A Spotlight on @Nika_Yaya

  5 - Phoenix Rising - A Review by @British_Beauty

  6 - What Came First? - A Short Story by @DavidGibbs6

  7 - Closing Time

  The Search Begins - An Article by @DavidGibbs6

  One cannot talk seriously about first contact with extraterrestrials without mentioning Frank Drake, his famous equation and SETI. (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence)

  In the year 1959 when two physicists Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison published a paper in the scientific journal 'Nature' called "Searching for Interstellar Communications." The idea of searching the deep recesses of space for alien life, was a pretty far out idea.

  Just one year later in 1960 Frank Drake did just that, becoming the first person to undertake such a task, starting with a systematic search using a radio telescope at a Green Banks observatory West Virginia. He focused on two stars, Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti, calling the endeavour Project Ozma. The results of which were unsuccessful.

  But it was one that was to capture the minds of scientists and in 1961 he hosted a "Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence" meeting. The meeting attracted ten individuals, Peter Pearman, Philip Morrison, Dana Atchley, Melvin Calvin, Su-Shu Huang, John C. Lilly, Barney Oliver, Carl Sagan and Otto Struve, along with Frank Drake they called themselves 'The Order of the Dolphin."

  In preparation for the meeting while trying to form an agenda, he stumbled over an idea that formed an equation.

  The Drake equation according to the SETI website is.

  N = R* • fp • ne • fl • fi • fc • L

  'N = The number of civilizations in The Milky Way Galaxy whose electromagnetic emissions are detectable.

  R* =The rate of formation of stars suitable for the development of intelligent life.

  fp = The fraction of those stars with planetary systems.

  ne = The number of planets, per solar system, with an environment suitable for life.

  fl = The fraction of suitable planets on which life actually appears.

  fi = The fraction of life bearing planets on which intelligent life emerges.

  fc = The fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space.

  L = The length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space.'

  If you answer these seven questions and multiply them, it tells you how many contactable aliens that we would hope to find in our galaxy.

  So how many? You ask.

  Using the best scientific guesstimates, anywhere from 1000 to 100,000,000 contactable life forms in the milky way.

  However this is still just a guess built on a lot of assumptions. The reality is until we contact some aliens we have only one data point to refer to and that is ourselves.

  So what does this have to do with science fiction?

  Well besides the fact that the Drake Equation has been used as inspiration in everything from short stories to Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek and Michael Crichton's Sphere. Finding new and creative ways to look at the questions Drake's Equation poses, is a good way of generating new ideas.

  The science will keep improving as we get to know our universe better. Science is all about the questions, it's your job to write the fiction.

  Remember there are three times as many stars in the milky way as there are neurons in a human brain.

  Sources

  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation

  https://www.seti.org/drakeequation

  Interview With Gavin Wilson - @TheOrangutan

 
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