“It’s an interest of mine, how people react when they see an alien landscape,” explains poet/writer Mykol Ranglen. “All sorts of preconceptions and assumptions arise, and yet, for once, they’re facing something new, different… other.”
Ranglen is the main protagonist of author Albert Wendland’s novel The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes (Dog Star Books, 2014), a science fiction mystery centered on the search for a piece of ancient alien technology. Such “Clips”—short for Carrier-Locked Integrated Program—have been found in the past and paved the way for mankind’s ventures into the far-reaches of the universe. The Clips were hidden throughout the galaxy by the Airafane, an extinct race that fought a losing war against the Moyocks, who likewise no longer exist. The technology of the Clips are thus not just a legacy handed down by the Airafane but a means for future races to protect themselves against the likes of the Moyocks, and are worth a fortune to anyone who finds one.
Mykol Ranglen found the third Clip, although only a few people are aware of that fact, as well as the fourth—an even more guarded secret. Because of his ability to find these alien blueprints, the fiancé of Ranglen’s ex-girlfriend attempts to enlist his aid in the search for a fifth Clip. Henry Ciat and Mileen Oltrepi discovered a clue as to its location by accident and have set out, along with three others who were with them at the time, to find the Clip in question. Ranglen declines to assist them, but when Henry is later murdered and the whereabouts of Mileen unknown, he is dragged into the mystery nonetheless. Not only does Mykol Ranglen have to contend with the three remaining treasurer hunters but the law enforcement agents investigating Henry Ciat’s death, officials from multiple governments and a notorious mobster who is not above killing another human being simply to make a point.