SEAN BELA, pronounced Sedook-el-Beselaekis in Dexus (which, according to Sean, is a written psychotic anagram language), is a 370-year-old time-traveling Martian. He was hatched in 2599 out of a test-tube only six weeks before the arrival of his generation ship from Dexus Omega. He grew to adult size during the following six weeks and was recruited in the Alliance to liberate Mars from Earth during the first of six wars of Liberation between the two planets.
After the wars of liberation ended, which went poorly for the Martians, he was forced to move to Earth to hide among humans, but was quickly revealed to be an extraterrestrial. Sean was conscripted into the Marine Corps as a military counterspy – for the highly-demanded skill sets he picked up while serving as a double agent in the Martian Alliance’s Navy.
He soon became interested in creative writing to express the distresses he witnessed with humans and their Martian cousins in conflict. After receiving an accolade for a writing contest at his alma mater, the University of Connecticut; where he majored in Molecular and Cell Biology, Sean requested to be released from the military. Realizing his request would be denied, and having learned a bit about human history, Sean created a two-part time machine with the help of his three brilliant friends and they disappeared from the 26th century. He arrived in Roswell, New Mexico on July, 1947 and has been traveling throughout the states since his release from the government detainment camp in 1979.
When asked why he writes in the science-fiction, thriller, and fantasy genres he says “Because they are among the most awkward and thought-provoking genres and I just can’t get enough of them… when I turn off my television or put a book down, I still want to live in those worlds I see on the screen or read in ink, for good or for bad. They give me a potential glimpse of my world of origin, Dexus Omega. A world I will never know.”
Sean's interests lie in the economic and political ramifications of scientific and technological advancements, because where he lived on Mars, this was all that the locals discussed. “It had run amuck… we had psychometric weapons that were capable of tracking and destroying you based on what it picked up from your thoughts… we had to take desperate measures to survive. Some people had their memories wiped every time they went to sleep, reliving the next day as if yesterday never happened.”
His general focus is on the variant aspects of futuristic probabilities, and potential outcomes where technology begins to run out of the control of its maker; an allegory for the relationship between a creator and mankind; a concept which he says is new to him. “On my world, I learned, we never had a concept of a creator. We ‘Dexusians’ are taught that the universe had always existed, all on its own."
His inspiration comes from the works of Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury, and Isaac Asimov – who he claims were the travelers who built and accompanied him on his trip from the future. Although they have all passed, he says that they will remain dear to his heart for inspiring him to become a fiction writer. "I can never fill their shoes... they were great pillars of sci-fi fantasy... I only wish to walk in them some day."
Vivid images also inspire Sean, who struggles with a form of bipolar disorder he picked up from his lengthy exposure to humans and human concepts. These images further fuel his curiosity and desire to express himself on paper. Sean Bela now lives in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York where he awaits the second time ship’s arrival for his planned return trip to 2599. "My arrival here is a paradox in and of itself, so I must return eventually. I will miss this place dearly when that inevitable day comes."
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