Author David Hiers ’79 recently released “First Contact Cube,” the third book in his “First Contact” trilogy – a science fiction series that takes a realistic and modern day approach to human contact with aliens.
Through his writing, Hiers says he’s following the “road less traveled” in terms of the way aliens are typically portrayed in media. In his works, humans are generally unaware of the encounters.
“I set the story in a war between two alien species that spills into our solar system and use that to explain some of Earth’s ancient history,” Hiers says.
In an effort to make the stories as realistic as possible Hiers takes an ordinary individual as his main character and uses his natural strengths and abilities in his favor, instead of creating a super hero character like Indiana Jones.
Hiers explains that each book is unique. He says the series’ first book, “First Contact,” begins with “skepticism over whether there are really any aliens and then addresses the difficulties of trying to communicate between species with no common elements, where we must question basic assumptions.”
“First Contact Return,” the second in the series, “continues the story one year later, answering many of the unanswered questions left over from the first encounter.”
“First Contact Cube” focuses on the exploration of “what impact alien contact, even minimal contact, could have upon our development and questions our basic values and motivations, while entertaining the reader with futuristic technology along with modern politics, emotions and military maneuvering.” The book is a direct continuation of the second but told from a different angle.
Hiers says he was inspired to write a book while delivering a horse to Gainesville, Fla.
“I had recently watched a sci fi film involving alien contact and thought what nonsense it was, since any alien that could travel the stars would not be impressed by a species that could barely make it to their own moon. I believed that if aliens stumbled across us, they would not care about us at all.”
Soon after, Hiers was developing a story line. Within a year, the book went from an outline edition to its final form.
Hiers says his varied experiences at Hobart and William Smith Colleges helped to shape him. “I looked at the rings of Saturn through a telescope with the astronomy club, dove into Seneca Lake on the weekends, servicing underwater current meters for a professor’s science project, and started an on- campus EMT response program for injured or sick students,” he recalls.
“HWS provided me a solid academic background, while the friends that I made – some of which I am still in contact with, helped mold my personality.”
Hiers earned his B.A. in political science and economics and went on to earn a law degree at Boston University. He has recently switched from a trial attorney to a mediator.
In addition to writing the trilogy, Hiers is a lawyer based in Pensacola, Fla., where he lives with his wife and daughter. He is currently writing his fourth book, which is also a science-fiction novel. Previously, Hiers served as a captain in the U.S. Army.
The “First Contact” series is available on campus at The College Store. The books are also available in paperback on Amazon and in Kindle editions.