My name is Steve Alten, and I am the author of half a dozen original scripts and eighteen published thrillers. Unless you live in Spain, Mexico, or Argentina where my Mayan Doomsday trilogy was a #1 bestseller, most of my fans know me for my MEG series, about Carcharodon megalodon, the 70-foot, 50-ton prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark. Twenty-one years after the novel became a NY Times bestseller, The MEG debuted in movie theaters (starring Jason Statham), and quickly reached #1 in the U.S. and soon thereafter worldwide, grossing over $560 million. MEG-2: The TRENCH should go into production soon, followed by The LOCH, adapted from my Loch Ness Monster series. Tales of marine creatures are what I do best.
The story that runs through every aspect of Sea Monster Cove came to me in December of 2019. Two years earlier I had announced MEG-7: Purgatory, would be my final MEG novel, so the last thing I was looking for was another ancient shark/sea creature saga. But as I lay in bed at 4 a.m. unable to sleep, the beats of an amazing story popped into my head and damn if it wasn’t good—at least, it was good enough to drag myself upstairs to my office and write it down before I fell asleep and lost it. Four hours later I had a treatment and characters—more important I had a location—a place I knew was absolutely perfect for the story. Heck, it even sounded like Meg.
Welcome to Maug
A submerged volcano located in the Northern Mariana island chain. Five million years ago, Maug’s caldera erupted so violently that its crater collapsed, leaving behind three small islets and a lagoon.
Take a Look at Maug Island!
Where was the hot mineral water coming from?
I had an answer that would stand up to scientific scrutiny and lead my characters to the discovery of a prehistoric marine habitat—a 380-million-year-old food chain featuring the most terrifying sea creatures in history. The story had the potential to be as good if not better than anything I had written—the question now was what was it? My fans would want another novel but that wasn’t going to happen. A movie script? No. There were far too many promising storylines to explore … it felt much more like an episodic TV series — something I always wanted to write. And so, in late December of 2019 I began working on a TV bible and pilot episode of Where Sea Monsters Roam (WSMR).
Part of my writing process is to imagine myself as the male protagonist—in this case a young marine biologist who must transform Maug into a marine park featuring state-of-the-art aquarium facilities that hold massive, toothy animals—life forms that must be understood and cared for—their needs met. As part of my research, I read John Hargrove’s book about his trials and tribulations as an Orca trainer at Sea World. I realized the aquariums were, in effect, their own characters and that, in order to lay out Season 1 of the series, I first had to create the facilities.
For the next three months I became obsessed with the challenges my characters would face if they had to transform Maug—three uninhabitable islets of a submerged volcano and its warm mineral water lagoon—into a state-of-the-art prehistoric aquarium vacation theme park. Money was no object (my support characters were billionaires) but I knew I couldn’t cheat the process—whatever I designed had to actually work, and it had to conform to reality.
The first dose of reality is that nothing works without power. Maug is located 270 nautical miles from civilization. That meant power had to be generated locally and it had to be green energy so as not to pollute our pristine and protected environment. Fortunately, our cove came with its own power source—direct access to the Earth’s mantle. After consulting with experts, I had the basic design of a Flash-steam Geothermal Power Station which would be constructed on a rig directly over the volcano’s caldera.
How it works:
Superhot (700°F) water is flowing up from the mantle through the volcano’s main vent. Before it reaches the lagoon it meets a wall of cold water pumped below through a series of pipes. This leads to a sudden drop in pressure and causes the water to rapidly evaporate or “flash” into steam. The steam is then separated from the water aboard the rig and funneled to power a turbine generator. The remaining water is cycled back into the vent to extract more steam.
The rig would provide electricity to the O-Quarium (our prehistoric sharks-only facility), a desalination plant (we needed fresh potable water), our sewage treatment plant, and our staff housing.
For all of the other non-shark sea monsters, I wanted something very futuristic-looking. One of my fans is an amazing 2D artist and we worked together to create the Sea Monster Aquarium Complex—six giant sphere-shaped habitats and a larger center dome which houses a 5-star hotel, monorail, restaurants and shopping. All seven spheres are covered in photovoltaic panels which provide more than enough solar power to render the facility energy efficient. Wind farms situated atop North Islet provide electricity to the Cruise Ship Port. And Wave Power Units provide electricity to the South Gate and Boat Rental.
By March the Corona virus had turned into the COVID-19 pandemic, and I began to realize the project’s potential—that I could create a virtual world—a prehistoric aquarium theme park where people could go to escape the harsh realities of 2020. The members-only website would host the TV series, and there could be crossover between the two for the ultimate entertainment experience. The timing seemed perfect. Populations were in lockdown, families stuck inside, searching for original content to fill the hours. And yet nothing like Sea Monster Cove existed. I told my assistant Kelly about my idea and she went crazy for it. We shared the idea with my MEGhead Council and they agreed there was a huge audience out there that would love something like this. The MEG movie trailers had tallied over 100 million views in less than three months and despite all predictions from naysayers, The MEG achieved #1 at the box office in the U.S. and worldwide.
Word about our project spread among my fan base, attracting some talented 2D and 3D artists. TV producers, actors, and directors emailed me, offering their services—including a young, talented actor/director named Maxime Ginolin—a devoted MEGhead living in Paris who inspired my lead character—Dr. Maxime Rostand.
Kelly saw a YouTube short of a shark attacking a diver in a cage, created by Steve Clarke and Paul Knott of CKVFX. They were extremely talented and big MEG fans and were hired to create the 360 Virtual Aquarium Experiences and oversee all 3D animation. By summer Paul, a serious video gamer, was working with Steve Clarke on developing an interactive video game based on the TV series where members could use mini-subs to track and capture the prehistoric creatures—paralleling the roles of the characters in the TV series Where Sea Monsters Roam. Or (if they preferred) members could select a sea monster as their avatar and stalk the humans who were invading their habitat. Either way, we’d have a third pillar—another medium to wrap the story around when it was ready (May-June 2021).
I finished the WSMR pilot script in March of 2020. By June, I was two episodes into another web TV series—this one an animated cartoon for teens called The Adventures of Snowflake & Layla—the back story told from the animals’ perspective. In the real world, the Black Lives Matter movement was expanding and it occurred to me that our albino (white) shark headliner (Snowflake) was living a far different life than her (black) sibling, Layla. Circumstances had brought Layla to her deceased mother’s domain. Maug’s Aquifer was a hellhole ruled by predators; in order to survive, the domesticated shark would have to become a predator. Using animated animals to address social inequities sounded promising, and the fourth Sea Monster Cove pillar of content was initiated.
By mid-August most of the exterior shots of the Sea Monster Cove facilities and Virtual Aquarium Experiences (VAEs) that comprised
our first wave of content were ready to go. Unfortunately, the pandemic was not only costing lives, it was also hurting the economy—the
movie industry no exception. The production dates on two of my movies were pushed back over a year—along with the funds I was
counting on to pay my video game programmer and 3D animators (not to mention—support my family). This left me no other option
than to launch the project early, which we did on August 29, 2020 with only one of our four “content pillars” ready to go. Combined with
the unstable economy, only 700 to 750 memberships were sold at $9.95 a month.
We ended 2020 with a nice wave of publicity—the morning shows very enthusiastic about the website: See video below…
December 2020–February 2021:
The new year brought in the funds needed to engage our video game programmers and their first trailer is impressive. The first phase of the game is on schedule to launch in May-June 2021.
Like Maug’s three islets, what you see above only represents the tip of what lies below. Unlike a network that offers a menu of movies and TV shows (90% of which we’ve already seen or have little interest in), our entertainment package is fresh, interactive, and always changing. Because the member controls their viewing angle, each 360 Virtual Aquarium Experience (VAE) is unique. The real fun begins when we have both tv series up and running and storylines cross over into the VAEs and video games.
EXAMPLE: In the pilot episode of WSMR, Dr. Rostand, B.B. and David must teach Snowflake to rise out of her tank and grab the 900 pound carcass of a Bluefin tuna—only real apex predators don’t feed on dead prey. To overcome this and give future visitors a “photo op,” David places a thumper in the tuna’s belly to simulate a beating heart—only it works too well. Snowflake grabs the dancing tuna and falls back into the water with it—dragging the crane and the pickup truck into the O-Quarium—the vehicle and its gasoline-filled fuel tank sinking to the bottom. The night this episode airs, we’ll place the truck and crane in Snowflake’s 360 aquarium experience. Or, when a new creature is discovered on the show, it will first attack players in the video game. By crisscrossing content, we keep our members attentive and gossiping on social media.
Nothing like this has ever been attempted, let alone imagined … and it’s only the beginning! We’ve already started our Celebrity Corner where we offer celebrities free memberships in exchange for a park cameo.
What awaits you inside this interactive website is a groundbreaking multi-media entertainment platform where members experience an original new prehistoric sea monster adventure story – created and written by me — Steve Alten, best-selling author of The MEG and The LOCH in 4 unique venues. Nothing like this exists, and it’s only going to get better – with your help.
STEP 1: JOIN NOW – the price will never be lower!
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Think of it this way – if you simply join in order to read ONE of my enhanced novels a year (each pdf includes 60 to 150+ color images – there’s no other reading experience around like it — the estimated cost if printed is $74.99 each novel) it’s like getting everything else for FREE.
STEP 2: Please SPREAD THE WORD
There is simply nothing like SeaMonsterCove.com out there, and the more people that join, the more we can deliver… like
FEEDING TIME: Our first ever R-Rated Virtual Aquarium Experiences!
These bloody as-real-as-it-gets VAEs will take place in the Maug Lagoon around midnight when we use bio-luminescent krill to coax up a few 90 foot, 100 ton Leeds Fish from the Maug Aquifer. Opening the gate will allow these behemoths to access an ancient magma tube into the lagoon. We’ll let ‘em graze on the krill before we release one of our APs (Apex Predators) from their own habitat…
First up: SNOWFLAKE…
FEEDING TIME can be viewed from ABOVE (in a hot air balloon) or BELOW (in a cage)and will be released either in Winter 2022 (after I get paid my advance on MEG 2: The TRENCH) or sometime in Fall 2021… it really depends on how soon w add new members like YOU.
(And YES, there will be a PG-13 version suitable for our younger audiences.)
Many thanks – our goal is to BLOW YOU AWAY!
Steve Alten, Ed.D.
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