Researching a Novel:
Lost Worlds above the Clouds

August 1st, 2015

tallest mountains 2 cropped (2)It was a dull gray landscape, and as I gradually deciphered the details of it I realized that it represented a long and enormously high line of cliffs exactly like an immense cataract seen in the distance, with a sloping, tree-clad plain in the foreground. 

That’s George Edward Challenger describing the Amazonian plateau in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, and it’s a description that came to mind when I got my first look at Mauna Kea — the tallest mountain . . . [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

Researching a Novel: Into the Abyss

July 29th, 2015

crater at nightIt glows by night, filling the air with a blood-red cloud.

By day, its rising steam billows dull gray from an active crater. Either way, it’s a wonder to behold, a doorway to a hot spot of subterranean fires that recalls the opening lines from Canto Three of Dante’s Inferno:

Only those elements time cannot wear
Were made before me. Beyond time I stand. . .
[Read more at The 21st Century Scop].

Researching a Novel: My Lost World

July 27th, 2015

mylostworld2-compressed (2)Rain forests, deserts, volcanic mountains, green-sand beaches. They’re all part of the alien landscape of a novel project that links and expands my novelettes “Daughters of Prime” and “The Others” (both of which originally appeared in F&SF). Since the alien setting will feature ever-more prominently in the book-length version, I figured it would be a good idea to. . . [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

This Week’s Show: The Story in the Song

July 8th, 2015

with Duane and LaurenWhether sung or recited — it’s all story. And this weekend Lauren Connolly-Moore and I will be exploring the connections between story and song in a four-hour show that gets underway at 8:00 on Saturday evening.

The place is Riley’s Pour House in Carnegie, the same place where our story night events have been taking place.

Weather permitting, we’ll be performing on Riley’s outdoor stage — under the same stars that we had hoped would make an appearance for our “Starry Nights, Celestial Conversations” storytelling event last week.

Either way . . . [read and listen to more at The 21st-Century Scop].