As a writer and poet I can appreciate this post.
Wow, I wish there was more posts like this about creative writers and their actual story. Writing heals and when a poet is in the midst of grief, sadness, love, or any other emotion.. I will be looking more into this writer, he seems like a fantastic writer. We all should every now and then, if not always. Something I would appreciate is the originality of the work. I can see in the pictures, the papers are not reprinted into typed letters but handwritten script.
Including all the cancellations Dunn sir makes. If it is his handwriting, one can trace his stress by the way he writes, small and condensed Its a pleasure…. It is fantastic to see so much appreciation for the work of Douglas Dunn.
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Thank you for adding the photos of his notebooks. Handwriting has become such an intimate thing now. Reblogged this on the StAnza Blog and commented: Excellent article, very well worth a read.
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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Since I strive for the memorability factor in my own writing, I dissected a scene to discover what made it so lasting for me. The chapter opens with a problem; Peter walks through a door in the spindle hub and instantaneously ends up in Spindle 3, thousands of kilometers away. His engram companion, Cleo Sampson, disappears, prompting Peter to panic. This opening action plays out through short, crisp dialog between Peter and the Gifts, his guides through this alien technology.
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They come from doors within his own life. It shows how we as humans are more willing to accept the alien through the familiar. Once Cleo finds Peter again, he can relax and concentrate on the contents of this spindle and eventually the others. Through his POV we see the fascinating interiors: The planetarium shows all the stars of the galaxy.
We have a hint from the Gifts that this will be useful later. The art gallery is seemingly endless and contains wondrous examples of galactic art. We get a close-up of a few of these pieces, such as an orb that transports Peter to a beach in-mind only and a dizzying Escher-esque sculpture. This was where the chapter went from detail-deficient to very specific.
In the library, there are actual volumes of books, again perhaps to make Peter comfortable with the alien-ness of the place. The sensory deprivation area seems to be there for Peter to rest, something he has not done for several days at this point. The end of the chapter shows a humanizing of Peter, an engram himself who chooses to live in an android body.
An example of that same theme of familiarity helping to assimilate the alien? He asks his companion, Cleo, to stay and be with him while he sleeps. Until now, he has avoided most contact with her because she reminds him of what he is and what he is not. Overall, I liked the first part of this book set in Adrasteia better than the second part set in Sol system.
Perhaps the concept of a huge floating frame inhabiting the space where most of our planets used to be was just too alien for me. I probably needed more of the familiar to be comfortable. The short to moderate-length chapters worked well for my reading style, and not surprisingly I prefer that in my writing style as well.
The biggest complaint I have is with an unsatisfactory resolution to a subplot. But even the second time through, I found myself still wondering about her.