marthawells: (Miko)
[personal profile] marthawells
I'm not getting much done this week, as watching the fascist takeover of the US is kind of terrifying and depressing and enraging. But here's something I stumbled on recently that I told someone I'd post. Maybe it'll distract me and others and provide a few minutes of relief.

This is the only map of the Three Worlds, from The Books of the Raksura. The original is at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, being prepared for a spot in an exhibition of maps of imaginary places. I thought I hadn't taken any photos of it, but found these the other day:

I didn't ever want professional maps in the books, because I wanted the reader to visualize the Three Worlds as a vast landscape with no boundaries, so these were only for personal reference.

Date: 2017-01-18 05:10 pm (UTC)
nojojojo: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nojojojo
I get so much shit from readers about my distaste for maps! I love that you leave me free to visualize the Three Worlds for myself. And for that reason I love that the Reaches aren't even *on* this map. And there's an aspect of the Three Worlds that always intrigues me, which a map can't encompass, which is why the Raksura feel a pull toward the *south* rather than the north. I imagine that might just be because they're in the southern hemisphere of the planet, but could it also be because there's something fundamentally strange about the Three Worlds.

But still, this map *is* intriguing. The area near Saraseil looks remarkably like a crater, for example. And because the text is blurred near that dot to the north, I can't tell if it says "possible location of Opal Night colony" or something entirely different. I don't want to know. I would rather imagine something entirely different; people the Indigo Cloud colony will encounter in some future, unseen adventure.

Thank you for sharing this!

Date: 2017-01-18 06:14 pm (UTC)
gozer: I made this! (Default)
From: [personal profile] gozer
A mapmaker would have to put "Here there be dragons... no, seriously, I'm not kidding, watch out!" in more than one spot on that map. ;)

I have to admit, for the books that do give me maps, I never even bother to look. I can see why the writer may need it to solidify details that help her write scenes, but it's not that helpful to me, as a reader. To other readers who love maps and love to refer back to them as they read, I say YMMV. (I admit I'm a driver who loves her GPS system.)

Date: 2017-01-18 07:06 pm (UTC)
thanate: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thanate
Cool! Is there a significance to W being up, or did it just happen that way? (I know a lot of medieval european maps have sunrise at the top, but don't know what other real world alternate norms there have been.)

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