Sunday, May 29, 2011

Check out the Map for Vallar.

The following is a recycled blog post from two years ago. It's odd that I've come back to it on this day. I also sometimes cringe at how long I've been working on this story. On the other hand, I know the world I made very well because it's been with me so long. (That goes for the characters too.) At least it's published now, but back then I loved to look at maps of Mars, and I even made up this map to put into the book. However, I never ended up putting it in because it would not look that great as an e-book. Anyway, I just wanted to share the map. Here you can see the various locations in the story.

Marscorp: The dominant corporation.
Noctis/Mine: Property of Vallar.
Gentech Central: The hidden base of the rogue group who struggles to survive.
Argyre: A farming colony.

May 29th, 2009:

There was a lot of research involved with my novel "Vallar." This is a picture of Mars that I put together using Google Mars. I took a screen shot and added the labels. It's an elevation map, so the white is the highest areas while blue is the lowest. Those white peaks are all dormant volcanoes. The mine in the story is located in the Noctis Labyrinthus, which is a winding ravine with many branches. Google Mars is an interesting site, but not everything is labeled at Google Mars so I also used other maps. (Other Map)

The most useful book in the research was "The Travelers Guide to Mars." It discusses all the geological features of Mars. A very cool book if you like that sort of thing with a section of pictures too.


Susan Fields said...

"The Traveler's Guide to Mars" - now that sounds like an interesting book! Maps are so much fun.

Botanist said...

Two years? You put me to shame! I finished my first draft three years ago and I've been working on it ever since :D

Good for you, though, and I love maps too. I like that you've put the effort into researching a real (if difficult-to-reach) place like this.

Rusty Webb said...

Two years ago, eh? I've been working on a single story for the better part of a decade, and it's still not ready for publication, it's a black hole for me.

Cinders said...

Rusty, have you tried a critique group? Maybe they could help you get it going? Critique Circle is my favorite one.