Jarn’s Journal Year 6 Day 1 #SSFSat

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Year 6 Day 1

Africa OutlineI now know what this continent looks like. Meekat and Giraffe looked at my map with total bewilderment, obviously not seeing any relationship to the ground on which they stood. I tried to explain to Songbird, the only one who had ever seen the ground from high above. “You know how things look smaller when you are far above them? Well, this is how the land would look if you were very, very high. So high you could see water on all sides.”

I should have known better. Being Songbird, she immediately demanded that I take her up that high.

“There isn’t any air that high,” I told her. “You couldn’t breathe.”

Jarn’s Journal is part of the prehistory of my science fiction universe, allegedly a journal kept by a human-like Alien, Jarn, who was stranded on Africa roughly 125,000 years ago. He has met and been accepted (as a god, which annoys him exceedingly) by some primitive humans, but they have no concept of a map. A longer version of this post is on my main blog; the entire Journal to date is on my author site.

By the way I’ve linked to the blog as a whole rather than to the specific post this week. I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge this month, and most of the posts are introductions to the characters and worlds of my books. Drop by and meet them!

And if you want more snippets from other fine authors of science fiction and fantasy, just click on the logo above to get to the list at Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday.

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About sueannbowlingauthor

Sue Ann Bowling earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska. After thirty years of teaching, she retired to focus on writing. Bowling has lived in Alaska for fifty years. Visit her Web site on canine color genetics at http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Genetics.html.
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17 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 6 Day 1 #SSFSat

  1. Yeah, that air thing is important.

  2. T. M. Hunter says:

    I’m guessing Jarn has some equipment that could help, but can’t bring it out into view…?

  3. jccassels says:

    He’s got more than he bargained for with Songbird, doesn’t he?

  4. tktoppin says:

    It’s a logical request. 🙂 Nice snippet as usual…and wow, just noticed it’s in Year 6 already. Time flies…

  5. Tara Quan says:

    Physical limits. Shucks. I guess Songbird’s out of luck.

  6. Terrific exchange. It really highlights the complexities and obstacles of Jarn’s relationship with these folk.

  7. The lack of knowledge that Songbird and her people have makes for interesting, endearing conversations. 🙂

  8. amergina says:

    Well, at this point, could Jarn survive being up that high?

    I personally find maps amazingly interesting things. There’s still a certain amount of awe in me that someone figured that all out to begin with…

  9. S.C. Wade says:

    Haha. Aawwww, I reallly wanted to see what Songbird’s response would be to that… Such simple topics but, like J.M. said, endearing conversations.

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