Worldcon Report 4

by Brenda W. Clough

image One of the main purposes of this trip is research. I do not come to Britain to drink perry and photograph cats — although I did take a picture of the statue commemorating Dick Whittington’s famous feline!

image I come to run miles and cover ground. So I went  and toured Charles Dickens’s house, which is, handily, just down the street from my hotel. I went to services at a church in Hampstead, walked over Hampstead Heath with knowledgeable native guides, and got a guided tour of Highgate Cemetery. Important fictional events take place in these locations, and so it is good to actually see them. Not absolutely vital, in these days of superb web sites and Google Earth, but there is nothing like actually standing in the nave of the church where  the dramatic wedding is to take place. Now I know where all the principals have to stand, right?

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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Worldcon Report 4 — 2 Comments

  1. Right! And there are things you just notice when you’re at a research site that you wouldn’t get from Google Earth–how the air feels, the scents, the background noise or lack of it, etc.