We noticed a hummingbird in the neighborhood, and so my girlfriend put up a hummingbird feeder on Thursday. The results: we now see hummingbirds there at least a half-dozen times per day.
Which is amazing. They are such delicate little sugar spazzes. I adore them and count my visit to the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum Hummingbird House one of the most memorable things in my life.
Not having really watched a television program since the 80s, I cannot blog about LOST, which I guess is okay because it is being handled neatly by everyone else. But I can talk about a book. I often listen to one or two audiobooks a week while drawing, and have been plowing through all the good sci-fi I can find, and would love to share. Today’s book:
Arthur C. Clarke’s
Rendezvous with Rama
Today’s strip is NOT like Arthur C. Clarke’s “Rendezvous with Rama” but it certainly pulled some inspiration from it. I was first introduced to Clark by seeing, and then reading, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” His characters are plain (in a way that reminds me of Hemingway) with not a lot of personality, and he doesn’t go much into their life story, but they are solid real people doing their jobs.
Which helps us directly experience the awe and wonder of what Clarke creates. With a character based story, the experiences are filtered through the character’s eyes, teaching the reader how to feel by showing reactions, rather than leaving the reader alone in their wonder. But if the author keeps their characters impersonal, the reader is allowed to step into the world themselves.
Mind you, I LOVE LOVE LOVE character-based stories, I am merely pointing out why I ALSO love stories like this (I’ve already reserved the sequel at the library).
So, “Rendezvous with Rama,” basic story without giving away too much: humans find a huge alien spacecraft in the shape of a cylinder. They investigate, and what few questions they manage to answer mostly just open up more questions.
How it relates to today’s Spacetrawler? I wanted to portray somewhat the awe my characters are feeling, and I think it helped to not show them.