For the “Mark Reads” crowd: the original working map for DEEP WIZARDRY

by Diane Duane

Since the progress of things at Mark Reads has now taken us well past the point where this material is spoilery, I thought people might like to see a copy of my working map for Deep Wizardry, from which the map appearing in the original book was derived.

Information about this area was hard to come by in the early 1980s, and it was just as well that I was then often working on the book out of the Frederick Lewis Allen (writers’) room in the main branch of the New York Public Library, as its stacks were one of the few places where it was possible to lay hands on the research data from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute that was then laying bare the geography of the area around the Sohm Abyssal Plain. No existing map combined all the data I needed, so I wound up drawing this myself and then later adapting it in a slightly different format for the hardcover.

The full-sized map is here if you want to look at it in more detail.


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John Nemesh May 23, 2016 - 8:48 pm

When I started reading these books…YEARS ago, I just blazed through them. I enjoyed them immensely, but had no appreciation for all of the work you did in researching the subjects needed to make the story believable. Now, I can see, in almost every sentence written, the amount of effort you put into telling these stories. Your attention to the tiniest details makes these books live and breathe in a way I can’t really describe…YOU actually did it best in one of the little snippets at the beginning of a chapter, where you describe how people can “get lost” in a book, and only one misplaced character or other flaw would bring you back and let you safely put the book back on the shelf…

These books ARE magic…they mean more to me than you will ever know. Not just the adventures of Kit and Nita, but the entire philosophy that these stories embody. Brilliant. THANK YOU SO MUCH for writing them!

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