Nebulae: A Backyard Cosmography is a book about the night sky that scouts the links between astronomy and down-to-earth experience. Read more
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About this project
Nebulae: A Backyard Cosmography is a collection of writings on the planets, stars and galaxies that scout the links between the scientific facts of the stars and the down-to-earth experience of them. Its mission is to bring into focus the most peculiar and commonplace human interfaces with the cosmos, in rationally and emotionally accessible ways.
The essays in Nebulae are drawn from the author’s popular Amateur Naturalist column that has run for most of the past seven years in the Bangor (Maine) Daily News and from a doctoral dissertation that was the predecessor of the Naturalist project. The writings’ primary literary ancestors are Thoreau and Annie Dillard. They spring mainly out of vivid personal experiences of the sky and the modern welter of facts distilled out of it by astronomers, and also out of a sense that postmodern culture is split between a rational, obective, scientific, material personality and an emotional, anti-intellectual, pseudo-spiritual personality. The essays in Nebulae, like the essays of its forerunner volume The Other End of the Driveway, which treated the birds, beasts and flowers of the Maine woods, are efforts to re-integrate the rational and the meditative cultural minds and to stir the spirit slumbering in the midst of the overdriven techno-rational world.
The manuscript of Nebulae is almost complete. The book will be illustrated with black and white photos gleaned from NASA archives and its cover designed by local artists. The Other End of the Driveway, published in May 2011, has received good reviews locally and with little active promotion has sold several hundred copies. We would like Nebulae: A Backyard Cosmography to reach a larger audience yet. Funds raised will cover costs of publishing the book in print and electronic versions, paying the cover and design artists, and creating publicity. We plan to publish this summer.
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A signed print copy of Nebulae.Estimated delivery:
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A signed print copy of Nebulae and a Vox Audio CD of the author reading the essays "Winter Moons" and "Cassiopeia" from Nebulae plus a short story.Estimated delivery:
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A signed print copy of Nebulae; a Vox Audio CD of the author reading the essays "Winter Moons" and "Cassiopeia" from Nebulae plus a short story; and a pdf version of Nebulae with additional content, including essays from The Other End of the Driveway and the science fiction novella The Green Moon.Estimated delivery:
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