gold rush doesn attract the nicest people, said Sawyer. come there for the lawlessness. Hookers come there to ply their trade. There a lot of black market stuff going on during that kind of event. of that kind of seeped into my character and made me want to write something very reflective of the time that I spent there, said Sawyer. That took a while to come out. Sawyer spent his time in Dawson working on his novel, Wake. Released in 2009, it was the first in his World Wide Web trilogy. After he finished that series, Luggage Fendi his novel Triggers was released.
Dawson is reflected in the novel locations. Diamond Tooth Gerties becomes a saloon called the Bent Chisel. The floor plan of that building is inspired by the Berton House.
Dawson did more than inspire locations. It also generated the plot and themes.
Robert Service, said Sawyer.
The novel centres on Alex Lomax, the only private detective in the town of New Klondike. The novel begins when Lomax is hired to investigate a missing person case. But the case turns into more than just an investigation into one man disappearance. It becomes a search for riches and an exploration of how greed affects people, and what it means to be a human.
all the characters who would have likely made up the population in the 1890s.
has dealt with the question of survival and tamed this country, said Sawyer.
One thing motivated gold seekers: greed. should not be forgotten in all the can can dances and recitings of poetry that go on with the Klondike Gold Rush, said Sawyer. was a nasty time in Canadian history. But the novel isn without Canadian decency. The main character hails from Detroit, mainly because this novel is a detective story, and that genre is American, said Sawyer. It didn seem right to have a protagonist modelled after a hard boiled, misogynist American tradition be Canadian, he said.
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the last time we looked at it. The Klondike Gold Rush raised these questions as well, especially the way many First Nation students were treated at residential schools.
Artificial intelligence is likely to become a reality this century, said Sawyer. So people need to start thinking about how to answer questions about human identity now. Society is constantly asking these questions anyways, through the Civil Rights Movement or debate about what rights same sex couples have to inheritance or to make deathbed decisions for each other, he said.
Like the original Klondike, New Klondike has seen a defined boom and bust cycle. But people didn travel there looking for gold. Instead, they journeyed to New Klondike looking for fossils. And they didn use sternwheelers. They reached their destination in spaceships because New Klondike is set on Mars. Instead of being home to a great gold rush, it saw a great fossil rush.
no doubt that Mars is going to be our next frontier. We are going to go there, he said. He a member of the Mars Society, a non profit dedicated to getting people on the Red Planet. going to go there this century. And it worth speculating about what that experience might be like. But that not the only experience Sawyer speculates about in this novel. Red Planet Blues also raises questions about what it means to be human. Characters in the book can pay to become to upload their consciousness into artificial bodies. But the question remains if transfers can still be considered human. They have legal rights, but no biological bodies.
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Lomax may carry a gun and be a womanizer at times, but he still a guy who always feels compelled to help people in need, said Sawyer. That includes the Canadian paleontologist Rory Pickover, intent on preserving the planet largest deposit of fossils. It also explains why Lomax came to Mars, a secret that kept until the book final pages.
Learning to survive in a land is so harsh and inhospitable that if you merely stand still it will kill you is a grand theme of Canadian literature, at least according to Margaret Atwood, said Sawyer. But Canada mostly tamed now, even the North. The Berton House has heating and air conditioning systems.
But this year, his Klondike inspired fiction hit the shelves as Red Planet Blues. The first 10 chapters were previously published in a different version as the novella Identity Theft in Down These Dark Spaceways, a 2005 anthology.
But the Red Planet does more than reinforce standard red maple leaf patriotic themes. It also gives a taste of the world future, said Sawyer.
no question that in the past, during the Klondike Gold Rush, not everybody that was there was treated as human, said Sawyer. Residential schools are quietly echoed throughout the novel, particularly in flashbacks some characters have of being abused while travelling on the spaceship the B. Traven.
Sawyer wanted to write a novel that reflected the frontier, he said. But that best done through historical fiction or futuristic fiction.
Sawyer, along with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink, travelled to the Klondike from Ontario. For two months he listened to a Parks Canada employee recite The Cremation of Sam McGee through a loudspeaker twice a day. got pretty steeped in Fendi Fur Monster Iphone 6 Case
He got to know the town fairly well, not a hard thing to do, he said. He went panning for gold. He spent time at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Casino. He watched as the city recreated the gold rush days, and Fendi Wallet For Men
Still unknown is how Dawsonites are responding to the book, said Sawyer. He hasn heard what they think about it, but he looks forward to their reactions to having their city fictionalized on Mars, he said. hoping they will love the notion, said Sawyer. And maybe it will inspire new ventures. has made a great deal out of things that happened in the 1890s. It would be nice to have a new hook for Dawson, to excite and attract people in the future. Contact Meagan Gillmore at
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