FOUNDATIONS OF FICTION: TWISTING HISTORY

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For me, one of the easiest ways to hook a reader into the story is to use a touch of truth in the mix. History is replete with story fodder and just begs to be used.
That was the way Mr. Dan Brown created an incredibly readable novel a few years back with The Da Vinci Code. He took historical realities and twisted them into a fictional account of the past and then brings it into the present.
While I was mesmerized by TDVC, I knew enough about the events he used to see the twists and turns he created to make the story work.
There be a whole lotta fiction in his history…a whole lotta twistin’ goin’ on….
That’s what worked for the man!
And that, my friends, is exactly the way I constructed the first novel in my two-part storyline of harnessing the power of a black hole.
Say what???
Hold on to your seats and we will take a brief tour of the history behind Hill Of Great Darkness as well as look at what is in store for the final installment that wraps up the government cover-up–X-Files type–ending to the storyline.
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You see, in the middle of America–just a few miles away from downtown St. Louis, Missouri–there sits a place of mystery:
Cahokia Mounds Historical Site.
A place of ancient, hand-built, earthen mounds whose beginnings go back well over a thousand years and, depending on what historical account you read, had a population–and geographical size–that was surpassed only by largest city on the planet during the peak of the Mississippian Cunture’s existance…Paris, France.
The center point of the culture was a massive dirt mound that reaches one hundred feet into the sky and covers about eleven acres at its base.MOUNDS 6.13.12 292
The interesting thing about this culture is that it simply disappeared somewhere in the early fourteenth century, leaving behind no known written language.
St. Louis itself is built upon dozens of smaller mounds that were razed as the city was built up around the eighteenth century.
Talk about story fodder!!!
A REAL LIFE MYSTERY!
But, that is simply not enough…
Time to add in a new type of space craft built entirely with private funding (um…this was way before I had heard of SpaceX…really, honest!), with the goal of reaching the half-way point to Mars in a five-second test firing of a radically different kind of engine drive system based on the properties of gravitational dynamics.
Welcome to 2037!
Still have cars………………..
the good old U.S.A………………………
terrorist organizations………………
good guys and bad guys.
And, if that’s not enough…
That five-second test firing of those new engines does not get our adventurers half-way to Mars.
It takes them just about nine hundred million miles away from our sun….
all the way to the rings of Saturn.
And it’s all because of what lies hidden beneath an ancient Indian Mound.

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So……come back next week and see the twisting of history used to create the final installment, the end of the saga…
the adventure of a thousand lifetimes
and……………………………………………………………………………………………….
the end of an age.
We’re going from one mile beneath an ancient mound to the desolation of the Siberean wilderness in search of all the answers to the questions…….
TUNGUSKA
Moondogs

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