Marty’s photo of the day #2576: One advantage I have over other science-fiction writers is that before switching to fiction, I wrote two nonfiction eco-travel books that took me to all seven continents and numerous islands. Even fiction writers write what they know. So in Time Is Irreverent, when Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon went on their epic road trip across theocracy-ruled America in 2056, I was able to write the scenes in detail because I had been everywhere they had been.

In the sequel I’m in the midst of writing, Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! Marty Mann, Nellie Dixon, and Jesus Christ run with the caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—a place I feature often in my posts. Later, Marty and Nellie take the Chromosphere Cruiser to Antarctica. At this moment, the two friends are having a picnic near the edge of a secluded bay, enjoying the same scene you are looking at now.