In this entry of Resources for Authors, Xlibris Publishing presents resources about the natural world and it inhabitants. Nature has long been one of the most powerful influences on writing and art. For millennia people have been fascinated with the natural world and the creatures dwelling within it. The power and majesty of nature inspired the Western Romance movement. Man versus Nature is considered one of the most basic conflicts around which to base a story. With all this in mind, Xlibris Publishing hopes that authors with interests in writing about or incorporating nature in their work will find the following recommendations of interest and use.
Gorillas in the Mist by Dr. Diane Fossey: this is considered by many as one of the most significant pieces of modern literature for the preservation of the environment and the lives therein. Follow the story of Dr. Diane Fossey, an occupational therapist from Kentucky, as she lives among the mountain gorillas of the Virunga Volcanoes, Rwanda. Within the book Dr. Fossey reveals the peaceful nature of the mighty apes and their endangerment at the hands of human poachers.
The Man-Eaters of Tsavo: And Other East African Adventures by John Henry Patterson: in the vein of Man versus Nature, we recommend the memoirs and accounts of Col. John Henry Patterson of Britain. Col. Patterson is the chief engineer of the Uganda Railway Project in 1989. It is through the Tsavo valley the project is stalled by two lions with a taste for human flesh, killing more than one-hundred thirty people over a period of nine months. Follow Col. Patterson as he takes on the man-eaters in a story of human civilization coming into conflict with the natural world.
The Planet Earth Series (2007): The BBC awed the world with beautiful, magnificent, never-before-seen images of the world we inhabit and share. Captured with state-of-the-art camera technology are film and images of different ecosystems across the planet, with each episode devoted to a specific type of ecosystem. From the frozen Poles to the ocean depths, Planet Earth is a source of both information and inspiration.
Blue Planet Series (2001): Another work by the BBC, Blue Planet takes viewers onto an in-depth and encompassing exploration of the earth’s oceans. This eight episode series focuses on different parts and aspects of the ocean, including the open ocean, the frozen seas, and the abyssal deep. Some of the most memorable pieces of human literature have been written about ocean and the life within, so let Blue Planet be a source of information and inspiration.