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How Diving Inspires This Science-Fiction Writer

from the July, 2013 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Dear Ben,

I wrote the book version of the new film Star Trek into Darkness, which includes a brief flash of diving. I had a strange moment when I found myself viewing the relevant footage and found myself thinking not of Star Trek, but of diving on the alien world in question. You'll spot the scene instantly if you happen to see the film.

Many years ago I did a novel, Cachalot, set entirely on an alien water world, to which we transported all the surviving whales. One whole chapter was nothing but a description of the underwater life. My editor cut it. Said it slowed the story down. Bah.

- - Alan Dean Foster

Alan, an Undercurrent contributor who takes some pretty spectacular dive trips, is an award-winning science fiction writer. Visit his website at

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