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For the Novel The Princess of the Bottom of the World
The Ushuaia and gentoo penguins. Mermaid mural at the harbor in Ushuaia, Argentina. Dan in front of the Risting Glacial at the end of Drygalski Fjord.
The M/V Ushuaia anchored between icebergs and gentoo penguins, Booth Island, Antarctica (left), mermaid mural at the harbor in Ushuaia, Argentina (center), and on the deck in front of the Risting Glacier at the end of Drygalski Fjord, South Georgia Island (right). Photos: Dan Linehan.
About the Novel
Based on true events from an expedition to Antarctica, a shipwreck, and a deadly storm, The Princess of the Bottom of the World tells the story of a man who must travel to the coldest and most remote place on Earth to warm his heart to love.

Scott Sullivan wants to save the world but in doing so has put his personal life on ice. He travels to Antarctica and other distant regions to study wildlife and the environment. But even with careful preparation, his encounters often far outdistance what he envisioned.

During the voyage he befriends a quirky Chilean crewmember. She begins the melting process on his heart. But they must go their separate ways once the voyage ends. When disaster strikes at sea, they are drawn together again. The outcome crushes Scott.

In the port city of Ushuaia, Argentina, his course changes when he meets an Argentine filmmaker traveling on assignment. And his adventures take yet another unexpected turn.
A Little of the Story Behind the Story
My defining moment with climate change came from a NASA report in 2002 about the breakup of the Larsen B Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

At 1,255 square miles, which is larger than the state of Rhode Island and several times larger than the Monterey Bay, Larsen B had disintegrated with shocking speed. In 35 days it was gone.

In early 2006—before Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth came out—I decided I was finally ready to do some serious writing about climate change. Antarctica was warming five times faster than the rest of the world. Its temperature had increased by 4.5°F over the last 50 years.

Antarctica was one of the major battle lines, so I arranged a 36-day expedition to Antarctica, Subantarctic islands, and Patagonia that began late December 2006.

Due to my extraordinary experiences on the expedition (ok, some really, really crazy stuff happened), I extended my entire trip to over 60 days.... [more]
A Brief Status
I've devoted many years to creative solutions that address some of the worst problems faced on Earth. And I've also sacrificed much for this story. I'm hoping that The Princess of the Bottom of the World will make a big impact in our world once it's published. In the meantime, if you'd like more info or to be updated, then please contact me [here].
An Inconvenient Truth 10th Anniversary
An interview about my work's connection to An Inconvenient Truth by Participant Media, the filmmakers of the ground-breaking documentary that ignited public awareness about the climate change crisis.
Published Excerpts
"Grytviken, South Georgia" in the Porter Gulch Review. Photos of South Georgia and Antarctica from my 2006/07 expedition are now added. [read]
"Beagle Channel," "Buenos Aires," "The Other Side of the Comet," and "Hit Play" in the Homestead Review. [read]
"Surfing on Rocks of Ice" in Catamaran Literary Reader. [more]
"An International Scene" in Ping•Pong, the art and literary journal of the Henry Miller Library. [more]
"Beagle Channel" a poem from the novel in Maria Loves Words: This is not a Love Poem - Blue Valentines. [read]
Related Publications
"Saratoga Outfitter to Retrace Shackleton's Trek," in Hilltromper, reveals the upcoming expedition commemorating Shackleton's epic self-rescue from Antarctica 100 years ago. [read]
Book Events
10/29/15 (Thr) 5 pm
Reading excerpt at the Catamaran Literary Reader release party, at the Santa Cruz Art League. [more]
5/15/15 (Fri) 6 pm
Reading excerpt at the Porter Gulch Review release party, at the Horticulture Center, Cabrillo College.
4/7/15 (Tue) 7 pm
Giving multimedia presentation "Caught Between Antarctica and Argentina" to the Monterey Hostel. Click [here] for the flyer. The Monterey County Weekly had some fun announcing the event. [read]
The presentation will be broadcast on community TV and streamed online by Access Monterey Peninula. Click [here] to watch during time listed below.
4/29/15 (9 pm), 5/1/15 (7 am), 5/4/15 (3 pm), 5/5/15 (1 pm)

After 1½ Years in Argentina...
Forty-day position as writer-in-residence at Residencia Corazon in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Creative writing and climate change classes. And climate change presentations to Green Drinks and the National University of La Plata. On location in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, for <i>Air & Space</i> Smithsonian.
Forthcoming: "Flying in Ushuaia and Antarctica" article in Air & Space Smithsonian magazine. The view of Ushuaia, Argentina, and the Beagle Channel after just landing on the top of Cerro le Cloche with a helicopter (top right photo).
Interviewed in "No bolsa, gracias" ("No bags, thanks") by Inés Sainz for El Blog de la Mamá for La Nación's OHLALÁ! [read]
"Recycling and Plastic Pollution" multimedia presentaion and showing of documentary Bag It for Green Drinks Buenos Aires (7/22/14). [more]
Writer-in-residence at Residencia Corazon in La Plata, Argentina. Read "Constellations" and see "Imagine" photo. [read]
On 4/2/13, only two weeks into my writing residency, the city of La Plata was hit by the most deadly and devastating tormenta (storm) in its history. I gave a climate change class for Home Intercultural Learning and climate change presentations to Green Drinks La Plata and the National University of La Plata. [more]
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, Pixies, Nine Inch Nails, Sound Garden, and more rock out at first ever Lollapalooza Argentina, article in June 2014 issue of Relix music magazine. [read]
Writing and acting in Monica Lopez's Journey, a short film set in La Plata by Taiwanese filmmaker Eileen Song. [watch]
Three new articles about Argentina for an educational publishing company about yerba mate (Argentina's national drink), Eco Bici (the bicycle share program of Buenos Aires), and cartoneros (the cardboard people, as shown in photo to the right).
No bolsa, 		gracias.
Red Hot Chili Peppers at Lollapalooza 		Argentina.
Monica Lopez's Journey, a short film, set in La Plata, 			Argentina, by Taiwanese filmmaker Eileen Song.
Cartoneros, the cardboard people, of La Plata, Buenos Aires province, Argentina.

More Wildlife & Environmental Work
Severe weather due to climate change in Monterey County Weekly. Sardine Fisherman in Anthology of Monterey Bay Poets. Sea Otter in Oil Addiction: The World in Peril. Otter 501 webStory for Sea Studios Foundation. Fur seal entanglement in Atlas of the Patagonian Sea: Species and Spaces. TeamOCEAN and kayak stewardship for Sea Kayaker. Part 1 of Sylvia Earle interview in Origin magazine. Part 2 of Sylvia Earle interview in Origin magazine.
New: Oscar-winner Charles Ferguson makes Time to Choose to offer solutions to climate change crisis [read]
Al Gore Fights the Harder and Faster Punches of Climate Change [read]
Fixing the Future documentary and Bill McKibben interview [read]
Sylvia Earle: Her Majesty of the Deep Blue Sea for Origin [part 1] [part 2]
Climate Change's Growing Impact on Glaciers [watch]
The fellowship of Doc Rickett's Lab on Cannery Row for Monterey County Weekly [read]
Uncovering an underwater mystery in a little yellow submarine [story and video]
Otter 501: A webStory, an online multimedia experience about the true life story of the survival of an abandoned sea otter pup, based on the film Otter 501 for Sea Studios Foundation [story, videos, and images]
TeamOCEAN and kayak stewdardship for Sea Kayaker magazine [read]
"Plastic Planet," a letter from my 7th trip to the Middle East [read]
NOAA: Seals, Sea Lions, and Sea Otters [two photos]
"Trashy Romance: How a Misdirected Love Story Speaks to the Crisis in the Pacific" [read]
"Not My Bag: Bag It Takes an Unlikely Hero on an Odyssey to Extract Plastic Bags from His Life," a film review [read]
Poem "Sea Otter" in Oil Addiction: The World in Peril by Pierre Chomat with foreword by Jean-Michel Cousteau
Poem "Sardine Fisherman" in The Anthology of Monterey Bay Poets
Poem "Stranded" in CSUMB's Otter Realm [more]
Otter 501 film review [read]
Argentine Stencil Graffiti (photos in Porter Gulch Review)
"Return of the Condor Lets the Feathers Fly: Bullets and Bureaucrats Remain as the Greatest Threats to Recovery Efforts" in Homestead Review
"Wildlife and the Environment at the Bottom of the World" presented to TeamOCEAN for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary [more]
"Antarctica, Arctic, Greenland, Argentina, and Global Warming" presented for Imagine College, CSUMB [more]
My photo of a seal choked by a fishing net in "Threats to Biodiversity: Entanglement" for Atlas of the Patagonian Sea: Spaces and Species [photo]

Space Books My Events* Videos
SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History by Dan Linehan with foreword by Sir Arthur C. Clarke

SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History (2008)
Sci-fi legend Sir Arthur C. Clarke writes foreword for SpaceShipOne [more]
Video interviews on Wave Street Authors Show, AM Arizona, and BookTV [watch]
"Magic in the Mojave" a review in Air & Space | Smithsonian [read]
Review of SpaceShipOne by Alan Boyle makes front page of MSNBC.com [read]
SpaceShipOne hits #1 [more]

For more about SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History, including events, click [here].

Burt Rutan's Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations by Dan Linehan

Burt Rutan's Race to Space (2011)
Burt Rutan's Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations, with a foreword by astronaut Mike Melvill [full cover] [more details]
Click [here] for news and reviews
Learn about the design of SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo [more]
See photos from the official unveiling of SpaceShipTwo [more]
Praise for Burt Rutan's Race to Space
"With Burt Rutan’s Race to Space, Dan Linehan tells the dramatic story of Burt Rutan’s pioneering aviation work that has included building a racing biplane, the X Prize-winning SpaceShipOne and Voyager, the first airplane to fly around the world.

"Linehan gives Rutan the credit he is due as one of the architects of twenty-first century private space travel. As he did with his earlier book, SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History, Linehan also shows himself to be an engaging writer who combines scientific know-how with behind-the-scenes reporting that makes Rutan’s Race read like an adventure story."

—Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft
and co-winner of the Ansari X PRIZE

"I am honored indeed to have been asked to pen this foreword for Dan’s book. This book is an accurate history of Burt Rutan and his brilliant career. When you, the reader, have read these words and enjoyed the more than two hundred photos included in it, you will have a very complete knowledge of Burt’s almost unbelievable technical capabilities and of his fanatical sense of how technology can be used to change and improve aerospace, including some things that weren’t meant to fly at all."

—from the foreword by Mike Melvill, SpaceShipOne
test pilot and first commercial astronaut

"Dan has done a fabulous job of describing the incredible journey of one of the most accomplished aircraft designers of all time, Burt Rutan. If you weren’t impressed by Burt before now, you certainly will be after reading this absolutely fascinating story of the incredible journey of Burt Rutan—from a young model airplane champion to legendary aircraft designer among the ranks of Douglas, Heinemann, Lockheed, and Kelly Johnson.

"I personally read it from one end to the other and loved it. This is a book you will read from cover to cover without being able to put it down. What a fascinating story of the aircraft designer of our time, Burt Rutan. His accomplishments as an aircraft designer and builder revolutionized the way airplanes are made.

"Way to go Dan Linehan for creating a mesmerizing collection of stories!"

—Robert “Hoot” Gibson, Top Gun pilot
and 5-time Space Shuttle astronaut

“In Burt Rutan’s Race to Space, Dan Linehan takes you inside the world of Burt Rutan, providing insights as to why Burt’s been successful attacking some of aviation’s greatest challenges. When it comes to the sky, Burt knows no boundaries. He is always reaching beyond normal expectations. This book will help you understand what makes Burt tick. It answers the ‘why and how’ behind many of his designs and innovations.”

—Tom Poberezny, chairman of EAA
AirVenture and former EAA president

Burt Rutan’s Race to Space gives a wonderfully revealing glimpse into the mind of an aerospace genius. I got to know Burt well as he and his team competed for and ultimately won the $10M Ansari X PRIZE with SpaceShipOne. Burt’s innovative spirit and out-of-the-box thinking helped open the door to space travel for not just him but for all of us.”

—Peter H. Diamandis, MD, X PRIZE Foundation
chairman/CEO and Space Adventures co-founder

“Dan Linehan has produced an amazing narrative clearly explaining the technical evolution of how Burt Rutan founded two small aerospace companies that eventually lead to the capture the 10 million dollar X-prize awarded to the first company to shoot a manned, privately-funded spacecraft into outerspace twice within two weeks. I know. I was the lead structural analyst for Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne and witness to SpaceShipOne's construction, operation, and ultimate success. And now, the next generation SpaceShipTwo is designed to take passengers like you and me there.

"If you long to someday visit space yourself, Burt Rutan’s Race to Space is a must read. It very accurately captures the early evolution of space travel that will someday be as common place as airline travel is today.”

—Dan Kreigh, senior structural engineer
at Scaled Composites and IFO inventor

“Burt will always be remembered as a visionary aircraft designer, his unique configurations a testament to his genius. However, a more subtle but undoubtedly key part of his success is his ability to make his unique visions resonate in those around him. If Burt’s only contribution were ideas he couldn’t communicate, he’d have executed on a couple and vanished into the background. His true genius is his capability to excite others, to make them believe in the unimaginable and to lead them on an unapologetic search for the unique. This book is sure to bring the reader along on that quest by detailing the unique concepts and the amazing stories behind them.”

—Matt Stinemetze, SpaceShipOne project engineer
and SpaceShipTwo program project manager

News & Reviews for Burt Rutan's Race to Space
"Private-Sector Space Age Turns 7" from Cosmic Log in MSNBC by Alan Boyle [read]
"A 'Must Read' for Fans of Burt Rutan’s Innovative Designs" in Airplanista by Dan Pimentel [read]
"Burt Rutan’s Race to Space — Book Review" from Travel for Aircraft in Seattle Post-Intelligencer by Joseph May [read]
"Burt Rutan’s Race to Space: A Primer for Things to Come" in Universe Today by Jason Rhian [read]
"Over the Transom: Burt Rutan's Race to Space" in The Internet Review of Books [read]
"Burt Rutan's Race to Space Available Now at EAA" in EAA News
"Space Case: Local author Dan Linehan’s new book explores the galaxy of private space travel" in the Monterey County Weekly [read]
"Book chronicles 'Race to Space'" in Monterey County Herald [read]
"P.G. writer takes a closer look at aerospace legend" in Carmel Pine Cone [read]
"Xpress Reviews—First Look at New Books, August 19, 2011" in Library Journal [read]
"Review: Burt Rutan’s Race to Space" in The Space Review [read]
"Book Review: Book captures sense of Rutan's aviation genius" in North County Times [read]
"Book Review: Burt Rutan’s Race to Space – The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations " for the Coalition for Space Exploration by Leonard David [read]
Dan and Harrison Ford, speakers at the 2011 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Dan and Harrison Ford, speakers at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

10/27/16 (Thr)
Presenting "Severe Weather from Climate Change" for California State University, Monterey Bay
10/26/16 (Wed)
Presenting "Severe Weather from Climate Change" for Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
10/5/16 (Fri)
Climate Reality Project for Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, CA
4/20/16 (Wed) Earth Day
Climate Reality Project for California State University, Monterey Bay
1/21/16 (Thr)
Presenting "Severe Weather from Climate Change" for Cannery Row Rotary Club, Monterey, CA
11/17/15 (Tue)
Presenting "Critical Thinking and Climate Change" for Hartnell College, Salinas, CA
11/4/15 (Wed)
Presenting "Severe Weather from Climate Change" for Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
10/29/15 (Thr) 5-7 pm
Reading novel excerpt "Surfing on Rocks of Ice" for Catamaran Literary Reader release party, Santa Cruz, CA [more]
10/22/15 (Thr)
Presenting "Severe Weather from Climate Change" for California State University, Monterey Bay
10/21/15 (Wed) 7:30 pm
Presenting "Severe Weather from Climate Change” for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Palo Alto, CA [more]
4/22/15 (Wed) Earth Day
Climate Reality Project for California State University, Monterey Bay
4/7/15 (Tue) 7 pm
Presenting "Caught Between Antarctica and Argentina" for the Monterey Hostel, CA
3/3/15 (Tue) 3 pm
Presenting "Climate Change and Taking Action" for California State University, Monterey Bay
2/20/15 (Fri) 1:45 pm
Presenting "Adventures of Story and Art" for Art Careers Academy of Monterey High School, CA

11/26/12 (Mon) 2:15 pm
Global warming lecture for Cal. State U. Monterey Bay
10/22/12 (Mon) 2 pm
Global warming lecture for Cal. State U. Monterey Bay
9/19/12 (Wed) 12:20 pm
SpaceShipOne and New Space talk for the Kiwanis Club of Monterey, CA
9/13/12 (Thr) 11:40 am
Creative writing lecture for Art Careers Acedemy at Monterey High School
9/6/12 (Thr) 2:00 pm
Creative writing lecture for International School of Monterey
8/8/12 (Wed) 2:30 pm
Plastic bag and pollution presentation the Carmel Foundation, Carmel, CA
7/24/12 (Tue) 6-7 pm
Plastic bag and pollution presentation at Eco Carmel, Carmel, CA
6/12/12 (Tue) 6:30 pm
"SpaceShipOne and What's Next" for EAA Chapter 499, Santa Maria, CA
Marine debris presentation for Stevenson School (3rd & 4th grades) at Carmel Beach
Plastic pollution presentation at Learning for Life Charter School (HS)
9/24/11 (Sat) 10 am - Noon
Climate change awareness walk for 350.org, Monterey, CA [more]
8/23/11 (Tue) 7-8 am
Commerical space presentation for Rotary Club, Monterey, CA
8/7/11 (Sun) 3-5 pm
Burt Rutan's Race to Space booksigning at The Works, Pacific Grove, CA [more]
7/25/11 - 7/30/11
Booksignings and presentations for Burt Rutan's Race to Space and SpaceShipOne at EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, WI [more]
7/23/11 (Sat) 12-4 pm
Rutan's Race to Space booksigning at Local Authors Live!, a benefit for local libraries, Carmel, CA [more]
7/18/11 (Mon) 5-8 pm
Rutan's Race to Space booksigning at Barnes & Noble, Palmdale, CA [more]
7/16/11 (Sat) 6-9 pm
Rutan's Race to Space booksigning at the San Diego Space Society's Space Travelers Emporium, San Diego, CA [more]
"Paper Bags, Plastic Bags, and the Third Party Candidate" for Sustainable Carmel, Carmel, CA
"Plastic Pollution and Solutions" for American Cetacean Society at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CA
"SpaceShipOne and the Ansari X Prize" at the Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA [more]
"Plastic Pollution and Solutions" for Ventana Wildlife Society at Discovery Center in Andrew Molera State Park, Big Sur
"Plastic Pollution and Solutions" at Monterey Bay Aquarium

*Want to schedule events? [contact me] [past events]
From December 2006 to February 2007, Dan Linehan explored the effects of climate change on glaciers in Subantarctic islands, Antarctica, Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego.
Exploring climate change's impact on glaciers in Antarctic and surrounds [watch]

Aboard the Antipodes for a yellow submarine expedition in Monterey Bay.
A yellow submarine exploration of Monterey Bay aboard the Antipodes [watch]

A muddy, krill-stained Adelie Penguin chick along the voyage to Antarctica.
Sights and Sounds of Antarctica, Argentina, and the Surrounds [watch]

A premature Harbor Seal pup on the shore of Monterey Bay.
Harbor Seal Pups Face Dangers [watch]

Pink Floyd's The Wall by Roger Waters.
"Roger Waters Builds and Tears Down Pink Floyd’s The Wall," a concert review [story and videos]

Dan discusses his first book SpaceShipOne, writing, and career on Wave Street Author Series.
Dan talks about his first book, SpaceShipOne, and writing career on Wave Street Author Series [watch], C-SPAN2 Book TV [watch], and AM Arizona [watch]
Concept Videos
The Intergalactic Adventures of Professor Murk, a spec screenplay for an enviro-themed, animated TV series, by Dan Linehan.
The Intergalactic Adventures of Professor Murk, a spec screenplay for an enviro-themed, animated TV series [watch]

Suborbital, a sci-fi/drama screenplay, by Dan Linehan. Space will never be the same...
Suborbital, a spec sci-fi screenplay, wins a screenwriting award at the 2011 Houston International Film Festival [watch]
Other Stories
Yo La Tengo (photo in Relix)
Shakeup NFL Playoffs [read]
"Space Case," a last chance to see the Space Shuttle from the ground and other things spacey [read]
"Roger Waters Builds and Tears Down Pink Floyd’s The Wall," a concert review [story and videos]
"Abroad View," a letter from my 6th trip to the Middle East [read]
Poetry reading and discussion at the International School of Monterey for Poetry Month on 4/28/10
Clint Eastwood's Bird in "Soaring Talent" [read]
Reading for Litquake Lit Crawl in San Francisco on 10/17/09 [more]
Reading with Barbara Mossberg for The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium at the East Village Coffee Lounge, Monterey, on 12/9/08 [more]

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