Thoughtful Thursday: Vacation brochures

It’s that time of year when humans are planning their summer vacations. Your task this week is to create a vacation brochure for any destination found in speculative fiction. The one I like best earns its creator a free book from our stacks. You may submit as many brochures as you like. You can’t upload images here, but if you want to use images, you could create your brochure elsewhere (e.g. Google docs) and submit a link. Here’s my vacation brochure for Arrakis, which I think would be a great place to take a Honeymoon:

Visit Arrakis!

Looking for a change of pace from frantic tropical vacations, with all that hang-gliding, drink-sipping, body-surfing, massage-getting madness? Considering a quiet, exclusive getaway where you and your true love can focus on each other, without unnecessary distractions? Where you can grow even closer? Visit Arrakis!

Visit Arrakis!

Visit Arrakis!

From its blazing, stark deserts to its monochrome underground passageways, Dune offers nothing to distract you from your loved one. Sharing a glass of the water of life together will draw you even closer to each other as you learn each other’s secret hopes, fears, and genetic legacy. For a change of pace, join the friendly natives for a bracing day of worm-riding; schedule a tour of the ruins of the imperial embassy or observe spice harvesting from a presumably safe distance. Join your hosts for delightfully austere dinners around the crackling campfire, black-tie-optional, black-stillsuit-mandatory. Dune exists only to serve… your every whim.

DISCLAIMER: Trips to Arrakis are not recommended for children, pregnant women or members of the former Imperial family. Some people exhibit an immediate, severe allergic reaction to Arrakis. If this happens to you, contact your travel agent immediately. In some instances, death, disappearance, dismemberment, dehydration, delusions, dementia, discoloration of eyes, bad soothsaying, random pontificating, self-mutilation, abrupt sexual interest in a close family member for no particular reason, possession by ancestors, poor wardrobe choices, challenging a training robot to a knife fight while naked, hearing more voices in your head than usual, or an irrational belief that you are both part sandworm and the emperor of the universe can occur. The agency assumes no liability for these occurrences. All waivers must be signed and witnessed before disembarkation. Please enjoy Dune responsibly.


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MARION DEEDS is retired from a 35-year career with county government, where she met enough interesting characters and heard enough zany stories to inspire at least two trilogies’ worth of fantasy fiction. Currently she spends part of her time working at a local used bookstore. She is an aspiring writer herself and, in the 1990s, had short fiction published in small magazines like Night Terrors, Aberrations, and in the cross-genre anthology The Magic Within. On her blog Deeds & Words, she reviews many types of books and follows developments in food policy and other topics.

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6 comments

  1. Gee. I guess nobody’s up for this one — that might be a first!

    I love your brochure, Marion!

  2. I love it! Sign me up I’ll go today. Helluva disclaimer…

    I hope to see more of these; kinda makes me want to re-read it.

  3. Kat — I noticed that!

    Thanks, Chad. Yes, it’s getting on toward summer, which is when I usually re-read the Dune books.

  4. Sarah /

    I loved this. And I also re-read Dune on a regular basis. Don’t think I want to go there on vacation though.

    Still trying to decide where I would create a brochure for if I had the talent…

  5. April /

    We’re all just lazy! I’m working on one though.

    • April /

      Haven’t had a chance to work on one so here’s one off the cuff:

      Visit The Kingdom of Landover where you, yes, YOU could be a king! Lush forests full of fascinating (though some are deadly) denizens, a wonderful castle filled with inscrutable and often contrary servants, a talking dog…what else could you ask for in a vacation? Who needs sunny beaches when you could hang out in your own castle and survey the land without leaving the room!

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