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Sateda

A while back I was having a conversation with a reader about the inspiration for the sequences on Sateda in Allegiance, but I couldn't be spoilery until the book came out. The museum was definitely based on a real place. Pictures are under the cut with some discussion!



About the time that Melissa, Amy and I were beginning Allegiance and The Avengers at the same time, a friend of mine linked to some pictures a friend of hers had taken of the reopening of the Neues Museum in Berlin. Those remarkable and wonderful pictures were a large part of the inspiration for the museum sequence on Sateda, and for the way the entire Sateda plotline is handled in Allegiance and The Avengers.

This is the Neues Museum as it appeared shortly after World War II.

You can click on the pictures to make them bigger.

This second picture was taken some years later, with a young tree growing up through the ruins.



This is very much how we visualized the Museum on Sateda as it appears in Allegiance.

And this is how only Radek can imagine it, the Neues Museum as it is today.



This is what Radek is giving Ronon -- his vision of what the future may be.



Old and new elements together in one of the Egyptian galleries.

I absolutely adore the way Amy and Melissa wrote the Sateda section in Allegiance and I've been dying to talk about it. So what do you guys think?

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2bluaeryn
Nov. 19th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Just got my copy of the book, but this just really cements for me what visonaries you ladies are in creating this new world.

I also so LOVE the Ronon/Radek bomance!
jo_graham
Nov. 19th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love the bromance too. Radek and Ronon are such unlikely friends, but they're so much fun.

I hope you enjoy the book!
gelbes_gilatier
Nov. 19th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
&hearts Neues Museum! And the other one that looks out on Lustgarten and Unter den Linden that I forget the name... oh right, Altes Museum. Uh yeah, that's native Berliners for you. We scarcely hang around the parts of the city that are tourist territory... ;)
jo_graham
Nov. 19th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Heh. When I lived in Washington I hardly ever went to any of the museums. There's something about being close by that makes you think, "Oh I can go anytime," so you don't!

Have you gotten the book yet or read the part with the museum yet if you have?
gelbes_gilatier
Nov. 19th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
There's something about being close by that makes you think, "Oh I can go anytime," so you don't!

Exactly ;) Also, in my case, during the week I don't get to go into the city because I kind of go all around the actual inner city on my way to work... (on my way back from work, I could get off the subway at Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse or Alexanderplatz, which is what we call City East but since I'm usually on the late shift, I get there around 2130...). And on the weekends, I'd rather hole up at home than to face the big bad world outside *sighs

Have you gotten the book yet or read the part with the museum yet if you have?

No, not yet. I'm not an e-book girl, so I'll have to wait for the hard copy. But I don't mind spoilers ;)
jo_graham
Nov. 20th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you don't mind spoilers! I completely love what Melissa and Amy did with the whole museum sequence. It's lovely, and it gives Ronon so much character development. And so much for Radek too.
gelbes_gilatier
Nov. 20th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
*sighs Now I want to shake my tiny ineffective customer fist at amazon.de again (but then again, I do that constantly... *shakes tiny ineffective customer fist at amazon.de Damn you!).
jo_graham
Nov. 20th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
I know it takes forever! I'm sorry!

Sadly, I think there are only two Cadman scenes in Allegiance though there is A LOT of Lorne! Amy loves Lorne, so you can always count on her to give him his own strong subplot. And in this one, one spectacularly heroic moment!
gelbes_gilatier
Nov. 20th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
I know it takes forever! I'm sorry!

Aw, it's okay. It's not your fault ;)

And in this one, one spectacularly heroic moment!

Yay, heroic moment for Lorne :D He's always such a reluctant hero and that's what makes him so lovable ;)
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