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Silent City Hoax

Episode 7: Silent City Hoax

Silent City

A hallucination is when something is seen that doesn’t exist.

A mirage is a real thing seen in the wrong location consisting mainly of images of distant objects. These may be steady or wavering, single or multiple, upright or inverted, vertically enlarged or reduced. A mirage is a natural optical phenomenon that can be captured on camera since light rays are refracted to form a false image at the observer’s location. However, what the image appears to represent is

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determined by the interpretive faculties of the human mind.

I had never read or considered mirages other than mirages of pools of water standing on a highway on a hot day. And I knew nothing about the Silent City Hoax and no knowledge of any Ghost City before I experienced my North Slope phenomenon.



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Meet your host for Episode 7: Silent City Hoax

Evan Swensen, book publisher, editor, author, and Author Masterminds charter member along with his wife, Lois, publishes books by authors worldwide. He has been the publisher and editor of Alaska Outdoors magazine and producer of Alaska Outdoors television show and outdoor videos, and host of Alaska Outdoor Radio Magazine. He has been an Alaska resident since 1957.

As a pilot, he has logged more than 4,000 hours of flight time in Alaska in both wheel and float planes.  He is a serious recreation hunter and fisherman, equally comfortable casting a flyrod or using bait or lures.  Evan has been published in many national magazines and is the author of five books and publisher of more than 1,000 books by other authors.

Evan claims to have the best job in the world; he gets up in the morning, puts on his fishing vest, picks up his fly rod, kisses his wife goodbye, tells her he’s going to work—and she believes him.

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Three Mysteries

Episode 5: Three Mysteries

From a small town in Utah to a mysterious mountain in Africa, mysteries fill the world around us. In this episode, I will share three mysteries.



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Meet your host for Episode 5: Three Mysteries

My pseudonym as an author is Carl Douglass, adopted as a means of telling stories with gripping realism—the truth of which would not bring trouble to my door. My writing of gripping, realistic fiction began after I was obligated to retire from the private practice of neurosurgery due to sudden blindness in my left eye from a retinal detachment which caused loss of stereoscopic vision. I carried with me decades-long knowledge of doctors, hospitals, and institutions of higher learning, including some less than laudatory information. My military experience during the years of the recent unpleasantness in Viet Nam also gave me considerable insight. Both of those lengthy experiences provided true grist for the mill of my writing, but neither of them need to connect the stories to the lives of the real people and places where the stories took place. In that sense, I know too much and have no wish to incriminate or to bring harm or embarrassment to real individuals or institutions. My rich and varied life has provided even more fodder to feed my mind and contribute realism to my written work. In my time, I have had to work due to lacking a sugar daddy. I have been a grease monkey, a lumber mill and forest worker, a lifeguard, a slaughterhouse worker, a diener in a morgue, a lab rat, an academic writer, a medical officer in a mental hospital, a naval officer and surgeon, a brig doctor, and a deep diving officer. I have been the husband of one fine wife, the father of four children—one deceased—eleven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. All of them have enriched the depth and breadth of my storytelling.

I put in the necessary work for my later-in-life craft of writing fiction. I spend hours each day enjoying doing the necessary research to make my historical fiction come alive and to give action and accurate place, time, and characters, to all my stories—some 40 books in print and several in the queue with my remarkable publisher, Evan Swensen, who has taught me a great deal about how to write what people like to read. I maintain a passion to learn, to read, to inform and teach, and—above all—to engage you in my yarns.