The Princess of the Bottom of the World (Episode 1): The Journey to the Bottom of the World

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While returning from Antarctica to a seaport in Argentina, writer Scott Sullivan is surprised when Cassandra, a lively and beautiful crew member from Chile, suddenly appears at his cabin. The encounter revives desire that he had long lost, but the future finds him haunted by another passion. More
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About Dan Linehan

In 2000, Dan Linehan switched careers from scientific researcher and engineer to fulltime writer and editor. Focusing on creativity, education, and outreach using multiplatform storytelling, he is widely published—in many forms of writing that include poetry and fiction—and has won awards for his work. Video, photography, and other visualizations often play important roles.

He has authored two highly illustrated nonfiction books that cover historical and technological aspects of aerospace and space tourism, Burt Rutan's Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations (Zenith Press, 2011) and SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History (Zenith Press, 2008), which has a foreword by science fiction legend Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

Dan has worked for a film studio, a literary journal, a national laboratory, and leading educational publishers. As a writer, he explored Antarctica and the surrounding regions from 2006 to 2007 and lived in Argentina from 2013 to 2014.

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About the Series: The Princess of the Bottom of the World
Provocative, edgy, humorous, racy, thought-provoking, and full of wonder describe The Princess of the Bottom of the World. View the video trailer ( and Multimedia Traveling Companion ( for the 7-episode series. Though fiction, it is based on the author’s true adventures to Antarctica and surrounds, time living in Argentina, work with science, and professional writing about the only world that we can call home. Scott Sullivan must travel to the coldest and most remote place on Earth to warm his heart to love. He journeys to Antarctica and other distant regions to study and write about wildlife and the environment. For far too long he has put his personal life on ice. Nothing could have prepared him for the spellbinding beauty and heart-wrenching reality he encounters. During the voyage he befriends a quirky crew member who begins the melting process on his heart. In his search to better understand the world, he unexpectedly finds a better understanding of himself. But at the end of the voyage, Scott and Cassandra are forced to go their separate ways. When a shipwreck draws them back together, Scott makes his own course correction.

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Reviews of The Princess of the Bottom of the World (Episode 1): The Journey to the Bottom of the World by Dan Linehan

mdz113 reviewed on Dec. 7, 2021

This is not your ordinary climate change book, bludgeoning you over the head with factoids and trying to guilt you into action. It is rather a vivid reminder of how awe-inspiring this planet is, seen through the eyes of Scott, traveling through the most remote parts of the Southern Hemisphere. Places of immense beauty but also of fragility. Places that are harbingers of drastic and rapid change. Images, videos, and even a soundtrack make for an immersive experience unlike any other book I’ve read. The romance story embedded within the broader narrative brings a palpable human drama that propels the plot forward, and turns out to be a compelling vehicle for telling a story about climate change. And in the end it brings to the fore the commonalities between human romance and nature — beautiful, precious, and ultimately fleeting.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
Deborah Steinberg reviewed on Nov. 19, 2021

The Princess of the Bottom of the World is an immersive, multimedia adventure well worth diving into. Dan Linehan takes the reader on a realistic journey from California to Argentina to the Faulkland Islands to South Georgia and Antarctica and back. The book is packed with rich details about the natural world and how humans are impacting it, with devastating consequences. This series is a love letter to the farthest, wildest reaches of the planet and a call to action to wake up to the destruction we are causing and try to mitigate and repair what we can before it's too late. Linehan's gorgeous photos complement the story perfectly, immersing the reader in the landscapes he describes. The main character, Scott, is endearingly human, and his journey of discovery, love, and heartbreak brings the entire journey to life even more. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
edward13 reviewed on Nov. 18, 2021

Dan paints a detailed picture of the sights, sounds, and smells on his adventure. The photos are amazing! Even though I haven't been anywhere close to Antarctica, I felt I could relate to the main character through his storytelling. Unfortunately this region is as delicate as it is grand, and this story is a good reminder of the negative impacts of climate change and our duty to prevent further damage.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
Zaheer Kasad reviewed on Nov. 14, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series. Dan's writing made me feel like I was travelling with him. His clear and detailed writing along with the links to the pictures that he took made the story come alive.

His writing made me realize how climate change and pollution are affecting the balance of nature and how it is critical for us to take action quickly.

I highly recommend this series everyone.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
Kim White reviewed on Aug. 12, 2020

I'd never read a book in this format before, but recently finished it and was so impressed - especially with the multimedia format, which allowed me to see exactly what he was seeing.

The author's descriptions of his voyage from Monterey to Argentina, then through the Falklands and South Georgia en route to Antarctica, were stunning. I felt as though I were right there with him, watching as huge chunks of ice calved off the glaciers, hearing the non-stop chatter of massive penguin colonies, transfixed by the ethereal beauty of black-browed albatross, and being stalked by dive-bombing skuas. I really, really need to see rockhopper penguins now!

I liked how he linked certain passages to photos he took on his journey, so I could see exactly what he was talking about - and when he didn't, I found myself jumping on Google and going down the rabbit hole.

Much of the book is scientific, and the devastating effects of global warming explained in layman's terms. And he describes in painful detail the myriad ways wildlife suffers when they cross paths with plastics, fishing lines and other man-made objects. It's sad to read about, but we can't do anything to stop this unless people are first aware it's happening. And woven throughout the story is a romantic subplot that climaxes in an ending you absolutely don't see coming.

I highly recommend this series to everyone - it'll appeal to anyone who likes adventure, science, animals, environmental issues - and anyone whose heart needs a little thawing out after being on ice for so long.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
miisdjb reviewed on Nov. 4, 2019

If you are interested in travel, Antarctica, climate change, or romance, you must read this. How fortuitous that I got to read this before taking my own journey to Antarctica. Thank you, Dan, for sharing the trip of a lifetime.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
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