Photo Mystery – The Martian Chronicles

Your Favorite Sci-Fi book?

What’s your favorite sci-fi book?  I know we have a lot of well-read people around here, so I wondered about your suggestions!  I have some of my favorite books listed here on the “What I Like” page.

Daily Photo (Photo Mystery) – The Martian Chronicles

I am proud that one of my books is a signed copy of Ray Bradbury’s book.  I don’t think it’s my favorite book, but it’s got that nice patina of awesomeness that comes with early-age science-fiction.  Part of my problem, frankly, is that I can’t get some of those wonky images out of my head that were implanted by a low-quality movie version I saw on TV as a kid.

So…  today’s photo mystery… exactly where was this taken?  Let’s have some Google Earth links !!  Hehe…  it will be interesting to see how close (exactly) people get.

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  • Hmmmm. I don’t have a specific guess on this location. Montana or Iceland I would say.
    Does the Lord of the Rings count as sci-fi? Probably not, but they are still awesome! 🙂

  • gernot

    great sky with great clouds …. ist it a borehole/well of the Hellisheiði Power Plant in Iceland

    my fav si-fi book? i have 2 the VALIS triology & Blade Runner by Phillip K. Dick

    greetings fron shanghai

  • Amy

    I love Neal Stephenson.

  • casusan

    Awesome shot Trey – I have no idea where this is – but judging from one of your famous sky’s I’d say Iceland. Outer limits and twilight zone were a good tv shows in the old days but unfortunately I don’t read many sci-fi books!

  • The steam and the pipes make me think “geothermal”, so my guess would be Iceland. It reminds me of another otherworldly place that I photographed at the Kokerboom Forest in Namibia. They have these domed yurts that look like they are straight out of Star Wars. Wish that I had a photo of them to show you. This one will at least show you where they are located:

  • Very cool, I’d love to go there… Sometimes the barren and deserted lands are the coolest places to visit. Speaking of signed books, I have a Lord of the Rings movie book (cant remember exactly which one) signed by Peter Jackson 😀

  • I’ll put my bid in… My guess is this was taken at the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant in Hellisheiðarvirkjun, Iceland.
    Location: 64° 2’9.31″N, 21°24’9.39″W
    Specific enough? Hahah…
    Hard to say exactly where you were standing, the resolution of the power plant in Google Earth sucks… but here is a Google maps link:,-21.488218&sspn=0.031158,0.209724&ie=UTF8&ll=64.044227,-21.429305&spn=0,0&t=h&z=15

    If I had to guess exactly, I’d say you were about 200m south of the main building. Oh, and here are the domes (I think, who knows they could be very standard…):

    Finally, at the 39 second mark in this video they can be seen… Hard to tell which direction you were facing:

    So thats my guess, if I’m not right I’ll be surprised ;-P

  • My above comment may have been marked as spam, lol… I was quite specific here is the condensed version:
    Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant in Hellisheiðarvirkjun, Iceland
    64° 2’9.31?N, 21°24’9.39?W,-21.488218&sspn=0.031158,0.209724&ie=UTF8&ll=64.044227,-21.429305&spn=0,0&t=h&z=15

  • Cool shot Trey !

    These are the boreholes of the Krafla power station in iceland. Here’s a google map link,-16.74689833&spn=0.001,0.001&t=k&hl=en.

    I’m pretty sure about the location since I’ve been there myself in july this year (I have a similar picture here : )

    This place is pretty amazing and getting anywhere close to these things is kind of scary. I could say that standing right beside a 747 taking off is quieter than this.
    If that isn’t a direct connection to hell than it’s pretty close 🙂


  • It’s like the desert from the X-file movie…

  • This is a trick question – there can’t be any google earth links because this was CLEARLY taken on Tattooine! Is that a Jawa peeking over the crest ofthe dune? 😀

    Tremendous photo – i really dig it! Definitely a reminder of my favourite sci-fi flicks from yesteryear!

    As for my favourite sci-fi book – i’ve always loved H.G Wells’ ‘War Of The Worlds’ and of course Michael Crichton’s ‘Jurassic Park’ both of which are two of my favourite movies as well – the WOTW with Tom Cruise still lacks the awesomeness of the original starring Gene Barry!

  • James

    Another cool photo. Does it make me nerd for getting upset when people confuse fantasy with sci-fi?

  • Patrick Ahles

    Ooh, this looks awsome! Great shot. Iceland is on my “countries to visit” list for sure.
    @James: I have the same feeling… 😛

    My favorite sci-fi books (a whole series of them actually) are the Dune books by Frank Herbert.

  • zbir
  • As always, great shot.
    Sci-fi books, now you are in my territory:
    My favourite sci-fi book is “Ender’s game” by Orson Scott Card. I read it when I was in school and the details of the story are still floating in my head. Here a list of some other favourites of mine:
    Iain Banks – Use of Weapons (basically anything from the culture series)
    Isaac Asimov – The Gods Themselves (for some reason, I prefer this to the robot or foundation series)
    Peter Hamilton – Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained
    The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (A perfect example of why books are better than movies)
    The Girl, The Gold Watch and everything else – John A. MacDonald
    There’s more, but these books stand out in my mind for one reason or another….

  • Laurent & Zibir – At least I was close! But I guess having been there would seal the deal, hahah… My research suggests these things are pretty common, dotted all over the landscape. Am I right? If so it would be pretty hard for a non-visiter to pinpoint the location ;-P

  • Mirko

    Hey Trey!

    I think it’s iceland… great landscape, and advanced in geothermal power indeed!

    Keep shooting!

    Love from Croatia.

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, a lot of comments early this morning, well, early for me, lol. I agree with your Mom. Since we are from the same era, I, too, watched those shows and a lot of scary movies!!! As to my favorite Sci-Fi books, again, I would say it’s the Outlander series by(had to go get the last book so I got the spelling right, lol) Diana Gabaldon. The last one, “An Echo in the Bone” sure left me hanging in suspense until the next one is written in approximately three years. Going back in time is definately Sci-Fi. But I like Stephen King books, too, and have one on tape to listen to while I am on the treadmill. Well, enough about what I like, I’m a big sci-fi fan!! As to where the photo was taken, I guess I have to agree with the posts above as I have not idea 😉 . My hubby was just showing me photos he received in his email of 4 young blacktail bucks(deer) being rescued in the water in Alaska, how cool is that. Have a wonderful day, everyone. Windy here in Montana!!

  • What an interesting image. I guessed geothermal (I guess that part was pretty easy). Cool domes.

  • In my opinion William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” is the most radical Sci-Fi book since H.G. Welles’ “War of The Worlds”.

  • @Eden – you were close indeed, yet it’s true that having seen the things makes it easier 🙂

    I toured around the island for 2 weeks and although there are several places where they dig deep enough, in this case it’s 2kms, to get some steam to produce electricity, these ones really have that particular shape of some sort of alien housing.

    By the way some of Trey’s equipment used at Burning Man would have been right for the location 🙂

  • Dont know the place, but a great photo

  • Nice shot.

    Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson

  • hey trey.. im sorry to say this, but the past few photos you have posted have been pretty uninspiring really.. The previous one of the russian girl wasnt focused well at all, and the HDR effect on this images looks too dirty, especially the nature of the sky in this. Just my two cents worth!.. =)

  • Marc

    First post here since I came upon your site quite by accident two days ago… and spent about three hours admiring somme of the coolest shots I ever saw! My, am I a bit jealous of your skills 😉

    I don’t know where this picture has been taken, I’ll leave it to others to search for its location.

    As for my favorite sci-fi book, well I,ve always been fascinated by the works of John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar, The Sheep Look Up, etc. But one of the best in my opinion is the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, followed closely by the Robot series.

  • Matt

    Really sweet pic.
    I don’t know if it counts a sci-fi, because it’s kind of more horror based, but my favorite book is “House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski. I think you would enjoy it.

  • Thanks for the feedback!

    Laurent – very very close… I think your photos are probably from a nearby place!

    zbir – you are even closer! It’s right around there… I guess I shouldn’t be too much of a stickler.. but no one is exactly right yet.

  • Zak

    I like this “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego” theme, more please!

  • Big Jim

    My vote for the best in Sci-Fi has to go to a trilogy (sorry for breaking the rules!), but you can’t read one without the following two.

    Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson are well worth your time if you like a semi-plausible type of Sci-Fi.

    You can all thank me later!


  • it looks like Alaska to me??

  • Location : South of the Morning, 2 Stars to the left, and straight on till Midnight….

    Best Sci Fi Book : Dune, Hands down….Frank Herbert versions only

    Picture of Natalia (to any haters): A fine portrait of beautiful girl….I try to steer clear of the negativity, its catching, and unnecessary…and mean….theres not enough love in the world as it is….I love pancakes! And Flinstones! Smile on you brother Everybody get together and and try to love Pancakes and flinstones and HDRS right now

    Thanks for the Movie Recommendation (The Fall)

  • Frauke

    I bet it is Iceland, I would have bet on Krafla at first but it does not quite look right with the surrounding mountains. But it is a geothermal plant in Iceland.

  • Very interesting view!

  • Dan Bulos

    Ventus – Karl Schroeder

    The Golden Age – John C. Wright
    This is the first book in a 3 book series but it is not a trilogy but a single book in three parts

  • wtspc

    Arles to Van Gogh – you never fail to surprise me – an obvious lover of blue skies!

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