Earth travel poster from NASA
Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

It THE Week! The Other Worlds Blog Hop! I hope you’ll hop aboard for a journey to other worlds, via multiple authors’ blogs.

It’s the best kind of journey (IMHO of this hermit) because you can take it without having to pack, or be cryo-frozen, or strip searched by the TSA. #Score!


It’s a journey that takes place only in your imagination.

So where will I take you today? I had a hard time choosing between my Project Enterprise worlds or future New Orleans via my Uneasy Future series. I love them both, I very much enjoyed “visiting” them as I wrote about them.

But, because I’ll be returning to New Orleans this fall (for Bouchercon), and because One Two Punch is now available in a print edition, I’ve decided to take you on a tour of the New Orleans, 2016 (yes, you can have “other worlds” here on Earth).

So take out your tour guide, settle back and don’t be afraid to to ask questions.

(Excerpted from The Unauthorized Guide to Louisiana’s Raised Cities)

New Orleans New, Louisiana

A short history

The original, dirt side city of La Nouvelle-Orléans (now known as New Orleans Old or NOO) was settled by the French in 1718. An early chronicler called it “a place of a hundred wretched hovels in a malarious wet thicket of willows and dwarf palmettos, infested by serpents and alligators.” He forgot to mention the mosquitoes, but did hit most of the basics.

In 1721, a hurricane knocked most of those structures down. In fact, the history of New Orleans is one of fire and water. Fires twice ravaged the Quarter in the late eighteenth century, and in the twenty-first century, the city was ravaged first by Katrina and then, fifty years later, by Category 5 Hurricane Chen.

In an effort to save what was left of New Orleans, the city was raised using alien technology acquired from the Garradians (see They Really Are Here or Yes, Roswell was Real). In an ironic twist, the raising of the city returned New Orleans Old to a wet thicket, once more infested by serpents, alligators, and bugs.

While the raised city retains much of the character of the original, instead of pothole-riddled streets, transit through the city is smoother, well, except for some streets in the Quarter, where the legend says the ghosts of potholes rose with the city—legends vigorously denied by city leaders who can offer no explanation for the strange and persistent bumpiness of some transit lanes. For this reason, it is recommended that visitors to the city use skimmer restraints when riding in any craft with open windows.

Foot traffic is possible in many parts of the city, but pedestrians are warned to stay inside the safety rails as gravity does remain in effect if one steps or falls off the anti-grav platforms. If one wishes to visit the old city, we recommend signing up for a tour (as long as immunizations and wills are up-to-date).

cover for Core Punch
“The evil he’s hunting is hunting them…”

Most popular attractions

The French Quarter remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Orleans New (or NON). It can be enjoyed on foot or in one of the holographic horse-drawn carriages, where visitors can still listen to New Orleans jazz and sample traditional New Orleans fare. (Note: The stone tile and cobblestone roads are holographic, so the old habit of trying to remove them as souvenirs is not longer possible.)

The Garden District is, for the most part, still privately owned, but tourists can either take the air-trolley or hire a pedi-skimmer and look at the past over holographic stones walls. There are some mansions opened for touring, but yeah, mostly all you can do is look.

Lake Pontchartrain was not raised, of course, but to preserve the special character of the lakefront, there are special transit zones for crossing this air space and designated air space is preserved for air board sports, just as if the lake were still there. If you wish to experience the real lake, local guides are advised, as are current immunizations, current health insurance policy, and an up-to-date will. Local tour guides also require next-of-kin information and payment in full prior to departure.

cover art for Sucker Punch
Aftermath is NOT floating her boat…

Mississippi River Boat Tours still “paddle” the place where the river would be if the city were dirt-side. They pass under holographic representations of the bridges that used to span the river, including the famous (or infamous) Huey Long Bridge, which no one really misses, but old timers pretend they do.

We like to feel that we’ve managed to blend the best of the old, with enough of the new so we don’t fall out of the sky.

What hasn’t changed, what will never change, is the food, the music, and a people who are easy in a Big Easy that can often be Uneasy (and crime ridden) even in the Future.

Le bon temps roule!

cover for one two punch

If you’d like to extend your visit to New Orleans New in 2016, you can dive into The Uneasy Future a couple of ways. By “visiting” Core Punch, 1.0 and then Sucker Punch, 2.0 OR get both bundled together in One Two Punch. Core Punch is also available as an audio book (with Sucker Punch coming soon to audio.)

I hope you enjoyed your tour and will “hop” to the next “Other World” by clicking below:

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There are prizes to be won if you take the whole journey. And don’t forget to leave a comment here (comments are entries!) and I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value).  (And don’t forget that once a quarter I’ll be tossing in something fun from the Perilously Fun Shop!) Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.

Perilously yours,


An Other Worldly New Orleans New

34 thoughts on “An Other Worldly New Orleans New

  • July 15, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Oh man, I almost missed the hop! I’m glad I got to New Orleans New. I love the tour of Lake Pontchartrain, as if it were still there!

    • July 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Glad you didn’t miss it. I think we had some really fun posts this year. And yes, Lake Pontchartrain. LOL

  • July 14, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Terrific imagery of NO of the future. Not so far-fetched either considering climate change and the ramifications for many cities on the coastline.

  • July 13, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    interesting setting

  • July 13, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I have really enjoyed visiting all of the different worlds on the blog hop. Thanks for the great time.

  • July 13, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    I love gift baskets and homemade bath products especially bath bombs. Would love to win ❤️ Thanks for joining the hop .

  • July 13, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    I love gift baskets and homemade bath products especially bath bombs. Would love to win ❤️ Thanks for joining the hop

    • July 13, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      So very glad you stopped by, Darla! You’re for sure in the running to win the gift basket!

  • July 13, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I love those NASA posters!!

    My sort-of-son-in-law printed out all fourteen of them on 4 x 3″ posters. Now I have to figure out what to do with them all!

    New Orleans always strikes me as one of those places that doesn’t match its location — very sophisticated and culturally diverse, like some of the European cities. One day I’ll get to find out for myself. 🙂



    • July 13, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      New Orleans is an interesting mix of sophisticated and earthy and just about everything you can imagine. LOL That’s cool he printed them out. I downloaded them and then, yeah, wondered where I’d put them if I printed them out. But they are so cool, I want to find a place for them.

  • July 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I love your guide, and I love imagining what will happen to our beloved cities in the future! New Orleans and South Florida have always struck me as particularly vulnerable.

    • July 13, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      They really are vulnerable, but like most things govt does to fix a problem, they run into the law of unintended consequences. LOL But that makes for good fiction, right?

  • July 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Lol I just came here from Ed’s post and he had travel posters too! I’ve got to try these out.

    • July 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      I’m not as creative as Ed. I got mine from NASA/JPL and aren’t they wonderful for making them and making them free for us to use? I do think I might have to see if I can do some originals through. Such a great idea.

  • July 13, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    My original comment got eaten by a bad wifi connection! Anyway, I love that you pulled from New Orleans history for all of this! Very fun. 🙂

    • July 13, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Glad you persisted! Yeah, New Orleans history is a wonderful place for author mining. 🙂

  • July 13, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Love the tour! I did a ton of research about Louisiana a couple of years back for a paranormal story, and it left me with a deep hankering to see the place for real. Maybe one day…

    • July 13, 2016 at 8:17 am

      You would love it. Louisiana has a rich and varied history. It was certainly an adventure living there.

    • July 13, 2016 at 8:16 am

      The swamp tours are fun. They feed the gators marshmallows to make them come up to the boats. LOL

  • July 12, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I had to pause when I read that to go one the tour, immunizations and wills had to be up-to-date. Great post! Sounds fascinating!

    • July 13, 2016 at 8:15 am

      It has gotten a bit, um, dangerous since the city was raised. LOL Thanks!

  • July 12, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I recognized your banner image right away as coming from NASA/JPL. I was inspired by their planetary travel posters to design posters for worlds I created; that’s the subject of my blog post.

    • July 12, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Fun, Ed! Planning to check out all the posts tomorrow. I’m working through a back logged to-do list. Thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to reading your post!

  • July 12, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Ghost potholes! That made me laugh. Love the detail you put into this. 🙂

    • July 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks, Kyndra! New Orleans wouldn’t be New Orleans w/o pot holes. I think at one point they had a place you could report them and they got up to a million? If I’m remembering right. LOL

    • July 11, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks, Imogene! It was fun to imagine what New Orleans would be like in the future. 🙂

  • July 11, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I really loved this concept when I read One Two Punch! And I liked some of the issues that arose in the story with this, too — brought up a lot of ‘what if technology fails/glitches’ types of thoughts in my mind! Do you plan to write more in this ‘world’?

    • July 11, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Oh thanks, KJ! Yeah, I plan to continue the series, for sure. I just need for Life to Happen a little less. lol

    • July 11, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Aw, thanks, Greta. Glad you enjoyed the guidebook. I was thinking I should “create” an actual guidebook, you know, with all the extra time I have. lol

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