Stars come into Wilde focus

Sep 03, 2012
Dana Wilde of Troy has released a new book of essays.

Troy — Fresh off the launch pad this summer is a new collection of night-sky observations by Troy writer Dana Wilde. "Nebulae: A Backyard Cosmography" collects together his writings on galaxies, planets, stars and stargazing in the night skies of central Maine.

The essays in "Nebulae" weave the scientific facts about the surfaces of Jupiter's moons, the hypnotic glow of starlight and the distance to the edge of the universe with our own down-to-earth perceptions and experiences of those otherworldly phenomena.

Wilde's writings on space, time and the natural world have appeared in a wide variety of publications including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and The North American Review, among many others; and his Amateur Naturalist newspaper columns have won awards from the Maine Press Association and the New England Newspaper & Press Association. He has worked as a newspaper editor and columnist; a college professor in Maine and Eastern Europe; a Fulbright scholar serving in China and South Africa; and an NEH fellow.

"Nebulae" is available in paperback for $20.95 and electronically for $8.95 from; and in paperback from Amazon and other online booksellers. Its companion volume is "The Other end of the Driveway: An Amateur Naturalist's Observations in the Maine Woods," published last year. For more information, visit or contact the author by email at

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or

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