Ed Marker must leave his home of forty years in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District.
Through a collection of eccentric and pseudo scientific studies, drawings, maps, diaries and scrapbooks that have mysteriously turned up in San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society archives, we are able to piece together a day that transforms his life.
The Search for Life in Distant Galaxies is a hybrid narrative that has been written and designed for the Internet. It is a story of dislocation and the struggle for reintegration.
The narrative can be accessed in four ways:
1) By viewing a chronological series of events that take place on this transformative day in the life of the main character. (Follow the hyperlinks in the menu).
2) By exploring the contents of the 1968 box that contains maps, image galleries and videos. (Follow the hyperlinks in Ed Marker’s 1968 box).
3) By downloading a series of texts that are meant to be read in specific sites located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. (Go to Appendix A, Site Readings, and follow the directions).
4) By downloading the 15 part audio podcast and taking a walking tour of Ed Marker’s world.
(Go to Appendix B, Field Recordings, and follow the directions).
The story is dedicated to Rachel Marker.