Artist Dusty Abell
has created a massive poster
featuring "at least one, sometimes more, character, entity, starship or structure from every episode of [Star Trek: The Original] series." Via io9, who ask: How many characters can you name?
Stumped? Here's a key
of all 123! [more inside]
In this time of corrupt politics, police brutality, media dereliction, and increasingly vicious culture wars, there's perhaps no graphic novel more relevant today than the brilliant and blackly funny Transmetropolitan
Created by Warren Ellis back in 1997 and inspired by prescient sci fi novel Bug Jack Barron
, the series covers the work of gonzo journalist
, vulgar misanthrope, and all-around magnificent bastard Spider Jerusalem
in a sprawling futuristic vision of New York
so chaotically advanced that humans splice genes with alien refugees, matter decompilers are as common as microwaves, and a new religion is invented every hour.
As a callous Nixonian thug nicknamed The Beast
prepares for his re-election to the presidency, a primary battle heats up between a virulent racist and a charismatic senator whose rictus grin
masks some disturbing realities. When Jerusalem delves into the machinations of the race
, he breaks into a web of conspiracies that threaten the future of the country -- a problem only he, his "filthy assistants,"
and the power of intrepid journalism
More: Read the first issue
) - browse images
from the new artbook
- Tor's read-along blog
) - Jerusalem's touching report on cryogenic "Revivals"
- dozens of original sketches
and sample pages
is an exhibition of (mostly) Australian pulp novel and magazine covers from the University of Otago Special Collections Library
An interview with Lebbeus Woods
-- designer and illustrator of speculative futuristic landscapes and buildings
. Woods just set up his own website
, which has an amazing quantity of drawings, photographs, and text focusing on his lesser known projects [for those willing to deal with a frustrating flash interface and sound. It's better in IE than Firefox.] [more inside]
, from 1930 to the present, of every poignant
and, yes, kinda slutty
cover of the magazine that started out as Astounding Stories of Super Science
and became Analog
, with lots of changes
in between. [via the horse's neck]
FRANK R. PAUL
: At a time when most Americans didn't even have a telephone, he was painting space stations, robots and aliens from other planets... he was the guest of honor at the first world science fiction convention, and he was the first person to ever make a living drawing spaceships. What could be cooler than that
? via the one and only BLDBLOG, with an interesting take on the subject.
- His sleek surreal and otherworldly abstractions changed science fiction illustration and, in the process, the stature of science fiction itself. Here is the Richard Powers Catalog
from Vandewater Books. From the e-zine Strange Words Archive
, comes The Powers Years
part of Collecting The Ballantine Originals
, and check out the thumbnails amid and after the Richard Powers essay
--who are the very wave of the future in so many ways at once! David G. Hartwell
remembers Powers the man. Here is another from his son in download form
from Paper Snarl
, where Powers is well regarded
. And check out the links
at the Richard Powers Cyber Art Gallery - everything from a Goth art gallery
to Terence McKenna's Dream Museum
But don't click on Miss Stephanie Locke if you're at work!
Oh, and the Strange Worlds archive
is worth a gander, too...