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Snowbound cinema

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A satellite view of snow across Great Britain on January 7, 2010. Walking the snow-laden streets this week felt like a considerable novelty when we rarely have snowfalls of any depth here and what there is never lasts much longer than a day. The current low temperatures which began just before Christmas may be inducing […]

Posted in {books}, {film}, {horror}, {kubrick}, {lovecraft}, {music}, {photography}, {science fiction} | 9 comments »

 


On the Moon

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Two Apollo 11 pictures from NASA’s endlessly fascinating collection of high-res photos. Both these are of Buzz Aldrin taken with Neil Armstrong’s suit-mounted Hasselblad. The one above is the most famous of the lot, of course, reproduced endlessly (I even copied it once as part of a drawing), but you hardly ever see it in […]

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Memories of the Space Age

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I was a Space Age boy. John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in Project Mercury’s Friendship 7 a month before I was born, and growing up in the 1960s it was impossible to be unaware of the NASA missions. The first encyclopedia I was given in 1967 had a whole chapter […]

Posted in {magazines}, {music}, {politics}, {science fiction}, {science}, {technology}, {television} | 7 comments »

 


Apollo liftoff

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Forty years ago I was seven years old and this sight, dear reader, was the most thrilling thing in the whole world. Even now, seeing again the classic fisheye moment of Apollo 11′s launch sparks a buried flare of childhood excitement, resurrecting a deep obsession with astronauts, Saturn V rockets, command modules and lunar landing […]

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Ballard and the painters

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Jours de Lenteur (1937) by Yves Tanguy. Behind it, the ark of his covenant, stood two photographs in a hinged blackwood frame. On the left was a snapshot of himself at the age of four, sitting on a lawn between his parents before their divorce. On the right, exorcizing this memory, was a faded reproduction […]

Posted in {art}, {painting}, {science fiction}, {surrealism}, {symbolists} | 10 comments »

 


Earthrise

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It was forty years ago this week that Apollo 8 astronaut William A Anders took this famous photograph of the Earth appearing over the Moon’s horizon. I was six years old at the time but remember the considerable interest caused by the mission, the first to leave the Earth and orbit the Moon, and I […]

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The Central Molecular Zone

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Our Galaxy’s Central Molecular Zone by A. Ginsburg (U. Colorado – Boulder) et al., BGPS Team, GLIMPSE II Team. NASA explains: The central region of our Milky Way Galaxy is a mysterious and complex place. Pictured here in radio and infrared light, the galaxy’s central square degree is highlighted in fine detail. The region is […]

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The Lagoon Nebula

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Gas and Dust of the Lagoon Nebula by Fred Vanderhaven. The Pink Lagoon, NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. This beautiful cosmic cloud is a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius. Eighteenth century cosmic tourist Charles Messier cataloged the bright nebula as M8, while modern day astronomers recognize the Lagoon Nebula as […]

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Maldoror illustrated

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Les Chants de Maldoror by Corominas (2007). There seems to be no escaping from HP Lovecraft just now, the illustration above having been created for a PDF publication entitled CTHULHU, Cómics y relatos de ficción oscura, produced by these people. The Cthulhu-zine seems to be unavailable but you can see more of these splendid illustrations, […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {books}, {comics}, {fantasy}, {illustrators}, {surrealism} | 6 comments »

 


Earth Day

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A monthly global image composite from Nasa’s Earth Observatory project, showing topographic and bathymetric shading.

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The persistence of DNA

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The Persistence of Memory (1931). Forensic scientist uses DNA to explore Dalí’s bizarre genius Samples taken from nasal feeding tubes could also help to authenticate works James Randerson in San Antonio The Guardian, Saturday, February 24, 2007 IT IS LIKE something from a surrealist still life—a hat, glasses, moustache and toilet seat. This is the […]

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Comet Between Fireworks and Lightning

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Incredible panorama of Perth beach, Australia, during the recent Australia Day celebrations. Creating the lightshow is a burst of fireworks, Comet McNaught (tiny, in the centre of the picture) and a nearby thunderstorm. Full-size version here. From NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, via Towleroad.

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Watchmen

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This year sees the 20th anniversary of the publication of Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. This landmark comic book, one of the few to deserve the designation “graphic novel”, remains a particular favourite of mine, and one that still excites today for its consummate command of the comics medium. The following is a […]

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UFO technology

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The Avrocar BBC News enters the twilight zone interviewing hacker Gary McKinnon who is currently facing extradiction to the US for hacking NASA and US military computers. McKinnon claims to have discovered evidence of secret UFO technology and says this is justification for his activities. If true this would make him a kind of X-Files […]

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Alan Moore interview, 1988

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Originally published in Strange Things Are Happening, vol. 1, no. 2, May/June 1988. Note: “Vincent Eno” was Richard Norris, later one half of dance/ambient outfit The Grid with Dave Ball. See also the Watchmen round table discussion on this site. Vincent Eno and El Csawza meet comics megastar ALAN MOORE Amidst smouldering heaps of superlatives […]

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