Showing posts with label science fiction. Show all posts
Showing posts with label science fiction. Show all posts

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Illuminati drive flying cars.

Blade Runner: Electronic Owls and Illuminati Symbolism

However. it's the Tyrell Corporation's taste in architecture and wild life that really sounds the Illuminati alarm. The Tyrell Headquarters are a gigantic seven hundred stories tall pyramided shaped skyscraper. Perhaps resembling an Aztec or Ancient Egyptian pyramid.

A classic symbol associated with the Illuminati, the pyramid has always been an icon of authoritarianism and higher power. A meeting place between Heaven and Earth where great Kings and High Priests became gods in their peoples' eyes. Ridley Scott couldn't have picked a better design for the HQ of his replicants' post-modern father/maker and corporate dictator Tyrell.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

More, please!

Right this way . . .

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

"The Cosmic Puppets"

This edition of Philip K. Dick's "The Cosmic Puppets" features a bona-fide tube-girl on the cover. (I've read the novel and don't remember any tube-girls figuring into the plot, but I digress . . .)

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Friday, July 03, 2009

The meme that wouldn't die

I was browsing vintage science fiction art today and found myself confronted with this:

That's right -- yet another tube-girl!

And while this isn't a "true" example of tube-girl art, it's damned close. (The woman in the illustration appears to be emerging from a vat of espresso.)

Now I'm wondering if I should expand my search from "Golden Age" pulps to more contemporary genre illustration . . .

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Little green men

I'm always on the lookout for images that might have helped to popularize/disseminate the appearance of the quintessential alien (as depicted in Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and on the cover of Whitley Strieber's "Communion").

This charming cover art, dating from 1959, shows levitating humanoids not unlike the famed Hopkinsville goblins, who made their dramatic appearance just four years earlier.

Note the conspicuously Martian-looking terrain, a staple of 1950s science fiction. Somehow the notion of a desert planet, bereft of recognizably human structures, speaks to our innate sense of the "other."

Related: The Deep Politics of Hollywood: Close Encounters with the Pentagon.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

I feel obligated to post this.

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Another "tube woman"

@capnmarrrrk brings my attention to this recurrence of the science fiction "women in tubes" meme from "Spacehawk and the Creeping Death from Neptune." I'm reminded of an MRI machine as devised by a sadistic Jules Verne.

For more vintage comics, take a look at the rest of Golden Age Comic Book Stories.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009


The "women in tubes" meme is astonishingly prevalent in Golden Age genre fiction. To the best of my knowledge, this album remains the definitive resource, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to discover additional illustrations. The following are just a few examples I've amassed while editing this blog.

Lastly, here's a contemporary example (designed to mimic its pulp counterparts):

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"Mars Attacks"

The famously violent "Mars Attacks" trading cards are reproduced in high-resolution right here. (Surely someone's thought to make posters of these!)

Card 4 brings the Thomas Mantell controversy to mind . . .

And has Richard Hoagland ever entertained the social engineering implications of card 53?

(Tip of the hat to Forgetomori.)

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Heidi Taillefer: redefining "fembots"

Thanks to Sentient Developments for introducing me to the work of Monreal-based artist Heidi Taillefer, whose paintings explore the implications of biotechnology with disquieting visions of chimeric organisms and anatomically precise representations of the human form besieged by machinery.

Like J.G. Ballard, Taillefer offers chilling yet irresistible perspectives on the tenuous barrier between "organic" and "artificial."

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Friday, June 05, 2009

"The Age of Stupid"

"The question I've been been asking is 'Why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?'"

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Abducted by space Amazons!

Semi-random pulp science fiction cover illustration of the day:

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

"Sandman Slim"

A pivotal text of my pre-Internet years was Richard Kadrey's "Covert Culture Sourcebook," a lyrical guide to emerging authors, zines, fringe technology, and music. Only much later did I discover Kadrey's fiction; "Metrophage" and "Kamikaze "L'Amour" are among my favorite cyberpunk novels.

Kadrey's forthcoming "Sandman Slim," needless to say, is on my to-read list.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Household pests of the apocalypse

I'm tempted to write a short-story based on the cover illustration above just to say I did it.

More far-out Spanish genre covers here.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mars animation

Here's a vision of the future of Mars exploration I can live with. Note the alien ruins (?) near the end.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

"Crawling horror . . ."

Back in high-school I actually owned a poster commemorating "The Giant Leeches," a film I still haven't actually seen.

Dark Roasted Blend has more here.

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The motherlode?

Not quite -- but not too shabby, either. (Click here to go straight to the vintage science fiction gallery.)

(Tip of the hat to Michael Garrett.)

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

This chick's got the Posthuman Blues *bad*.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

"A series of tubes"

Because nothing says "future" like gorgeous women encapsulated in giant glass tubes.

(Hat tip: @TheDarkEngine.)

Friday, May 08, 2009

Under the knife

From: Next Nature:

Designer Laura Boffi envisions a future in which human instincts will leap behind on technological progress. For example, once the 'disease called mortality' is cured with regenerative medicine, man may start to see death not as a biological event in his life, but as something that may occur to the 'unlucky on call'. What would be the implications for our instincts for death?