art & photography


Winding Down

Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap

Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565.

It’ll be a quiet few days on here as I’m winding down for Christmas. Whatever it is you’re up to, I hope you all have a good holiday season.


Dune Concept Art


I’m reading Dune at the moment. Yes, last to the party, I know – but I’m enjoying it immensely and I can’t remember being so immersed in a story, certainly not since being a novelist. I’ll maybe post some thoughts afterwards, but in the meantime I came across a couple of galleries of Dune concept art. The first I spotted over at io9, and collates concept art by Mark Molnar. You can follow his Dune blog updates, which are fascinating. The second gallery is from comic book artist, Jock (full gallery over on his site), which were for an abandoned movie from Paramount.





“The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.”

Or, how astronauts become hippies. Does make me wonder why more SF writers don’t express this level of perspective. Or is that not what the genre’s sense of wonder produces?