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This is my digital painting "Blue star and black hole", showing a big blue star being devoured by its former companion star, now a stellar-mass black hole, a system akin to Cygnus X-1.

#art #MastoArt #digitalart #painting #digitalpainting #krita #spaceart #scifiart #blackhole #stars

"...You might think you know your sci-fi history, but have you ever seen 'The Starlost'? The 'creator' of the show was the famous (or infamous) science fiction writer Harlan Ellison. By 1973, Ellison was a well-known firebrand in the SFF lit community but was already making a bigger reputation as the kind of writer who would frequently get into huge dust-ups with people who ran sci-fi TV shows."

Full article here:

A combination of #Darktober Day 7: Haunted and #Linktober Day 5: Plant/Flora. Someone's got lost in the woods... #Linktober2020 #darktober2020 #art #mastoart
P.S.: Got several spooky LGBTQ pieces in the making. Will probably post during Ace week.

The pentagram glowed, and the demon appeared.
"Hi, what can I get you?"
The demon handed over a list.
"Mhm, uh-huh, cool. I've got this."
"Um," said the demon, "are you sure this is..."
"They summon me to learn forbidden knowledge."
"And they'll get it. I am a librarian."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Published for the first time in English in 2016 — if you haven't read it yet, you should defnitely get your hands on a copy! 😃

"In that city nothing was more ordinary than death. But the authorities still functioned, and while the authorities functioned, the city stood..." They didn’t care about "us," they only cared about “P for Population” which could be acceptably sacrificed or even eradicated...

Randomly decided to look at the Beksinski website today and found this piece titled Quarantine. One of my favorite artists. Also seems to be a bunch of things I've never seen on there before. Wish I could go to visit the museum in Poland.

𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘢𝘸𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨,
𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘭 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘪𝘮;
𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳 𝘶𝘯𝘩𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘥, 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦.

(𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 "𝙉𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙨," 𝙗𝙮 𝙃. 𝙋. 𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙘𝙧𝙖𝙛𝙩)


Summary makes
for quick solace

When sense is twisted
Out into space—

Struggle is pasted
Across the make

Of cosmic face

And what matters
Is pressed

In question against
Curiosity’s quest

To taste the universe

1/2 📚 William Golding considered "The Inheritors" his finest novel, and it is a beautiful tale about the last days of the Neanderthal people and our fear of the ‘other’ & the unfamiliar... The action is revealed through the eyes of the Neanderthals whose peaceful world is threatened by the emergence of Homo sapiens.
The struggle between the Neanderthals and the malevolent modern humans ends in helpless despair...

You can listen to the audiobook here:

Here's a by emerging author Kirtan Desai that might just help beat the Wednesday blahs...

In order to win his campaign against lies for the greater good, the seemingly well-intentioned, paternalistic dictator Sweeni Vlac deploys *the ray* which instantly makes people incapable of telling a lie. Once the inevitable dust settles, the utopia that Vlac had envisioned does not come to pass...

"Veritas radium mea — the truth is in the ray"... Or is it?


📄 This article discusses the political and historical context within which the work of the Strugatsky brothers took shape. The Strugatsky brothers are best known for their incredible opus "Roadside Picnic," a combination of science fiction, mystery, and thriller, and the inspiration for Tarkovsky's 1979 masterpiece, "Stalker."

"The Strugatskys in Political Context"
by Erik Simon


2/2 Fiona Chew-Mcleod joins as our in-house copy editor, but she intends to wear several hats as layout supervisor, typesetter, and designer! She has been an editor and content writer for 5 years. As a Literature grad from the University of Edinburgh, she loves to read all genres of fiction. Fiona has worked at a print magazine and at campus newspapers before, and she is looking forward to applying her skills at!

Meet the editors at! First up is our editor-in-chief, Albert (Al) Mamet — Al was born in London, and has lived in Reykjavik, Bruges, and Taipei. He's a big Star Wars fan. His literary idols include: Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Stanislaw Lem, Ursula LeGuin, C.L. Moore, Norman Spinrad, & others... He's been editing fiction for 7 years. This is his first zine. He's especially excited to be able to provide a platform for new sci-fi/speculative fiction authors to publish their work!

When it was found that any given time and place could only be visited by a time machine once, "first events" became expensive collectibles.
Premieres, product launches - anything that let a billionaire say "I was there, the first time".
Until one went to see the first time trip.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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