Warning: I’ve cranked the geek up to 11 for this uber-nostalgic post.
Buried Shadow (1999)
Recently I was reunited with a computer-generated image I created back in 1999 of a crashed Shadow ship from Babylon 5
. I had submitted it as a cover
image for the second issue of on online fan publication called Beyond Babylon
. It wasn’t used on the cover, but it did get featured in the gallery
. At some point I lost my original, so it was nice to be contacted out of the blue by someone who had a copy.
I have fond memories from those days of hanging out at the (now defunct) Babylon 5 Modellers Guild [
b5mg.com] and the LightWave Group [
lwg3d.org] (which evolved into the still-active Foundation 3D forums). Scifi-Art.com was another great community — I remember really liking their site design.
All this nostalgia got me digging around my old hard drives for more retro LightWave renders of mine.
Babylon 5 images
You can click on the small images below for a closer look. Not that I didn’t create any of these models myself, but the compositions, lighting and backgrounds were all my own work. Also, if you zoom in on that shot of Starfuries engaged in combat, you’ll see some of my own wing art designs. (Yes, that is Daffy Duck!)
Shadows over Jupiter
Fall of Centauri Prime
Babylon 4 attack
Babylon 5 launches Thunderbolt
The name of the place is ‘Babylon 5’ →
Welcome to Life: the singularity, ruined by lawyers by Tom Scott:
If you liked this, you may also enjoy two novels that provided inspiration for it: Jim Monroe’s Everyone in Silico, where I first found the idea of a corporate-sponsored afterlife; Rudy Rucker’s trippy Postsingular, which introduced me to the horrifying idea of consciousness slums.
Lawyers and marketers, I’d say. I can totally see this happening.
Some fan has uploaded the out-of-print Blade Runner Sketchbook (1982) to Issuu. Sadly it doesn’t seem like you can download the PDF from there, so go and appreciate it before it vanishes! There are more Blade Runner goodies from the uploader at the Future Noir Tumblr blog.
I think I already knew this, but massive hat-tip to Gavin Rothery (@GavRov) and friend for digging up this little tidbit.
I’ve just finished watching season 1 of The Next Generation, and I’ve been inspired to get back into LightWave 3D to produce a quick homage (or two).
View full size (1200 × 675) or in glorious HD (1920 × 1080) on Flickr.
This is a faithful reproduction of one of the most widely-used promo shots of the Enterprise D (see below for the originals).
[…] did you know the “All restaurants are Taco Bell” scene in Demolition Man was replaced with a horribly-dubbed version that said “Pizza Hut” for the European version? Or that one of the biggest product placement whores of all time is Michael Bay? Okay, that second one you probably already knew.
via A Brief History of Conspicuous Product Placement in Movies – filmdrunk.uproxx.com
Product placement has a place in movies and television. I’d rather see Michael J. Fox slurping from a Pepsi than have the narrative broken for a few minutes for a commercial break.
Sadly you tend to get both. We’re going to be seeing much more placement in the future too, as advertisers want to be able to market to those who torrent or TiVo their television shows.
This February 26th at the Mercure Hotel there’s going to be a big Cardiff Comic Expo (follow them on Twitter). Tickets are currently £5 each, but they imply that the price may go up in the new year.
There are some very interesting guests, but no megastars (yet). I’ll be interested mostly to see the exhibitors myself, and hopefully discover some interesting indies.
I had no idea this was happening, so I figured others may appreciate the heads up!
SF television shows get the best cliffhangers. These are taken from a list on io9 – The best SF/fantasy cliffhangers ever shown on television – with some of my own thoughts. Geeky stuff, but I love it.