Cultural Phenomena

Jimmy Descant’s Deluxe Rocketships are ingenious fabrications that use various mechanical clutter to recall the retro-active vehicles of 1950s sci-fi.

“2001: A Space Odyssey” Internet Research Archive: a viewer’s guide to the millennium that never happened.

“Blade Runner” is the quintessential cyberpunk movie, featuring a monotone Harrison Ford strolling a wickedly convincing Los Angeles in search of genetically engineered “replicants.” This film does an excellent job of capturing the pre-millennial zeitgeist. Its future may not by ours, but it certainly could have been.

For all of the “Blade Runner” information you could ever want, visit BRmovie.com and the Official Blade Runner On-Line Magazine. Both sites are crammed with information on special effects, Philip K. Dick and visual futurism.

The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement: “Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth’s biosphere to return to good health. Crowded conditions and resource shortages will improve as we become less dense.”

John Taylor Gatto’s Odysseus Group challenges the prevailing paradigm behind mass compulsary schooling. Does our culture strive to truly educate its citizens or merely churn out more obedient consumers? The evidence harvested by Gatto leads to some disquieting conclusions.

Princess Di’s death foretold by Morrissey? Please, please, please take a look at The Diana-Morrissey Phenomenon.

Visual futurist Syd Mead‘s official website. Mead conceived the meticulously wrought future urban landscape of “Blade Runner.”

All things David Lynch.

Biomechanist H.R. Giger is a driving force in contemporary surrealism. His dream-like visions are elegant and perversely seductive fusions of flesh and machine.

Braid Media Arts, an exquisite gallery of futuristic art featuring the works of Rick Berry.

Seriously clever surrealist photography by Margot Knight.

Although artist Richard Powers achieved fame as a cover illustrator for science fiction books, his work defies genre. Like Dali, Powers delighted in the use of biomorphic forms to construct hallucinatory landscapes.

Beware The Cuddly Menace!

I can think of a lot of cool words to describe the work of Ray Caesar. Unfortunately, I don’t have room for them all.

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