Varda went forth from the council, and she looked out from the height of Taniquetil, and beheld the darkness of Middle-earth beneath the innumerable stars, faint and far. Then she began a great labour, greatest of all the works of the Valar since their coming into Arda. She took the silver dews from the vats of Telperion, and therewith she made new stars and brighter against the coming of the Firstborn.
Descriptions come from this fantastic post by askmiddlearth:[x]
Art by Howard Pyle (1905) - “Attack On A Galleon.”
In the sequel to Frank Herbert’s Dune, 12 Years have passed since Paul Atreidis seized the throne as Emperor. While he struggles with his prescient visions, others are conspiring in the shadows.
Sword with Scabbard
- Dated: 16th–19th century
- Culture: Korean
- Medium: steel, wood, leather, gold, silver
- Measurements: blade length 27 inches (68.6 cm)
Contender for Grayswandir? Zelazny was a fan of things Eastern…
I’ve been a Roger Zelazny fan for several dog’s ages now, long before I discovered anything else. This is my Amberite OC, Elena, who I came up with as a
convenient interdimensional traveleroutside connection in an RP of another fandom. Elena’s backstory is that she was a daughter of Julian, one of the princes of Amber (and canon) who rejected her as a child, and one of the princesses, Sand, took Elena under her wing until the girl’s late teens, when Sand disappeared without any apparent trace except for a cryptic message to her young charge — “When it’s time, you will find me.”
Elena spent years hellriding in search of Sand, becoming even more estranged from the rest of the family, and had a son, who she named after her father, much to the annoyance of the namesake. Eventually she connects with the remnants of a tribe of horse nomads in another shadow who are fleeing from Chaos-inspired raiders, and leads them to safer places. After Shadow Earth is devastated by a supervolcano eruption, which Elena suspects was not entirely natural, she and her allies go there, add a few more survivors to their ragtag band, and go to rendezvous with her son who has located other survivors who somehow managed to find their way into another shadow without any Amberite’s help (another long story in itself). This shadow, she eventually discovers, was constructed from Pattern, extremely stable and not susceptible to outside manipulation, as well as being a mirror of Shadow Earth in many ways - except for the complete absence of native humans/humanoids or higher mammals despite having an advanced technic civilization. This shadow is, in fact, based on a movie ‘verse/francise of Disney/Pixar, but unfortunately, one that has attracted a lot of haters. I’m not saying which one here, but if you’re saavy and notice some of the particular details in the picture, you can do the math.
(colorized version is from Elena’s Trump - color by amberchrome)
Ghiannis D. | by Ivo Vaessen
“A lovely wreck with marvellous silhouettes against the surface. This Greek ship sunk in 1983 en route from Croatia to Saudi Arabia, after colliding with a wreck. 100 m long, the stern rests at 23 m. It is lying at a 45o and can be slightly disorientating. You can go in the engine room, which is big. Other rooms lead off this. Look out for an enormous grey mottled moray eel, of sea serpent proportions, as well as coral, prawns, mullet, butterfly fish and pretty pipefish (Corythoichthys schultzi).
The Ghiannis D is north of Sha’ab Abu Nuhâs reef, in the Strait of Gobal.”
— from Wreck Diving in Eqypt
THE BIG QUESTION (2007) by Michael Whelan
Acrylic on Canvas - 60” X 48”
I’ve done a number of paintings which have taken their symbolic cues from letter forms. “Eye” is one example (eye = “I”). As with many of my works, this one employs light as a symbol of knowledge and affirmation. There are two Stanley Kubrick quotes which are relevant to this painting:
"The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning."
"The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent… but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light."
I see another arms race. and it is scary!!!!!!!!
How Slim Pickens learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.
one of the best movie ever made
[Tau Sagittarii is the star nearest the origin of the “Wow!” Signal, as far as anyone has been able to determine]
The same material is mirrored (with less cpu-hungry advertising) at The New “Wow!” Signal. Reference is made to this article: “A new class of SETI beacons that contain information” by G. R. Harp, R. F. Ackermann, Samantha K. Blair, et al. What is important here, though, is not the source, but the idea.
The gist is that pulses from planet-based space radars such as Arecibo and Goldstone, used to image asteroids and the surfaces of other celestial bodies, may be detected by radio telescopes at respectable interstellar distances. But such detections are not likely to be repeated. Resulting in singular events like 6EQUJ5, aka the “Wow!” Signal, and the latest TYC 1220-91-1 detection — very possibly emitted by extraterrestrial civilizations.
For more, use the link.