“Frontier” Elite 2

“Frontier” Elite 2

Elite 2 Frontier

Elite 2 Frontier

Elite 2 Frontier

A selection of screenshots from David Braben’s classic 16bit Space trading adventure game elite Elite 2 “Frontier” which made it’s debut back in 1992. Frontier’s core gaming may not have been as playable or fun as it’s illustrious, highly successful 8bit predecessor, but it was IMHO a much more immersive experience – Armed with an Commodore Amiga, Atari ST or IBM PC (boo!) it offered you the chance to explore an almost limitless galaxy of Millions of Star Systems, ok so perhaps only 100 of them were of actual interest but that was still plenty of traveling. Probably the games most fascinating aspect was it’s Galactic and Local star chart’s, the prior offering a 3d rotatable Grid enabling the player too see not only Star positions, jump distances and shipping lanes but also how far above or below the galactic plane a potential destination might be- cooler still, real star’s were featured up to a 20 light year radius from our own,

Jamie Hewlett – Tank Girl

Jamie Hewlett – Tank Girl

Jamie Hewlett - Tank Girl

A wonderfully detailed profile shot of “Tank Girl”, a British Comic book character who made her official debut in Deadline Magazine back in 1988.

Set in a post-apocalyptic Australia (ala Mad Max) Tank Girl is the creation of Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, Hewlett of course most famous for being the Co-Creator (along with Blur’s Damon Albarn) of the concept band Gorillaz.

Read more about Tank Girl at Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_girl
or visit the official site http://tank-girl.com/

Illustration originally Via Flickr User Zeroblondal

Dan McPharlin – Wired Italia

Dan McPharlin – Wired Italia

Dan Mcpharlin - Wired Italia

Dan Mcpharlin - Wired Italia

Dan Mcpharlin - Wired Italia

Ok so here we have something of a Sci-Fi-O-Rama Exclusive! A set of 3 gorgeous SF Illustrations commissioned for the May 2009 edition of Wired Italia. The accompanying future gazing article hypothesizes the year 2061, where Italians are living on the moon – hence the Earthrise in the middle image! Super cool stuff from Dan as always; from his trademark lush textures, right down to the subtle 70’s-esque borders…

Images Courtesy of Dan Mcpharlin http://www.flickr.com/photos/danmcp/
and Wired Italia http://www.wired.it/

** Addendum Sept 1st 2009:

Related content – Bruce Sterling (author of the Wired Article) http://blog.wired.com/sterling

Roger Dean – Shadow of the Beast T Shirt

Shadow of The Beast - T Shirt

A quick follow up to a feature I ran a year ago on Roger Dean’s Artwork for the computer game “Shadow of the Beast” published by legendary 80’s/90’s 16bit software house Psygnosis. This image is a close up of the highly sought after limited edition t-shirt featuring a graphic bio-mechanical deer (reinterpreted from the Box Art) and that oh-so-cool logotype!

Scan is part of SOTB Boxs Set selection via Flickr User Pocket Clouds.  “Psygnosis will never die!” … amen to that!  In fact if you remember Psygnosis you might want to check out this superb French tribute site: http://psygnosisamiga.free.fr

Vincent Fournier – Space Project

Vincent Fournier – Space Project

Vincent Fournier - Space

Vincent Fournier - Space

Vincent Fournier - Space Project

Vincent Fournier - Space

A lonely, fragile explorer traversing a world of cold desolation…

These spectacular landscapes are the work of French Artist/Photographer Vincent Fournier, taken from his “Space Project” Series. I’m not sure on the exact location here but this type of arid terrain is known as ‘Badlands’ or simply ‘Badland’, basically a landform created by the wind/water erosion of soft sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils. Often this occurs in flash flooding when a years precipitation happens overnight.

Famous Badlands include: Hell’s Half Acre (Wyoming USA, used as a location for the 1997 movie Starship Troopers),  Bardenas Reales (Navarre, Spain) and New Zealands Putangirua Pinnacles.

See the more from the Space Project set at http://www.vincentfournier.co.uk/ originally spotted via FFFFound.com.

John Polgreen (1)

John Polgreen (1)

John Polgreen - Space Travel

John Polgreen - Space Travel

John Polgreen - Patrol

A selection of vintage Space Art by John Polgreen an American artist most prolific in the 50’s – a style akin to the work of Chesley Bonestell –  difficult to believe these beautifully rendered forward thinking scenes are 50 or more years old.  Perhaps then a shame that these depicted visions (simultaneous moon landings) haven’t quite come true yet.

Alas there’s not a raft of information on John Polgreen, best place to start is with Flickr User’s Curly-Wurly and Nick Derington who have both posted galleries set’s featuring more of his work.

Picture Notes:

Top: Astronauts surveying a Lunar Landscape via Nick Derington

2nd Top: Blast off from the Lunar Surface via Nick Derington

Bottom: A slightly different style (more painterly) via The Weird World of Winchell Chung / http://www.projectrho.com/ << now that’s a proper Sci-fi Blog to behold! some fantastially in depth