Science Fiction Bagpipe, Illustrated

by wjw on March 11, 2011

So the artist Ward Shelley has achieved a degree of celebrity in our tribe through his painting, in which he managed to encapsulate the history of science fiction in a graphic that seems to otherwise depict  a couple of Lovecraft monsters having sex.

Or maybe it’s a bagpipe turned inside-out.

But I’d like to point out that this can’t be a real history of science fiction, for the simple reason that I am not mentioned anywhere in the design.

And it can’t be complete without me, now can it?  This is clearly a monstrous hoax.

Dave Bishop March 11, 2011 at 9:32 am

It’s a bit worrying that the graphic seems to end in a sort of large, double cul-de-sac!

Would it be too outrageously flattering to say, Walter, that perhaps your stuff represents a way out of one of the cul-de-sacs or that you’re not even trapped in one?

Yes, it would – but I’ve said it anyway!

Matt March 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Ia Ia, Cthultu f’tagn

John Appel March 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I took a look at this yesterday, and IMHO, any “history of science fiction” that makes no mention of Hardwired in it’s Cyberpunk section is, at best, suspect.

wjw March 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I also see that Ray Bradbury got left out.

Without me ‘n’ ray, it’s nothing!

Pete March 12, 2011 at 3:07 am

I mentioned this to Apple, and her response: “Your favorite author should not be on some squid guy’s head” Fair enough.

DensityDuck March 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm

A: the ultimate result of the evolution of Sci-Fi is WALL-E?

B: why do I have the sneaking suspicion that all of this was just to get us to look at a drawing of a butt?

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