When I was a kid I had a book with that first one in it -- I never noticed the beach umbrella! Even in space, you can lay out.
I was about to say the same thing - I definitely saw that image in a book I read back in my library-instead-of-learning-reading-with-the-other-first-graders days.
In space, no one can hear you burn.
It's like an Arthur C. Clarke / James Lileks mashup.
The artist is Don Davis whose site is http://www.donaldedavis.com/
A really good listing of space art is at http://www.hobbyspace.com/Art/index.html
And if you want to actually DO something about making this real, check out http://www.hobbyspace.com/Active/index.html and especially http://www.space-frontier.org/ and the organization founded by Gerard K. O'Neill http://ssi.org
No doubt, these paintings were inspirational for this:
I was about to ask what game this is from. But then I noticed the very tall wall, with a sprawl of geometric concrete and metal on the other side, so this must be taken from Clarke's Rama novels.
Like everyone else here, I also read That Book when I was a kid - the one with drawings of the O'Neill cylinders.
Really? I thought it was a screencap of Babylon 5...
That's actually what it is. :>
what's ur avatar? it's awesome, whatever it is.
The first thing I too thought of was Rama.
I had a book with both of those pictures in it. Years later, when reading Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama, I realized the bottom picture is probably a lot like what he had in mind--if indeed the artist didn't get inspiration from that very book.
The book I had with those pictures was Colonies In Space (1977), was it the same one?
I love this line in the Amazon reviews: "This is a very good book and honestly my favorite book of all non-fiction (excepting scripture, of course)."
Just look how big CDs were in 1970:
We've come a long long way.
Oh wow I totally had all this art as a kid. I probably still have some in poster form. FLASHBACK CITY
It's like Halo... only peacful... with space yuppies.
It was the 70s -- those aren't yuppies, they're space swingers.
If I was in space I certainly wouldn't wear a tie.
That's a nice glass of Space Chardonnay and they're listening to some nice jazz-funk fusion...nice
The future's still awesome, it's just got crappier aesthetic designers now.
My ex had a book in his childhood that talked about being on Mars by sometime in 1990. At sixteen, in 1990, he was inexplicably depressed.
I remember all the kickass art from all the issues of OMNI that my mom's roommate would kick me. My bedroom walls were covered with it until I graduated to frosted-haired prettyboy rockstars.
Bradbury had some short stories about living on mars in 1990. I loved them, but now they make me sad.
Where is my rocket car?
You'd probably enjoy Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars series. And get a copy of the Traveler's Guide to Mars by William K. Hartmann, as a companion piece.
We used to dream big. Of all the things we've lost since the 70's, I think that's the most profound. I love William Gibson's writing, but the bitter cynicism that underlies his style sadly - and accurately - reflects our times.
FWIW, I thought Red Mars was crap.
I read Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars years ago. Found them to be completely tedious and pointless. Then I decided that maybe I was too harsh and recently started reading them again. Turns out that (so far) they're still tedious and pointless.
YMMV. Lately I've been reading John Varley's stuff for the first time, and he's good, but he doesn't knock my socks off the way he does others. I think after a certain point, you get jaded and it seldom seems there's anything really new under the sun.
that first one is kinda how i imagined freeside in neuromancer, only more mall-like, less grass.
I thought neuromancer too, only a happy perky version with less underground treachery.
Ha, same here!
Is there a word for when you remember when something was new and exciting, but now it's so old that everybody's forgotten it, and now it's new again? But unfortunately styled?