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The Final Plan by Francois Schuiten
The Final Plan by Francois Schuiten

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If you haven’t seen the amazing artwork of Francois Schuiten then just click on the image above and see a whole range of the most stunning artwork you could imagine.  These small images cannot really do justice to Francois Schuiten art though.  The large fine art prints of Francois Schuiten’s drawings are unbelievably impressive and are often used as a centrepiece for a large room.  Artists like Francois Schuiten show quite clearly how artists who made their name in drawing comic books are often as talented and at least as creative as other artists despite the long-term prejudices in many art colleges against comic art as a worthwhile profession for a “real” artist.  Perhaps it will be the work of people like Francois Schuiten that will one be hanging in the world’s national art galleries.  Francois Schuiten gives you an amazing perspective, tones and colours that hint at some kind of film noire plot that is not explicit but only hinted at.  There is almost a sense of vertigo in some of the art and books play a prominent role.  To have a look at more of the incredible art of Francois Schuiten all you need to do is click on the image or if that is a bit too far away then how about right here.

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P&KG seem to have had their Facebook page hacked and malicious blue meanies have tried to convince
people that their KUSTOM KULTURE BLASTOFF event has been cancelled.

IT IS NOT CANCELLED
THE DATES ARE AS BEFORE 31ST AUGUST – 1ST SEPTEMBER

Any enquires call 0116 281 0029 (within the UK)

Friday 15 February to Sunday 17 March 2013

Obsidian Art invites you to their 2013 exhibition of work by Ed Org and special guests. Featuring stunning new
original work by Ed Org – including over 30 original drawings, sketches and paintings, plus new prints.

This year we are really excited to be able to include eight wonderful guest artists to accompany Ed –
Alexandra Dawe (paintings & drawing),
Chyna de la Mer (ceramic sculpture),
Hannah Willow (jewellery & painting),
Julien Hatswell (clocks),
Kelly Martinez (jewellery),
Marc Potts (painting),
Philthetree (wood carving & furniture)
Sue Rawley (pewter boxes & mirrors).

Obsidian Art
Layby Farm (The Bucks Goat Centre),
Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks, HP22 5XJ.

The exhibition is open daily from
Friday 15 February to
Sunday 17 March
Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm
Sundays 12 Noon to 4pm

Let me tell you about the future …

Do you want to know about the future of mankind?  Where we will be in 10, 20, 30 or hundred or a thousand years time?  Of course you do! And as long as we stop doing silly things like burning up oil our descendants might actually be here but how can you find out?  Well, foretelling the future, outside of gypsies with crystal balls or new agers with tarot cards has often been the province of science fiction writers so what about asking them or looking at their predictions?

Well, the truth is that the one thing that sci-fi has been miraculously unanimous in is an utterly miserable failure to get even close to a decent prediction.  The history of science fiction is littered with forecasts that are so far off it is as if you shot the arrow, missed your shed and killed the neighbour’s dog five houses down.  It really is that bad!  Setting aside the idea that Venus has oceans on it, that we will get invaded by Martians (neatly sidestepped in the Tom Cruise remake of War of the Worlds) or that you can go to the centre of the earth without being turned nicely brown and crispy just look at the history of science fiction literature and film-making.  If we were after accurate predictions rather than entertainment we’d all be asking for our money back.  There’s a film of HG Wells ‘Time Machine’ predicting nuclear war in 1966 while George Orwell, instead of accurately predicting 1984, only managed to give rise to a terrible reality TV show that makes his version of 1984 seem quite pleasant by comparison.

I’m sure you can think of many more examples of totally off-beam predictions and by all means write them into the comments and a special no-prize for anyone coming up with an author who has actually made a good prediction.  Here’s a last one from more recent years from us – Back to the future – now, honestly, doesn’t that really take the prize!  Brilliant entertaining trilogy and despite its flaws it does some great tricks with time paradoxes but, oh dear, a little bit out on thirty years forward to 2015 weren’t we?  Back in 1985 the writers of  Back to the Future give us a vision of 2015 and what a vision that is!  Apparently, everyone has completely lost all fashion and dress sense whatsoever wandering around in the most insane outfits you could never imagine no matter how many magic mushrooms you’ve had.  But thumbs up on the technology because we’ve got hover cars and hover boards that defy gravity.  Get going guys!  You’ve got three years to come up with a way of defying gravity!  What is superb of course is how so much has changed and we have such amazing technology yet nobody has a mobile or a laptop, nobody is on Facebook and in fact nobody even mentions the Internet or even email.  But they still have FAX !!!  Oh please!

So; given the spectacular failure of every generation of science fiction writer to come up with anything even remotely like a decent forecast what is the best advice for budding science fiction writers?  One thing is to make sure you set your future at least 100 years from now so at least when the future turns out to be something radically different you are no longer around to receive the criticism.  Asimov did this trick with the foundation trilogy and leapt forward at great leaps so far that his books should all be dust by the time anyone realises how far off he was … if he was.  Alternate realities are a good cop out too so your future is just one of a number of possibilities so if it doesn’t happen you can just as, “Aah, well, it could have done!”

In a way it is nice to know that after so many years of scientific progress there are still some great mysteries in the universe and the future appears to be one of them.

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