A brief history of space concept art—Norman Rockwell, Chesney Bonestell, Robert McCall, Pat Rawlings, David Meltzer …all the classics.
Moonscape is a free and freely shareable high-definition documentary about the first manned Moon landing. Funded and produced by space enthusiasts from all over the world, it shows the full Apollo 11 landing and moonwalk, using only the original audio, TV and film footage and the original photographs, rescanned and restored from the best available sources, with full English subtitles (other languages will follow).
A profile of Chesley Bonestell. It’s amazing to think how much of his work was produced before we had even left this planet.
A brief history of lunar sci-fi.
No matter how much we want the science fiction dream to come true – and personally I would love it – the reality is that a lunar colony is very unlikely to ever be financially viable. It would be no surprise if we saw more expeditions to the moon, but all those wonderful visions of the high frontier recreated in space are more likely to apply to destinations with a better long-term future, like Mars, rather than the moon.
A lovely little script from Nat to create a nice montage of images. It works by progressively enhancing a regular series of images in the markup.
A short story by Ian McDonald set in the same universe as his new novel Luna: New Moon.
A short profile of Michael Moorcock’s Elric series (though, for me, Jerry Cornelius is the champion that remains eternal in my memory).
We’re going back to the moon. With a robot. So we can take sublunarean samples.
You can help fund it on Kickstarter.
Rhea and Titan, as seen by Cassini.
A warm-hearted short story about a moonshot. By Tom Hanks.
James re-imagines the Barbican as an airship drifting free of central London.
A handy walkthrough of using icon fonts. The examples here use the excellent IcoMoon service
Best. Chrome extension. EVER!
Paul’s Chrome extension replaces every instance of “the cloud” with “the moon” (something I do in my head anyway).
It’s forked from an extension that replaces every instance of “the cloud” with “the clown.”
Oh, and Ben has written a version for Safari …forked from code that converts every instance of “the cloud” to “my butt.”
Gorgeous colour-processed images from NASA probes. I could stare at the fountains of Enceladus all day.
This is a great free service for generating small subsetted icon fonts. Launch the app and have a play around — you can choose from the icons provided or you can import your own SVG shapes.
Nice touch: you can get the resulting font (mapped to your choice of unicode characters) base-64 encoded for your stylesheet.
Samantha does an excellent job of explaining how useful style tiles can be for visual design and iteration.
Samantha put together this handy one-page site to explain Style Tiles as part of her South by Southwest presentation.
Moo and Lanyrd sitting in a tree, helping promote my SXSW panel. Excellent!
A masterplan for the moon as a global cemetery. Launch the ashes of your loved ones to the moon (leaving the buckyball container in lunarstationary orbit). Given enough ashes and enough buckyballs, the result is a fertile surface and a atmosphere-trapping layer of fullerine. Terraforming via recycled humans.
Or, if that’s too long-term for you, you can buy a scale-model moon jewel.