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Topology of the Afterworld

As I mentioned last month, in my post, “The Afterworld as A Monad with an Infinite Center,” I’ve been working on a painting called Topology of the Afterworld. I finished it yesterday.

As I mentioned before, this painting has to do with my mental image of Flimsy, an afterworld that I’m describing in my novel Jim and the Flims. I wanted to fit an endless world into a finite volume—I’m thinking that maybe a copy of Flimsy is inside each electron. And I used M. C. Escher’s idea for fitting infinity into a nutshell by having things shrink as they approach the middle.


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I started with six streams of beings: humans, cuttlefish, dogs, ants, lizards, and birds. And then, again following Escher, I filled in the blank areas with globby beings designed to fiit the available spaces.

I’m happy with this one. (More info at my Paintings page.)


[Graffiti with fake bricks and a real snowboard in Kamloops, BC, Canada.]

On the cyberpunk front, Paul DiFilippo posted an interesting essay/review, “Aging Chrome: Cyberpunks in 2009” of the latest novels by John Shirley, Bruce Sterling, and me.

2 Responses to “Topology of the Afterworld”

  1. Alex Says:

    Great painting, one of your best.

    “For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

    Check out the John Martin painting ‘great day of his wrath’.

    Has a Yantra look to it as well…

  2. HAL-1701 Says:

    and now, this ’84 recordcover from Haruomi Hosono (founder of Yellow Magic Orchestra) appears:

    ! … http://dwww-hosono.sblo.jp/article/627189.html

    and dig the hand-drawn logo of “DaisyWorld” (DWWW) at top of page !
    (viz, the structure-of-flimsy hand-drawing from the “Another Flimsy Model” blogpage).

    and, at the homepage of that “DaisyWorld”,
    where you get if you click on that logo in the above page,
    ie, http://daisyworld.co.jp/
    there, in the center of that homepage of wrapped-around stuff,
    this amazing “magnetic fields of Buzby Berkeley” vid plays when you get there:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=707VxB-ek4Q
    very flower-round-vortex (and living water !!)


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