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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:

    ! …

    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,
    there, in the center of that homepage of wrapped-around stuff,
    this amazing “magnetic fields of Buzby Berkeley” vid plays when you get there:
    very flower-round-vortex (and living water !!)

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