Alien Diaries / Alien Tagebücher, by Hans Ruedi Giger, Edition Patrick Frey, 2013 (hardcover, 660 pages, 48 b/w images, 59 color images, 23.5×13 cm). Info: editionpatrickfrey.com.
"HR Giger worked in the Shepperton Studios near London from February to November 1978, creating the figures and sets for the film Alien (1979) directed by Ridley Scott. The film became an international success, earning Giger an Oscar. In the transcribed Alien Diaries, published here for the first time as a facsimile, HR Giger describes his work in the studios. He writes, sketches, and takes photographs with his Polaroid SX70. With brutal honesty, sarcasm and occasional despair, Giger describes what it is like working for the film industry and how he struggles against all odds — be it the stinginess of producers or the sluggishness of his staff — to see his designs become reality. The Alien Diaries (in German transcription with an English translation) show a little-known personal side of the artist HR Giger and offer an unusual, detailed glimpse into the making of a movie classic through the eyes of a Swiss artist. The book contains almost completely unpublished material, including drawings, Polaroids showing the monster coming to life, and several still shots from the plentiful film material that Giger took in Shepperton."
Timeless wisdom from pioneering female astronomer Vera Rubin, born on July 23, 1928. Her entire Berkeley commencement address is a must-read.
Hubble telescope spots blue planet where it rains glass
BBC News: The world, known as HD189733b, has a deep azure hue - probably the result of silicate (glass) rain in the atmosphere, which scatters blue light.
The temperature of the planet’s atmosphere is a scorching 1,000C, and it rains glass, sideways, in howling 7,000km-per-hour winds.
Its atmosphere has been found to be dramatically changeable and exotic, with hazes and violent bursts of evaporation.
Details of the discovery, made with the Hubble Space Telescope, are to appear in Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Photo: HD189733b, artist’s impression (NASA/ESA/M Kornmesser)
I WANT TO GOOOOOO
SOMEONE TAKE ME THERE PLEASE
I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing – a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.
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