JUNKYARD update – Concept Painting

Anyone here ever listen to Dimension-X? It was a radio show from the 1950s that transribed short stories from various science fiction writers of the day. The show’s lineup of writers included such future legends of sci-fi as Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Ray Bradbury. The stories ranged from cheezy melodrama to surprisingly powerful hard-sf, and there are were truly haunting gems in the episode lineup.


One of my favorites is an episode entitled “Junkyard”, where an exploratory crew finds an alien spaceship graveyard on the surface of a remote planet. There is a mysterious stone tower in the middle of the junkyard, and it seems anyone who goes near it is struck with a crippling loss of memory, to the point where the crew finds themselves trapped on the planet, unable to work their own machinery. This became the seed for a project between a couple of Vancouver-based producers, and I began designing the visual aspects of the story (read: THE SPACESHIP *pewpew!*):



Anyways … SOMETHING NEW. The other day, I was struck suddenly by a scene and painted this image, which captures the moment the Magellan lands on the mysterious planet and the crew begins to venture forth into the junkyard. The idea is that this particular planet rotates on its axis at such a rate that the entire story takes place over the course of a slowly deepening twilight (losing light = losing memories; once it is dark, they are trapped for good?)


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