Playing with some random shots of book-case shelves, I blended them with a tropical screen composition. They are aptly called the Paper Jungle pieces.
Note that the title, The Moon Pool, is very visible in the second image. The novel, by Abraham Merritt (1884–1943), is considered a classic example of the early science-fantasy or science-romance genre that laid the foundation of science fiction and would inspire H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Remnants of a lost civilization in the Pacific islands guard a terrible metaphysical creature, The Dweller in the Moon Pool.
Merritt’s two short stories “The Moon Pool” (1918) and its sequel, “Conquest of the Moon Pool” (1919) originally appeared in All-Story Weekly .
Merritt then reworked them into a novel released in 1919. The various covers for the book reflect the times and perceived target audience for the novel. Most covers are typically pulpy, suggesting sex (while the narrative actually portrays a very chaste romance), exotic or strange realms and all sorts of adventurous action. Notice both the 70s cover on the left and the 40s on the right feature the beautiful white female in exotic undress and amphibian bipedal figures. The girl from the 40s wears some sort of knitted swim suit and is in need of rescuing by manly men. The lady on the 70s cover is more exotic and seems to be in command , ordering the guard/warrior creature as she surveys the exotic landscape. Different expectations for a different generation of readers.
Interestingly, the cover of the novel (1993) that I have in my possession , appears to better represent another one of Merritt’s works, The Snake Mother (1930).
Besides the above links, which provide more information, you can read the novel online or if you prefer, listen to it from Librivox. Both are free; many of Merritt’s works are available for free online.
These pieces visually represent the change in Media Literacy & the consumption of text. As we shift from printed text to digital text, our reading behaviour is altered. As various reading tablets make digital text more portable & accessible in different environments, the printed text is replaced by digital text. Currently, sales of e-books are exceeding those of printed books ; even the comic book is becoming a digital commodity. So what happens to the reading lamp ? Will it become as quaint as the phone dial and vinyl record ? Perhaps in future museums & dusty libraries only highly trained specialists will understand how to turn the lamps on, open the books, and flip the pages.
Here is the latest model of a Raygun Television done in the retro-classic Raygun Gothic style. Note the blend of metal & wood with the rustic charm of the digital future. This model comes with High definition 4D capabilities for the most rapid online matter transfer shopping. You can have the future today & yesterday all at the same time with multi-channel recording & doppelgänger settings. Schroedinger setting allows you to observe the show when you are not there . Security features ensure that inter-dimensional spam is filtered out and Cthulhu fields are blocked.
Immanuel Velikovsky (Russian: Иммануи́л Велико́вский; 10 June [O.S. 29 May] 1895 – 17 November 1979) was a Russian-Jewish psychiatrist and independent scholar, best known as the author of a number of controversial books reinterpreting the events of ancient history, in particular the US bestseller Worlds in Collision, published in 1950
Velikovsky argued that electromagnetic effects play an important role in celestial mechanics ( these changes to the configuration of the solar system violate several well-understood laws of physics) .
He also proposed a revised chronology for ancient Egypt, Greece, Israel and other cultures of the ancient Near East. The revised chronology aimed at explaining the so-called “dark age” of the eastern Mediterranean (c. 1100–750 BC) and reconciling biblical history with mainstream archaeology and Egyptian chronology.
Planet Earth has suffered natural catastrophes on a global scale, both before and during humankind’s recorded history.
There is evidence for these catastrophes in the geological record (here Velikovsky was advocating Catastrophist ideas as opposed to the prevailing Uniformitarian notions) and archeological record. The extinction of many species had occurred catastrophically, not by gradual Darwinian means.
The catastrophes that occurred within the memory of humankind are recorded in the myths, legends and written history of all ancient cultures and civilizations. Velikovsky pointed to alleged concordances in the accounts of many cultures, and proposed that they referred to the same real events. For instance, the memory of a flood is recorded in the Hebrew Bible, in the Greek legend of Deucalion, and in the Manu legend of India. Velikovsky put forward the psychoanalytic idea of “Cultural Amnesia” as a mechanism whereby these literal records came to be regarded as mere myths and legends.
According to Velikovsky’s interpretation of comparative myths the causes of these natural catastrophes were close encounters between the Earth and other bodies within the solar system — not least what are now the planets Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, and Mars, these planetary bodies had moved upon different orbits within human memory.
While all this speculation are fanciful & creative, they have lead to an arrayof beliefs & flawed interpretations of the cosmos.