Mind Space – Departure, A New Frontier of Pretty

There are themes you tend toward that make you feel hopeful. They perk you up with their beauty or promise, with the thoughts they instill in you. For some, it is photos and paintings of flowers or mountains or the sea. For me it’s space. Both the reality of it as depicted in NASA’s Astronomy Pic of the Day but also as it is imagined and dreamt of by artists in spectacular ways.

Departure by V4nssi (click image to visit original)

Departure by V4nssi
(click image to visit original)

Above is Departure created by deviantArtist V4nssi and inspired by Christopher Nolan’s movie Interstellar.

There is peace in knowing that no matter how insurmountable my problems are, they are less than a mote compared to the forces involved in forming a planet or burning a star.

And there is hope in the idea that humanity might one day survive long enough to colonize space. I read books like Honorverse and hope fervently that one day we may travel the stars and live among them with the same ease. It means we will one day look back upon the mess we live in now, physically and socially and marvel at our primitiveness.

Hope. There is no fuel more potent to propel us across chasms of despair or terror.

Space, as dreamt of in the mind of artists, is my visual and virtual oasis and I find I need a lot of that these days. No sense hoarding that peace and beauty to myself however so welcome to a new series on this blog, of fantastical places and scenes in space.

Above are the words of Dylan Thomas spoken by Michael Caine in Interstellar captured by YouTuber Richard Xing:

 

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

 

~ Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953

If you create art that falls into this category feel free to contact me for a post (or posts) with your work at WMABlogging @ gmail DOT com.

Let’s spread a little hope around.

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HONORVERSE – The Honor Of The Queen, David Weber Book 2

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TLDR: Honor delivers well-deserved smackdown left and right. Another free book link at the bottom of this post!

The Honor of the Queen cover by David Mattingly

The Honor of the Queen cover by David Mattingly

The Honor of the Queen is the second book in David Weber’s Honor Harrington series and was originally published June 01, 1993. It takes place three years after the events that took place in On Basilisk Station which I reviewed last week on the blog.
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