The Universe Has Us in Its Crosshairs

Bad Astronomy
By Phil Plait
Nov 6, 2009 7:00 PMNov 20, 2019 5:41 AM


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Looking for something to do this weekend, and for the next month? Are you anywhere near New York City? Then I am very pleased to let you know that a group of artists there have created an exhibit based on my book, Death from the Skies! The exhibit is hanging at the ABC No Rio site, and runs from now until November 25 (actually it started last week). The viewing times are Sundays 1:00 - 3:00pm and Wednesdays & Thursdays 4:00pm - 7:00pm. This is very cool, and I am deeply honored they based their work on my book. I was contacted by artist Brian George about it some time ago. Just recently he sent me some snapshots, and I was totally blown away by this:

I recognized this poor sot right away, and if you've read the first few pages of the book you will too. He's the first guy killed by the Universe, straight away in Chapter 1. But don't fret too much about him: everyone dies in the book. Over and over again, even. I love the shadows of the trees in that drawing. Read the book to find out why. <Mwuahahahaha!>

The artwork on display is eclectic and interesting, and if you're into astronomy and mayhem you want to go! The artists include Michael Estabrook, Brian George, Jacob Hashimoto, HC Noel (who drew Mark, above), Kevin Pyle, Kelly Savage ("Galaxies" over there on the left), William Stamos, Es Muss Sein Quartet & B-Cat and C-Town. There's a Facebook group for the exhibit, too. And as an aside, if you happen to be in NYC Friday November 6, why not pay my friend, the wonderful flame-haired chanteuse Marian Call, a visit at her east coast debut? Her voice and music are really good, and she sings about cool scifi stuff, and even has a song the title of which I suggested to her. She's awesome. Of course, if you're not in NYC, but instead are in Florida, that's OK, because then you can go to Carl Sagan Day on Saturday, November 7!

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