Netwar 5.01: a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Netwar memorial

Netwar 5.01

This Netwar Memorial shows a man wearing virtual reality goggles, gloves and other addons.

On the plinth beneath the man’s front it says

Netwar 5.01
GMT 2079.11.03.1137
to
GMT 2070.11.03.2300

On the plinth beneath the man’s side it says

“They died that information might be free”
LEST WE DELETE.

So what Ian Gunn is saying is that either Netwar 5.01 or World War 5 lasted a whole 11 hours and 23 minutes on 3 November in the year 2079.

The backstory behind these silly illos

Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was an award-winning artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Cancer took him too soon. But his legacy includes numerous illustrations for zines, books and even school textbooks.

We’ve published a veritable museum of Ian’s Silly Illos here. Many of these illustrations are available for sale.

Victoria’s science fiction convention, Continuum, occasionally presents the Ian Gunn Memorial Award recognising the ‘unsung heroes’ of fandom. Recipients work in obscurity for years without recognition. This award commemorates Ian’s selfless efforts to reach out to others, encouraging others and thereby building the science fiction community.

K’rin Pender-Gunn, Ian’s widow, gave Dark Matter Zine permission to republish Ian’s artwork. Thanks, K’rin!