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Observatory: a silly illo by Ian Gunn


It appears that this observatory is on a little asteroid not much bigger than The Little Prince‘s moon. So the observatory is an Earth-type astronomical observatory but in space. It reminds me of Dark City but in a stellar-stalking way. It also looks suspiciously like a Dalek. Perhaps they’ve evolved again?

Instead of Transformers in disguise, they are Daleks in disguise. Someone please save Doctor Who from Steven Moffat. Oh, wait, THEY HAVE.

I digress. This observatory looks like a giant dalek pretending to be on a purely scientific expedition.

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!

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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