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That’s no moon: a silly illo by Ian Gunn

that's no moon, it's a steampunk Planetoid

That’s no moon: it’s a steampunk planetoid! It looks like a refugee from the original Lost In Space or Forbidden Planet. If THX1138 is Lucas’s code, what is W-23, the label on this “moon”? Will we ever know?

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!


When I googled “moon” for some more fun references, I discovered “MoonPig”. When I went there it was NOT the planetoid I was looking for.

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


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