The Future Is A Blank Slate — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

The Future Is A Blank Slate

The Future Is A Blank Slate

Today is the day after the US election and I’m scheduling a few posts in advance. I’ve renamed this ‘goblin write-in’ to ‘The Future Is A Blank Slate’. As people on Twitter have reminded us, the world survived Nixon, Reagan and two Bushes; we can survive Trump too. Write positives into this blank slate and follow Bill and Ted’s advice: be excellent to one another.

Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was a beloved award-winning artist based in Melbourne. Cancer took him from us too soon.

Ian left a legacy including lots of great illustrations. 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: people consistently working in the background who never expect any recognition of their efforts. This 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!