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H.R. Giger has passed away. Via Tor:

The world of science fiction has suffered a terrible loss today with the death of iconic Swiss artist H.R. Giger. According to reports, Giger passed away in Zurich after suffering injuries sustained in a fall at his home; he was 74.

Known for his distinctive “biomechanical” style of design and painting, Hans Rudolf “Ruedi” Giger was an internationally acclaimed surrealist whose work has inspired several generations of science fiction fans, writers, artists, and filmmakers. Perhaps best known for designing the titular alien in director Ridley Scott’s Alien—a design based on his painting Necronom IV—Giger won an Oscar for his work on the film in 1980.

His art is both endlessly inventive and instantly recognizable, interweaving the fantastic and the macabre, making dark and nightmarish elements into something inexpressibly beautiful, appearing everywhere from Omnimagazine to books of paintings (including the classic Necronomicon andNecronomicon II) to countless movies, interior design, album cover art, and video games. He has directly influenced the work of directors like Scott, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and David Lynch as well as authors such as William Gibson, and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame last year in Seattle, along with David Bowie and J.R.R. Tolkien. Giger was a visionary whose loss will be felt in all corners of the science fiction world, while his sinuous, powerfully evocative images and creative influence will continue to inspire our imaginations for many years to come. 

75 years of the best superhero ever!
I like how he made his debut by carrying some guy around by the neck.
worldsfinestonline:

Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman, was released exactly 75 years ago today. Happy birthday, Batman!
http://www.worldsfinestonline.com

75 years of the best superhero ever!

I like how he made his debut by carrying some guy around by the neck.

worldsfinestonline:

Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman, was released exactly 75 years ago today. Happy birthday, Batman!

http://www.worldsfinestonline.com

l0rdtwatbeard:

Happy birthday Sir Terry Pratchett

65 today

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Pratchett

Noli Timere Messorem

Congratulations to Max Barry, winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel for Lexicon. This novel looks at what would happen if words became literal weapons and goes well with our recent explorations of language.

Check out the rest of the winners.

Happy Birthday to the magnificent Samuel R. Delany! Delany is an influential science fiction theorist and author whose works have won numerous awards and have been widely influential.

He also has an awesome beard.

(image by James Hamilton via the Los Angeles Times)

worldsfinestonline:

Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman, was released exactly 75 years ago today. Happy birthday, Batman!
http://www.worldsfinestonline.com

75 years ago today Batman was born. Happy Birthday Batman! Today should be a national holiday. This one’s for you, Bats.

worldsfinestonline:

Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman, was released exactly 75 years ago today. Happy birthday, Batman!

http://www.worldsfinestonline.com

75 years ago today Batman was born. Happy Birthday Batman! Today should be a national holiday. This one’s for you, Bats.

Want to plot the exact moment your favorite TV show jumped the shark? Kevin Wu has created a site, Graph TV, that will use IMDB’s user ratings to show both each season’s success and the overall trend line. I’m just happy to see my dislike of the latest seasons of Doctor Who statistically validated.

There is a stunning poster series out from illustrator Robert Ball, called Beautiful Death, showcasing one death from each Game of Thrones episode. Check them all out.

There is a stunning poster series out from illustrator Robert Ball, called Beautiful Death, showcasing one death from each Game of Thrones episode. Check them all out.

There is a stunning poster series out from illustrator Robert Ball, called Beautiful Death, showcasing one death from each Game of Thrones episode. Check them all out.

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View the full #BeautifulDeath episodic countdown to Game of Thrones Season 4 and submit your own creations at BeautifulDeath.com