At 01:44 PM 9/24/99 Nadia, Queen of Muses, wrote:
>Also exoterra work has been done to death. I mean how many 2001's and Aliens
>images can we find? a lot. But the only guy who uses bright colors is Syd
>Mead. But he's so god-damn industrial age.
>Possibly Roger Dean, though his stuff is 70's and very *very* retro..."
>Rocks, fish-spaceships, mushrooms, waterfalls, floating islands, soft
>oranges, blues, yellows, greens...
Yes, Roger Dean is fantastic...his artwork is half of the reason I bought _Tales From Topographic Oceans_. (Yes is the other half, of course).
My "nan-city" could never stay as one particular form or shape...I would always want it to mold itself around my moods, emotions or frame of mind --perhaps regulated by a neural network? I would love nothing more than to be able to hear a constant flow of music to match my thoughts...written by my stream of consciousness, or even the collective subconsciousness of my city's inhabitants.
There is one thing, though, I could not tolerate in a nan-city, which would be lack of production and industry. Given such possibilities as are manifested by nanotech, it might become easy to revel in the "present" when that time comes. However, my nan-city would have to be a productive one, using technology to push all envelopes forward. In fact, the ideal city (for me) would be less a city than a spacecraft to explore the galaxy. That is the beauty of our future: one day, science will be so like art, and art so like science, that it will be impossible and superfluous to distinguish one from the other.
E. Shaun Russell Extropian, Musician, ExI Member firstname.lastname@example.org <KINETICIZE *YOUR* POTENTIAL> ------------------------------------------------------- "The reason I'm involved with Extropy...is to end the carnage." -Robert Bradbury, Extro-4