Writing Our Way to the Stars

Quis hic locus? Quae regio? Quae mundi plaga?

[What place is this? What kingdom? What shores of what world?]

- Seneca's Hercules Furens
Act 5, line 1138
"But Ransom, as time wore on, became aware of another and more spiritual cause for his progressive lightening and exultation of heart. A nightmare, long engendered in the modern mind by the mythology that follows in the wake of science, was falling off him. He had read of ‘Space’: at the back of his thinking for years had lurked the dismal fancy of the black, cold vacuity, the utter deadness, which was supposed to separate the worlds. He had not known how much it affected him till now-now that the very name ‘Space’ seemed a blasphemous libel for this empyrean ocean of radiance in which they swam. He could not call it ‘dead’; he felt life pouring into him from it every moment. How indeed should it be otherwise, since out of this ocean all the worlds and all their life had come? He had thought it barren: he now saw that it was the womb of worlds, whose blazing and innumerable offspring looked down nightly even upon the earth with so many eyes-and here, with how many more! No: Space was the wrong name.” - C.S. LewisOut of the Silent Planet

 For many years, I thought of the night as black - my childhood paintings reflected that. But the truth is that the night sky is wonderfully rich and full of color. From this image so firmly planted in my mind years ago by the ineffable Lewis, the concept we’re exploring here is that of space as full of living color. Drawing off of this idea, that space is not really as dead as we think, I’m hoping we can draw more color into the normal, cold palate assigned to your average sci-fi. Throughout the hunt for inspiration, shades of purple and gold have leapt out, burrowing into the imagery of our story.

Purple, in all its forms, lavender, violet, indigo, royal, imperial, Byzantium, etc. is highly evocative of a life, pulsing with depth and mystery. Gold is synonymous with wealth, and shades of orange add to the warmth. With this color scheme, we’re trying to build a lush effect that will translate not only into “deeper” space, but into living characters as well.

-S.G.R. 

*Unless otherwise stated, all images have been found online and are not mine. No copyright infringement intended.

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