Archive for December, 2010


Happy Holidays, 21st Century Earthlings! This is Captain Blastoff, coming to you from the Galaxy Gallery in the future, talking about a great popular art form of the past: No, NOT Cheap Science Fiction Book Covers, but an internet treat that all aliens will adore.

As you may remember, in the last installment of our sizzling space serial, Space Cadet Rik Livingston was under house arrest for being AWOL, and derelict in his duty of translating my futuristic communiqués into blogosity for the citizenry of the early. early 21st century. But I, Captain Blastoff, had canceled the court-martial trial, as Livingston’s spacey art had just led me to a great Science Fiction discovery, a wondrously weird website called GeekCrafts.com, that actually collects the mad makings of gifted geeks from your own great globe!

Truly, this demonstrates my contention that 21st century Earthlings were ready for intergalactic entrepreneuristic enterprise long before the process of space trade actually reached the Sol System. Such treasures abound on Geek Crafts as Motherboard Christmas Trees, a Crocheted Spock Head and an alien iPod pouch! But, why tell you, when I can show you:

Cupcakes with Darth Vader

Eat light saber, Rebel Alliance! Katipeck baked Darth Vader cupcakes. We now know the Dark Side of the force: CHOCOLATE!

Soft Robot

Ever wanna hug a robot? Well, now you can: Buy 'bot's by Bitterbethany! Dig the zipper mouth!

Mr. Spock apron

A logical development in kitchen attire by Nix Sidhe, modeled by her Vulcan boyfriend. "Live long and Puree..."

Star wars images on blanket

"Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray, the Force, my Jedi to keep." Are you Star Wars crazy? Then you'll love this Star Wars Crazy Quilt by Mc Beth of SubversiveCrafting.com

And finally, we have one of the entries by Rik Livingston, that appeared on this scintillating site. While not a Cheap, Science Fiction Paperback Book Cover, per se, I do think the boy has been influenced by the works I’ve been showing you all from the Galaxy Gallery.

Floating astronaut painter

Head over heels in love with art! © Rik Livingston

Read Rik’s interview and then go geeking around ALL the great Geek Crafts. It’s a site not to be missed!

Next: Back to the BOOKS! This has been Captain Blastoff, ending transmission.

Attention, 21st Century Earthlings! This is Captain Blastoff, coming to you from the Galaxy Gallery in the future, talking about a great popular art form of the past: No, NOT Cheap Science Fiction Book Covers, but the art of that prodigal Space Cadet, Rik Livingston.

As the rest of you Cadets know, I, Hieronymus Tiberius Blastoff, Captain of the Mystical Moon Base and curator of the Galaxy Gallery here in an undisclosed year in your future, am dependent upon my 21st Century art assistant, Cadet Livingston to transcribe my esper communications into blog fodder. But, lately, the boy has been AWOL!

Turns out that Livingston has been embroiled in a bit of controversy concerning an artwork he created, the Dream Screen, that, while it’s not exactly sci-fi, fits pretty well into a fantasy category.

The Dream Screen

A six-foot by eight-foot folding screen. An homage, of sorts, to Henri Julien Félix Rousseau's "The Dream." © Rik Livingston

I sometimes forget that some socially unevolved lifeforms in the 21st Century had the quaint and repressive custom of censoring depictions of the unclothed human form. You can read about Cadet Livingston’s trials and tribulations in a number of news stories:

The Desert Valley Star (pages 3 &11)

The Sun Runner Magazine (page 18)

And THREE articles in the Palm Springs Examiner:

ONE, TWO, and THREE.

The whole affair also inadvertently inspired a “protest exhibit” at a gallery, The Holiday Censored Art Show.

So, at the moment, Cadet Livingston is under house arrest, but I plan on going easy on the boy, and not bringing about a court-martial trial, as his art has also led to a great discovery, a website that all aficionados of SCI-FIne Art will love. More about that next transmission.

This has been Captain Blastoff, leaving you with this quote from George Bernard Shaw, that you Earthlings should all think about as you head into the rest of the 21st century: “The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.”