1. Exquisite Tweets from @sevensixfive

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    Elysium, Pacific Rim, Europa Report, Gravity, Upstream Color, Ender's Game ... this is a new golden age for science fiction films.

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    Fred Scharmen

    drawings of large, rotating space colonies have a lineage that goes back at least to 1964: img.ffffound.com/static-data/as…

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    Fred Scharmen

    that's Roy Scarfo's painting of Dandridge Cole's hollow asteroid concept.

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    Fred Scharmen

    from roughly the same year, here's Paolo Soleri's Asteromo (a shame that Soleri never did an interior perspective): fabiofeminofantascience.org/RETROFUTURE/as…

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    Fred Scharmen

    the paintings by Don Davis and Rick Guidice for NASA Ames 1975 summer study make the rounds regularly: settlement.arc.nasa.gov/70sArtHiRes/70…

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    Fred Scharmen

    I'm also a fan of these paintings, from 1976, by Pierre Mion for Isaac Asimov in National Geographic: flickr.com/photos/4266561…

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    Fred Scharmen

    one of the classic progenitors, this painting from Collier's, by Chesley Bonestell for Wernher von Braun in 1953: dvice.com/sites/dvice/fi…

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    Fred Scharmen

    ... which is the direct inspiration for Robert McCall's concept art for 2001: johneaves.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/sh13g1…

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    Fred Scharmen

    (McCall was working with Frederick Ordway on the film, a NASA engineer, and the owner of the original Bonestell Colliers canvases)

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    Fred Scharmen

    there's more: like this random one, from 1989? that I haven't been able to get more info on: bp1.blogger.com/_sGYULzoQCgA/R…

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    Fred Scharmen

    another random one, from the 1976 World Book Encyclopedia Science Year: ecache.ilbe.com/files/attach/i…

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    Fred Scharmen

    the Syd Mead paintings that inspired to Blomkamp to hire him for Elysium were originally published in NatGeo, too: s3.amazonaws.com/images.hitfix.…

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    Fred Scharmen

    Mead's paintings are straight out of the O'Neill/Davis lineage, and can bee seen in hi-res in this book: amazon.com/Our-Universe-R…

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    Fred Scharmen

    ... and so ends today's twitter lecture on the history of space colony artwork.

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    Fred Scharmen

    okay, one more bonus, in the late '80, Doug Michels of Ant Farm designed a space colony for dolphins: orbit.zkm.de/?q=node/248

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    Fred Scharmen