Wednesday, June 29, 2011

All Fools’ Day

"All Fools' Day" is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by the English writer Edmund Cooper. It was already published in 1966, meaning in the good old days of post-apocalyptic fiction. There was no atomic blast and Cooper is really enjoying the scenery when great parts of humanity have vanished.
It has happened in a nearly comfortable manner. Because of the strange radiation from sun-spots suicide became endemic. Nearly all normal people decided happily to end their lives, only the psychopaths and eccentrics were imune and left.
So it’s a kind of Road Warrior in Great Britain, nice to read at least for all, who are interested in the roots of the genre.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Strange Leftovers

Some strange stone carvings in the Spanish community Catalonia. I think that’s all what’s left of an old medieval chapel.
Really fascinating place, but there's no sign, no description, nothing.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hombre: Post Apocalyptic Comic

Hombre is a Spanish comics series written by Antonio Segura and drawn by José Ortiz and was first published in 1981 in the magazine Cimoc.

Hombre lives in an America after the collapse of the technological civilization. He is sort of a post-apocalyptic cowboy and many of the people populating the ruined citues look (and behave) like zombies, long before these became fashionable in post-apocalyptic films and comics.

It’s a dark well drawn comic series which may have influenced even Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Embedded in Nature

These fascinating buildings belong to the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center in Noumea, New Caledonia. It was designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano, known for the Centre Pompidou.

Even though the buildings are a reference to the traditional huts of the Kanak tribes living in New Caledonia, there is also a strong impression of decay. The buildings seem to fall apart, to be covered by the vegetation, becoming once again part of nature.