|Zeta's draft cover illustration|
There are five people depicted in Zeta's draft cover image for A Search Beyond, but two of them are only hinted at by the presence of their hand at the left or right edge of the scene.
In the background is a distant exoplanet, one of the places in the "Beyond" that was the subject of a search for the origins of the tryp'At and the Ek'col. In this blog post I describe the sources of the images that Zeta used.
|Hand Pose Stock - Gripping |
by Melissa Offutt
|In the Hierion Domain|
Investigative Science Fiction
Only recently did I learn of the existence of the Retrofuturians. According to Yōd, they are a group of investigative science fiction writers, not unlike the Dead Widowers.
|alien cat - 1957|
cover art by Frank Freas
The League of Yrinna is a story about the far future of the Asimov Reality, when a group of investigative science fiction writers finally discovered the secret of how aliens crafted humans into a primitive primate species with the ability to use the Bimanoid Interface.
|'Spillway' by Crematia18|
The other story that Zeta included in her draft cover illustration is a version of A Search Beyond. In Zeta's whimsical cover image for A Search Beyond, the blue-skinned sedronite is shown inside the Hierion Domain.
The background was made using a DeviantArt stock image called "Wyoming Dam Spillway Stock 2" (see the image to the right). In order to create an other-worldly scene in the Hierion Domain, I inverted the colors of the spillway image, turning the white ice into a dark background behind the sedronite.
|Lykkadis 8 by Lia Konrad|
|"alien cat" by Andrew Kuznetsov|
|'Ultra Planet' by Adrian Thomassen|
Next: investigating the origin of the Retrofuturians.
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