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Images of future aircraft from late 19th/early 20th century Chinese pulp science fiction and sf novels.


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On January 18th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC), chadu commented:
Nifty as hell.

CU
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On January 18th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Aren't they, though?
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On January 18th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC), guest_informant commented:
Oh my. Where did you get them?
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On January 18th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
One of the essay's in David Pollard's Translation and Creation.
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On January 18th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Be my guest!
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On January 18th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC), templarwolf commented:
Nice! I was curious to see these after you're prevous post.

/now I want to see that movie...
//DAMN!!! My library does not carry it...
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On January 18th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC), dvandom commented:
Now, of course, you need to find the complete original somewhere, and find a Chinese grad student (check the physics department) to do translation on the cheap. :)
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On January 19th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Honestly, the first thing I want translated are those unauthorized Sherlock Holmes sequels from right after he was first translated into Chinese, the stories that describe Holmes fighting fox spirits and other beings from Chinese myths.
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On January 18th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC), mrbucktown commented:
Cool stuff
Da Vinci (as usual) has nothing on the Chinese. How far back into the past does this stuff go? I wonder...
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On January 19th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC), mrbucktown replied:
Re: Cool stuff
Whoops, I first meant artistically up on DaVinci, then mentally considered when the form started. Given the Chinese history of kite flying, there might be DaVinci era picstures around too.
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On January 18th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC), ffutures commented:
The first one looks like it could have come out of Space 1889 - pure coincidence, I think, but they're really nice.
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On January 19th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Yeah--they're similar to a lot of the period illustrations, but different enough to be enjoyable.
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On January 19th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC), n_decisive commented:
I think they are all beautiful and fascinating, but I am particularly taken with the one that looks like an origami hummingbird.

Thanks for sharing these. :)
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On January 19th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Glad you enjoyed them. :-)
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On January 19th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC), dvandom commented:
Heh, tangentially related: a friend of mine was googling for pulp fiction, and said, "Man, 'pulp novels' in general gets a lot of hits involving lesbian pulp fiction."

I see research project! ;)
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On January 19th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
:-) There are enough books on lesbian pulp fiction, though.
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On January 19th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC), editswlonghair commented:
Oh good lord. These stories need to be translated and republished with the original artwork! Too f'in cool.
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On January 19th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC), richardthinks commented:
The airships are cool, but I really love the mixture of Chinese art landscape and European (sometimes colonial) architecture. If I were ever to give a lecture on 'the cultured gaze' I'd open with these.

...actually, the gothic church and the multi-storey building (Canton concession go-down? Military barracks? Governor's residence?) are so orthogonal to the frame that I think they might have been copied from collections of architectural engravings or 'Scenes of Old England' or similar, popular at the time.
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On January 19th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
The clash and merging of Euro architecture and concepts and Chinese landscape and composition are really what make the paintings for me.

Well, that, and the concept itself.
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