Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Psilocybin-Fueled Sci-Fi

A children's book from 1954. Note classic "Grey"-type bodies and heads in aliens, Amanita color scheme

More Grey-types, from classic fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.
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Robot's "brain" is mushroom-shaped

"Frank went on to tell me that much of the premise of Dune–the magic spice (spores) that allowed the bending of space (tripping), the giant worms (maggots digesting mushrooms), the eyes of the Fremen (the cerulean blue of the Psilocybe mushroom), the mysticism of the female spiritual warriors, the Bene Gesserits (influenced by tales of Maria Sabina and the sacred mushroom cults of Mexico)—came from his perception of the fungal life cycle, and his imagination was stimulated through the experience with the use of the magic mushroom." 
Dune art, appropriately recycled for PKD's Gnostic-psychedelic treatise.
Robert McCall, official concept artist for NASA
Cloud City, from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Eye of Horus from Doctor Who, in Amanita red and white

The Alien Revelation

PKD's final novel had a disgraced bishop search for Zadokite mushrooms in Judean desert; Amanita red and white again

Mothership from Cocoon, about to emit Heavenly Beam from its center

Uniform design for Starfleet space stations, from Star Trek:The Next Generation

ST's Starbase's modeled on "Technogea" from Jodorowsky and Moebius' The Incal?

Star Wars:The Force Unleashed - The mushroom forest level

The X-Files, also no stranger to more explicit psychedelic mushroom stories...

...or implicit ones...