I’m Too Big But I Love To Play

Fascinating short story by James Tiptree Jr./Alice Sheldon about an immense amorphous alien being who, during a visit to earth, unintentionally wreaks havoc.  From his/her short story collection, Ten Thousand Light Years From Home (1973)

“You can understand why a system would seek information – but why in hell does it offer information? Why do we strive to be understood? Why is a refusal to accept communication so painful?”

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Strange Attractors Event at Printed Matter, NYC

Please join us on July 12 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Printed Matter in NYC for a Reception/Reading/Screening celebrating the release of Strange Attractors!

Printed Matter, Inc. is located at 195 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strange Attractors curators/editors Jasdeep Khaira and Suzie Silver will be in attendance as well as some of the contributing artists/writers/filmmakers.  Refreshments will be served.

More Information:
Strange Attractors Release at Printed Matter on Facebook!
or iesextra@gmail.com

Strange Attractors Book and DVD Released!

Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities is shipping!

Get it Here!

According to recent scientific reports, there may be between 8 billion and 13 billion life bearing planets in our galaxy alone. With numbers like that we will certainly encounter living beings from outer space someday. When we do, what will they look like? What special parts will they have, and how will they “do it?” Will we find what they do sexy, incomprehensible or just plain gross? You can find the answers to these questions and more in Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities, an extraordinary 288 page, full color, book and 120 minute DVD encompassing art, writing and film.

Strange Attractors includes the work of 70 artists, writers and filmmakers who have created remarkable explorations of possible extraterrestrial life forms and their multifarious sexual desires. A joint publication of Encyclopedia Destructica and The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality, Strange Attractors straddles the line between speculative scientific exploration and artistic imagination.

Contributors include: Amy Gerstler, David Horvitz, Shana Moulton, Anselm Berrigan, Peggy Ahwesh, Thomas Scioli, Suzanne Wright, Jacob Ciocci and many more. For example, Andrew Negrey’s collages illustrate a variety of couplings including a ‘Green Diver’ lusting after buoyant ‘Glo-balls’ on unregistered planet 311OPEL, Adam Atkinson’s prose explores “The Sexual Habits of Extra-Terrestrials as Observed by Jules Verne;” and in Shana Moulton’s humorous video, “Green Portal 43,” extraterrestrials create an erotic film based on observed human behaviors that arouse them during a visit to Earth. Click here for a full list of contributors.

While science fiction literature and film have often touched on extraterrestrial sexuality, these encounters are frequently represented as between a human and a humanoid extraterrestrial. Gender is often portrayed as binary even when it is homosexual. Sexual encounters consist primarily of engagements between two beings. Inspired by Kepler, NASA’s first mission capable of finding Earth-size planets around other stars, Suzie Silver of The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality says, “this project has gone beyond male and female, beyond queer, beyond any notion of gender, beyond the anthropomorphic to erotic possibilities as vastly varied as the Milky Way itself.”

Life on Other Worlds

Frank R Paul may just be my favorite science fiction illustrator from the first half of the 20th century.

His work appeared on the cover of the first issue (April 1926) of Amazing Stories.

Here are some wonderful images he created illustrating life on other worlds in our solar system:

From a Life on Other Worlds website and UBERSUPER

Cat People, Strippers and Telekinesis

Alien Abductee Portraits Probe the Outer Reaches

New York photographer Steven Hirsch, 63, has met many of these people face to face. He visited this year’s International UFO Conference to meet, photograph and interview people who avow close contact with extraterrestrials.

Read about Cynthia and more at wired.com