Magnificent Desolation

“Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent desolation.”
Buzz Aldrin lunar module pilot on the Apollo 11 mission
Today marks the 39th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. In order to mark this occasion I thought it only fitting to pay homage to four great science fiction writers (Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein) who paved the way via their own imaginations for the voyages of Apollo.

I also thought it fitting the to honour the film directors Georges Méliès, George Pal, Stanley Kubrick and especially the special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen who brought the visions of science fiction’s greatest writers to the silver screen.

What follows is a series of video postcards chosen specifically to pay tribute to each of these great men.

The Moon is the magnificent orb of desolation on which we humans have set our sights. Imagination paved the way for our eventual voyages of discovery there. A failure of imagination has delayed our return. But, one day soon, we shall return and lay the foundations for a spacefaring civilization.

Happy Moon Landing Day One and All!

A TRIP TO THE MOON! Le Voyage Dans La Lune!
The classic 1902 Sci-Fi film by film pioneer Georges Méliès!

The First Men in The Moon

George Pal’s Destination Moon

The Moon Monolith Scene from the Motion Picture 2001: A Space Odyssey


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