January 4, 2010Posted in: Miscellaneous, Red Claw, SF & F
Here are some images which inspired Red Claw.
Red Claw is the story of science and nature on an alien planet, featuring a motley crew of obsessional scientists who are patiently and carefully cataloguing all the species. Then the Doppelanger Robots start killing them…
The first set of images are taken from Wildlife Pictures Online – for Quality Pictures from Africa, which I highly recommend.
Sunset over Kruger Park
Nature red in tooth and claw...
What SF author could have invented a creature as strange as this?
A horse, with stripes?
I'm sorry, but this is just so cute...
These lovely images inspired the creation of New Amazon…but the story itself is a dark and a violent one. I described it to my editor as ‘Predator on an alien planet’, and that’s my excuse for the following images:
Meet the good guys.
And the bad guy.
And here's Arnie one more time...!
I love kick-ass action, but I hope Red Claw is about more than that. It’s about the characters, it’s about the moral choices we make, and it’s about free will. And, most of all, it’s a celebration of the extraordinary diversity of Nature, as we know her, and as we will one day know her. There are trillions of species on our planet…many of them bizarre beyond belief. So just imagine how many more countless strange creatures are out there in space. Not just Romulans and Klingons…but alien jellyfish, alien birds, alien microbes, alien spiders…some of these creatures may be morphologically similar to Earth creatures, some may be very different.
But all of them will have to be named….
To conclude: since many of the best wildlife pictures on the web are copyright protected, here’s a selection of great images which are given as links not as photos on my site. Most of the images are available for sale in a high-res format via the various websites.
If you enjoyed this post, you might find these others interesting:
- Debatable Space: The Moodboard
- On the Art of Covers
- Red Claw Day
- On Red Claw
- Best SFF Film of 2009