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plague ship, number 2

an original mixed media collage on cradled wood panel

9 x 12 x 1 inches

ready to hang – wire hanger attached in back

an original acrylic figure painting is at the base of this artwork

the rest is crayon, collage, found book cover, drawing on vellum paper, vintage maps, pieces from a book on typography

all of it unified with gesso wash, gel and varnish

the book cover for "Plague Ship" was found on the sidewalk – about a block from where a box of old books had been put out, which makes me think that someone lost it while walking away with their 'new' read

here is the plot summary, from Wikipedia

The main protagonist of the novel is Dane Thorson, Cargo-master-apprentice on the Free Trader rocket ship the Solar Queen. Free Traders take on trading contracts on remote and recently discovered planets, which can be dangerous and unpredictable. / The Solar Queen has recently obtained a valuable trading contract on the planet Sargol and are building a relationship with one of the races on the planet, the cat-like Salariki. The process goes slowly till the Salariki discover that the Solar Queen is carrying catnip and other plants from Terra that are unknown on Sargol. The traders exchange what little of the plants they have for the rare and valuable Koros stones and collect a native red-colored wood to exchange at home. At the last minute the storm priests of the Salariki demand that the Solar Queen take a pre-paid contract to return within 6 months with more plants. / A few days after leaving the planet, several members of the crew suffer from attacks, which start with severe headaches and end in a semi-coma state. Only 4 of the younger members of the crew are unaffected, including Dane Thorson. Upon exiting hyperspace on return to the vicinity of Terra, the crew discovers that they are pariah and have been declared a plague ship. / On the short hop to earth, the crew discovers that pests have invaded the ship and are the cause of the illness. In a final bid to prove their case they kidnap a medic and present his evidence by video to a solar-system-wide audience, which is successful. / In the meantime the rest of the crew have recovered, and after a final effort of negotiation the Solar Queen preserves its reputation by selling the contract with the Salariki to a large intergalactic trading company in exchange for credits and a quiet inter-solar mail route, which should lead to no more trouble.

a painting in distressed layers of black and blue, with spot accents in yellow and red

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin

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