My illustration of Victorian-era adventure on the planet Venus

This is my illustration inspired by Space 1889 the tabletop role-playing game of Victorian-era space-faring created by Frank Chadwick in 1988.  The game presented an alternate history in which discredited Victorian scientific theories were instead found to be true and have led to the existence of new technologies that can transport mankind through the luminiferous aether of space (universal medium that permeates space, based on a now outdated scientific theory).  The great powers of Europe discover the other planets it be inhibited and go on a new round of imperial colonization of our planetary neighbors.   This is an illustration is of a British officer and his female associate deep in the swamps of Venus.  Venus is often depicted in early science fiction literature as being warmer, but still habitable by humans.

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4 thoughts on “My illustration of Victorian-era adventure on the planet Venus

  1. Nathan says:

    Excellent picture! But I do have to quiry, Sir, about your so called, so named, “discredited” science? I myself was recently abducted by Mars Men, or were they Venusian Amazons? Cool colonial, British officer about to slug a slug with his 455 Webley. I like how the maiden and other creature both look like, “Ah, do I have to go through with this?” With its impenetrable cloud cover, many thought Venus a tropical planet. Some of us still do, at least its center.

  2. Cindy D. says:

    LOL, the female associate. She is not in an excellent position, currently, what with not knowing what to do with that sword and the sweet but possibly impractical costume. On the other hand, our hero does have a gun so that may be all they need! Also those excellent alien creatures look scared or confused. Ok well, if they’re not looking for human dinner I hope everyone can come to an amicable parting of the ways. 😀

    • David says:

      Everything in my illustration looks unsure of everything else apart from the British officer. He seems to know what he is about. Cindy, thanks for stopping by and writing the funny thoughtful comment.

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