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My illustration of exploration on Venus inspired by the tabletop role-playing game Space 1889.

This is another illustration inspired by Space 1889 the tabletop role-playing game of Victorian-era space-faring created by Frank Chadwick in 1988. This is an illustration of a British explorer and his native lizard-man Venusian guide exploring deep into the sweltering swamps of Venus atop a trained giant crab.  Venus is often depicted in early science fiction literature as being warmer, but still habitable by humans. In Space 1889, Venus is a world covered with a perpetual cloud layer obscuring the surface from view. Under the clouds Venus has a very hot, wet climate and it’s surface is covered in shallow seas, trackless jungles and swamps.  The planet is dominated by giant dinosaurs and a myriad of other dangerous primeval beasts.  

 

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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can transport mankind through the luminiferous aether of space (universal medium that permeates space, based on a now outdated scientific theory).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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