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Dilation Exercise 53

Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise. Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires an idea, please use the comment feature to tell us something about it. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

The Earth exploding in the distance, the debris severing his hand, and his blood boiling from the stump and freezing in the vacuum of space had taken an eternity compared to the following sixteen million years he spent trapped in a nearly frozen realization.

He’d just finished the thought that the end of all mankind had come when the aliens found him and the process of humanity’s restoration began.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

If you like Alan M. Clark’s artwork, please try his writing in both short fiction and novels.

Artwork: “Violent Decompression” copyright © 1981 Alan M. Clark. Cover art and interior illustration for IMAGINATION FULLY DILATED: SCIENCE FICTION, THE LITERATED ARTWORK OF ALAN M. CLARK, edited by Robert Kruger and Patrick Swenson, published by Fairwood Press and Electric Story.

Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

2 responses

  1. Fantastic painting, what an epically weird and wondrous image!!!

    June 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

    • alanmclark

      Thank you, Nick! It is an old painting, one of the earliest Controlled Accident demonstration pieces I did. It was begun during a class I taught at Centennial Park in Nashville, TN in the early ’80s. One of the students was curious about my Controlled Accident technique, so I did the demonstration during which I found the dead astronaut and developed him. The subject matter startled some of the old folks taking the class, so I stopped working on it in the class and finished it later in private.

      June 18, 2012 at 11:40 am

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