Description Acrylic on canvas. 24' by 18'. February, 2010.
I considered calling this painting Unknown Legend, as it's not very obvious what the story is here. I painted this is a previsiualiztion of the second-to-last chapter of my novel Jim and the Flims, just before writing the chapter. Those flying beet thingies are called “jivas.” As I mentioned in my commentn on picture #46, The Flims, I got that word from the artist and cartoonist Jim Woodring.
The tall figure in back is the goddess of Flimsy, she’ smade of mist. And in front, that's my hero Jim and his wife Val. I was surprised to see that jiva not putting up more of a fight while they cut off the tip of her tail—this ended up changing the way that I wrote the chapter.
Rudy Rucker, Los Gatos, California Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementRudy Rucker is a well-known science-fiction writer who enjoys painting surreal Pop SF scenes that are often related to incidents in his books. His favorite artists include Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch, Rene Magritte, Wayne Thiebaud, R. Crumb and Carl Barks.
Born in Kentucky in 1946, he studied mathematics, earning a Ph. D. in the theory of infinite sets. He worked first as mathematics professor, then as a computer science professor, coming to rest in Silicon Valley, where he now paints, photographs, and writes novels full time.
Rucker has published over 30 books, mostly speculative fiction. A founder of the cyberpunk school of literature, Rucker also writes in a realistic/fantastic style known as transrealism. Rucker took up painting in 1999 while doing research for his historical novel about the life of Peter Bruegel, As Above, So Below. He often paints pictures as a way of imagining the worlds of his novels such as The Hacker and Ants, The Hollow Earth, Frek and the Elixir and Mathematicians in Love. and Postsingular.