Oil, 30" x 24", June, 1999.
In 1999 I published a millennial novel Saucer Wisdom. It was marketed as a non-fiction work of futurology. To complicate things, one of the characters is “Rudy Rucker.” This painting shows my character Frank Shook, my character Rudy Rucker, and a Mandelbrot-set-like alien near the Devil’s Butte in Montana—a saucerian locale I visited for research. Here’s a brief passage describing when my character encounters a UFO in this location:
“In my dream, an actual metal-just-like-it’s-supposed-to-be flying saucer lowered down on the grassy field next to our campground. Time was frozen. The river, which had been babbling before, was still and silent. The headlights of a distant car had stopped moving. In frozen time, the saucer opened a door and drew me in.”