Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Unit 2 - Research on the First Men in the Moon

The book was written by Herbert George Wells in 1901. Sixty years before Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon. So basically Herbert had no idea what the moon was like close up.

He was born in September 21st 1866 in Bromley, Kent, England. He began his literary career in 1895 because of his first novel called "The Time Machine". During London's Normal School of Science, he written "The First Men in the Moon" as well as many others. The book is about a story of mankind on a journey to make contact with life outside the planet Earth. Mankind are still trying to find life outside Earth now in the present. But thinking what the creatures would look like outside of Earth is that they combine them with existing animals on planet Earth. Like metamorphosis.

One of the creatures shown in a documentry called Hawking's Universe. This creature seems to be a mixture of a Scorpion and a Hammer Head Shark.

This creature seems to be a mixture of a Turtle and a Dung Beetle.

We don't know what aliens would actually look like so we artists just guess by combinding various of existing animals that we know into one. The background area of the two pictures seem to be like a desert with not much vegetation.

For the aliens mentioned in the book, they seem to be like humans with the machines they have and that they have hatchets to use to cut meat or if they are in danger. By the sound of it, the Selenites seem to be intelligent as well as meat eaters.

"Insects," murmured Cavor, "insects! And they think I'm going to crawl about on my stomach - on my vertebrated stomach!"

Also, what is mentioned in the book that the Selenites are like insects but Cavor doesn't mention on what insect they seem to relate too down on Earth. That is why we artists have to imagine what they look like, it could either be a human centipede, a cockroach, a moth and so on.

The environment outside the moon is suppose to be like a desert with some vegetation around with a tinge of amber. Along with that the shadows from the rocks/craters were purple, the fog is at a far distance of the sun, and the sky was blue and clear like it was down on Earth.

"The glare of the sun had taken upon itself a faint tinge of amber; the shadows upon the cliff of the crater wall were deeply purple. To the eastward a dark bank of fog still crouched and sheltered from the sunrise, but to the westward the sky was blue and clear."

The vegetation on the moon gave me a brief idea on what the plants would have looked like. The part when it explains about the plants act like a thermometer when the mercury reaches the top that looks like bubble that's gonna explode is where the seeds would be like what all plants have. Like it's swelling up.

"Have you ever on a cold day taken a thermometer into your warm hand and watched the little thread of mercury creep up the tube?"

"And beyond this fringe was the silhouette of a plant mass, branching clumsily like a cactus, and swelling visibly, swelling like a bladder that fills with air."

The environment inside the moon is like a damp cave, like the ones on Earth, but the colours are different. The moon cave would be like the moon would be on the surface without the amber light. On Earth, the caves have like a light brown colour, lighter than dirt. In addition to the moon cave, it has a blue light which the astronauts mention a lot about when they are inside. Also, they mention the crystals in the book. They also talk about the water, dripping down from the cave walls and ceiling.

"It was clearly a large space, and lit no doubt by some rivulet of the same blue light that we had seen flow from the beating machinery."

"And at last, far above, came the familiar bluish light again, and then we saw that it filtered through a grating that barred our way."

"At times the cleft narrowed so much that we could scarce squeeze up it; at others it expanded into great drusy cavities, studded with prickly crystals or thickly beset with dull, shining fungoid pimples. Sometimes it twisted spirally, and at other times slanted down nearly to the horizontal direction."

"An intermittent trickle of water dropped ever and again between the bars near my face."

The environment further in the cave, the book tells about the machineries around that are making the blue light and describes about the sweeping arms moving left and right above them, missing the astronauts and the Selenites. When leaving the area where the machines were, the cave opens wide and low, revealing darkness and cannot see what's beyond that point when the blue light fades within. In the darkness, you cannot see from any direction were no light is provided.

"And not only did the web of sounds that filled the air proceed from this mechanism, but also the peculiar blue light that irradiated the whole place."

"At first the thing seemed only reasonably large and near to us, and then I saw how exceedingly little the Selenites upon it seemed, and I realised the full immensity of cavern and machine."

"The cavern spread wide and low, and receded in every direction into darkness. Its roof, I remember, seemed to bulge down as if with the weight of the vast thickness of rocks that prisoned us. There was no way out of it - no way out of it. Above, below, in every direction, was the unknown, and these inhuman creatures, with goads and gestures, confronting us, and we two unsupported men!"

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