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Jinx
 
 

Acrylic on Canvas

 

Inspired by the "Known Space" stories of Larry Niven.

If you're a Larry Niven fan you might recognize the design of the Puppeteers' Number Two hull in the foreground. The planet is Niven's Jinx, a moon of the gas giant in the background. Jinx is in such a tight orbit that tidal effects have pulled it into the shape of an oblate spheroid. The distortion is so great the poles lie in vacuum, while the equator is shrouded in dense cloud cover. This is were the Bandersnatch roam.

I remember using a beer bottle to see how light refracted through it.

Back in the 1980s Jinx was used on the cover of a magazine. I think it was called “Science Fiction Chronicle” edited by Andrew I. Porter.

Jinx Image

 
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