Art cultivates art…

In case I get hit by a meteor or abducted by colon-starved aliens, I thought it would be wise for me to acknowledge the artists that have inspired me throughout my nascent writing career, err hobby I mean.

Art cultivates art. Through these artists I have (for better or for worse) been inspired to spin my own yarn of fiction.

It seems to me that the tedium of life can be broken through either the creation of art for others to enjoy or the acknowledgment of the art visible around us.

We artists, whether we realize it or not, are on a feedback loop—bouncing art and inspiration from each other for the purpose of creating more art.

What an odd arrangement that is. We are slaves to creating art and must continue to make more of it (or lose our minds trying to suppress the urge)

But I digress. So in no particular order:

Jack Chalker, science fiction author who wrote some wonderful stuff. The most memorable being The Well World series, which happened to be the first scifi series I ever read. It got me into scifi as a reader and now as a writer. Wait, maybe I shouldn’t be thanking him. 😛

Timothy Zahn, author of many a scifi novel, most known for the first Star Wars novels, and that most memorable villain Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Phillip Jose Farmer, another favorite. The Riverworld series was a wonderful adventure!

Ronald D. Moore & David Eick, for creating the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series– my favorite television series of all time. I really miss that show.

Bear Mccreary, for making some haunting music from Battlestar Galactica (yes I own the soundtrack), that still haunts me.

James Cameron, for making scifi cool. What other Hollywood director can you name that has done as much for scifi motion picture success? (Terminator, Avatar, Abyss, Aliens).  Hey Jim, if you’re reading this, I got a great script for ya 😉

I’m sure there are others, but this all I can think of for now. I’ll come back and add more as I think of it.

-AJ

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