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January 13, 2011
The Omega Point by =kevinleedrum makes 2001 cool again. Great work.
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The Omega Point

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Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth.

Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this Universe there shines a star.

But every one of those stars is a sun, often far more brilliant and glorious than the small, nearby star we call the Sun. And many--perhaps most--of those alien suns have planets circling them. So almost certainly there is enough land in the sky to give every member of the human species, back to the first ape-man, his own private, world-sized heaven--or hell.

How many of those potential heavens and hells are now inhabited, and by what manner of creatures, we have no way of guessing; the very nearest is a million times farther away than Mars or Venus, those still remote goals of the next generation. But the barriers of distance are crumbling; one day we shall meet our equals, or our masters, among the stars.

--Arthur C. Clarke (Foreword to 2001: A Space Odyssey)

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planet texture 1 by :icona-j-s:
5K stock 2 by :iconpynipple:
nasa astronaut statue stock by :iconeddyhaze:
pirate skull 4 by :iconpiratequeen-stock:


:wow: Thanks ^vhm-alex for the DD! Totally unexpected!
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:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Wow. Just wow. This is a poignant piece of art. Looking for a minute I didn't really understand what you were trying to convey, but you convey it perfectly. Once I read your comments, I was totally floored at the ideas this piece and your words are putting across. I love the 'umbilical cord' and how he has his own orbit of debris. I love the money falling away representing sans worth. I love the blazing red halo that is this beings star. And I love the pavement-like texture occupying space, it really hones in on matter vs. black matter. You have done an excellent job!