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Expedition is a science fiction and speculative fiction book by artist-author Wayne Douglas Barlowe. I’s likes shiny things! Personally I don’t think I’d really want to buy a sci-fi books about horses, turtles and big fish just on an alien planet, would you?

This is, perhaps, the signature painting and animal from the book, a painting that seems to appeal to the public. Aided by the benevolent and technologically superior expeditoin race, the Yma, humanity begins to repair their ravaged world while simultaneously learning more about the universe around them. Most of the remaining fauna, save humans, have suffered horrible mutation.


Bearing a huge, curved nasal-lance, they are almost playful in their methods of dispatching prey tossing their victims in mid-air from one to another until it is completely drained of fluids. And what about shiny things? The notion that what we were witnessing on Darwin IV was the evolutionary equivalent to the late Cretaceous era on our own planet was never far from my mind. Faster and more agile, the Rayback can out sprint the Arrowtongue and, as a result, can tackle prey such as low-feeding flyers, young herd animals or ambushed Gyrosprinters.

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There is also a series based on the book, done by the Discovery channel! The expedition is designed to have as minimal an impact as possible on Darwin IV’s environment. The only remaining facial features are two horizontal ridges, with one of them being presumably the mouth. Science fiction, speculative evolution. I really wanted this creature to be big and threatening, my version of what might have evolved along T-rex lines on another planet.

However, instead of being presented as the artist’s own experiences, the program is presented as the findings of two autonomous robotic probes. Voyage to Barkowe IV”, it is written as though published in the yearfive years after Barlowe’s participation in a voyage to an alien planet, dubbed Darwin IV in honor of Charles Darwin.

Barlowe The Yma are a sapient extraterrestrial civilization characterized by a strong sense of conservationism and protection towards alien ecologies. Physical motifs, like the broad curves on the Groveback, were used repeatedly throughout expeditiin book to convey a sense of shared evolution the planet.

Views Read Edit View history. Highly recommend watching it. Living exclusively in the dwindling pocket-forests of the planet, these roughly man-sized creatures travel in small bands, communicating with bursts of sonar pings and following the movements of their prey, the small, quick flyers called Trunk-suckers.

With that said, I think this is the most successful of the canvas pieces, a painting where, for me, the composition and technical application of paint seemed most satisfying. Sac-backs roam these featureless wastes, walking with their awkward, three-legged gait from one group of buried females to the next.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I really like the shapes and patterns on orcas and that admiration found its way into this piece. The Discovery Channel produced a television special adapted from Barlowe’s Expeditionentitled Alien Planet[2] which first aired on May 14, Their two “middle fingers” have their proximal phalanges fused with their two “index fingers.


When an unmanned Yma probe discovers evidence of alien life on another planet, the titular “expedition” is sent to investigate. Do keep in mind that if you are an active contributor to the community in the way of discussion, sharing your own videos etc is acceptable. Spending the greater part of their lives dormant, these enormous creatures rise from the loamy soil to wander ponderously from one breeding ground to barowe next. Log in or sign up in seconds. Retrieved from ” http: They are neither illustrated nor described in Expeditionand are absent in Expwdition Planet.


Like many huge animals on Darwin, the Grovebacks are dependent upon a protein-rich food-source composed of tiny aerophytes, micro-flyers that sometimes darken the sky with their numbers. The weird region around the Amoebic Sea seemed to me to be the perfect place to push the envelope in terms of designing stranger creatures.

It made all the sense in the world to continue in their tradition and do wildlife art. After all, I was the son of two natural history illustrators. Little else has been revealed about the Yma other than that their technology includes faster-than-light travel and their language is made out of whistles and harmonics, with rapid clicking sounds as their form of laughter. Webdesign by Laura Hansen.