A Glut in the Galleries.

It’s been a busy couple of years, too busy to squeeze in the usual Gallery Update back at the start of last year. But the fan art and the book covers and the bodily mutilations have continued even as my coverage of them lapsed—and by the time you look in on the backlog you’ve got over two hundred pieces in there, each in need of attention, formatting and thumbnailing and annotation. And then, more often than not, you realize you’ve lost track of where you found the fucking thing so you have to go online and try to track down the artist so you can at least render attribution and maybe a link or two. The only time you can carve out the time to do that is over the holidays, and who the hell wants to blow their few festive days off on that?

No one, probably. But I was raised Baptist, and as one of Gary Trudeau’s characters once opined, life’s not meant to be enjoyed. It’s meant to be gotten on with.

So here you go. Almost 250 new pieces for your delectation (the vast majority, as usual, in the Blindopraxia wing). There’s new work by the usual crew, but I’m excited to present a whole bunch of new artists here (several of whom pumped out enough work to warrant their own dedicated subsections. I also finally got around to posting those interior illustrations from the 2014 MAG editions that I only just discovered a couple of years back but didn’t have time to upload. And, inevitably, AI-generated art made its debut.

This is but the merest fraction of the new editions. Lots more over in the galleries themselves. Do check them out.

And don’t say I never do anything for you.

New artist “Pine”. Chinese Room.



Cover for the Polish rerelease of Starfish.



A Russian translation of Sentient Tumor. Negotiated before the war, never paid for.



New artist “SunshineDays2”

Valerie. by “lonixera”.

Just one of the many freshly-uploaded MAG interiors.

Cool new Blindsight cover.

Frawnsh Echopraxia. By Manchu
Theseus. By new artist Joanna Kizinska.
sunshinedays2 gives βehemoth some long-overdue love.

YamiEA goes the ArtBreeder route.

New artist Weitergeo teams up with MidJourney.

Guess who. Guess what.
There are even a few new Blindsight Valentines from the usual suspects.
A cool animation from Fedor Danilov. With sound, even!


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Ocean
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Ocean
1 month ago

Happy new year, Peter.

YamiEA
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YamiEA
1 month ago

Hello! It was very unexpected (and nice) to see that you have updated the gallery! It’s kinda embarrassing to be one of the first commentator under the post, but I wanted to say that two pictures from my section do not open: the one with scrambler tentacles hold a sign and a gif with the process of creating the AI portrait of Amanda.

Well, since I’m already here, I’ll take the chance to comment on the pictures of Sarasti with cat ears 😀 In fact, it has nothing to do with furry (if we compare it with something, then it is closer to anime neko) I just love the local fandom joke that vampires are a bit like cats in their behavior (on that pencil sketch that is signed as Amanda – also Sarasti, but the ball in his hands really belongs to Amanda, there you can see screens with the Captain’s eyes in an absolutely cursed anime style against the background) So almost all of these ‘cat’ sketches were drawn at various unpleasant moments in my life to cheer myself up a little. 

And I can also assure: Pine is a different artist, although our vision of the characters is really quite close sometimes. I really love their way of art render!

But a fresh batch of valentines was drawn by me, the neighborhood with ein and singingwhalebone absolutely doesn’t bother me, I’m writing this just in case you yourself are trying to somehow keep track of who drew what 🙂

As always, thank you for taking the time to leave your comments on all the works. 
I hope the message doesn’t sound rude, it’s 5:30 in the morning and I’m definitely losing the ability to formulate thoughts in English correctly.

And Happy New Year!

Darius
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Darius
1 month ago
Reply to  YamiEA

You’re not the first commentator :>

Nevertheless, happy new year! Your art is really cool!

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YamiEA
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YamiEA
1 month ago
Reply to  Darius

Apparently I wrote this comment for too long, haha!

Thank you! :3

YamiEA
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YamiEA
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Watts

Perhaps the lull on the site is due to the fact that it is now more difficult to track comments when the block with updates on the right side has disappeared?
Thanks, now both pictures are opening!

Don’t worry, I don’t expect to meet cat vampire in Omniscience, there is a pretty clear line between your original work and fan pictures drawn solely for fun. But I still hope to find time to draw large color illustrations close to the text/spirit of the book. 

P.S. In the comments to the stickers, you wrote that you do not know the translation of the text, if you are still curious, then you can see it here: https://imgur.com/a/n14mpiK
(I hope it’s OK to leave a link here)

Andy
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Andy
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Watts

Seriously though, any way we could get the comment feed back? It does make tuning in for my irregular dose of reality check a bit easier, I’ll admit.

Anyway, happy new year to you, Dr Watts, and all your nearest and dearest. See you on the other side, hopefully.

Andy
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Andy
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Watts

Nah, there was a feed on the right side, right above the doomscroll, where it showed the newest comments listed by post they were under. Then, one day, it went poof and I was kinda wondering what was up with that. No biggie though.

Dan Major
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Dan Major
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Watts

Even if updates are few and far between, yours is one of the few sites I check at least ever 3 days because when we DO get something – it is always great. I always hope the long time between posts means you are getting time to enjoy, or write or travel – and will always be happy for whatever new post, link, or book you wind us giving us!

singingwhalebone
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singingwhalebone
1 month ago

Hi, Dr. Watts! I was very glad to finally see that update. Actually, I’m here to annoy you a little about that last poster in non-vampiric segment of Blindopraxia gallery, the ‘universe was closed and concentric’ one – it was also done by me, I sent it to you back in, uh, 2022, I think. I mean, I’m totally fine with it being where you placed it, I’m just telling you in case of needed attribution.
Anyway, it’s very nice to see all these new artists in your gallery! Thank you for taking the time to upload and annotate all these pieces – it must’ve been a gargantuan load of work.
Happy new year!

Ashley R Pollard
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1 month ago

Happy New Year to you and yours.

I know it’s of little concern to you, but getting the Rifters trilogy in print as a complete trilogy/four book set seems to me like a worthwhile goal.

I hate that your publishers don’t seem interested in making your work available, and yes I know you have it all here on the site, but I want books to put on my shelves. Preferably hardbacks,

Call me selfish, call me stupid, but it’s what I want.

Ashley R Pollard
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1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Watts

Yeah, you’re right. I was thinking more budget level hardbacks, or just nice paperbacks that one can actually buy that all match.

I’ve looked around and prices range from £50 to £80 UK sterling per book, or the equivalent once you add postage and packing.

I’m a poor and starving author, metaphorically. I live in the UK so not actually poor, but disposable income is constrained.

Not seeking pity or tears, it is what it is. Our countries power elite being a bunch of tossers have made things worse. Just one more benefit from Brexit. The shit show that just keeps on giving.

jseliger
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1 month ago

“life’s not meant to be enjoyed. It’s meant to be gotten on with.”

“And don’t say I never do anything for you.”

It looks like I’m sadly unlikely to make it to the release of another Watts novel: https://jakeseliger.com/2023/07/22/i-am-dying-of-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-the-treatments-that-might-save-me-are-just-out-of-reach/, though I remain perhaps irrationally hopeful. I’m trying to get on with life as best I can under the circumstances.

My wife was complaining about her inability to find fiction that engages her, so I tried foisting ECHOPRAXIA on her, and this time it took. Gives her bizarre vivid dreams, she reports.

jseliger
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1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Watts

The slightly good news is that I’m on a clinical trial drug called MCLA-158 (petosemtamab), which has arrested the tumors for the time being. So maybe I’ll make it to the next novella; the probability is not zero. That I’m still alive right now is borderline miraculous.

Bess says she’s really enjoying ECHOPRAXIA, and that in her view it’s less disturbing than BLINDSIGHT. She’s been having trouble finding novels she likes and says that so many of the books she picks up are simple, or don’t ask much of the reader.

Gulfoss
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Gulfoss
1 month ago
Reply to  jseliger

If you want more books that engage the reader I suggest Terra Ignota by Ada Palmer 🙂

VrellDP
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VrellDP
1 month ago

Happy belated NY

VrellDP
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VrellDP
1 month ago
Reply to  VrellDP

no doubt, Planet Hell

bamk
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bamk
1 month ago

Hey Peter, happy new years!

listedproxyname
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listedproxyname
1 month ago

Published over my objections. Never paid for.

Sorry to hear that, this was one of the books that I picked this year, hopefully within this decade at least my humble donation will find a way to you.

Happy new year and best wishes!

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nunquam24
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nunquam24
1 month ago

Hello! Happy New Year!
I live in Russia. I write with the help of an online translator.
I really love your books. I recently bought and read the “Sentient Tumor”. The book is interesting.

What does “Published over my objects” and “Never paid for” mean?
Did the publisher publish your book without your permission and did not pay you to publish the book?

nunquam24
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nunquam24
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Watts

Thanks for the answer

listedproxyname
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listedproxyname
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Watts

Perhaps I could help you with the context here since I presume that full availability of information is severely impaired in certain countries in the light of latest events. SWIFT is the go-to system of payment for Russian Federation since the beginning of it, so every payment for every international transaction, be it personal account or central banking, has to go through SWIFT. And if SWIFT is blocked, no international transaction of any kind can be made directly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWIFT_ban_against_Russian_banks

However, despite the claims that the sanctions were a reaction of invasion, the decision to impose them was enacted before any tanks “rolled over the border”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkAXiH0rjr0

In conclusion, your publisher has no legal way to transfer the money even if it’s their contractual obligation. I assume that this situation will be reversed sooner or later. Hope this helps.

gargleblaster
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gargleblaster
1 month ago

Hello there, Dr. Watts! I’ve been spying on your blog for a while and now I feel like it’s a good time to leave a comment.
First of all, I’m very glad that I got my own subsection! However, I do need to apologise for those low-quality rough doodles, there’ve been plenty of attention issues, plus I was very busy. Though I drew stuff that was 200% nonsense, I am aiming to make something more content-related/canonical this year, and hopefully they’ll be in a more decent condition. Anyway, thanks so much for your acknowledgment and all the annotations, I really appreciate it.
Also, you’re correct, I love Hitchhiker.

BTW, I came across a new YouTube video about scientifically-explained vampires that referenced your work, dunon if you’d be interested in it (or maybe you’ve already watched it)
It’s a bit late but happy new year! May you find some joy on this fuckedup planet :)))