The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Gris Grimly
Dean Ellis' illustration for the cover of Operation Umanaq, a novel by John Rankine
The Stories That Galaxies Tell on @NautilusMag
The biggest merger to ever hit these parts is coming—a union that promises to be more tumultuous than that of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, offer more star power than Brangelina, and deliver more jet propulsion than the new American Airlines–US Airways conglomerate. We’re talking about the coming together of the Milky Way galaxy and its nearest large neighbor, Andromeda, in a collision that scientists now deem inevitable. This celestial amalgamation will begin in about 4 billion years and finish within another 2 billion, producing a new, larger elliptical galaxy in place of the two spirals that originally conjoined.
Illustration by Mikel Jaso
Nautilus is the common name of pelagic marine mollusks of the cephalopod family Nautilidae, the sole extant family of the superfamily Nautilaceae and of its smaller but near equal suborder, Nautilina. It comprises six living species in two genera, the type of which is the genus Nautilus. Though it more specifically refers to species Nautilus pompilius, the name chambered nautilus is also used for any species of the Nautilidae.
Nautilidae, both extant and extinct, are characterized by involute or slightly evolute shells that are generally smooth, with compressed or depressed whorl sections, straight to sinuous sutures, and a tubular, generally central siphuncle. Having survived relatively unchanged for millions of years, nautiluses represent the only living members of the subclass Nautiloidea, and are often considered “living fossils.”
litograph by satorihime
Camilla, a 13-year-old italian schoolgirl, told to her teacher, Annarita Ruberto:
Human beings should be the keepers of Earth
Earth is a small dot in the Universe, but it’s the only home we have. So we human beings should love and keep it as the most precious asset.
I drew this for you, including my favorite planets: Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Jupiter. Obviously, it’s an artistic interpretation. I know they are arranged differently in the Solar System.
Thanks Camilla! Thanks Annarita (also for the translation of Camilla’s thinking)
by Chris Buzelli
The anatomy of a mermaid from The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E.B. Hudspeth
Lich House, a short story by Warren Ellis