Alex Noriega from the United States of America was named International Landscape Photographer of the Year for his folio submission, including the aerial photo (above) called “Mother Brain”, which was taken over the Colorado Plateau, in south-western America.
Freeway exit sign to Zzyzx Road off Interstate 15.
Image Credit: Photograph by Christopher Mann McKay.
Zzyzx is located in California. It is the former site of the Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Spa and now the site of the Desert Studies Center.
The nearest town is Baker, California and Las Vegas, Nevada, is the nearest major city.
Soda Springs, a natural spring, has long seen human activity. The area was a prehistoric quarry site.
The Mojave Road ran past the spring, as did the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad.
The made-up name Zzyzx was given to the area in 1944 by Curtis Howe Springer, claiming it to be the last word in the English language.
He established the Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Spa in 1944 at the spot, which was federal land, after filing mining claims for 12,000 acres surrounding the springs. He used the springs to bottle his water and provide drinks for travelers through the hot desert.
Springer also imported animals from around the country to attract more families to visit his ranch. He used Zzyzx until 1974, when he was arrested by the United States Marshals for misuse of the land.
Since 1976, the Bureau of Land Management has allowed California State University to manage the land in and around Zzyzx. A consortium of CSU campuses use it as their Desert Studies Center.
What is it about science and the future and how the science fiction of the past (pre-1950s) almost never could encapsulate the superior scientific innovation and discovery of its near future?
And, like most science fiction at that time they considered that our threats would come from outer space.
I guess that’s why I like a lot of sci-fi centered around man’s bastardry to man.
It is marvelous and wickedly magnificent to look at some cover art and illustration for the pulp and not-so-pulpy science ficton, images that not only have a certain look and feel, but also a smell, a particular bookstore/basement pulp-paper-not-exposed-in-forty-years smell.
Image: Steampunk Eye–that enormous ship, governed by a long, long pole with a small box with an an eye in it, being raised and lowered on pulleys: