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That Hideous Strength Poster by jarredspekter That Hideous Strength Poster by jarredspekter
I just finished this book, the third in C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy and, although it was incredibly complex, it was also incredibly cinematic. The villainous organization at odds with the unassuming heroes of the book was called the National Institute for Coordinated Experiments (or N.I.C.E) and a more sinister set of evildoers would be hard to find! I reproduced their symbol (a man clutching a thunderbolt) and a likely logo fitting their way of thinking.
The N.I.C.E's cold, calculating take over of England, their amoral approach to science gone mad, and at the last their aid of the worst of mankind's supernatural enemies (C.S. Lewis' stories are usually unabashedly Christian) made them a true foe to be reckoned with, the worst kind which topples kingdoms with smiles and kills hundreds with suggestion.
I hear that Out of the Silent Planet, the first in the trilogy, is really being made as a movie soon. If that's the case I hope the series is given it's due, and some day a real poster will take the place of my mockup. Certainly the themes addressed in these tales are no less relevant today then in Lewis' time.
You might notice I make a fair bit of movie posters nowadays and few drawings or stories. Hopefully I'll get back on track soon, but I've been suffering from writers and artists' block. Maybe after a long rest I'll be back to speed, but in the meanwhile I hope you enjoy these glimpses of what might be.
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whaleofatale2012 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
This was a powerful book. Amazing how the powers that drive humankind don't change through the ages. There is a magic inherent in belief and dreams. Those who would seek to exalt themselves above all no longer dream. Pity them, for their power is fleeting, and their schemes undesign themselves.
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TheStorageGnome Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
I wanna join, I wanna join! :excited:
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
N.I.C.E is the kind of organization you have to be a part of to join XD
Also, they have a rather peculiar initiation process involving a demonic portrait gallery and defacing a crucifix :O_o:
Oh, and their leader is a zombie...well, part of one :evillaugh:
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Why is a raven like a writing desk?
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TheStorageGnome Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
That's the appeal! :giggle: Well, that and getting to work with Frost and Feverstone-dearest. I want to glomp them... :eager: Oh, oh I loved the demonic portrait gallery! :dummy: ...Think they'd accept a biology major? :confused:

Erm... yeah. ^^; I'm a bit of a rabid C.S. Lewis fangirl and Hideous Strength ranks among my favorite books of all time. I have a pet named Feverstone... >.>;; Um... yeah. I know.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Great name! :clap:
Great series. I really hope some one with strength of vision brings it to the screen someday :D
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TheStorageGnome Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Me too - I'd love to see a HS movie come out. :eager:
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Trinity-Dragon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Really good job with the N.I.C.E. logo there.
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Inverted-Jabberwocky Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! I was actually considering doing film posters for the Space Trilogy; you beat me to it :D Oh well, maybe I'll still do posters, but in the style an naime OVA rather than a film...
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I think the Space Trilogy would make a GREAT anime! Especially the Eldil (however it's spelled), the angels, lend themselves to sweeping lines and graceful ribbon shapes. Also there's tons of huge ideas and grand happenings, perfect for anime :D
Go to, and i'll keep a look out for your works!
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Evilgidgit Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I like it.
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