tectonic-plates

Humans Are Weird

So there has been a bit of “what if humans were the weird ones?” going around tumblr at the moment and Earth Day got me thinking. Earth is a wonky place, the axis tilts, the orbit wobbles, and the ground spews molten rock for goodness sakes. What if what makes humans weird is just our capacity to survive? What if all the other life bearing planets are these mild, Mediterranean climates with no seasons, no tectonic plates, and no intense weather? 

What if several species (including humans) land on a world and the humans are all “SCORE! Earth like world! Let’s get exploring before we get out competed!” And the planet starts offing the other aliens right and left, electric storms, hypothermia, tornadoes and the humans are just … there… counting seconds between flashes, having snowball fights, and just surviving. 

vote results are in!

For issue two of stars aligned, we are pleased to announce that we will (again) utilize an open submission process and have a new predetermined theme

To note, our results were (surprisingly!) 50/50 between open submissions and doing an application form, and after having thoroughly discussed the pros and cons of both, we decided that due to the big success with the way we ran our first issue, we will continue to use the former method. 

That being said, we will have our policies and submission guidelines posted and finalized on the night of February 14, but to briefly explain, having an open submission process with a predetermined theme means we will provide a general theme(s) for creators to work with, and from February 15 through May 15, we will be accepting complete works of art, writing, or multimedia submissions for consideration for acceptance.

Again, we don’t have all the policies and guidelines published or updated, but as always, if you have any questions or have any suggestions for themes, feel free to send us an ask!

Metastable

Faith
yeah
all in something
whether scientific
metaphysical
or self sufficiency

The pretty ones hurry along recklessly
Wreckless we…
Shift tones stomping along tectonic plates

Universe upon universe collides
and you expect me to worry about reality television

Is dark matter dark matter or something else entirely?
Wanna touch all the particles that make up all those empty spaces

Maybe it’s a metaphor that what we perceive as empty is really not

© 2017 Ryan William Foster

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Pacific Rim (2013) dir Guillermo del Toro
When I was a kid, whenever I’d feel small or lonely… I’d look up at the stars. Wondered if there was life up there. Turns out I was looking in the wrong direction. When alien life entered our world it was from deep beneath the Pacific Ocean. A fissure between two tectonic plates. A portal between dimensions. The Breach.

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Thingvellir National Park in Iceland is where the Vikings held their parliament meetings and the subsequent Icelandic government continued to use the sight to convene their general assembly from 930 to 1798. It’s also where the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates meet, hence the huge fissure which is the result of earthquakes and seismic movement.