Gigglebit: a beautiful vision for life in our solar system

6 Dec 2014

A still from the film Wanderers

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When we see movies such as Interstellar portray the future of life in the galaxy, there always seems to be some kind of trouble at hand. Like life on Earth is dying or in many cases portrayals of the future are about battles between good and evil, or dystopian futurescapes where evil tyrants and their slavish minions wreak havoc on the innocent and good.

Why can’t future portrayals of life, especially in the universe, be positive and beautiful for a change?

That’s why it was wonderful to come across this work Wanderers on the internet this week.

Wanderers is a short science film by Erik Wernquist, a digital artist and animator from Stockholm, Sweden.

“The film is a vision of our humanity’s future expansion into the solar system. Although admittedly speculative, the visuals in the film are all based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. All the locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the solar system, built from real photos and map data where available,” Wernquist said.

Film: Wanderers

Stills from Wanderers 

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years