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Michael Whelan is a famous SF artist, best known for his works on science fiction book covers from the 1985 on. His style is sometimes classified as imaginative realism, in parallel to magical realism, as his art is very detailed and realistic... apart from all the dragons and spaceships.

The odds are that you will best recognize Whelan from his covers for the Dragonriders of Pern series (the 80 and 90s republications), which were strongly colored, striking, and immediately drew the eye. At the time they were unusually realistic, and remain some of the most familiar and striking dragons in science fiction. Earlier covers of the Pern series tended towards simple, surreal art, with a strong hint of medieval imagery; the contrast was striking, and it helped make the series popular with a new generation, and to make Whelan one of the most popular artists of the next two generations.

If Dragonriders doesn't strike a bell, he also illustrated the…

she limps back to her den
all eleven pounds
snuggles down in the dark earth
still bleeding from the lions
mauled when she walked into the pride
by accident

she fights back of course
she always does
six against two
though if one uses weight
it would take about 17 of her
to be one of them

she licks at the wound
on her belly

that was close

the baby is due in another
few weeks
so she's…

Georgia's sixth district is full of rich white Republicans. It went hard for Trump in November 2016. Handel pulled of a much more narrow win, and the Republicans spent a shit-ton of money to pull it off. The big story isn't that Republicans won a reliably Republican-leaning district -- it's that Republicans had to struggle to win their reliably Republican-leaning district.

Of course trolls who regurgitate everything Breitbart tells them think IT'S THE END OF TEH DEMONCRAP PARTY LOL…

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