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  • August 16, 2002 - Bill Stout
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  • Shows from January, 2001
  • Shows from November - December, 2000
  • Shows from September - October, 2000
  • Shows from July - August, 2000

  • Bill Stout

    On Friday - August 16th, 2002 - our guest was artist Bill Stout discussing his dinosaur paintings, working in film, the current state of commercial illustration and the creative challenges associated with doing paintings of real animals that no one has ever seen in the flesh.

    I don't know why I have always been fascinated by dinosaurs, but for as long as I can remember dinosaurs have filled my imagination with awe and wonder. Though at least some of the blame for this marvelous affliction has to be due to the artists who shared my interest in dinosaurs.

    I remember reading about dinosaurs when I was a child and can recall how those marvelous animals came to life in the paintings in those books. But just as important for the care and feeding of my imagination were the portrayals of dinosaurs in movies and television.

    My life-long interest in dinosaurs continues to be fed by artists like Bill Stout, who create paintings of dinosaurs and design creatures for today's dinosaurian CGI epics.

          The Dinosaurs - illustrated by Bill Stout.Copyright © 1981 by Byron Preiss Publications, Inc,  Illustrations Copyright © 1981 by William Stout .
    Bill Stout began his professional career in 1968 by doing the first issue cover for the pulp magazine Coven 13. He went on from there to a variety of illustration jobs ranging from comics to album covers, movie posters, art direction in the movies and, of course, painting dinosaurs.

    His paintings of extinct animals manage to combine accurate illustration with that intangible character which we call art. I don't know how he does it, but his illustrations bring life to long dead dinosaurs and make them more real than photographs that might be brought back by a time traveler. And for that, Bill Stout has my undying gratitude.

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    • Click here for the Bill Stout Interview. {59:58}
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    The Great Hour 25 Disk Crash of 2002 - On-Going News

    As a result of our recent hard disk crash the Hour 25 newsletter mailing list has vanished into the digital darkness. It would be very helpful if subscribers to the Hour 25 Newsletter would resend their email addresses to me {wwjames@earthlink.net} so I can reconstitute the Newsletter mailing list. {If you have done this "post-crash" then I have your email address and you don't need to do anything.} New editions of the newsletter will start coming out "real soon now".

    In the same vein, if you previously sent in an entry for the Karen Willson Five Word Challenge, now would be a good time for you to fish around in your "sent mail" folder and resend your entry. Or come up with a new one and send it in. {And please put "Five Word Challenge" or some approximation thereof in the subject line of your email to make it easy for me to keep track of your entry.}

    Links for more information relating to this week's show

    Bill Stout and Dinosaurs
  • You can find out more about Bill Stout by going to his web site : The Worlds of William Stout.
  • You can find out more about dinosaurs by going to the Dinosauria web site sponsored by UC Berkeley or by going to the Dinosaurs: Facts and Fiction web site which is sponsored by the US Geological Survey.
  • Free paper dinosaur models can be found at the Download-a-Dinosaur web site
  • If you enjoyed this show and would like to know when other interviews are uploaded to the Hour 25 web site, then send an email to me at wwjames@earthlink.net and I will add your name to the free Hour 25 Newsletter mailing list. That way you'll get a brief notice in your email every time a new show gets uploaded to the web. {People who have subscribed to the newsletter before should do so again as I am having to regenerate the Hour 25 Newsletter Mailing List following the Great Hard Disk Crash of 2002. «Sigh».}

    Concerning the Hugos and Nebulas
  • Information about the winners of the 2001 Nebula Awards can be found here. I think you'll not be surprised to see that a number of the winners and nominees have been guests on Hour 25 over the last year.
  • Information about the Hugo nominees for this year, and about ConJose where the winners will be decided, can be found here. Again, it looks like one of your best ways to see who is going to get nominated for a Hugo is to watch and see who has been on Hour 25.

    Space News
  • Information about the HyShot scramjet test can be found at the project's web site or at this news story archive provided by the University of Queensland.
  • Information about the Indian space program can be found at the Indian Space Research Organisation web site.
  • Information about the German amateur satellite group that wants to send a spacecraft to Mars can be found here (note: much of this web site is in German) and an English language description of their Mars project can be found here.

    For On-Going Updates on Space News
  • The Reusable Launch & Space Vehicle News web site web page that is part of the Hobby Space web site is a really good place to watch for news about, well... Reuseable Launch Vehicles and related subjects. I check it out just about every day and often find news there that doesn't show up anywhere else. Give it a look. {And while you're there be sure to check out some of the site's other pages. Wow! Is there a lot of information there.}
  • The Space Today web site is a great place to find space news from all over the 'net.
  • The Spaceflight Now web site carries real time information about current space missions and presents a lot of space and astronomy news. This is the place I go to when I want up to the minute information about current space missions. Do I need to say more?
  • The NASA Watch web site is another great place for getting information about current space missions. Check there also for news about other 'goings on' within NASA. Highly recommended.

    ISS News
  • The Florida Today web site has a very interesting report about the causes of the ISS budget problems and their impact on the space program. It makes very interesting reading.
  • Click here to view the press kits for various ISS missions.
  • Check out the NASA International Space Station web page or the Boeing web page to learn more about this project.
  • A great source of news about Russian space activities, including their work on the ISS, can be found at the Russian Space Web.
  • Do you wonder where the Space Station is right now? You can use your browser to view real time maps showing the location of the ISS by going to this link at the NASA Space Link web site or here at the Johnson Spacecraft Center. Please note that your browser must support Java to make use of this satellite tracking software.
  • You can find out when the ISS - or many other spacecraft - can be seen from your location by going to this NASA web page. Please note; your browser must support Java for this application to work.

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