|a fantasy hybrid|
|Kac's bio-punk green hare|
I love hybrids of almost any kind
|Stelarc's bio-punk 3rd ear|
because they are unusual mash-ups of beings that extend our imagination, and, who knows, may one day extend our brains and even our lives. Hybrids come in many varieties. There is the mythological
kind that we are pretty familiar with such as the griffin and wyvern, and the totally imaginary kind like in the picture of the elephant-lizard! There are plants who you may not even be aware are hybrid, like genetically modified blue roses
. Finally, bio punk artists and scientists are coming up with body extensions like Stelarc’s
ear-in-arm and Eduardo Kac’s
green bunny. I continue to be attracted to hybrids, and I even wrote on into my Futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire. Anyway, feast your eyes and your imaginations on these images!
|the mythological wyvern|
Do you like to imagine hybrids? Which combinations do you think would be cool? Beneficial to humans? Terrifying?
Do you have a preference to
the mythological, fantasy, real?
Fantasy and mythology trump reality for me - on this and on rather a lot of other issues. Hybrid reality worries me. Are we doing it because we can, or because it is necessary - or beneficial?ReplyDelete
I agree- fantasy and myth are it for me. Harry Potter offered some excellent options here!ReplyDelete
Very cool hybrids! I do lean more toward the mythological hybrids, but I also like the fantasy ones.ReplyDelete
Those hybrids are so neat! Mythological and fantasy ones are fun, but I think one day, we'll see humans must become hybrids themselves to survive climate change and living on different planets.ReplyDelete
I agree with Christine. I think we can do some fantastic things with hybrids that might help us survive.ReplyDelete
This post reminds me of all sorts of things.ReplyDelete
Like this article I'd come across about 3D tattoos. Looked painful.
And naturally it got me to thinking about science and that we are, so many of us, on the cusps of hybrid advancements... like bladder transplants using pig intestines and pacemakers, etc.
Really great post! I love a hybrid too!
the duck horse made me laugh is it a Dorse or a Huck(better a Dorse doesn't rhyme with anything naughty). The ear one is creepy. Terrifying would be Mayor Rob Ford with Rush Limbaugh-ughhhh. I love the fantasy and mythicalReplyDelete
The duck on the horse is priceless.ReplyDelete
The duck/horse hybrid is funny, but I want the reptilian elephant!ReplyDelete
Oooh, those are some awesome hybrids. I really like the elephant-lizard--such a pretty color. Hmmm, wonder how big it is?ReplyDelete
Cool -- they finally came up with a properly BLUE rose. I always thought it would require actual genetic engineering to do that, rather than rearranging genes that are already present in roses, which is what they used to do. Hope this kind smells better than the blue-lavender roses that have been around a while, though. :)ReplyDelete
I don't consider something like an ear on a person's arm to be hybridization. Seems more like grafting to me.
The elephant-lizard looks kinda natural. The duck-horse though looks heavy on the top end. :)ReplyDelete
Hybrids are one of my favorites to write about. I love to interweave them into my stories.ReplyDelete
give me fantasy. in reality, hybrids are one step closer to the zombie apocalypse.ReplyDelete
lol that elephant/lizard is freaky yet cool.ReplyDelete
Yes, an elephant lizard should be perched on a tree in everyone's garden :) Cute!ReplyDelete
Not so sure we should all have a third ear though!
As for using pig parts in humans - that's been going on since the 1960s pouiseason. Hundreds of people are walking around with a heart that's partly pig! I think as time goes on though, tissue and organs grown in a jar will take over :)
Fantasy does open up the world to unusual hybrids. Great post.ReplyDelete
Have preference for the mythological hybrids and there are a lot our there when you start digging. Crossing species can be fun though... as long as they look cool and weird. Good A to Z post. (Only hybrid in mine was a Hybrid Air Vessel)ReplyDelete
I think we're creating hybrids right now without being aware of it - scary ones. Although I wouldn't mind having a duck-horse!ReplyDelete
Whoa, from the title I was suspecting a Prius ... but this is much more interesting!ReplyDelete
The elephant lizard is my favorite ... but it freaks me out. ;-)
Visiting via A to Z from Pass the Sour Cream. Co-Author (with my sons) of The Secret of Kite Hill.