1. Steve_C says

    Great illustration. I get more the feeling that the Octopus is going on a joyride.
    Or playing some game with the ball. Do they flash white when they’re scared?

  2. FishyFred says

    It looks like the Cephaloborg is playing dodgeball. Ah crap. There goes my gym’s shot at the $50,000 first prize.

  3. flame821 says

    Maybe the red ball is actually a scouting device?

    Or an aid to mind control the human masses?

  4. Rienk says

    Hey! I might be at Tulane now, but Holland is still my home country! And yes, I do not share your obsession for cephalopods. I’d rather stick with Xenopus laevis.

  5. says

    Well, since the actual title of the painting, as one learns from visiting the site it was swiped from, is “Rise of the Red Star”, obviously it’s an allegory in which Soviet Socialism rises above the petty squabbles between Capitalism (the robot) and Tradition (the octopus).

    It’s part of the Socialist Surrealism school (1937-8).

  6. Michael Hopkins says

    Wednesday, a SF fans showed me and some other people his new “Miskatonic University Fighting Cephalopods” t-shirt. I thought that would be something that Pharyngula’s PZ would probably be interested in. Some googling found someone selling the t-shirt (or at least one that was similiar) at on this commercial site. Here is a competitor.