Insomnia is annoying.
Well, not completely. I can be productive when I can't sleep.
Anyway, I recently purchased Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials from a new and used bookstore called BookBuyers. I got it hardback and for a great deal! If you're anywhere near one of these stores (they have two), please visit them and lose yourself there. Well worth the wandering!
Barlowe's book has special meaning for me. Years ago, I considered the profession of science illustrator for a long time (you can see remnants of this in my earlier work, Portrait of a Hippo), but I had difficulty, back then, inviting beauty into my life, so I didn't buy the book.
I've corrected that now.
Besides, I love reading dictionaries and encyclopedia!
I love that his work is a fusion of science and fantasy illustration. Ain't synthesis grand? I feel like it's the philosophy behind my engine.