Fringe Science & Beyond/ IMAGE ONLY- No Fan Art

Science/ Strange Science/ The Unexplained/ The Unexplainable

Fear & Loathing from the Outer Limits

This challenge closed over 2 years ago.

The Challenge


This challenge is for anything that scares you from the world of Science, Fringe Science, Pseudo-Science or The Unexplained. Lots of choices here ~ anything from fracking, global warming, Yellowstone erupting, general ecological collapse, Gi-normous sudden solar flares, gamma ray bursts, meteors impacting Earth ~ to the “slightly” more unlikely such as black holes swallowing the sun, “Time Rifts” ripping through the Cosmos and “qauntum goo” emerging from experiments at CERN ~ to the more arcane and “science-fictiony” like robots taking over, plagues from outer space, aliens invading, and the like. If what scares you the most are ghosts or other paranormal mysteries ~ those qualifiy as “Unexplained” as well.

Anything we cover here, will qualify so check our rules and features!

All mediums invited (drawings, paintings, Photoshop, etc). Style and approach are up to you, whether humorous or serious, whether you’re a Skeptic or Believer. Remember… we don’t ask you to Believe (!), only to Report! I think it goes without saying, if you’re using humor… Dark humor is preferred. :-)

This is not technically a Sci Fi Group, although the line’s getting thinner all the time… and after all, science fiction’s usually BASED on Fringe Science & the Unexplained; But NO FAN ART please! You may refer to television shows, articles or books which deal with the topics here but Pop Culture Characters and props don’t qualify. So no Tardises, no Doctor Who, no Walking Dead, no Superman, etc. But for that, your Imagination is the limit. Just be sure your people, time-machines or spaceships, etc. are original.

And no prior 1st Place winners from the group. Top 10’s are fine, as are images which may have won in other groups.

PLEASE use the IMAGE ONLY Default when you post! You won’t be disqualified if not, but your work won’t be featured, either. Why miss out?

Older works are fine/ new are better yet!

We’re definitely looking at the Dark Side with this one… but they say, to face your fears is “therapeutic.” Remember, text and titles are important! So be sure your title and/or text support your artwork. Be specific. “Done in Bryce” or “Abstract in Red” are not specific to the challenge theme, no matter what the image is!

All entries must comply with ALL our group requirements as well as the challenge theme. Those which don’t, will be disqualified/removed. It’s only fair to everybody else who’s playing by the rules!

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for more than one. Vote for all you like! Base your votes on creativity, quality of art, and how well the entries fit the challenge theme.

As always, No Soliciting for Votes! Any member caught padding the ballot box via Bubblemail, Facebook or any other venue, will have their work removed. Let the entries win on merit, not your popularity on social media!

The most important thing is, VOTE! The more votes, the more accurate the results (and the less chance of 5-way ties).

Rewards & Prizes

Winner gets a Winner’s Banner, spotlight-feature on our Group Home Page and a Special Presentation in our Forum. In addition, he or she will be inducted to our Hall of Fame (Featured Artists).

In this group, 1st place ties are recognized: if we get more than one, they all win equally,

Runners up (Top 10) also get a banner and mention in our Forum, provided entries have some votes.

Additional Information

We need at least 12 entries to continue the challenge! Preferably, more. You can’t really have a Top 10 with only 8 or 9! So go through your galleries… and/or, get creative ~ do a Brand New Image of whatever Freaky Science and/or Speculative Science, keeps you up at night!

You can enter the challenge directly if you like but please be sure your work is IN THE GROUP by voting time! We’ve had a lot of winners recently which weren’t. This time, they WILL be disqualified because it isn’t fair to other members!

That’s it. What, are you still reading??? Go Forth and scare us silly! Looking forward to some highly imaginative, downright terrifying entries!

(Need some inspiration from the Scientific Side? Check this out! But do Be Warned: it IS pretty scary!)
Countdown to Catastrophe (10 Ways to Destroy the Planet)

Cover Image: Astronaut Disintegration by Icarusismart


The Top Ten

Astronaut Disintegration by Icarusismart

Astronaut Disintegration by Icarusismart was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 6 votes.

  • artificial intelligence by oneoftheclan
  •  Illuminati  by Cliff Vestergaard
  • Eye of the storm by helene ruiz
  • Juja by Alexander Skachkov
  • Surviving Armageddon by Randy Turnbow
  • Beware of Darkness by Rhonda Strickland
  • Rise of the Spidersoars by adbetron
  • Wendigo by tikirussy
  • Halloween at the Zombie Retirement Home by Tom Godfrey

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  1. It's Life Jim, but Not as We Know It

    It's Life Jim, but Not as We Know It

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