The Helianx Proposition
The Helianx Proposition is a cosmic fable, a creation myth that was written in 1979 by Timothy Wyllie after he examined the deeper symbolic meaning of the traditional Christian Garden of Eden myth and wondered what on earth the Serpent was doing there. Since the creature's impact on the two humans was apparently so profound, it appeared that perhaps the Serpent, too, had a divine origin and a valuable function to perform. At that point The Helianx Proposition started writing itself.
The next 30 years he spent illustrating and calligraphing the story using graphite on parchment as the medium with the intent to produce them in color when computer technology would facilitate coloring the black and white images.
By 2001, the technology had developed sufficiently to afford him to transform the black and white pages through digital photography and then print them on watercolor paper using a high-end ink jet technology called Giclee printing. After learning Adobe Photoshop with the idea of using software to color the images. it would become clear to him that even more time might be required to color the pages digitally than to do it by hand--and not half as much fun. Consequently, the addition of color to the printed image was made by applying dry pigments, rephotographing the image, and then cleaning it up and make any minor adjustments using Adobe Photoshop before printing the page.
The Helianx Proposition will be made available in three forms, 1) a limited edition of handmade books on materials designed to last many generations, 2) a boxed set in which interested readers might build themselves by purchasing archival prints page by page; and 3) a traditional coffee table edition.
Because of the fluid and seamless way in which the Helianx Proposition was written, it is evident there may be elements of considerable interest to the contemporary cosmologist and which will perhaps add some insight into the odd persistence of the presence of dragons, cosmic snakes and rainbow serpents in the stories we have told ourselves over the thousands of years of human history.