Most people think of the U.S. states of Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona as cowboy country, the Wild West. Originally, I wanted to do these three states as a post puncturing the cowboy myth, and how these rough-and-tumble men were nothing at all like those on TV and in the movies. But then I realized these three states had in common something way more interesting than cowboys and horses… top secret aircraft!
As in Area 51.
One of my favorite books on the subject is still Phil Patton’s Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51, which is part history, part travelogue, part psychological investigation. Though dated (it was written in 1999) it’s still a good introduction. That it, and Roswell — of the notorious saucer crash and alien corpses — are located in this dry, scenic, magical part of the country only adds to their allure.
The magic of AI lets us imagine how famous artists, past and present, would have depicted this forbidden military base.
From top to bottom, left to right: John Waterhouse, Toulouse-Lautrec, Sir Laurance Alma-Tadema, Cindy Sherman, Georgia O’Keeffe, H. R. Geiger. Neat, huh?
Alternate art means alternate history, and in some other multiverse, the names might be…
Alternate Names for the Southwest States