About the Author

About the Author

Gemma Thomson (a.k.a. “RaygunGoth“) is a game designer, amateur photographer and science fiction fan. After being raised from childhood on the likes of Star Trek: The Next GenerationDune and Flash Gordon, she jumped at the chance to explore art deco and streamline moderne graphics in college. A degree course in games design saw her dive into the classic aesthetic of fishbowl helmets and rayguns, and she’s rarely came up for air since.

Gemma began moulding her passion for this aesthetic when she co-founded the Second Life world of Extropia. Here was founded a community of positive-thinking futurists, with ‘raygun gothic’ as its architectural theme. Her understanding of ‘raypunk’ was formed here, and as the years have passed these influences have spread into her other creative projects – such as 2015’s A Planet Wakes.

Raypunk.org was founded part-way through Gemma’s tenure at Extropia, in 2010. Conversations with its co-founders led directly to the coining of this term, to mean something which would sit alongside the existing science fiction sub-genres of ‘cyber-‘ and ‘steampunk’ but which was rooted instead in the positive future as glimpsed from around the 1950s. Gemma decided to explore the theme more openly in the form of this blog and an accompanying Tumblr site, so that others might help define “raypunk” and perhaps even encounter its wonders for the first time.

Gemma’s homepage and contact details may be found at raygungoth.net; she also lurks on Twitter under the username ‘RaygunGoth‘.