Before I came to the Washington, DC area, I was friends with a Russian-language expert I had met at graduate school, along with her husband who was a "defense consultant." She had developed a fantasy world based on traditional Russian culture. In a galaxy far, far away was a pair of planets orbiting each other, in their voyage around a pale white sun. Each supported life, including an intelligent civilization. The larger planet was named "Volshebda," and the people living there were eight-foot-tall, slender blue humanoids with an elaborate social hierarchy. This is an image of one of Volshebda's cities, with the other planet, "Maizhutok," floating in the sky. I gave my friend the painting as a Christmas gift. It is the very first piece I ever did with my airbrush, done in winter of 1978. Size is 12" x 9", acrylic on Masonite.
Planetary-physics-minded people looking at this picture have told me that the tidal forces stirred up by a massive object like a near-twin planet would make the existence of higher life on the planets unlikely. There would be much too much elemental tumult of tidal waves, earthquakes, or storms. But here I have ignored that and depicted this world as a serene Russian faeryland of sparkling snow, dark evergreens, and crystal buildings.
I'm no longer in contact with that couple, and I may be the only person other than my old friend herself who remembers the worlds of Volshebda and Maizhutok and their ethereal inhabitants.