Zima Blue, written by Alastair Reynolds, is a story that centered on a renowned artist who is about to unveil his final work to the world as he takes people through his past.
Zima, as an artist, was famous for making huge paintings at the very beginning. One day, he mistakenly added some blue paint to his work and found himself attracted to this mysterious blue. Ever since then, there would always be an abstract shape of the specific blue in the middle of all his paintings. The shape changed and became more dominant over time.
The artist’s last artwork is a swimming pool that’s covered in the color Zima Blue. “Zima immerses himself and shuts down all his higher brain functions. He leaves just enough to appreciate his surroundings to extract some simple pleasure from the execution of a task well done. He states that his search for truth is finished at last.“