Dr. Bulygin hadn't just found human writing among the broken monoliths. He'd discovered a Rosetta Stone, humanity's linguistic gateway to the community of the cosmos. Concept art by Shahab Alizadeh.

You can follow Alizadeh's work on deviantART and Facebook, and you can purchase prints from his INPRNT shop. Alizadeh's gallery is filled with luminous, often eerie environments, places perfect for a curious — and courageous — explorer.

"Monolith" is featured with permission and was spotted on r/ImaginaryRuins.