What is this? Should I be able to recognize it, or elements of it? I'm not half-bad at the science fiction and fantasy trivia thing, and this is just driving me nuts.
8The logo is an original creation. While design elements draws loosely on fantasy themes, the logo isn't from a specific preexisting work.– user56Feb 25, 2013 at 0:12
3I always thought it was intended to look like a transmutation circle from Fullmetal Alchemist. In that series, alchemy is magic that is treated like a science - making it appropriate for both the SciFi and Fantasy aspect.– IzkataFeb 25, 2013 at 0:28
1It always amazes me how close it is to some Wiccan symbology (in this case, the three crescents, representing crescent Moons, but drawn to represent the maid, mother, and crone). I'm still surprised that's in there, since if it followed a more well known religious symbol, I'm sure there would be a big fus over it.– TangoFeb 25, 2013 at 1:07
This would belong on the main site, although it is a bit meta-y.– bitmaskMar 10, 2013 at 16:39
Scrolling back in time in the design tag here on meta will find you lots of information about the design and the logo. The question Design for Science Fiction & Fantasy incudes an explanation of the logo, which was designed for the site, and some of the thoughts behind it.
The logo is an original creation, but it may be inspired from middle icon of this image:
I discovered this accidentally on Wikipedia pages of Weapon of mass destruction and Nuclear weapons testing. In the image, it appears along with nuke (denotes radioactivity) and danger (denotes toxicity) symbols.
The symbol has unicode of
U+2623 and is used to denote Biohazard.
Looks like designer of the logo used something from this to his/her creativity juice. But, its just a guess. Only designer can answer this.
Yes! The middle symbol is what I thought too! Or a variation thereof. I've always thought of it as "Sign of the Hack" for website cracking and defacement, but only in green with a black background or vice-versa. What an awesome image! It looks great here on MetaSF SE too. Thank you for your answer, I really enjoyed reading it. Mar 15, 2013 at 8:09