Monday, 6 September 2010

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SCIENCE FICTION ILLUSTRATION

Jupiter Books hardback, 1974. Cover painting by Frank R. Paul illustrating
Life On Uranus for Fantastic Adventures magazine.

This book covers ground from roughly 1884 and like Brian Aldiss' book Science Fiction Art - The Fantasies Of SF (1975) there is heavy bias towards pulp artwork, in particular those from the 1930's; the most contemporary piece of artwork I found was from an issue of Fantastic Adventures dated 1940. Paul's cover illustration was accompanied by the following text:
"The inhabitant of Uranus lives on a rigorous planet indeed. He is confronted with tremendous gravity, dense atmosphere, poison gases, and great storms."

Cover for Astounding Science Fiction, April 1938 by Howard V. Brown.

Cover for Astounding Science Fiction, November 1938 by Howard V. Brown.

Cover for Amazing Stories, August 1927 by Frank R. Paul.

Cover for Fantasy - Thrilling Science Fiction #1, 1939 by by S. R. Drigin.

Cover for Fantasy - Thrilling Science Fiction #2 by S. R. Drigin.
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