Zsófia Döme (http://zsofiadome.tumblr.com/) likes to get lost in the woods and draw the things she didn’t see, those things that imagination can’t help but see while surrounded by wild greenery teeming with hidden creatures. She is a Hungarian illustrator and a current student at the Hungarian School of Fine Arts. Rooted in a kind of grotesque and spooky fantasy aesthetic, her work exudes moodiness and mythology. She works in everything from playful creature studies to scenes lush with atmospheric tension, while incorporating just enough surreal quietness to make each image more than your average fantasy art.
Since Carrie Fisher’s unexpected passing, fans have been taking to social media to pay tribute to a beloved actress, woman, and intergalactic savior. Old photos, videos and quotes have resurfaced of the galaxy’s favorite princess (and General!), taking on a new poignancy as fans reflect on Fisher’s legacy and marvel on the wisdom she imbued with every syllable she uttered. Every image is a statement. Every video is a teachable moment. Every sentence is a sound bite.
While artists abound who enjoy conjuring up astronauts, robots, space battles and creatures from another world, few are able to achieve the striking balance that makes the extraterrestrial imagery of Mario Martinez, better known simply as Mars-1, so compelling. Born of the skateboard and graffiti cultures of his Californian surroundings, and even more so by the trippy European Comics of Moebius and the pseudo-organic tech of latter-day anime, his paintings, sculptures, prints and toy designs evocatively convey the contents of an unbridled imagination. At the same time, his respect for scientific accuracy-even when pondering the far-flung future or the specifics of spacey species we (or most of us, anyway) have yet to encounter-invest his work with a vivid authenticity. This vintage HEAD interview presents a very organic and down-to-earth vibe of an artist whose journey was then at an early stage.
Bob Guccione was more than just the founder of OMNI magazine, beyond this, he was an artist and lover of all things science fiction and art. He collected a variety of pieces from some of the world's most renowned artists; names like H.R. Giger, Stanislaw Fernandes, and Jim Burns. Thanks to his love of sci-fi art and his celebrity status, Guccione was able to commission some of the most recognized science fiction artists to create pieces that were later featured in various OMNI magazine issues. Thanks to a partnership with EBTH, you can now own a piece of the Bob Guccione OMNI magazine collection.
Iconic illustrator Al Hirschfeld was drawn to Star Trek. His first vision of the classic Star Trek came at the behest of TV Guide who commissioned him in 1966 to be part of a review of the premiere. The Image was of Kirk and Spock holding ray guns and what looks like a fluorescent lightbulb. Hirschfeld Hirschfeld said his contribution was to "take the character, created by the playwright, script or portrayed by the actor, and reinvent it for the reader".
If you love Star Trek, you’ve probably made something for yourself at some point that was too difficult to find or too expensive to purchase, like a Starfleet Academy costume or a phaser for your cosplay. But you might not have thought about the unique gifts that you can create for the Enterprise-loving nerd people in your life. Whether it’s earrings for your sister, a cross stitch for your mom, or a gingerbread Enterprise for your holiday party, there’s definitely someone out there who’s thought of an amazing project and then shared their genius online so you can look good too. Boldly go where some other Trekkie on the internet has definitely gone before and try these fun DIY projects.
Beam some amazing gifts under your Christmas tree and impress the Trekkies in your life. Old, young, fans of the original series or devoted followers of the new one, it doesn’t matter - everyone will find something to love on this list (unless they don’t like Star Trek, in which case, why are you getting them a present again?). Give the holidays all you’ve got and remember to gift long and prosper.
When engaged with science fiction as a genre, we are transported by the visual work of great sci-fi artists. Without their work in bringing books to life, and making films a reality, the science fiction world would be impoverished. While literature provides us with the opportunity to imagine science fiction worlds on our own, the work of artists allows us to share that vision with other fans and those outside the genre. Science fiction owes a great debt to the greatest sci-fi artists of all time.
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My first novel, Big in Japan, is about a neurotic American prog-rocker coming of age in Japan. My second, Jellyfish Dreams, is about a biologist’s quest to reanimate his dead fiancée at the instigation of a black hole beneath his sofa. Readers who’ve read both books usually remark on how different they are, but I don’t see it that way. For one thing: crazy artist, mad scientist—same difference. For another, even if you agree with (a quote I’ve seen attributed to) sf comics genius Warren Ellis that “Prog rock was sick and wrong then and it is sick and wrong now,” one can’t deny that prog drinks as liberally from the sf well as it does from the epic and fantasy ones. And so, a primer on some of history’s more salient prog-sf conjunctions: