The mystique of Keleck

My first taste of any artwork associated with Keleck (aka Kelek), was at Boskone this year, where Andy Gelas brought my attention to two French paperback editions of Conan.   These were Conan Le Guerrier, and Conan Le Cimmerian, in the Titres SF editions from the early 1980s.   Needless to say, the eye-popping contrast in red […]

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The Surrealist Path of Harry O. Morris

It was great to finally read Harry O. Morris – Artist Portfolio from Centipede Press.   Flipping through the lush images that take up most of the 320 pages, you can journey through the strangeness that has characterized the long career of this remarkable artist. I am really lucky to have known Harry from way back […]

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Lloyd Birmingham’s Ethereal SF Covers

Another artist who appeared briefly then disappeared into the woodwork of the illustration world was Lloyd Birmingham, who created one of my favorite covers from the early 1960s.  His illustration for Mark Clifton’s story Hang Head, Vandal! (April 1962) has always fascinated me.  It’s an image of a spacesuit being used as a scarecrow, propped […]

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Clearing the Minefields of Self-Indoctrination

Pleasantly surprised to discover Indoctrinaire, the first novel by Christopher Priest, a tale of strange foreboding and paranoia, wrapped up in altered states of consciousness and alternate realities.   The protagonist, Dr. Wentik, finds himself forcibly recruited from his scientific research post beneath the South Pole, and whisked away to the Planalto District of Mato Grosso […]

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Surreal SF art of Carlos Ochagavia

This beautiful illustration for the cover of Daughter of IS (1978), by Mikal D. Huber, is a wonderful example of the science fiction art of Carlos Ochagavia.  The background is rendered in a light, airy tone that fades away, with major features that become transparent (in this case, a moon) .  The main figure is […]

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