Retro Sci-Fi Art

Adam Rowe
All the research on '60-'80s science fiction art you never knew you needed
Created 14 Jan 2020
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  • Image of the week: Ron Miller
    01 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Top image this week: Ron Miller’s box art for the Dune board game. I assume it’s because of the upcoming movie, because the art isn’t particularly stirring in my opinion — clearly oriented around the ...
  • Some sci-fi covers will never be credited
    26 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    As anyone who’s followed retro science fiction book covers knows, not all of them are credited. Most likely this phenomenon boils down to midcentury publishers not valuing cover artists highly enough ...
  • Image of the week: Paul Kirchner
    21 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Top image this week is one panel from Paul Kirchner’s Dope Rider comic strip: Kirchner is great at crafting a striking stand-alone panel — shame he was born too early for Instagram. Plenty of people s...
  • Dean Ellis's mysterious Bander Snatch cover
    11 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    I’m hoping to get this amazing Dean Ellis art in my book. It’s the 1979 cover for Bander Snatch, by Kevin O'Donnell Jr. Looks like a forest, right? Check again. If you look closely at this cover, you ...
  • Image of the week: Analog Control Panels
    05 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    My top post on Tumblr this week was actually just a reblog of an old post rounding up cool shots of analog computers and control panels in science fiction movies. They’re all taken from a 2015 article...
  • Copyediting notes
    31 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Professional copy editing is so cool! Turns out when you write a professional book, the copy editor gives you a style sheet listing all the elements that popped out in the manuscript. So, now I know a...
  • Image of the week: Bruce Pennington
    20 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    My top image this week is this untitled landscape. Very little info is available about it online, although this website says it’s from a 1975 issue of Science Fiction Monthly. It’s pretty unmistakably...
  • Modern covers that feel like 70s ones
    10 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Oooh, three emails in a row! My draft 2 edit is coming along, but still isn’t finished. Here’s a re-run of an old blog post I wrote for Barnes and Noble back in 2015 to keep you going until the weeken...
  • Image of the week: Richard Powers
    09 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Top image this week is this 1976 cover by Richard Powers for The Word for World is Forest, by Ursula K. Le Guin: It’s a beauty! Great example of the “mannikins” that Powers would often use. The mannik...
  • My Draft 2 cutting room floor
    08 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Followers: Sorry for the lack of emails recently. I’ve been working on my second draft for the last two weeks, and it’s slow going. I’m still in the middle of it now, but I’ve put together an email th...
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