Saturday, November 22, 2008

SF Artist Bob Eggleton Covers Mars

Thanks to a recent post at the blog SF Signal, I’ve been browsing some cool artwork by Bob Eggleton, an award-winning science fiction, fantasy, and horror artist.

Eggleton’s website has a beautiful gallery of sci-fi art that displays "The Lost Mission," a painting of Mars based on his love for such films as The Angry Red Planet (1960) and nostalgic “pointy rockets.”

Bob’s ART du Jour blog also has some impressive paintings, including
Marscape,” “Red Wind,” “Of Late I Think of Mars,” “The Rolling Stones,” “Mars Landing #2,” “Martian Dust Storm,” and “The Angrier Red Planet,” as well as a neat rocket sketch about a “Mars Landing.”

More than a few pieces of Eggleton’s Mars art have rocketed out of his studio and landed on the front of science fiction books. Check out the craftsmanship on these covers:

Labyrinth of Night (1992), by Allen Steele

Man O’War (1996), by William Shatner

Rainbow Mars (1999), by Larry Niven

Martians and Madness: the Complete SF Novels of Fredric Brown (2002), by Fredric Brown, published by the New England Science Fiction Association

The Martian War: a Thrilling Eyewitness Account of the Recent Invasion as Reported by Mr. H.G. Wells (2005), by Gabriel Mesta

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