Winner of Sir Arthur Clarke Award for 'Best Written
& Unusual SF & Fantasy
Here are some recent
non-astronomical commissions, both
private and for book/cover use, from
SFX magazine asked several prominent SF
artists to illustrate a 'fake'
story, to compare the different styles and
approaches. This is David Hardy's
painted (digitally) as a cover for The Human
Front by Ken MacLeod (PS
Books, 2001), this was later used as a cover
for Analog magazine in May
‘Dancer in the
Cover for story by
David Gerrold, The Magazine of Fantasy &
(F&SF), April 2004.
Hardy produced a new cover for The Space
Eater by David Langford,
published by Cosmos Books in 2005. The version
used has no astronaut, though the
artist (and the author) prefer this
composite, produced as a cover for 42
magazine in 2001. It uses the
background from 'Towers of Taban' from
Galactic Tours (1981),
which was painted in gouache, combined with a
dragon scanned from an acrylic painting done as a
Based on the 'Spiral'
A recent private
commission (August 2005): an oil painting on
canvas, based on Mike Scott
Rohan’s ‘Spiral’ trilogy
– Chase the Morning,
Gates of Noon and Cloud Castles.
These are favourites of SF fan and collector
'The Cathedral of Universal
by Gary W.
Shockley is the subject of this latest cover
artwork for F&SF, for
February 2006. "It is a story about
the power of the mind, and imagination, so
appealed to me," says Hardy.
(Unfortunately this cover has printed very pale
and looks washed-out and insipid
~click to see how it should
'Balance of Power'
by Richard A. Lovett was published on the June
2007 cover of Analog
magazine. It tells the story of an astronaut
stranded on Titan, alone ~ except
for his 'female' AI companion.