Foss’s groundbreaking and distinctive science ﬁction art revolutionized paperback covers in the 1970s and 80s. Dramatically raising the bar for realism and invention, his trademark battle-weary spacecraft, dramatic alien landscapes and crumbling brutalist architecture irrevocably changed the aesthetic of science ﬁction art and cinema. Featuring work for books by Isaac Asimov, E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith, Arthur C. Clarke, A. E. Van Vogt and Philip K. Dick, and ﬁlm design for Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick, this volume brings together many rare and classic images that have never been seen or reprinted before, making it the ﬁrst comprehensive retrospective of Chris Foss’s SF career.
“Chris Foss’s name has become pre-eminent among SF artists… He is in love with the monstrous, with angular momentum, with inertia-free projectiles and irresistible objects. ” — Brian Aldiss
“[Foss’] creations are real machines, not just an artist’s dreams. They combine the two elements so essential to science ﬁction: realism and a sense of wonder… A medieval goldsmith of future eons.” — Alejandro Jodorowsky
Rian Hughes is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator, font designer and comics artist, noted for his work on 2000AD, and Dan Dare. His illustration work is highly distinctive, wearing its design influences on its sleeve. He is the editor and designer of several books including “Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s” and the recently released “Cult-ure”.