10 Science Fiction Illustrators You Should Know

Richard M. Powers

Richard M. Powers

If Picasso, Yves Tanguy, and Arshile Gorky were possessed by the spirit of science fiction, their paintings might look something like this. C. Jerry Kutner writes:

Where most sci-fi cover art in the early ’50s consisted of dryly literal representations of spaceships and other hardware (the “techno-realist” school), or else tentacled aliens, hard-bodied space heroes, and their curvaceous female companions (the “pulp” school), Powers’ innovative covers emphasized atmosphere and mood, utilizing the fine arts techniques of surrealism, abstraction, and collage to explore the inner landscape of the human imagination. Psychedelic before its time and astonishing in its variety, it was through Powers’ visionary work, according to The Science Fiction Encyclopedia, that “the packaging of SF could be said to have come of age.