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date: 27 January 2022

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This chapter discusses images and discourses of the future in a wide spectrum of SF visual media—from the trail-blazing photorealist interior illustrations and frontispieces of Jules Verne’s Voyages Extraordinaire in the nineteenth century to the technocratic iconography of Frank R. Paul’s painterly magazine covers and interior drawings in the 1920s pulps; from the “imagination of disaster” in 1950s SF movie posters to the techno-Surrealist iconoclasm captured in Richard M. Power’s paperback cover art of the 1960s; and from the seductions of hyperreal simulacra in Chris Foss’s illustrations of the 1980s and 1990s to the postcyberpunk digital imaging of global diversity realized by Stephan Martinière in his most recent work. Winter’s overarching contention is that the history of SF art and illustration reveals a recurring tendency to transform and reconfigure icons of imminent futures in ways that have proven both timely and influential.

Keywords: science fiction art, science fiction illustration, iconography, Surrealism, Jules Verne, Frank R. Paul, Richard M. Powers, Chris Foss, Stephan Martinière

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