Amazing Stories , Astounding, Galaxy, & other SF pulps! Artwork
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Dreams of Tomorrow:
Science Fiction Visions of the Future
The human brain waits before a space suit and a multistage rocket, while blueprints point the way to the future. In the background, a door opens onto the mysteries of the universe. This stunning painting by Schomburg, titled Still Life in Space, adorned the cover of the April, 1953, issue of Galaxy Science Fiction. It captures the feeling of those years between WWII and the launching of Sputnik, when everyday reality seemed poised at the threshold of incredible journeys to other worlds. There was a sense that something tremendous was about to happen; that dreams were hovering at the edge of actuality, and that the limits of possibility were being redefined in new, remarkably expansive ways.
In Dreams of Tomorrow, we will showcase art from science fiction magazines of the fifties (and sometimes from earlier periods whenever antecedents help illustrate the evolution of certain artistic conventions and trends.) The cover and interior illustrations of these magazines, with their depictions of new worlds, alien life forms, and incredible dangers, helped shape our visions of tomorrow, and fired our imaginations with exotic images and strange scenes. They also symbolized the hopes and fears of post-nuclear Cold War society, and provide important psychological documents from that troubled period. Our selection of artwork reflects several major themes that ran through popular science fiction art of the times.
Spaceships to the Stars
Prelude to the 50's
Some Classic 50's Models
Science Fiction/Science Fact
Exploring New Worlds
The Red Planet Mars
Living in Space
The Space Station
The Dangers of Space
Disaster Among the Stars
Terror in Space
The Ambivalent Atom
Worst Case Scenario
Alien Ghost Ship
See my original artwork and read about a strange encounter
with ancient relics from another world. Not from the 1950's,
but I hope you like it!
Special Illustrations for
The Man in the Maze
See three illustrations for Robert Silverberg's unforgettable tale,
plus other examples of my own SF/Fantasy artwork.
Destination Moon Retrospective!
Return to 1950 and see exciting images from the film
that defined the look of space art for an entire decade!
Let Robert A. Heinlein explain the secrets behind the
special effects that earned this film an Oscar!
"Saturn from Japetus."
See artist Charles Schneeman's spectacular cover for the April, 1939,
issue of Astounding Science Fiction, and learn how this painting
influenced famous 50's space artist Chesley Bonestell.
For years, I've searched for a copy of The Complete Book of Outer Space (ed. by
Jeffrey Logan, MACO Books, 1953.) Just two days ago, my friend Ditch Gault
spotted it on eBay and I placed the winning bid. Click on the title below to view scans of the
cover and interior illustrations from this rare publication. This magazine
holds a lot of memories for kids who grew up in the fifties!
The Complete Book of Outer Space
See spaceships, spacesuits, Hugo Gernsback's lunar mining base
and more, all done in the best 1950's SF art tradition!
Far Horizons, Ó 2001 by William Max Miller
Please come back for more Dreams of Tomorrow in the near future. New images (all taken from my personal collection of S. F. magazines) will be added from time to time. While you're surfing, check out a site devoted to space art from educational books printed in the forties and fifties. Some of you are old enough to remember when these books first appeared, and will enjoy seeing them again. Would you like to buy some old science fiction magazines like the ones displayed on these pages? Fantastic Collectibles has them all, at fantastically low prices!
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Background Sound: Robert Rich, Bestiary
(CD: Bestiary, 2001.)
Click here to order this CD from the Robert Rich homepage.
Read more about Robert Rich and his exotic sound compositions
at the Robert Rich Homepage.
Dreams of Tomorrow is a non-profit
website devoted to providing
historical data about science fiction art and the sociological trends
which that art reflects. Our usage of the artwork and sound-track
displayed on these pages is for educational purposes only. If anyone
wishes to contact me concerning copyrighted material, please write
to me at: email@example.com where any copyright issues
will be discussed and resolved.
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