#Art of Science Fiction 001: John Harris


I’ve been running a series over on my blog called #Art of Fantasy in which I showcase established and up-and-coming fantasy artists. Thus far it has proven popular. It seems appropriate then that I should also focus on science fiction, given that Kōsa Press’ Broken Worlds and the forthcoming Interspecies fall well within this fiction genre.

And yet, that is not my only reason for starting this blog series. Art is wonderful because it inspires. It opens doors in your mind and allows you unfettered access to worlds and ideas not yet explored. There is a reason why books should have great covers. A great cover provides the promise of a good story. It gives you a taste of what lies ahead. That is the main reason why I created Art of Fantasy and why it’s also important to have Art of Science Fiction.

It is only appropriate that we kick this series off with artwork from the estimable and legendary, John Harris. Harris is a British artist and illustrator who has been doing book covers for many, many years and is well known for his brilliant paintings. He has done work for Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asmimov, Frederik Pohl, Ben Bova, Wilbur Smith, and many others.

Below are a few samples of his really large body of work. If you click on any image it will take to the site of origin.






And that, ladies and gentlemen, was John Harris. I hope you’ll join us next week when we showcase another artist. I’m looking forward to discovering new and old works of sci-fi art each week and I’ll be going on this journey with you.  Trust me, this is going to be one hell of a ride.

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Woelf Dietrich

Woelf Dietrich mostly writes tales of dark fantasy and the supernatural, which is maybe not such a far cry from his lawyering days. Sometimes he writes other things. He resides in New Zealand with his wife and kids and a dog.


  1. I love the scale of these pieces. The ships that seem like they are a hundred miles long. If you’re going to imagine, imagine big.

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