Art work in science fiction has been with the genre since its beginnings. I became much more attuned to the art work, both covers and interiors, as I embarked on my Vacation in the Golden Age, getting to see covers and drawings by golden age masters. There have been many outstanding science fiction artists that I have admired and John Picacio certainly fits into that category. He is a recent recipient of the Hugo Award for Best Artist, well deserved and perhaps even long overdue. And now, he’s producing what looks to be a gorgeous calendar containing his artwork for 2013. The project is being funded through Kickstarter and as of this writing has about 25 hours left. Happy, for all the backers thus far, John has already made his initial funding goal and is now aiming for some stretch goals. If you love art, science fiction and would like them combined in a gorgeous and practical way, consider backing this worthy project.
Author and editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt is running a Kickstarter project for a new science fiction anthology called Beyond the Sun. The anthology will include about 20 stories centered around space colonists interacting with alien planets and worlds. The headliners for this anthology include Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, and Nancy Kress. As a point of disclaimer, I’ve been invited to submit to the anthology as well, as have many other talented science fiction writers.
You can find all of the details for this Kickstarter project here:
I’ve pledged some money to the project–after all, there is no guarantee that Bryan will buy the story I sent him, and I want to see the anthology happen either way. If you’d like to see this anthology come alive, please consider contributing to the project.