Adam Tredowski's Organic Rust—SF That's Falling Apart

An ethereal metal steampunk fish and a rusting steamboat-influenced factory structure suspended above an alien world are just two examples of Polish artist Adam Tredowski's » 11/14/08 1:20pm 11/14/08 1:20pm texture-rich approaches to science fiction. The somewhat mysterious 33-year-old currently lives in England and has won many online awards for his…

Drool Over Our Alien and Predator Centerfolds, and Win Free Books!

Regardless of your preference for the drooly one or the clicky one, the Predator and Aliens franchises have entered the pop culture hall of fame. They've get the creep-out factor, the scare, and SF thrills from glimpses of the Predator home world and insight into Alien queen psychology. Both universes continue to… » 10/31/08 9:00am 10/31/08 9:00am

From Rawhead Rex to Zeppelins and Back with SF Artist Les Edwards

The career of Les Edwards, otherwise known as “Edward Miller,” has taken an interesting path through horror to SF/F through the medium of “the New Weird.” Edwards already had a considerable body of work behind him in the 1980s and 1990s, including posters for movies like Nightbreed » 10/17/08 9:00am 10/17/08 9:00am and , illustrations for the Clive…

Although this post is provocative and interesting, I don't know if I see much point in the arbitrary juxtaposition of Multireal and Stone Gods. Good points about the "literary" mainstream, though. Where I despair in this continuing discussion, though, is the idea of generalizations made by both sides that don't have any… » 9/18/08 12:03pm 9/18/08 12:03pm

The Uncanny Clockwork of Fantastic Contraption

Welcome back to The Jewels of Apator, a biweekly column from Ann & Jeff VanderMeer about the intersection between art and the fantastic. » 8/22/08 9:00am 8/22/08 9:00am In La Jolla, California, a very unusual art exhibit called Fantastic Contraption has been on display most of the summer. The best way to think of the aesthetic impulse behind this…

I kinda appreciated Annalee taking a specific stance on the movie. I like the fact io9 isn't a kind of push-over People magazine of SF pop culture. You're very lucky to have a popular resource like this that gives you eye candy *and* substance. That's pretty rare. Over the last month, I've seen more interesting and… » 7/11/08 2:47pm 7/11/08 2:47pm

Mike Mignola, Creator of Hellboy: Low-tech and Badass

Welcome back to Jewels of Apator, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer's biweekly column about the intersection of art and the fantastic. It may be hard to understand now just how fresh and different Mike Mignola's Hellboy was when the first installment, Seeds of Destruction, came out from Dark Horse Comics in 1994. Wise-cracking… » 7/11/08 9:00am 7/11/08 9:00am

Tentacles and Cosmic SF: The Art of Lovecraft

Welcome back to The Jewels of Apator, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer's column on the intersection of art and the fantastic. Tentacular horrors, unnamable evils, and quests to the edges of alien-landscapes-on-earth like Antarctica were just some of the beautifully bizarre features of H.P. Lovecraft's weird fiction. Creator of… » 6/27/08 9:00am 6/27/08 9:00am

Trondheim and Sfar's Cute Aliens Who Kill

Welcome back to The Jewels of Apator, a biweekly column on the intersection of science fiction and art by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. One of the best science fiction graphic novels from the past few years doesn't use any words. It doesn't even come from our world. Deliberately weathered and made to look like a children's … » 5/30/08 9:00am 5/30/08 9:00am

Ian Miller's Geometrically-Exact Surrealism

Welcome to The Jewels of Aptor, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's biweekly column on art and the fantastic. Ian Miller would've been cool even if he hadn't worked on Ralph Bakshi's underrated movie Cool World. The UK native has produced a distinctive body of SF artwork over the last thirty years, sometimes pulling collage and… » 5/16/08 9:00am 5/16/08 9:00am