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Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: A Collection of the Most Inspiring Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Gaming Illustrators in the World Paperback – June 1, 2011

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Karen Haber is the author of nine novels, including Star Trek Voyager: Bless the Beasts, and co-author of Science of the X-Men. She is a Hugo Award nominee, nominated for Meditations on Middle Earth, an essay collection celebrating J. R. R. Tolkien. Her short fiction has appeared in many publications, including Asimov's and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Haber's non-fiction work includes Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present, a collection of essays by leading science fiction writers and artists; Kong Unbound, an original anthology; and Transitions: Todd Lockwood, a book-length retrospective of the artist's work. She reviews art books for Locus Magazine and profiles artists for Realms of Fantasy Magazine and other publications. She lives in Oakland, CA. Visit her web site at

Joe Haldeman is an award-winning science fiction novelist. He is best known for The Forever War, which Ridley Scott is currently adapting for the big screen. The Forever War and Forever Peace both won the Nebula and Hugo Awards. Haldeman¹s most recent novels include Starbound, Marsbound, The Accidental Time Machine, and Camouflage. He received the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2010. He currently rotates between residing in Gainesville, Florida and Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers; 1st edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536757
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:21 Mins
Rockport Publishers usually publish graphic design books so it's a bit surprising that this book was published by them.

This is a 224-page paperback that comes with a dust jacket that unfolds into a poster. The poster doesn't show poster art but a collection of the illustrations that appear in the book.

The book profiles and features 28 upcoming and leading artists in the realm of science fiction and fantasy art. The variety is great. The artists are sorted by three mediums:

Combined traditional and digital tools
- Jim Burns
- Shaun Tan
- Dave Seeley
- Avi Katz
- John Picacio
- Pavel Mikhailenko
- Ken Wong
- Brom
- Greg Spalenka
- Bruce Jensen
- Scott M. Fischer
- Todd Lockwood

Digital tools and Techniques
- Stephan Martiniere
- Tomasz Maronski
- Camille Kuo
- Galan Pang
- Marta Dahlig

Traditional Tools and Techniques
- James Gurney
- Kinuko Y. Craft
- Charles Vess
- Donato Giancola
- Rebecca Guay
- Dan Dos Santos
- Petar Meseldzija
- Terese Nielsen
- Bob Eggleton
- Don Maitz
- Gregory Manchess

This is a large book and well laid out. Each artist comes with a few beautiful pieces of illustrations featured, ranging from quarter page size to full page. Some of them are progress snapshots of paintings and come with captions on how they were created. It doesn't go very technical but general enough to know what's going on.

The artists profiles are lengthy and inspiring to read. They talk about how they got started, their influences and views on art and also shares some tips and techniques.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Gray on May 26, 2011
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Just received the book. It is a great collection of modern artists in every media. Cutting edge computer/digital artists as well as traditional paint, etc methods are showcased. Additionally, there is the opportunity to get multiple signatures of the author and artists at events this year. The author, Karen Haber (incidentally, she is Robert Silverberg's wife) will be at the World Science Fiction Convention (Renovation)held in Reno, Nevada during August of 2011. Also scheduled to attend is Joe Haldeman who wrote the forward and artists John Picacio and Bob Eggleton.

I spoke with Karen Haber at a signing of her husband's in May of 2011. She is a very personable person and was very willing to talk about and sign her books. She also expressed her appreciation for her fans. Great to meet you, Ms. Haber.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Benko on March 25, 2012
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Science Fiction and fantasy art long has had a special ability to enchant, from early greats like Virgil Finlay through space and time through now ... into the futures. Karen Haber, the doyenne of the SF art world, has created a tour de force in compiling 28 leading artists whose work emerges from but transcends the genre. Don't just buy a copy. Buy a copy for everyone you know!
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