on January 15, 2001
This is a huge collection of the work done by John Harris. Most of his art is obsessed with space and the machines that travel it. The work is amazing in that it captures the infinite quality of space: cold, bleak, lonely, and never ending. There are also paintings of the machines that must travel it in search of new resources or just exploration. The paintings are very unique and beautiful. But don't expect to see creatures or babes with very skimpy clothing, there aren't any in this book.
This book is worth owning for people who love sci-fi and also love ships like the Nostromo from "Alien". I personally hate clean, aerodynamic ships like in Star Trek. Deep space ships are supposed to be huge, klunky, and dirty. And that's what John Harris can paint.
on August 20, 2016
Mass opens a door on the artistic process behind some of the best Sci-Fi artwork.
Unfortunately out of print, Mass furnishes not only quality color reproductions of John Harris' artwork, but also a meaningful biographical narrative. I had planned to ignore the narrative, but wound up reading every word. I'm glad I did, because the story behind the art is in this case as compelling as the art itself. Ron Tiner, himself an artist and illustrator, tells how Harris came into this line of work, where his images came from, and how he produced them. It is a tale embracing British public school culture, the Pop Art movement, transcendental meditation, and more.
And the images are themselves amazing. As illustrations for Sci-Fi stories by leading authors like Asimov, Harris' task is evocative, and he does not disappoint. If you've ever found yourself gazing minutes on end at the cover of a Sci-Fi book, I think you will appreciate Mass, both as a visual adventure and as an aid to understanding the process and origin of images that have helped millions visualize Sci-Fi.