Syd Mead – Space Wreck

Syd Mead - Space Wreck

An excellent example of Sci-Fi Concept Design and semi-abstraction from world renowned American visual futurist Syd Mead. Image Taken from the 1978 Paper Tiger Book “Flight of Icarus”.

Sydney Jay Mead, commonly Syd Mead, (born July 18, 1933 in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States) is an industrial designer best known for his vehicle designs in science-fiction films such as Blade Runner, Aliens, and Tron. To read more about him see Wikipedia: or jump to his official site –  If you’ve never heard of Syd Mead, you are in for a real visual treat!

11 thoughts on “Syd Mead – Space Wreck”

  1. Flight Of Icarus looks an amazing book then! I’d love to scan some of the Syd Mead stuff I have; there’s one of his paintings that was obviously the basis for the four-legged walkers (At-At’s) from Star Wars but it’s printed across the spine and a complete shit to scan!

  2. Some of Syd Mead books are really expensive like £60 and upwards… I guess if your spending that kinda cash you need to spend x10 that on a Coffee Table to rest them on..

    Yeah Flight of Icarus is Great! and only £2 from a Car boot Sale – will get scanning more

  3. “1000 Days Goes to Mars” is more of an ‘as inspired by’ than a back story. SF/F artwork provides some of the most fruitful motivation for my daily writing.

    Thanks for coming by.

  4. I have a copy of this book, in excellent condition. It was copyrighted in 1977 and is 159 pages of sheer brilliance. It was published by Paper Tiger and measures 12″ X 12″. This book is in full color w/ amazing artwork. Does anyone know what it might be worth ? I might consider letting it go. Maybe. I am into Heavy Metal art and find this stuff simply awesome !!!

  5. Hey Steve, You have a copy of “Flight of the Icarus” lucky you, the copy I picked up was £2 from a Car Boot sale in Halifax and someone had cut out all the Roger Dean Pictures! I reckon you could get anywhere up to £25 on ebay, though equally perhaps only £10-£15, it’s a rare rather than very rare book… So I depends on whose bidding and how much they want it I guess, personally I’d keep hold of it…

  6. I love Syd’s work. The background detail is so effortless. Wish I could get some of his books fo £2! and I would get scanning too.

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