The Best of SFOR Facebook: The Early Days, May – July 2018

Earlier this year, Sci-Fi-O-Rama made some big changes. Kieran was joined by Ben and Erik, and what had long been a solo project suddenly became a team effort. Working together, the team has branched into new types of content: the Classic Sci-Fi Illustrators series, the original fiction series from CG Inglis, and focus pieces on real-world science.

Perhaps the biggest change, however, has been our expansion into Facebook. Begun to reach new audiences and give us a means of sharing ‘quick’ bite-sized content, the Facebook page has rapidly evolved to become a vital part of Sci-Fi-O-Rama experience. We post on Facebook daily and have a growing, engaged audience of several hundred (so far!) Sci-Fi enthusiasts following our posts!

Classic Science-Fiction Illustrators (Part 4) – Peter Elson

Our classic Science-Fiction illustrators series [1][2][3] continues with a tribute to perhaps the most complete of all British artists; the late, great, Peter Elson (13 January 1947 – March 1998).

Elson’s artistic potential was evident at early age, beginning to draw as soon as he could hold a pencil. Something of a prodigy, he completed his Art A-Level two years early at age 16 (A-Grade, of course). Whilst at Ealing Art College he studied fashion before switching to graphics. His career in Sci-Fi illustration took off in 1977 when he entered and won a Sci-Fi artwork competition. Commissions began to flood in and a star was born.

Peter Elson (4) The Rim of Space

Peter Elson - The Rim of Space

I just love this image! So thought I’d re-post larger and minus the book livery.

What I like here in particular (aside of course from the weather-beaten rocket) is the fashion/costume element, it’s what I dig most in Sci-Fi – futuristic clothing – only this isn’t really futuristic and that makes it even better… An old school 80’s Ski Jacket adorned with sew-on patches, each patch with its own unique lexicon, a self-contained design all on its own. Plus even more 80’s; check the chunky looking phone/walkie-talkie, bollocks to touchscreen devices!

Again this is via the brand new & awesome

Peter Elson (3) – Divergence

Peter Elson (3) – Divergence

Peter Elson - Divergence

Ok so I’m proud to present another sample of the work of the legendary Peter Elson. It’s been a fair while since I last featured his work so a quick refresh, Peter was one of the UK’s premier Sci-Fi Illustrators during the 70’s and 80’s and is also synonymous (as with other artists here) with the Terran Trade Authority Books. His work really is stunning beautiful hi-tech designs mixed with gorgeous technicolour backdrops as is demonstrated here in this tracking shot high above Jupiter…

This image comes from the brand new official that’s been put together by Designer Martin Lucas and Peter’s sister, a superb site with over 300+ large images and the chance to buy exclusive prints. A truly great resource for inspiration & a fitting tribute to IMO one of the greatest Sci-Fi Illustrators/Designers ever…

Peter Elson – Pebble in the Sky

Peter Elson - Pebble in the Sky

Art by the late Peter Elson, one of the 70’s most prolific Sci-Fi artists and a master at rendering future space hardware. As well as illustrating many book jackets Peter along with many of his contemporaries – including Chris Moore and Angus Mckie – was also heavily involved with illustrating The Terran Trade Authority, an illustrated Sci-Fi Project running from 1978 to 1980. More on that here:

Scan Taken from Paper Tigers 1977 release “The Flights of Icarus”.

Peter Elson – The Rim Of Space

Peter Elsom - The Rim Of Space

More 70’s/80’s Retro Sci-Fi in the form of Book Cover Art, this striking piece was produced by the late Peter Elson (1947-1998). Peter was a British Illustrator whose work appeared on the covers of numerous science fiction paperback novels in a style not dissimilar to Chris Foss (also mentioned on this blog). Peter’s work had a heavy influence on the first version of the PC game “Homeworld” according to artists who worked on the title.

Read more about him at this excellent fan site put together by Luca Oleastri