Flickr Round Up (2) Aug 10

North American X15

The Man Who Fell to Earth


Kelly Freas - Rhapsody in black

Micheal Whelan Spring

Ok so once again apologise for the sparse activity on Sci-Fi-O-Rama, legitimate excuses this time – broken shoulder via downhill mountain biking then stolen Mac Book Pro via little scumbags! Anyway all up and running again (thanks to Mac OSX time machine and a sling) so I’m going to start off with an easy post, another Flickr favourite round up, here are the notes on the images…

Top: “North American X-15” – A superb painting of the legendary late 50’s experimental Rocket/Space plane, which at Mach 6.72 still hold the record for the fastest manned flight… Well worth reading a bit more about: Here’s an additional link to an amazing photograph that shows the X15 slung under a B52 wing (from which it was launched)

Salinas Blanch (4)

Salinas Blanch

Salinas Blanch

Salinas Blanch

As I’ve been a bit slack with posting as of late, here’s a multi-image selection from big time Sci-Fi-O-Rama favourite; Spanish 70’s/80’s Sci-Fi book cover artist Salinas Blanch. Unfortunately, I still know very little about Salinas himself, though his supreme neon-fauvist-airbrushing-style will always have a home here! If you’d like to see a full gallery of his work and more do check the link below…

Image’s via flickr user C. Rancio has a collection of 30 covers here:

Salinas Blanch – En la Arena Estelar

This is another post featuring Spanish (I believe) Artist Salinas Blanch, producer of many excellent Sci-fi book covers during the 70’s – I love this super punchy style, and definitely doable these days with Adobe Illustrator’s fancy blending / meshing tools I reckon…

If anyone knows any more about Salinas Blanch, please drop us a mail…

Illustration for the Spanish Language version of “En la Arena Estelar”  translated “In the stellar sand” an alternative tile for Asimov’s  “The Stars Like Dust” originally published in 1951. Read more about that here:,_Like_Dust

Scan via Flickr user Pelz:

Salinas Blanch – La Mente Arana

Salinas Blanch

Book cover art for the Spanish edition Fritz Leiber’s novel  “La Mente Arana” (The Mind Spider) Artist Salinas Blanch.  Airbrushed Neon colours on black works really nicely, this is the kinda thing it’s possible to do these days using Abobe Illustrator, specifically the Gradient Mesh and Blending tool – maybe with a splash of Gaussian  Blur to!