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!

Street Fantasies: The Wild World of DirtyRobot

Journey to the near future imagined by Daniel Isles where masked gangs rove the streets, telekinetic teenagers wander in clouds of floating candy and machine bits, and giant robots face-off over cyberpunk cityscapes. Better known by his internet alias, DirtyRobot, his world is one where anthropomorphic tigers, multi-armed cyborgs, and levitating witches brush shoulders. His work is wild and wide-ranging in concept, but rendered in a clear graphic hand that fuses it into a natural, stylish whole.

Kaleidoscopic Chaos: The Graphic Art of Bicicleta sem Freio

Next we turn Sci-Fi-O-Rama up to eleven and present a retina-searing selection of art from Brazilian graphic and street art duo Douglas de Castro and Renato Reno, better known as Bicicleta sem Freio.

‘Bicicleta sem Freio’ is Portuguese for “bicycle without brakes” and it’s an apt moniker for a style that jams the visual cortex with a chaotic barrage of psychedelic illustration and design. Beautiful girls, 80s dogtooth patterns and disassembled bodies are woven through hard geometric shapes and rendered in a highly saturated palette, carefully chosen for maximum punch and underscored with a quirky sense of humour.

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.

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