Directly opposite the Methodist Church I was taken to as a child was a small branch of the city council's library network so at the end of the service on a Sunday morning I would run across the road to look for books. One book that was an absolute favourite of mine was a huge, thick slab of a book whose pages were covered in full colour plates of the best in Science Fiction artwork from the 1970s.
This book was Stewart Cowley's "Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD" (How quaint!) and the paintings in the book were by legendary SF artists and illustrators such as Jim Burns, Angus McKie and Colin Hay. What Cowley did was to use these images to construct coherent retrospective history of the future as seen from an official historian of the Terran Trade Authority. The paintings were used as if they were photos of real events and came with captions that referred to events in the text. Other books which joined the series later were: "Starliners: Commercial Space Travel in 2200 AD", "Spacewreck: Ghostships and Derelicts of Space", and "Great Space Battles".
Examples of the paintings that appeared in these books were:
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So questions for this week are: Have you ever been inspired by a particular visual prompt? A painting or a comic or a movie image or even a game (e.g. think 'No Man's Sky' for instance). Or do you have any favourite works of art that you find inspiring in a more general way? i.e. Art that motivates you to write or create a story world even if it is not directly based on what you see in the image? Please do paste links to any of your favourites and don't forget that Quantum Muse regularly features SF artists as presented by our own Rick Tornello (this month's featured artist is Marije Berting - be sure to check out her work if you haven't already)
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