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Monday, August 27, 2007

Chris Foss Sci-Fi Art and Illustrations

Travelling Cities by Chris Foss (cover for the book “Diary of a Spaceperson”, 1990)

Travelling Cities, by Chris Foss (used as a cover for the book Diary of a Spaceperson, 1990).

Christopher Foss is a British illustrator and science fiction artist, best known for his sci-fi book covers. Since the 1970s, he has been one of the world’s leading sci-fi artists, and had a huge influence on his artist peers, as well as filmmakers. Chris Foss has created over a thousand book cover artworks for world-famous authors such as Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, E. E. 'Doc' Smith, Arthur C. Clarke, A. E. Van Vogt, Philip K. Dick, Jack Vance, and many others. Foss’s evocative sci-fi book covers pioneered a much-imitated style featuring vast, colourful spaceships, machines and cities, often marked with mysterious symbols. Human figures are usually absent. These images are suggestive of science fiction in general rather than depictions of specific scenes from books, as not being a fan of science fiction, Foss typically did not read the books he illustrated, preferring to paint scenes entirely from his imagination. He has also worked in film design on Dune, Superman, Alien, Flash Gordon, Stanley Kubrick’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy released in 2014. For more information check out the Chris Foss’s official website. Below is a limited selection of his paintings, for more artworks please see art books.

Art Books:

Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss

The third collection of works by Chris Foss published by 'Titan Books' in 2011. The first comprehensive retrospective of Chris Foss’s Sci-Fi career. Featuring work for books by Isaac Asimov, E. E. 'Doc' Smith, Arthur C. Clarke, A. E. Van Vogt and Philip K. Dick, and film design for Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick, this volume brings together many rare and classic images that have never been seen or reprinted before.

21st Century Foss

The second collection of Sci-Fi book and magazine cover art by Chris Foss, featuring illustrations for the novel Dune and for the movie Alien, published by 'BCA' in 1980.

Science Fiction Art

The first collection of Sci-Fi work by Chris Foss, published by 'Hart-Davis, MacGibbon' in 1976. It contains ten large paintings collected with a short foreword by Brian Aldiss.


Note: All artwork and images copyright © Chris Foss. Please do not use images without the permission.

Link: Chris Foss’s official website


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Caos Alfa said...

Curioso e interesante blog, lo he descubierto hoy mismo. Está currado y las imagenes molan.



Ms.Crazy said...

I think those pictures are pretty kewl. I like ray burberrys pictures too

Unknown said...

These are some truly beautiful images. I can understand why they are being snapped up as cover illustrations.

Collector said...

I Like the pictures too. Some of them are very intersting indeed.

IP IHI II IL said...

Those are GORGEOUS!! I hadn't heard of the artist before, being a 'newbie' but I'm gonna' look for more, now! THANK YOU!!

Angelo said...

Wow. I wouldn't mind having a flying saucer like the one at the top. That'd be relly nippy to get around in!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I have never seen so many top quality pictures of Chris Foss art in any blog or site. Thanks a lot!

Oberon said...

......great collection.

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Anonymous said...

Great collection of artwork. I like it so much I have recommended you on my blog as part of Blog Day 2007.

Happy Blog Day!


Matthew Cepican said...


-Matthew Cepican A&R Vesuvius Records

kenni said...

great pics! Some even resemble modern day machines like the NMSS-3. It looks like present day Ticonderoga class destroyers of the US Navy.

Anonymous said...

Chris Foss is among my favorite Sci-fi artists. His work is vivid and unique. I especially like the colors and a sense of scale and vastness one often senses in many of his paintings.

He and Peter Elson inspired a lot of contemporary computer game artists. Their influence is especially visible in games like Home World and Wipe Out.

Beautiful and inspirational work!

Chris Foss ha sido toda una inspiración en mi juventud (años 80).
Lo he recordado a través de una cita que he oido sobre "Erase una vez el espacio" (otra que tal baila), cuyas naves siempre me han parecido basadas o creadas por él.
Sólo dos palabras: Im - Presionante

Slinger's Art said...

I have this book... he was a great influence on me in my teens... fantastic artist.