Whimsical wildlife of the solar system, from the National Geographic classic “Our Universe” by Roy Gallant. Art by Michael Whelan–I never knew that!
– VENUS: Oucher-Pouchers feed on rock and metal, avoid the scorching heat by shifting from foot to foot, and travel by bouncing along on their inflated stomachs.
– MARS: The Waterseeker shields itself from UV radiation with its parasol-like tail and coccoons itself inside its giant shell-like ears to withstand the frigid Martian nights.
– JUPITER: Jellyblimps float in the “Goldilocks zone” of the mid-Jovian atmosphere, where they try to avoid predatory Swordtails.
– EUROPA: Brinker-Roos skate across the ice, synthesizing nutrients through photosynthesis and drawing energy from Jupiter’s magnetic field via the EM coils lining their spines.
– TITAN: Stovebellies combine oxygen from consumed ice with the methane from Titan’s atmosphere to produce a volatile rocket fuel, while Fishimanders huddle around them for warmth.
– PLUTO: Zistles are crystalline-based superconducting sentients that communicate via radio waves.
The Waterseeker has always been my favorite…It just seems the most plausible to me. NO I HAVEN’T GOTTEN A NEW SCANNER YET
David Mattingly cover art to the Lensman series
Mel Hunter cover art for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from 1970 and 1971, featuring his iconic robot character.
Rodney Matthews – artist.
Recently we’ve moved in with my folks, and I was delighted to discover in my mum’s spare room/study, the 1988 Rodney Matthews calendar hanging on the wall. I’ve always been able to vividly remember it. I remember her getting it as a Christmas present in 1987, and it has been hanging up on the wall ever since. This particular one featured art of many classic fantasy and science fiction stories, many of which I was inspired to read, especially Dune and Alice in Wonderland. I guess my love of scifi and fantasy stems from my mum’s record collection and this calendar, along with all those wonderful 80s fantasy, sword & sorcery and space movies that I watched as a kid.