About the Artists
Ehrad (art for "A Little Invasion", "A Singular Solution", "Cargo", "Field Trip", "Iron Feather", and "The Last Great Hope") is a long time photo-retoucher with several passions in life... space art, mysticism, gardening, family, and cartooning. The cartooning aspect of her life is at present an all-consuming fire, and she is currently exploring the concept of "wholeness" through a tribal sci-fi comic called ERADUON, due to be published online in early 2003. Aside from all of the other craziness that is her existence, she still maintains an enormous love for all life forms, and has set about the task of knitting the universe together into the diverse mosaic that it truly is.
Romeo Esparrago (Man About Galaxy; cover logo and art for "New Toy") is star of the new hit Fox series "Joe Thousandaire" -- and this time, the guy ain't lying! http://www.romedome.com/
Carl Goodman (art for "The Robain Incident") is married with one son, lives in Surrey, UK, and has been doing computer graphics for a living since the late 1980s. A lot of his work has been based around fairly technical visualisation projects, but a while back he joined a computer animation company as director of graphics research and development, which means that basically he gets to evaluate all the leading-edge technologies associated with CGI and provide due diligence for venture capitalists on various projects. Carl has had a fair bit of material published in consumer media in the past, including animation work for Reuters on the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact, which was shown on news channels in 22 separate countries. He also had some illustrations of this event published in "New Scientist" magazine. Carl is also an avid reader of what might be thought of as "hard core" science fiction, with a strong bias towards the Clarke-Asimov-Heinlein-Niven stable, and enjoys the opportunity to visualise concepts. In terms of tools, most of Carl's work is in 3-D, using Max 4, character studio for animation, Deep Paint 3d for textures, Photoshop, Corel Xara for linework (less of a pain in the neck than Illustrator!) and simulation plug-ins like phoenix and havoc. Peppersghost.com has updated its site recently won a BAFTA award for www.tinyplanets.com -- best entertainment site 2001.
Dave King (Cover Art) thanks all his friends and family for supporting his love of computer graphics. He also especially thanks the love of his life, Jennifer, for all her love and support. Although she doesn't share his interest in Sci-Fi, she always appreciates what he does, and for that, and MANY more reasons, he loves her dearly. Dave also thanks the people at Desktop Starships for the exposure and encouragement they've given him. Dave was born and raised in Nova Scotia, which is on the east coast of Canada. He is 33 years old and works in the computer field. He has a love of astronomy, music of all kinds, and science in general. Finally, he'd like to thank all the people out there who enjoy his work...he hopes to bring you many more images in the future! Please, if you like his work, let him know by sending an e-mail...you're why he does this and he likes to get input. It also encourages him to keep paying for the site. Hope to hear from you soon
Von Kraemer (art for "John Stellt" and "Lachesis and Lizards") is a punk rocker who fell out of love with the film industry, and media at large, because in the author's opinion, he can't suck enough #%&* to make the mediocre happy. SCIFI is the Superposition. Writers of reel fiction (with few exceptions) are no longer related to the mass (boring) market, and the author refuses to screw a cousin to get a job. Poor is fine as long as he can retain his dignity. Von is starting to sell, but he doesn't give a #%&*. A promise is a promise. All he has is his "word."
Juan Rodrigo Piedrahita Escobar (art for "Aurora" and "Monday Night Infantry") was born in Medellín, Colombia, in 1960. He has exhibited his artwork in numerous venues and done book illustrations and cartoons. His work is also in the permanent collection of Freeway Gallery Art. Juan has studied architecture, engraving, and oil painting.
Rick Shelton (art for "Home Sweet Home") was born in El Paso, Texas. A typical "military-brat", he had lived in three separate countries and four states in the U.S. before graduating high school. After school, he continued his world travels, living in Britain for two years and visiting Europe and Africa during his service with the U.S. Air Force. He has traveled around the world and the U.S. and his goal is to visit South America, Australia, and Antarctica at some point in the future, thus completing a tour of all the continents.
Rick started drawing at an early age, as evidenced by the "Self-Portrait on School Bus, Age Four" (11" x 9", Crayola) hanging in his parents' house. He has continued to draw and create other artwork throughout his entire life, dabbling at times in oils, pastels, sidewalk chalk, wire, sequential art (comic books), plasticine, bone, metal, html, industrial music, short fiction, sound-sculpture, novel-writing, computer graphics, and traditional animation.
Among his influences, Rick includes the artwork of Heironymous Bosch and Sandra Shelton, the writing of Franz Kafka and H.P. Lovecraft, the music of Babyland, Chemlab, David Bowie, Roger Waters, Trent Reznor, and several other dozen industrial/electronic bands. He confesses to a guilty love of industrial/dance covers of '80s pop songs and is hopelessly addicted to Mystery Science Theater 3000.
He currently lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife, their two cockatiels, and two rats.
Frank Sipala (art for "Persistence of Memory") is a freelance illustrator. He works digitally using photography and the computer. His work can be described as having a dark nature with a fantastical atmosphere and can used for a number of publications including books, editorial, and music. For more about him, see his website at www.franksipala.com.
Robert Sorensen (art for "Two SciFaiku") was born in Summit, New Jersey, has lived in Paris, France, and currently resides in Colorado. His education includes studying painting at L'Academie des Beux Arts de Chaville and studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute in NYC, followed by professional work in a theatrical touring company and later, work in TV, films, and documentaries. Robert also wrote an SF screenplay about saving planet Earth from an alien invasion in the year 2059, with the title "QUANTEX-Z or ATOMIC VISIONS". Robert is an avid international voyager whose passion is to visit, contact, and experience the cultures and peoples from all over Planet Earth and has visited most of Europe, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and most recently Mexico. Robert has exhibited his artwork extensively in Paris, once in London, and several times in the United States. In his artwork, Robert most often takes dream images and bites out of his own life and puts them on canvas, paper, or the computer screen. His themes include the hidden aura-energy within all living and non-living subjects and their surrounding environments.
Patrick Stacy (art for "The Ride"), like many before, started young. His main emphasis in childhood was in comics. Never content, the challenge was then to illustrate freehand -- now that would be talent. Early influences are still inspirational today, such as the legendary Frazetta, Vallejo, and Parrish. Classical influences were Rubens and Caravaggio. Stacy was winner of the L.Ron Hubbard's Illustrators of the Future contest in 1996 and has two illustrations within the volume.
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