About the Artists
Anselmo Alliegro (art for "Inward") gained a scholarship to Parsons School of Design in New York City in 1995. He is a working artist, and has exhibited in galleries and benefits throughout New York. He works with fine art and science fiction art. Anselmo has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and has loved science just as long. A sample of his paintings can be seen at: http://www.geocities.com/ajalliegro/.
Greg Brotherton (artwork for cover) had a potential career as a scientist and mathematician shattered by undiagnosed A.D.D. He lost his focus on the educational system by the age of 15 and ended up in art school. In 1987 he graduated from the Colorado Art Institute as its youngest graduating student, obtaining his Bachelor's Degree in commercial design at the age of 19. The inception of computer graphics, information globalization, advances in affordable welding equipment, and the proliferation of establishments where you could purchase a 44 oz. soda drove Greg into a wide variety of emerging and established design fields. Forgetting to eat and going without sleep for days at a time, Greg lived in industrial parks bouncing between Print Design, Robotics, Animation, Industrial Design, Manufacturing, Sculpting, Special Effects, Illustration, Writing, and repeated trips to the 7-11 for more soda. In late 1997 he abandoned his industrial lifestyle, moved to Los Angeles, and married. He now has a permanent home/lab with his wife, Amy, in Venice, California, where he makes his living as a freelance designer for print, television, and film. His clients include Disney, Lucas Film, Time Warner, Mcfarlain Entertainment, Applause, Panasonic, The Film Foundation, MTV, Ben Stiller, Playboy, and many others. The sculptures that crawl forth from Greg's machine shop/studio are meticulously crafted hybrids of myth and machine. A trend of behavioral robotics in his work promises to make his creations some of the most fascinating and potentially dangerous sculptures ever to loom over unsuspecting gallery visitors.
Robert Castillo (art for "Quantum Mechanics") is an award-winning illustrator who has been drawing since the age of five. He is the oldest of six boys. He was born in New York and raised in the Dominican Republic. In 1977 he returned to the United States, and in 1979 Robert won the prestigious Scholastic Achievement Award and was featured in a National book with the likes of Norman Rockwell. He attended The Art Institute of Boston, where he Graduated with Honors and received The Illustrator of The Year Award. Currently Robert is pursuing a Master's Degree in Computer Animation at The School of Visual Arts MFACA. Currently, Robert is Storyboard and Conceptual Artist for The Department of Film, founded by Director Nick Quested, who has worked with P. Diddy and Dr. Dre. Department of Film has been in existence for a little over a year and has already completed one feature film, 50 music videos (many which have ranked No. 1 on various video charts). Nominated for two 2001 Billboard Awards, D.O.F's current slate includes two documentaries and a second motion picture set to be shot in China. The Department of Film will be producing "Kung Fu Theatre" for Mandalay Entertainment / DreamworksPictures -- a $20 million film starring Marlon Wayans and produced by Oscar-winning producer A. Kitman Ho ("Born on the 4th of July", "Wall Street", "The Doors", "Platoon").
Ehrad (art for "Chosen", "The Choices We Make," "Voiders", and "Worm Turns") 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.
Emily M. Hanson (art for "From a Better World Than Yours" and "Return to Sender") is interested in reading science fiction and fantasy novels (by writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, and J.V. Jones), playing computer games and chess and other strategic games, and writing poems and short stories. She enjoys computer programming and web design and is currently looking for work in IT.
Romeo Esparrago (Chief Artist Emeritus; artwork for cover logo) grew up on Mars but cannot speak Martian -- or any other language! He also carries around 14 cans of peaches in his mouth at one time! No one knows why, or if these two facts are somehow linked.
Mike "Warble" Finucane (art for "Heavenly Morning") is an artist who works with fantasy art mostly, but can do science fiction, as
well. He has been published in Christian Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, and can do futuristic formats in art. He has also been published in Psychology Art Journals.
Rebecca Kemp (art for "A Very Clean Fellow") has always loved science and nature. She's always had pets, and says that those of us who have grown up with them know you learn so much from them. She's also always loved space (y'know, the big black stuff up there when the big bright thing goes away...). When she was very little, she used to study the stars and planets. She found out about constellations and the mythological stories behind them. When she found that a lot of it pertained to animals -- BINGO! -- that's when the love for fantasy and wildlife bloomed. In her family she has an artistic mother, father, and grandmother -- so the ability gallops through her heritage. (Her brother got all the business sense -- y'know, left-brainers?) Becky started at a very young age drawing and painting. She was encouraged by her family when she was little, but by the time college rolled along, more "practical" considerations had to be made. It was the old "You can't make any money from Fine Arts" that prevented her from accepting a scholarship to Mass. Art in Boston. Bummer!! Instead she went to Fitchburg State as a psychology major. It came as no surprise that she later switched majors to graphic design. However, even this was too technical for her, so she switched again. She transferred to U. Mass Lowell and took Fine Art. That's when the money ran out. So she has six years of college with no degree. BUT she now make gobs of dough designing web sites and scorning the clients who adore her. Go figure. Becky currently works full time at home in lovely Londonderry, New Hampshire, rendering custom work and designing web sites. Current hobbies include fencing, karate, and role-playing.
Andrew G. McCann (art for secret page -- you'll have to find it) is in very good company on this page.
Matt Morrow (art for "John") received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1994. Since then, he has worked as a prepress technician in the printing industry and later moved on to creating editorial illustrations full time for a national computer magazine. Currently, he is pursuing a freelance career and has worked on a variety of projects including package art, advertising, Web icons, and fantasy illustrations.
Patrick Stacy (art for "Snuckles"), 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.
Charles H. Tyler, IV (art for "Strange Artifact ") likes to create art.
Zac Lowing (art for "Top Ten Reasons Not to Sweat the End of the Worl-") is a computer graphics artist, inventor, writer, and much more. The second renaissance is here... be there...
Dale D. Ziemianski (art for "The Big Bang") is inspired by his personal studies in evolution, anthropology, and earth sciences. He's read very little sci-fi or fantasy...Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, maybe one book out of the Chronicles of Amber, Brave New World....but his lack of influence from the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre, he believes, keeps him from cranking out standard subject matter and allows his work to remain fresh and original. He just don't have time to read novels. But there was a time he got addicted to science books: Broca's Brain, Dragons of Eden, and books by Stephen Hawking. Dragons of Eden was a real help in understanding how to use the brain as a tool and in understanding what makes us think the way we do as a result of our evolution. Other books on human evolution, the migration of humans around the world, and particularly how humans adapted to different environments not only helped Dale in understanding how to create psychological effects in his art, but also gave him an understanding of life, the world, and our place in it. Science has basically become his religion. Dale developed his own artistic technique and media. Since no one uses Tempera Paint and Prismacolor Pencil, he's mostly self taught...though he did get a year in at Columbus College of Art and Design in 1977-78. He's always been better with pencil than paint. This medium gives him the best effects of both, without the toxic effects of oils and the permanence and finality of acrylics and watercolors. The colored pencil can even be erased from the tempera paint if he's not happy with the results, and the tempera paint can be dampened to blend in more color if he likes. His Lesson No. 1 on his website maps out that technique in some detail. Dale started out with, and continues to do, portraits from photographs. He's been published: some interior book illustrations, CD covers, ANALOG cover (September,1998)...and in 1995 he won the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Gold Award. He's also won numerous awards in Gaming Convention Artshow, some of which are noted on various Convention websites you can find when you key his name in Google. He's done lots of ads and T-shirts and logo designs, too...but fantasy and sci-fi are his greatest loves. Dale currently sell prints of his work through gaming convention art auctions and of his anthropomorphic art on FurBid. He also does Phantasy Portraits...where he can paint the subject in any fantasy or sci-fi scene imaginable.
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