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Bruce Pennington - Legends of SF Art Vol.6
One of the great SF artists, Bruce Pennington was born in Somerset, England in 1944.
He had a love of art from a young age, he attended the Beckenham School of Art where he started off by drawing models, he than moved to the Ravensbourne College of Art at Bromley. After graduating he became a freelance artist building up a portfolio of work hoping to impress potential clients.
His first real commission was from Panther Books where he provided a cover for The Defence by Vladimir Nabokov in 1967, more covers for Panther followed.
The New English Library (NEL) were impressed with his covers at Panther and employed Pennington to paint covers for their sci-fi range of paperbacks.
The first sci-fi paperback cover he painted was for Robert Heinlein’s classic novel Stranger in a Strange Land.
More SF covers followed including perhaps his most famous cover, Frank Herbert’s Dune, one of the most widely read sci-fi novels of all time. He also painted covers for other books in the Dune series.
Pennington has produced some striking cover art for a series of SF books by author Brian Aldiss, other noteworthy SF book covers include The Moons of Jupiter (Asimov), A Princess of Mars (Burroughs), Children of Tomorrow (Van Vogt), The Shadow of the Torturer (Wolfe), The Green Brain (Herbert) and Satan’s World (Anderson).
He has also created covers for horror fiction by the likes of August Derleth, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and Brian Lumley.
Pennington's art has it's own unique style whether it was bizarre alien lifeforms, apocalyptic vistas, ruined cities, UFO's zooming over arid landscapes, strange religious symbolism or Gothic architecture.
Books featuring Pennington’s artwork include The Bruce Pennington Portfolio (1990 Paper Tiger) and Ultraterranium (1992 Paper Tiger),
Paperback Cover Bibliography -
Battle of Forever ,The (Van Vogt)
Caliban's Hour (Williams)
Canopy of Time ,The (Aldiss)
Canticle for Liebowitz ,A (Miller)
Children of Dune (Herbert)
Children of Tomorrow (Van Vogt)
Citadel of the Autarch (Wolfe)
Dune Messiah (Herbert)
Empire of the Atom (Van Vogt)
Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury)
Fifth Head of Cerberus ,The (Wolfe)
Glory Road (Heinlein)
Goblin Reservation ,The (Simak)
God Emperor of Dune (Herbert)
Godmakers ,The (Herbert)
Golden Apples of the Sun (Bradbury)
Illustrated Man ,The (Bradbury)
Lost Worlds of 2001 ,The (Clarke)
Machineries of Joy (Bradbury)
Moon is a Harsh Mistress ,The (Heinlein)
Pirates of the Asteroids (Asimov)
Princess of Mars ,A (Burroughs)
Quest for the Future (Van Vogt)
Rendezvous with Rama (Clarke)
Revolt in 2100 (Heinlein)
Satan's World (Anderson)
Shadow of the Torturer ,The (Wolfe)
Silkie ,The (Van Vogt)
Silver Locusts ,The (Bradbury)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Bradbury)
Space, Time and Nathaniel (Aldiss)
Stone God Awakens ,The (Farmer)
Stranger in a Strange Land (Heinlein)
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (Collection)
Time Enough for Love (Heinlein)
Voyage of the Space Beagle ,The (Van Vogt)
Weapon Makers ,The (Van Vogt)
Weapon Shops of Isher (Van Vogt)
Worlds of Robert Heinlein ,The