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Jim Burns
Our Artist Guest of Honor

Visions of the Far Future
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Jim Burns is probably the best-known contemporary British Science Fiction illustrator. He has perfected his own style by highlighting not only the traditional elements of SF but also its organic and erotic overtones.

His works are striking for their 'larger-than-life' portrayals of scenes
of the far future and in particular for his fantastic 'hardware'. His
masterful technique depicts land, sky and space vehicles in gleaming
metal and plastic so perfectly painted that one senses one can actually
feel the metallic touch of chrome or smell the pungent odor of plastic
in his work. As SF writer Harry Harrison once
said of Burns: "You'll find the same love of texture in the softness of
a woman's skin as you will in the brittle coldness of machined metal. SF
art at its best."

He is constantly in demand for UK book covers although more recently his
work is being commissioned by American publishing houses as his name and
his super-realism technique become well-known on the other side of the
Atlantic. SF author Robert
Silverberg came across his work on a British cover of one of his books
and was so impressed that he insisted that Burns was used on his US
books as well - only to find that his US publishers had beaten him to it
and already signed him up for the task.

Apart from book and game covers, Burns worked with Ridley Scott on Blade
Runner. He has also had books of his own works published: Lightship,
Planet Story (written by Harry Harrison), Mechanismo, and The Jim Burns


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