Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy art

Science fiction and fantasy books wouldn't be nearly as vital a part of our culture without their incredible cover illustrations and other artwork. And every year, the Chesley Awards celebrate the loveliest and most arresting artworks in the field.

This year's Chesley nominees were just announced, and here are some of our favorite images from among the nominees. You can read the whole list of nominees over at Tor.com — but here are some of the images we liked the best.

Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy art

Dan Dos Santos for My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland, DAW Books. This artwork already won a silver medal from the Spectrum awards — check out a post about the making of the image here.


Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy artJohn Picacio for George R.R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire, 2012 Calendar, Random House, July 2011. See Picacio's posts about the making of this calendar artwork here and here.
Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy artLucas Graciano for The Goblin Corps by Ari Marmell, Pyr books
Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy artDavid Palumbo for God's War by Kameron Hurley, Night Shade Books
Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy artMatthew Stewart for The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells, Night Shade Books
Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy artStephan Martiniere for Prospero Regained by L. Jagi Lamplighter, Tor Books
Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy artLee Moyer for Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kieran, Subterranean Press
Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy artLaura Diehl for Fantasy Magazine, August 2011
Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy artFacundo Diaz for Clarkesworld July 2011
Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy artLee Moyer for Weird Tales, Winter 2010/2011
Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy artDariusz Zawadski for Fantasy, May 2011