How Richard Powers Made Science Fiction Book Covers Strange

You've probably seen some of the colorful, abstract book cover art of Richard Powers before, and marveled at how far it pushes the envelope of representational art. How alien it looks. Over at The Daily Beast, there's a terrific article about how Powers became such a dominant SF cover artist. » 3/17/15 3:40pm 3/17/15 3:40pm

Vintage Zine Art Is Like Staring Into The Dreams Of A Lost Subculture

Lenny Kaye, the long-time guitarist for the Patti Smith Group, amassed a collection of 1500 mimeographed science fiction zines from the 1940s to the 1970s, and they're on display this weekend at the New York Art Book Fair. These zine covers are wild and in some cases kind of alarming. » 9/25/14 12:20pm 9/25/14 12:20pm

Own the Lord of the Rings art Tolkien hated (and everyone else loved)

Right now, on eBay, you can buy Barbara Remington's original artworks that inspired the covers of the 1965 editions of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Tolkien loathed this artwork, with its surreal touches and loose connection to his story — but over at BoingBoing, Mark Dery explains why fans loved it. » 12/06/13 1:28pm 12/06/13 1:28pm

"Futureshock" proves that the future really is unevenly distributed

The other day, we asked whether futureshock still exists — and depending on who you talk to, it's either everywhere or an obsolete idea. One of the people we wrote to didn't get back to us in time for our deadline, but when Mark Dery (inventor of the term "culture jamming" and noted writer about cyberculture) did… » 2/08/13 4:20pm 2/08/13 4:20pm

Why it's a good thing that we read political meanings into Star Trek

Author Mark Dery recently published a review of coffee table book Star Trek: The Original Series 365, a gorgeous collection of stills from the series. He explains why it's a good thing that people read political meanings into Star Trek. » 4/03/11 10:30am 4/03/11 10:30am