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New Biography Celebrates Father of Science Fiction Art

Saturn as Seen from Titan by Chesley Bonestell (image courtesy Paper Tiger)

Chesley Bonestell -- you may not know the name, but you certainly know the art.

In 1944, long before the technology existed to send cameras into space, Bonestell submitted a series of six paintings of Saturn to Life magazine. The paintings rocked the worlds of science and art. Bonestell's use of complex perspective and visual angles lent the pictures a realism that entranced astronomers and engineers.

More importantly, the convincing beauty of Bonestell's paintings of Saturn and all the astronomic paintings that followed inspired generations of visionaries, scientists and pilots who would take humanity to the worlds Bonestell could only imagine. Carl Sagan said, "I didn't know what other worlds looked like until I saw Bonestell's paintings." For many people, even after technology revised Bonestell's vision, Sagan's statement still rings true.

The Art of Chesley Bonestell by noted author and illustrator Ron Miller and Frederick C. Durant, former assistant director of the National Air and Space Museum, chronicles Bonestell's long and uniquely productive life. Architect, special effects painter, advertising illustrator as well as space artist, Bonestell's biography takes readers on a journey to the heart of 20th century creativity. It touches on orbits as varied as those of Werner von Braun, Mrs. Woodrow Wilson and nearly every major film studio in Hollywood.

Now, Crescent Blues in association with the book's publisher, Paper Tiger, brings you a free, no obligation download of the complete text The Art of Chesley Bonestell in four formats: Microsoft Word 6.0 (DOC), WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS (WP), Rich Text Format (RTF) and Plain Text (TXT). To receive your download, email PaperSnarl@aol.com, using the appropriate subject line:


You will also be given the opportunity to subscribe to Paper Snarl, Paper Tiger's free monthly e-letter featuring artist interviews, articles by top writers, the world's most waspish letter column and other entertainments.

Click here for a slide show featuring several of the book's more than 300 pictures.